Troutman Farmers Market to open May 7
BY DEBBIE PAGE
A meeting for prospective vendors for this season’s Troutman Farmers Market will be on Tuesday, April 16, at 4 p.m. at Troutman Town Hall. Past participants will have a chance to provide feedback on last season and present new ideas for the upcoming season.
Parks and Recreation Coordinator Emily Watson will manage the weekly event this year, with the market open on Tuesdays, beginning May 7, from 4-7 p.m. at the ESC Park Pavilion. The market will run through Sept. 24.
Let It Flow Yoga will also continue its popular yoga classes under the pavilion after the market closes. Music, cooking demos, kids’ activities, and other plans are also in the works to serve as a further draw to community members to visit the market.
Watson said vendors already signed up for this year will be selling fresh eggs, tomatoes, peppers, beans, peas, squash, cucumbers, corn, lettuce, broccoli, cabbage, cantaloupe, and succulents and other plants.
Fresh-baked pastries, cinnamon rolls, pies, cakes, and breads, along with homemade jams and jellies, will be offered. Area artisans will display their jewelry, wreaths, homemade lip balms and bath salts, and crocheted accessories for sale.
To relieve that back-to-work-week stress, chair massages will also be available.
The town is assigning the seven tables under the pavilion on a first come, first serve basis. Individual spaces will also be assigned to promote continuity for customers and vendors. Vendors will also be required to display a card on their tables showing that they are registered with the town.
Only vendors who sell produce or products that they themselves grow or make are allowed at the market. No middle men vendors or resellers are permitted to promote the grow-, buy-, and eat-local philosophy of the market.
The town will promote the market through its Facebook pages, electronic sign, banners at several locations coming into town, the newsletter, the town calendar, and through local media outlets. They will also produce flyers for venders to pass out at other markets promoting the Troutman Farmers Market.
Watch for the “Farmers Market Today” for a reminder to stop in after work or picking up their kids at school.