First – big news! The Farmers’ Market has relocated with more space for expansion and additional activities. Effective September 3, 2016, visit them at the new location – The Village Hall, 3715 Clemmons Road in Clemmons. You may have visited the Market at Tanglewood Park in the past; Tanglewood Park was a joint sponsor with the Village of Clemmons for The Farmers’ Market the past three years. With this new location, the Village of Clemmons looks with anticipation at the vision for future growth and expansion of market activities. The hours of operation are Saturday from 8:30am to noon. The Market will be open until October 31, 2016. The mission of The Farmers’ Market is to provide locally grown, in-season produce. Participants come from many surrounding counties – Forsyth, Surry, Stokes, Rockingham, Guilford, Davidson, Davie and Yadkin.
Farmers’ markets are a treasure trove of good things. Martha Stewart said it well, “Everywhere I go, I always look for creative entrepreneurs, whether its artisans and craftsmen, small farmers and gardeners, or restaurateurs who use fresh, locally sourced ingredients.” Where can ingredients get fresher than at our local farmers’ market? Plus, when you buy produce or plants that you may not be familiar with, the farmer or vendor can likely provide suggestions (whether on planting or preparation), making it easier to try new things for your family. Using The Farmers’ Market has a way to expand the palate for you and your family and find news ways to prepare dishes. Or, perhaps a few good ole’ southern recipes need to be dusted off and revived. Nothing beats a fresh blackberry cobbler like Grandma used to make or a freshly cooked pot of pinto beans and cornbread. Yum!
Each farmer or vendor who participates in The Farmers’ Market has his or her own, unique story. Many come from farming families that go generations back, still working the family land. Some are new to farming and are working to achieve organic certification. Some are retired from corporate life and taking up a new career to help sustain their families and others. Whatever the reason, The Farmers’ Market hopes to highlight as many individual stories as possible this year. After all, what would we do without the farming community? As Daniel Webster stated, “The farmers are the founders of civilization.”
In the first three years of operation, the market has grown and includes special events most Saturdays that everyone in the family, including the four-legged members, can enjoy. You may find a yoga class to try, while Fido and Fifi enjoy their own pool party just chillin’ with the gang. And those food trucks with their specialties are always fun — and not just fair food anymore. Don’t forget about the annual events — the Ice Cream Festival and Harvest Fest — those are special in their own rights.
The Farmers’ Market’s long term goal/objective is to include even more local vendors to meet the mission of providing fresh, local produce; meats and eggs (raised locally); flowers and plants suited to our region; baked goods; organic juices; handmade soaps; homemade doggie treats with natural ingredients; and more. The market plans to widen the range of opportunities for patrons to experience such as an expansion to the yoga program, artistic opportunities, music and local business sponsorships.
The Farmers’ Market is beginning a new program for local, handmade artisans (juried vendors). Once a month, artisans will be part of the market. Who knows what artwork/crafts may be available? The arts are an integral part of the culture of our community. Enjoy a new place to gain an appreciation of the efforts of local artisans skilled in individually designed jewelry, pottery, oils/watercolors, photography, needlework and more.
Love to sing or have a band? Contact Megan Ledbetter at the Village of Clemmons to check out opportunities to provide entertainment for the Saturday Farmers’ Market. Share your talent; show your talent; embrace your talent!
Why not take the opportunity to be a weekly sponsor at The Farmers’ Market? This is an excellent means to get the word out about local businesses. Select the Saturday of your choice (especially good for seasonal businesses). As part of your sponsorship, a table and tent will be provided, and you will be able to hand out information and/or discuss your business with potential clients. A wonderful free marketing opportunity to grow your business! Contact the Village of Clemmons (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
Don’t forget to visit the market now across from the Dog Park at Tanglewood, but, again, it will be moving after the Ice Cream Festival on August 27th to its permanent new home at Village Hall, 3715 Clemmons Road in Clemmons.
For more information on the Farmers’ Market, contact Shannon Ford, Marketing/Communications Director for the Village of Clemmons, at 336.766.7511, Megan Ledbetter, Village Planning and Community Director for the Village of Clemmons, at MLedbetter@clemmons.org, at 336.766.7511 or check the website (www.clemmons.org).