New vendors galore!
You may have seen the exciting news in today’s Salisbury post. But here it is from our own newsletter: A bunch of new vendors are joining the Salisbury Farmers’ Market this year. Four new produce vendors (one is also an artist/crafter), a meat vendor, a dog treats specialist, a jam/jelly vendor, and more will join our lineup. Not all will be there on opening day, but you can expect our regular Friday emails to pretty well cover who will and won’t be at market and what products they’ll have available.
Here’s a list of new vendors (pending site visits):
Hutchins Homestead (produce and other products)
Spring Lake Family Farms (hydroponic leafy produce and herbs)
Twin Oak Farms (formerly Frank Patterson Farm) (produce, herbs, plants)
ReWorked (Produce and art upcycled from worn out denim and antique bottles)
Thomas Family Farm (beef and pork)
Vanhoose Cake Connection (cakes, cookies, pies and more)
JB Dog Treats (peanut butter & wheat based dog treats)
Teachers Can, Too! (jams, jellies, apple butter)
Other semi-new vendors:
SandyCreek Farm (mushrooms, berries, jams, house plants) (they did and will continue Wednesday evenings)
MikNik Farms (grains & dried apples) (they did and will continue Wednesday evenings)
Fading D Farms (water buffalo cheese & meat) (technically not new, but we’re glad to have them back!)
Wednesday Summer Markets
Mornings & Evenings Continue
Wednesday morning and evening markets look set to double and triple the number of vendors. And in an exciting move for downtown and local food, the Wednesday evening market (5/25-8/31, weekly from 4-7pm) is moving to the Visitor’s Center parking lot on Lee St. Vendors will set up right next beneath the New Sarum Brewery grain silos. It’s just across the street and up a ramp from the Downtown Bus Station. The location will hopefully dramatically increase fresh produce access for folks working downtown and those commuting on the municipal bus network.
4/16: Opening Day
Salisbury Parks and Rec’s annual “Touch-a-Truck” even is happening starting at 10am in the lot that neighbors our Fisher & Jackson St. home. So we thought, “why not join the fun?” Board member David Correll called up James River Equipment and they’ll be bringing a big tractor out to the market for kids to pose with.
In addition to getting to check out and pose with the tractor, we’re planning a plant the seed activity and will have coloring supplies for kids.
Blue Love with Seth Grigg, 9-11am
The bluegrass boys joined us a few times last year and were wildly popular. I’m really looking forward to having them and a variety of new musicians out at the market this year!
4/16: Opening Day DETOURS
Parts of Fisher St and more may be closed
We’ll have some additional information with Friday’s newsletter.
New Food Access Program
Bread Riot’s Share the Harvest
A number of farmers’ market vendors participated in the “Holiday Harvest” box, which served 50 needy families over a week’s worth of vegetables (and black eye peas) for New Years. But we want to do more. Share the Harvest is a planned program that will buy unsold produce (eg. from farmers’ market vendors and gleaning efforts) and redistribute it to needy families. We’re hoping to keep working with partner agencies like childcare centers, Head Start and St. Jonn’s Lutheran Church, who helped us with the Holiday Harvest program. (Partners in Learning, Cornerstone Child Development Center (CDC) and St. John’s CDC were the partner childcare centers).
In a vote of confidence for the program and other hoped for food aid efforts, we received a grant from the Burt’s Bees Greater Good Foundation in Durham! $5,000 will help Bread Riot purchase supplies and food to include in the boxes, while also covering a little bit of our other overhead costs. If you’d like to support this program, please consider a tax deductible donation at breadriot.org/donate.
We expect to start the program with the advent of Summer. But please email email@example.com if you’re interested in volunteering!
That’s all for now. I look forward to seeing y’all on Opening Day!
Manager, Salisbury Farmer’s Market
Executive Director, Bread Riot