This Week at DFM: July 17
Hello DFM Shoppers,
If you saw our email earlier this week, then you know how much DFM has grown in the past year! Before the pandemic we averaged 600 shoppers per Saturday. Now, we average 1800 shoppers! The growth is incredible and we are delighted to serve and welcome so many community members (Davidson and surrounding.)
With this growth means DFM needs to adjust and accommodate so the market continues to be a safe, healthy, welcoming, and thriving market for everyone. In the weeks to come, expect to see a few changes (mostly a more spread out market.) Until then –– while we adjust and get things in place –– we will keep the market area in the Jackson Street parking lot closed until we open at 9am. This is to ensure our vendors can arrive and setup without concern of a crowded area AND to keep our shoppers, staff, and volunteers safe while vendor cars and trucks are moving and being unloaded. If you arrive before 9am, please visit Summit Coffee and grab a drink and wait in the new gathering area around the market.
In addition to our growth, we’re excited to bring back DFM events and educational programs. We plan to kickoff these on September 4, but to do so we need to raise $15,000. During the pandemic we paused our events and programs and redistributed funds to keep our vendors and market going. With your help, we can bring back children and youth programs, chef demos and shopper cooking competitions, and launch new partnerships to increase health and wellness events. A gift of $25 today will help bring DFM back fully to continue serving our wonderful community!
This week, we continue to see lots of summer items showing up! Don’t miss on melons, corn, and field-grown tomatoes!
Gilcrest Natural Farms has chicken, beef, lamb (Sun Raised Foods), and egg; Jemdeeta Bakery has brookies, fudgy brownies, and mini chocolate cakes; Nonni’s Gourmet Kitchen is featuring their awesome asparagus (pickled) this week; and Nutty B’s has roasted cinnamon glazed Bavarian nuts.
Vendors away this week: Hercules Kettle Corn
If you choose pre-order and do not plan to shop in-person, you can skip the line and pick up your pre-order from the red Market Tent. Just give your name and who you pre-ordered from and our DFM volunteers will get your order for you.
To view this week’s full list of vendor offerings, please click this link.
We Ask That You Please
- Wear a mask if you are not fully vaccinated and when not socially distancing at DFM;
- Maintain social distancing when shopping: at least 6-feet;
- Credit card payments encouraged and accepted, keep cash payments to a minimum;
- Minimize gathering within the market, catch up with folks outside the market boundaries in the new gathering areas, and;
- No pets allowed in the market, certified service animals welcome.
Market Hours & Info
Prime Market hours are 9:00 a.m. – Noon, EVERY Saturday, located behind Summit Coffee on Main Street in the Jackson Street parking lot and surrounding area.
We kindly ask that shoppers wait until the market opens at 9am before shopping (listen for the bell). Vendors will not sell to shoppers prior to 9am.
IMPORTANT 2021 DATES:
- Prime Market Season April 3 – November 20
- Holiday Markets December 11 & 18
DFM highly encourages shoppers to wear a mask while shopping. We are following the 2-out-3 recommendation: If outside and socially distancing, then no mask; if outside and not socially distancing, wear a mask.