This Week at DFM: Aug. 13
August 13, 2022
9 am – 12 pm, Rain or Shine, No Pets Please!
Shopping starts at the ringing of the market bell.
Happy National Farmers Market Week! And, as always, this Saturday the Davidson Farmers Market will be loaded full of locally sourced produce, proteins, baked goods and specialty products. How wonderfully great it is to have a farmers market right around the corner from where you live! Remember, farmers markets don’t just happen! And the most important way to make sure they stick around is to get involved. Read below for a message from Amy Diamond, DFM Board President…
Dear DFM shoppers,
I have been away a lot this summer and have missed my mornings at our market. As often as possible, when traveling, I seek out local farmers’ markets. I love to see how they do things and what the vendors have to share and to buy food that is local to that particular place. It’s a great way to engage with the community and to foster even more appreciation for the Davidson Farmers Market.
Our market is so many things. First and foremost, we are a source of the highest quality local food and produce. We are an important income source for over 35 local farmers and bakers and growers and makers. They count on Saturdays and often tell me that our market is a very good one for them. For some people it is a focused shopping trip. They know what they want and are buying food for the week’s meals. Others come for the community- a chance to engage with others and to reconnect. And for some it is an opportunity to give back. DFM is a non-profit market and we turn to the community for support. Sometimes that support comes through actual financial contributions or sponsorships and sometimes it comes through volunteering. Every Saturday a group of green vested folks come out, rain or shine, to set up the tents and tables and help our vendors unload their trucks and then, at noon, to put it all away.
On August 20th, we will be kicking off our Fall Apple Fundraiser. Fresh, mountain grown apples will be sold by the pound and all profits go directly to our operating costs. I hope you will come to the market table and buy some of these delicious varieties of apples.
And that brings me to something else- the fabulous people who serve on the Davidson Farmers Market Board. We are a real mixed bag of skills and experience but we all love the Market and want to see it flourish. And we could use your help. We are looking for new Board members who want to add their skills and passion to DFM. Each Saturday, starting August 20th, Board members will be staffing the Apple Fundraiser Table and would love to tell you more about what we do as board members and to answer your questions about where you could fit in.
Please stop by!
Amy Diamond, DFM Board President
August 13 – National Farmers Market Celebration, DFM music by ion Sound, Q&A with Mecklenburg Master Gardeners
August 20 – DFM music by Under the Tree Band, Q&A with Mecklenburg Master Gardeners
August 27 – DFM music by Papa Greybeard, Q&A with Mecklenburg Master Gardeners,
Mike and Dawn Smith of Big Oak Farm are part of a family of farmers who have been proudly involved in agriculture for over 100 years. Big Oak Farm focuses on all-natural beef products. Their beef products are USDA inspected and vacuum sealed for freshness and preservation of their all-natural flavor. Make sure to stop by and taste the Big Oak Farm goodness this Saturday!
The Apples are Coming, The Apples are Coming
Find your favorite apple pie recipe and your biggest tote bag and get ready for the much anticipated DFM Annual Apple Fundraiser set to start Saturday, August 20th! There will be a variety of mountain fresh apples for purchase, sold by the pound or tote. All proceeds go directly to the operating costs of the Davidson Farmers Market. Look in next week’s newsletter for more information about the apples and their orchard. If you would like to help with the sale, please email Courtney Spear, DFM market coordinator.
DFM Growing Kids Club
The Davidson Farmers Market is happy to announce the return of the DFM Growing Kids Club. This special program allows young gardeners to sell their home-grown produce (free booth rental). Any child can participate two times per year. [email protected] for more information.
Thank you to those who made the DFM special last week… the Town of Davidson for helping to keep our Market clean, the DFM vendors for providing a bounty of fresh, healthy local products, the DFM Sponsors for their financial support and the DFM Green team who continue to volunteer their time, talent and energy and the DFM musicians for the beautiful music!
A huge thank you to those individuals who donate to support the DFM. Your support enables the market’s mission and helps sustain DFM as a vibrant community gathering place and source for healthy, locally grown produce and products. To make a donation, visit our secure, online gift form or mail a check to PO Box 2534, Davidson, NC 28036. All donations are tax deductible.
DFM “Need to Knows”
Market hours: 9 am until 12 pm
Shopping starts at the ringing of the market bell. No entrance to market area prior to bell.
Payment: Most vendors accept cash and credit cards.
Parking: You can find public parking along Main Street, Jackson Street, the Davidson Presbyterian Church parking lot at the corner of Depot & Jackson Streets.. All of which are just a short walk form a Market entrance.
No pets: While we all love to have dogs around town, the Davidson Farmers Market is a dog & pet free Market. Pets are not permitted within the Market grounds. As always, service animals are welcome.
Questions: Look for the DFM Market Tent or [email protected]