This Week at DFM: September 17
Prime Season Weekly Newsletter
September 17, 2022
9 am – 12 pm, Rain or Shine, No Pets Please!
Shopping starts at the ringing of the market bell.
While I have always said that the Davidson Farmers Market is a rain or shine Market those words really took on new meaning last Saturday. Quite simply it poured the entire time! And it was one of the best Markets I can remember. Not because the attendance was super high or because sales were extraordinary and our vendors sold out of everything, no, not because of those reasons. It was wonderful because it demonstrated, in live action, what a community is all about. Loyal shoppers came with raincoats and umbrellas and bought what they needed for the week. DFM’s amazing volunteers set up in the rain and dismantled the market in the rain, sometimes getting massive amounts of water, which had puddled on the tents, dumped on their heads. They sold apples and answered questions and smiled. Our vendors didn’t just break down their tents and tables. They brought their trucks onto the lot and loaded up the equipment and drove it to the shed. This cooperation and support are what makes our Market very special. So, from the bottom of my heart, thank you! I left the Market on Saturday wet to the skin and very proud of the community we have created. See you next week- rain or shine!
Amy, DFM Board Chair
The DFM will continue the Apple Fundraiser this Saturday. The apples are mountain fresh
and perfect for any Fall recipe.
Apples available this Saturday at the DFM:
$5/lb, $8/2lb bag
The Davidson Farmers Market Board applications are open, and are available on our website, www.davidsonfarmersmarket.org. Applications will be due with a $25 non-refundable application fee no later than November 15, 2022.
Applicants will be notified of their acceptance or denial no later than December 1, 2022.
September 17 – DFM Apple Fundraiser, DFM music by Under the Tree, Lions Club broom sale, Q&A with Mecklenburg Master Gardeners
September 24 – DFM Apple Fundraiser, DFM music by Rusty Knox, Q&A with Mecklenburg Master Gardeners
It has been 15 years since a small group of Davidson citizens decided we needed a Farmers Market. I doubt even the most ardent fan of markets or the most optimistic could have imagined the Market we have today. With close to 40 vendors, an average of 1800 shoppers a week and strong community support we set a high standard for what a local, producer only market should look like. Saturday mornings are a cacophony of sights and sounds and smells and I delight in finding a few minutes to sit and take it all in. I love to watch the families introducing their children to fresh fruits and vegetables and piling carriages high with flowers or seeing a small hand reach up to touch a brightly colored pepper. I listen to vendors answering questions about how to best prepare okra or explaining about different types of mushrooms. Our vendors are passionate about their product because they produce it themselves and despite long lines and hot sun, they always seem pleased to be at the Market. It feels so good to see people listening to the music and placing tips in the can, and sometimes singing along. Maybe you are part of a group or a club or a team that would like to come out and help set up and enjoy the perks of fellowship and early bird shopping.
So come to shop or volunteer or both, and take some time to let all the special parts of the Market really sink in. It’s worth the time!
DFM Vendor Applications
Applications for the 2023 season are now being accepted. The application is available below and also on www.davidsonfarmersmarket.org. Applications are due with a $25 non-refundable application fee no later than October 1, 2022. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance or denial no later than November 15, 2022.
Peaches `N Cream
Bad news: Last Saturday was the final Saturday for Peaches `N Cream for the 2022 Prime Market Season.
Good news: They will be for the 2023 Prime Market Season!
Have a great Fall and Winter Peaches `N Cream!
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, the DFM Green team who continues to volunteer 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.
Davidson Farmers Market partners with a local food pantry, Hearts and Hands. Each week the DFM offers a donation bin for the DFM Community to drop their donations. The bin is located at the DFM Market Tent.
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].