Davidson Farmers Market Seeks Community Support – Help if you can!

Davidson, NC    Here is an email from Market Manager Justin seeking donations to keep the market viable for the future of our great community.

In 2008, the Davidson Farmers Market (DFM) started with the mission to connect shoppers to local farmers, purveyors, and artisans to access fresh local foods and goods made within a 100 mile radius of Davidson, NC. For over a decade, DFM has grown from a dozen vendors to over 40 small businesses providing a variety of fresh produce, proteins, dairy, breads and baked goods, prepared foods, and health and wellness products. Our loyal shoppers have increased over time, and we now serve over 600 shoppers a week.  The market community represents the beauty and inclusion that make Davidson distinctive, and shoppers and vendors have kept the market going all these years.

But nobody could have predicted the challenges DFM and our community would face this year, and now we need your help to continue the market’s work and to keep Davidson’s community strong, safe, and healthy.

When DFM shut down in March because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Board of Directors committed to the safety of vendors, shoppers, and the community, while at the same time keeping our shoppers fed and our vendors in business. We have offered online shopping and off-site pick-up locations as a temporary solution; we’ve also been meeting weekly to plan how DFM will reopen, operate, and continue to expand its mission.

The first thing DFM did was waive all vendor fees for the 2020 season, to give every vendor financial relief and the ability to continue participating at the market. The second decision, to not solicit sponsorship support from small businesses as in years past, came from the same commitment to reduce the financial burden of those hard hit by mandated closures. These two decisions will impact DFM’s operating budget and ability to expand programming, but they come from DFM’s core mission and values. Without our vendors, there is no market.  Without our Main Street businesses, there is no Davidson. We are a community, above everything else.

DFM has a new plan and has added to our mission. We will continue to provide a safe, healthy space for shoppers to access fresh local produce and support small local businesses.

This summer we will reopen with:

  • New shopping opportunities including pre-order pick-up;
  • Three new vendors;
  • Increased programming to allow EVERYONE access to food; and
  • A system and layout that keeps everyone safe.

This plan requires DFM to pay for:

  • New equipment including tents, tables, and hand sanitizer stations;
  • Signage and barriers;
  • Vendor masks and cleaning products, including shopper amenities; and
  • Additional staff.
We need the help of our community and loyal shoppers to make this happen. We are asking that you help by making a donation of $10 to save our 40 vendors and keep DFM continuing for another 12 years.

Your $10 will keep 40 small businesses operating at the Davidson Farmers Market, continue shoppers’ access to fresh local foods and goods, and strengthen DFM’s operations to ensure our community is thriving and healthy every Saturday for years to come.

Generous community members who give $100 or more will be recognized as Market Sustainers in upcoming DFM newsletters.

Help us TODAY so we can be back together again listening to the talents of Dylan Underwood on the Stage for Stephen, sipping our morning brew from Summit Coffee, eating Bleu Barn Bistro breakfast burritos, and sharing the beautiful produce and goods we bought. Give $10 to save 40 and let’s get back to our Saturday morning tradition and community.

Happy eating,
Justin

DONATE TODAY!

Clark Goff – Allen Tate Davidson (author of this Blog) continues to be the Title Sponsor of the Davidson Farmers Market.

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Davidson Farmers Market This Week – Memorial Day Cookout?

Davidson, NC   This Week’s Farmers Offerings and fundraiser.

From Justin, Market Manager – Wow! The DFM community showed up yesterday when we launched our Give $10 Save 40 campaign. We have a goal to raise $25,000 in order to reopen the market with new equipment, sanitizer stations, cover the cost for our 40 vendors to participate, and hire additional staff for our new market procedures and programs. You can read more about the Give $10 campaign here.

In less than 24 hours we are at the halfway point of our goal! We can’t thank our shoppers and supporters enough. If you would like to support DFM and help us reopen, please donate here. We know we can reach our goal by Memorial Day and then get to work reopening!

This week’s offerings

DAILY OFF-SITE PICK-UP SCHEDULE

Friday May, 22

Batistini Farms NEW 2020 VENDOR
Organic & Real Family Estate Olive Oil, Thick & Aged Balsamic, No Artificial or Additives, NON GMO & Gluten Free

Orders: Pre-order online or text Tom at 919-740-0998
Pick-up: 1) Off-site pick-up Friday, 10:00 am – Noon, Davidson Library parking lot, 2) Home delivery on Friday with 2+ items (please note in order ‘home delivery’), 3) Shipment via USPS – flat rate $6.95
To Know: During checkout, under shipping, click Flat Rate and select LOCAL for $0 charge. Under notes add DFM

Saturday May, 23

Two Pigs Farm
A variety of pork, beef, and chicken 

Order: Shop online and pre-order for pick-up
Pick-up: Off-site pick-up Saturday, 10:00 am – Noon, Davidson Library parking lot
To Know: A variety of sausage great for any meal during the day

Gilcrest Natural Farm
A variety of beef, pork, chicken, and egg products 

Orders: Online store, pre-orders
Deadline: Pre-order/online orders due 1:00 pm day before pick-up
Pick-up: 1) Off-site pick-up Saturday, 9:00 am – 11:00 am, Davidson Library parking lot (online pre-orders), 2) At farm drive thru pick-up: Tuesday Noon – 1:00 pm & Thursday 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm (online pre-orders), 3) Charlotte Regional Farmers Market, Building E 7:30 am – 1:00 pm (online pre-order & select inventory onsite)
To Know: Sign-up for their newsletter on the website to stay in the know with the most updated info and options. Chicken cuts will be restocked 5/21. Thank you for supporting Gilcrest Natural Farm during these challenging times.

Raceway Berry Farm 
Fresh-cut flowers and arrangements 

Order: Shop online and pre-order for pick-up
Deadline: For pre-orders, Friday 5/22 Noon
Pick-up: 1) Off-site pick-up Saturday, 9:00 am – 11:00 am, Davidson Library parking lot, 2) Pick-up at farm Friday 5/22, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm, 3) Delivery options available
To Know:

Seasonal Arrangements: Mason jar ($10), White ceramic ($20), Hobnail glass container ($45)

Flower Bundles: Spring flower bundle ($15), Rose and farm flower bundle ($25), Snapdragons/5 stems ($6), Sweet William/12-14 stem ($11), and more flowers online.

Herb Bundles: Chive ($2), Mint ($2), Rosemary ($2), and Dill ($2)

Heritage Harvest Farms
Wellness honey, mushrooms, and flowers 

Orders: Pre-order on website
Deadline: Friday 5/22, Noon
Pick-up: 1) Off-site pick-up every Saturday, 9:00 am – Noon, Davidson Library parking lot, 2) Free home delivery for orders $40+ within a 5 mile radius of Davidson (order on website with code STRONGERTOGETHER to bypass shipping and note your delivery or Davidson pick-up location preference)
To Know: 

Big Box $50 (Saturday only): 1 lb. farmer’s choice fresh mushrooms, 1 qt. NC strawberries, 1 freshly baked gluten-friendly honey oat emmer wheat loaf, 7 oz fresh romaine/oak leaf/frill lettuce mix, 7 oz arugula, gold tone beet bundle, and 1 dozen farm eggs

Shroom Box $30: 2 lb. farmer’s choice fresh mushrooms

Little Box $20: 1 lb. farmer’s choice fresh mushrooms & 14 oz arugula and lettuce mix

Flowers: Bouquets in 2 sizes with a mix of ranunculus, snapdragons, foxglove, delphinium & more! Gift certificates also available!

Wellness & Speciality Local Honey (6oz): Body Boost Cordyceps, Head honey lion’s mane & Immune Impact Reishi (6oz & pint), Wicked Whiskey (Broad Branch Distillery barrel-aged), Creamed & Raw honeys.

Broad Spectrum Full Double Mushroom Extracts (2oz): Immune Impact Reishi, Body Boost Cordyceps & Wellness Warrior Chaga + Turkey Tail

Local Mushrooms: Lion’s Mane (culinary & medicinal), Black Pearl, Velvet Pioppino/Chestnut, Shiitake, Oyster & dried mushrooms. Chef each wee for specialty foraged varieties!

Wednesday May, 27

Mood Indigo Soaps
Natural essential oil wellness & beauty products

Orders: Pre-order online, note ‘local pick-up’ in shipping section
Pick-Up: Off-site pick-up Wednesday, 11:00 am – Noon Davidson Library parking lot
To Know: Handcrafted small batch, all natural bath and body products. Soaps, body butters, scrubs, face masks, bath bombs, lip balms and men’s beard products made in Davidson, NC.

Big Oak Farm
A variety of beef and pork products 

Orders: Email Pre-orders
Deadline: Tuesday 5/26, 5:00 pm
Pick-Up: 1) Off-site pick-up Wednesday, 9:00 am – 10:00 am Davidson Library parking lot, 2) Pick-up at Farm with arranged date and time
To Know: Limited supply on breakfast sausage and uncured bacon – first come, first served.

Thursday May, 28

Fair Share Farm
A variety of micro-greens, lettuces, juice greens, etc.

Orders: Pre-order online
Deadline: Thursday 5/28, 5:30 am
Pick-Up: Off-site pick-up Thursday, 4:00pm – 5:30pm, Davidson Library parking lot
To Know:

$25 Produce Box includes spring mix, micro mix, beets, kale, radish or turnip bunch, fresh herbs, sweet potatoes.

Fair Share Farm Add-Ons: Head lettuce ($3), Micro-greens $4-$5 (depends on variety), and Gem blend lettuce ($5).

Other Producer Add-Ons: Harmony Ridge Farm Eggs ($5.59), Bobby Boy Bakery Sourdough ($8), Barbee Strawberries ($6), and Bush-N-Vine Strawberries ($6)

This week’s offerings

AT FARM PICK-UP AND ONLINE STORES

Coldwater Creek Farms
Variety of produce, whole wheat flour, grits, and cornmeal

Order: CSA and pre-order – text 828-409-0948 or email to place your order
Deadline: Friday 5/22, 5:00 pm
Pick-up: Every Saturday, 9:00 am – 10:00 am, at 106 Eden Street, Davidson (behind Davidson post office) for CSA and pre-order pick-up
To Know: Currently available curly and lacinato kale, beets, celery, radishes, Swiss chard, green onions, bok choi, red lettuce, Romaine lettuce, garlic scapes, pork chops thick and thin, hot and mild breakfast sausage, chorizo, bratwurst, kielbasa, Boston butt roast, and ribs. Also available Cackleberry farms feta and farmstead cheese.

Barbee Farms
A variety of fresh produce

Orders: Email pre-orders. Include name, phone number and order
Pick-Up: 1) Barbee farm stand is open Monday – Friday Noon – 5:30 pm and Saturday 10:00 am – 3:00 pm email pre-order or at stand shopping available.
To Know: Available this week includes broccoli, collards, eggs, green kale (bunch), lettuce (red and green leaf head), Romaine lettuce (head), green onions (bunch), sweet potatoes, strawberries (quart, 1/2 gallon, gallon), tomatoes (from our greenhouse), and basil plants. For a complete list of farm stand offerings available visit Barbee Farm’s website

Flying Fish Seafood
A selection fish and seafood

Order: Pre-order online or walk-in during regular hours (hours below)
Pick-up: 106 Eden Street, Davidson, Thursday 3:00 pm – 6:00pm and Friday Noon – 5:00 pm
To Know: Catch of the week: Flounder, mahi-mahi, shrimp, and dry pack sea scallops.

Updog Kombucha 
Local kombucha and merchandise 

Order: Order online
Pick-up: Home delivery!!! Within 25 miles of Uptown Charlotte delivered on Mondays & Thursdays.
To Know:  Order a 12 pack of bottled kombucha in a variety of flavors. Merchandise also available.

Fading D Farm
Buffalo mozzarella, gelato, and meat

Order: Email pre-orders
Deadline: Wednesdays
Pick-up: Fading D Farm Store, 295 Fading D Farm Road, Salisbury, NC 28144 (hours vary)
To Know: Also available at Your Mom’s Donuts and Crossing Farm in Lexington, NC.

Essential Soap
Soaps, essential oils, and more beauty and wellness items 

Order: Shop online via Etsy
Pick-up: Mailed to you!
To Know: Essential Soap Company is extending its free domestic shipping when you purchase 3 or more items online via Etsy, mix or match and enjoy your favorite products this summer!

Correll Farms
A variety of fresh produce

Orders: Shop at Correll Farms’ farm stand, Saturday 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Pick-Up: Farm Stand (Correll Farms), 1185 Woodleaf Barber Road, Cleveland, NC 27013
To Know: Available this week – assortment of lettuces, kale, collards, Swiss chard, bok choi, koji, Napa cabbage, celery, kohlrabi, fennel, and more. If you would like to preorder for pickup, please visit their Facebook page and Red Barn/Correll Farms and order using link.

Cannizzaro Sauces
Italian sauces

Orders: Pre-order online
Pick-Up: 1) Matthews Farmers Market every Saturday, 2) Home delivery within 15 miles of SouthPark orders $40+
To Know: Sauces include marinara, arrabbiata, mushroom, vodka, vegan marinara, and piccata

Cackleberry Farms
Fresh local cheeses 

Orders: Shop at the farm for a variety of cheeses
Pick-up: Pick-up at the farm, 7300 Untz Road, Concord, NC 28027
Know: Open on Saturdays, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Hercules Kettle Corn
Fresh kettle corn by the bag

Orders: Email Pre-orders
Pick-up: FREE home deliveries within a 10 mile radius of Davidson, other deliveries optional
To Know: $10 Big Herc bag, $6 Little Herc bag

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