The Elkin Farmers Market opens Saturday with plans for an exciting summer.
“We are looking for an amazing Farmers Market season this year,” said Melissa Manning of Melissa’s Natural Pet Treats.
Manning is the Elkin representative for the Surry County Farmers Market, which also encompasses Dobson and Mount Airy and is a cooperative of local farmers such as Foothills Nature Farm and Campbell Family Nursery.
“We are striving to make our local Elkin Farmers Market a place to connect with the local growers, producers, and our community,” described Manning.
Farmers market vendors like Ring’s Farm and Big Creek Valley will carry a variety of items grown and produced in the region.
“Unfortunately, Mother Nature has provided a slow and chilly start to the growing season this year,” said Manning, “but we will have several produce vendors for the first market and more to follow in the coming weeks.
“We will have everyone’s perennial favorite vendors with a few new additions this year and as always music from up and coming local musicians. In addition we will have local handmade soaps, baked goods, pet treats, arts/crafts, farm fresh meats, native plants, leather goods, and llama fiber products, just to name a few.”
For the opening market, which will take place Saturday, Foothills Nature Farm will hold a cooking demonstration and each vendor like Pinnacle Hills Soaps and Apples & Spice Crafts and Bakery will have various spring specials.
“We are planning several special events to feature our vendors this year,” said Manning, who hopes doing so will help fellow small businesses like Ramah Farm, Alpacadabra and Miss Angels Farm and Heavenly Pies.
Elkin Farmers Market will be open from 9 a.m. to noon every Saturday through October with vendors such as Honey Bees Garden, Lil Sarah’s Bee Farm and Elk Creek Flower Farm as well as Olivia’s Legacy Meats and McCormick Farms.
Several weekends will be special event days.
“We are especially excited about the addition of Funfest featuring children’s activities,” said Manning, “and the return of The Dog Days of Summer which was one of our most popular and well attended events last year.”
This year the farmers market is partnering with Explore Elkin.
“Several vendors will offer discounts to the Elkin Explorer members this year,” said Manning.
“The participating vendors will have the Explore Elkin decal posted at their booths and members just need to show their Explore Elkin card to get the deals. The vendors and the discounts offered by each can be found on the Explore Elkin website.”
Most exciting may be the extended market offered the one weekend of each month with Music at the Market.
The first Music at the Market will take place April 27 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. and will continue the fourth Friday of each month excluding July.
“We will have music, beer and wine sales, Explore Elkin merchandise sales and several of our farmers market vendors with their goods for sale,” said Manning.
Kicking off the summer fun will be the first Food Truck Friday, which will take place this Friday, before the market opening on Saturday.
Pouring this month will be Slightly Askew Winery and Skull Camp Brewing with music by Chip Perry Band. Food trucks will be at the market from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., with alcohol served after 5:30 only.
Explore Elkin cups from last year can be used or new ones may be purchased upon proof of age during the event.
“We are excited about this opportunity [to have Music at the Market] and to have the chance to expose the fresh and always local goods we offer to individuals who may not be able to make it to our usual Saturday morning hours,” said Manning.
For more information about the Elkin Farmers Market and participating vendors, go to www.surrycountyfarmersmarket.com.
For more information about Explore Elkin events, go to www.exploreelkin.com.
Beanie Taylor can be reached at 336-258-4058 or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TBeanieTaylor.