NCGS § 66-255 Changes to Farmers Market Requirements

NC Revenue Building

Please consider writing your NC state legislators and asking them to reverse new requirements which make farmers markets monitor the sales tax status of their vendors. This requirement is burdensome in that it over-extends are already busy volunteers and detracts from other market activities.

You can read more about these requirements over on Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project’s website.

Below is a sample e-mail that you can send to your legislator, who you can locate on the North Carolina General Assembly website.

Representative *INSERT NAME*,

In response to the changes to N.C.G.S. § 66-255 and its application to specialty markets (see here to the legislative analysis from the NC Farm Bureau and Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project - http://fromhere.org/news/new-nc-legislation-n-c-g-s-%C2%A7-66-255-to-impact-farmers-markets/), I respectfully request that you make an effort to remove this requirement from the farmers markets.

I certainly understand the need to ensure that the State collects the money that its due, but, this regulation represents one more hoop that detracts farmers markets from their core missions.  The regulatory burden on farmers markets is already onerous in that individuals who are volunteering to bring a service to their community which feeds people, provides farmers with an accessible marketplace, and encourages entrepreneurship (within a venue that is unmatched in its value for startup businesses) get caught up in trying to understand a confusing myriad of rules at all levels of government.

I feel that it’s irresponsible to make the farmers market complicit in aiding to collect sales tax.  Farmers markets simply provide a temporary rental space for vendors to engage in the sales of their wares (similar to say a mall or shopping center).  The relationship is that of a tenant and a landlord and it’s an overstep to imply that a landlord has any responsibility in ensuring that the tenant is paying their basic civic debts.

Please consider revising this legislation and allowing farmers market volunteers to return to our actual mission rather than overwhelming community oriented folks who may not be well versed in accounting and tax issues with this unnecessary bureaucratic process.

Thank you,

*YOUR NAME*

2014 Market Applications Now Available!

Fresh Local Produce

The Oakley Farmers Market is now accepting vendor applications for the 2014 market season. Local farmers, value-added food producers and crafters are welcome to apply.

Vendor membership is $150 for the season for applications received by the early-bird deadline of Feb. 24. Membership rates increase to $175 after Feb. 24.

The 2014 market will be held 3:30-6:30 p.m. Thursdays May 8 – Oct. 16 in the parking lot behind Oakley United Methodist Church, 607 Fairview Road, Asheville. Online applications are available at oakleyfarmersmarket.wordpress.com/forms/. For details, contact Carly Esslinger at oakleyfarmersmarket@gmail.com or call 828-407-0188.

Recruiting Market Volunteers and Board of Directors Members

Volunteers Wanted

 

We’re already in the middle of planning the 2014 season for Oakley Farmers Market and we could always use more help.  Oakley Farmers Market is recruiting volunteers and potential members for our Board of Directors who are interested in helping to create a venue for community within Oakley while tackling issues of food security and providing space for entrepreneurs.

If you’re interested, fill out our volunteer form so we know where to plug you in and what you can commit to.  Please spread the word to anyone you know who might be interested.

The Second Annual Harvest Festival is October 3!

Our second season is wrapping up, and the only sensible thing to do is throw another party!  Join us October 3 during market hours from 3:30 – 6:30 for a lovingly prepared home cooked dinner from our vendor’s wonderful food.  Stick around for a raffle drawing for gift baskets choc full of amazing gifts from our vendors, and tell the kids they have their own raffle drawing!  See what else is in store for this great celebration:

Pumpking Carving

Farm Animals

Scavenger Hunt

Fresh Pressed Apple Cider

Tractors

Balloon Art

Face Painting

Story Time

Live Music

…And a whole lot more!

SEE YA THERE!

 

Party Down at the Summer Splash!

Summer Splash is Here!
We’re so excited to host yet another fun neighborhood party before summer ends!  Let the kids play in the water and enjoy other fun activities like scavenger hunts, balloon art, and story time.  Enjoy delicious samples from our vendors and enter our raffle contest for great prizes!!

Credit Cards now Accepted for Market Bucks!
We’ve been working hard to get our new “Market Bucks” to you, and it’s finally here!  Come by the info tent and use your credit card for a quick, easy purchase of market bucks.  Use them with any vendor throughout the entire market!

Blessing of the Backpacks

Hey kids, as part of the Oakley Farmer’s Market “Summer Splash” on Thursday, August 15, Pastor Rick from Oakley United Methodist will offer a Blessing of the Backpacks.  So bring your backpacks to the market and Pastor Rick will offer a prayer for you and your backpack before the new school year gets under way.  And tell the adults you know to bring their computer bags or other work-related bags, and Pastor Rick will bless those, too.

Sample some Cajun Sausage this week!

italian stuffed cabbage

Spice it up this week with Cajun Sausage!  Check out the recipe for these italian stuffed cabbages here!
Vandele Farms will be offering samples of cajun sausage, and if that’s not tempting enough, they’re alsoon sale at $5.50/lb (normally $6.50/lb)!

And check out these other new Items:

Garlic scapes, snow peas, spring mix, new potatoes, cucumbers and broccoli
Peaches
Cherries
Roses and Gardenias in bloom

Produce

broccoli ~ cherries ~ collards ~ cucumbers ~ garlic scapes ~ herbs ~ kale ~ mixed greens ~ mustard greens ~ new potatoes ~ onions ~ peaches ~ radishes ~ red leaf lettuce ~ romaine lettuce ~ shiitake mushrooms ~ snow peas ~ spinach ~ vegetable and herb starts

Meat

eggs ~ chicken ~ beef ~ pork ~ lamb ~ rabbit

…And more!

artisanal breads ~ sweet and savory baked goods ~ glazed nuts ~ boiled peanuts ~ cheesecakes ~ raw chocolate ~ cacao shots ~ hanging flower baskets ~ potted plants ~ landscaping plants ~ bath salts, sprays and scrubs ~ handmade soaps ~ candles ~ jewelry ~ polymer clay crafts ~ handsewn items ~ pottery ~ glass art ~ herbal teas ~ organic clothing ~ cut flowers

Peaches, Potatoes and Pesto!

Visit Whispersholler Farm to get peaches while they’re fresh!  

Dig into pesto this week at Finally Farm.  Toss it with some seasonal veggies available now, such as potatoes, snow peas, broccoli, or anything that catches your eye and tempts your palate!  Voila, dinner!

Whole milk now available! Farm to Home Milk is now offering 100% grass fed creamline whole milk!  This low temp pasteurized, non-homogenized milk preserves the naturally occurring probiotics in the milk.  Come by the info tent to sample some and purchase a bottle!

Oakley Community Garden News!  Please help us spread the word that our community garden is ready to give away free produce to those in need every Monday evening from 6:30pm to 8pm.  If you would like to join our team and lend a hand, please email oakleycommunitygarden@gmail.com to join the list serve.  Workdays are Monday evenings at 6:30pm and Thursday mornings at 10am.

For the kids…Face painting and naturally flavored snow cones!

**And remember to check out our online calendar to see upcoming activities and events!

Music this week with:
Dan Keller

See y’all Thursday!

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