Announcing our 2016 Season

Oakley Farmers Market has some new and exciting big news to share!

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This winter we have been working diligently on finding a new location for the Market. We are sad to leave the Oakley United Methodist Church . Based on customer and vendor feedback we are moving to the parking lot of the Screendoor at 115 Fairview Road, Asheville, NC 28803.

Our 2016 Vendor Application is now available. If you or know of anyone who wants to join us as vendor at the Oakley Farmers Market please pass this information along to them.

The market will be open from May 5, 2016 until September 29, 2016 on Thursdays from 3:30pm to 6:30pm.  Stay tuned for more details on coming market events and news about this season’s vendors.

2015 Season

Good Morning! We – everyone at the OFM – wanted to let our dedicated followers know the 2015 Farmers Market Season Dates! We will open every Thursday from 3:30 – 6:30 pm starting May 7th through September 24th 2015. If you would like to become a Vendor for the 2015 Season please click here.

A few reminders! We are a kid friendly Farmers Market! (refer to picture!) FullSizeRender  We have all kinds of wonderful produce available! 585

IMG_5849   We also have a food truck that comes! So come on and stop by on May 7th starting at 3:30pm!

NEW PLAYGROUND COMING TO THE MARKET!

-Please come out to help us clear the land and install the new equipment-

contact us at oakleyfarmersmarket@gmail.com to find out dates

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Our Raffle to raise funds for the market, including a new Children’s Playground, was a BIG success!

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NCGS § 66-255 Changes to Farmers Market Requirements

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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!