We hope everyone has had a wonderful winter! Everyone at the Oakley Farmers Market has been working hard in our off season to keep everything on track for the 2017 season.
Our vendor application can be found here – https://goo.gl/forms/hrQi8CLn2BxUc8D72 or on our Forms tab of our website!
We have an Early Bird Member Vendor Special running until March, 31, 2017 – $150, after that date it is $175. Our season will run from May, 4 through September, 28, 2017. Every Thursday from 3:30-6:30pm.
Oakley Farmers Market has some new and exciting big news to share!
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.
NEW PLAYGROUND COMING TO THE MARKET!
-Please come out to help us clear the land and install the new equipment-
contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out dates
Our Raffle to raise funds for the market, including a new Children’s Playground, was a BIG success!
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.
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 email@example.com or call 828-407-0188.
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.