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Ashe County Farmers Market to Hold 2012 Expo/Seed Swap on Saturday, March 10, at West Jefferson Family Central Community Center

Press Release from Ashe County Farmers Market

March 5, 2012. West Jefferson — On Saturday, March 10, 2012, the Ashe County Farmers Market (ACFM) will hold its annual Expo/Seed Swap at the Family Central Community Center from 8:30 am – 1:00 pm.  Vendors wishing to sell at the market during the 2012 season are strongly encouraged to come to the Expo and register.  The fee to join the market is $40.00 for the season and is due upon registration.  During the Saturday Market season, any non-permanent space vendor will pay an additional $10.00 space rental fee.  For the Wednesday Markets, “All Vendors” will pay an additional $5.00 space rental fee.

Vendors offering farm-raised goods, nursery items and prepared foods are encouraged to register (sign up) for 2012 at the March Expo/Seed Swap.  Please bring copies of any updated certifications, such as your water test inspections, when you register (sign up).  If you are not able to attend the March Expo to register, you may register at the Farmers Market with the Market Manager or Assistant Market Manager either before the market opens or during the 2012 season. You must be registered to sell any items at the ACFM.

The annual Farmers Market Expo offers more than just vendor registration.  During the Expo, don’t forget about the Annual “Seed Swap”.  “Bring” as many of your favorite seeds as possible and share them with others and in exchange take home seeds from other vegetable growers, tree growers or nursery growers.

The Expo/Seed Swap schedule can be found along with registration forms, market policies and vendor guidelines on the market’s website at www.ashefarmersmarket.com.

ACFM Expo/Seed Swap Schedule:    

8:30 am – 1:00 pm – Vendor Registration

8:30 am – 12:30 pm – Annual “Seed Swap” Richard Boylan, Area Agent, Alternative Agriculture, NC Cooperative Extension

10:00 am – 12:30 pm – Apple Tree Grafting Hands-on Workshop – Ron & Suzanne Joyner – Big Horse Creek Farm, Lansing, NC

11:00 am – 12:00 noon – Class on Vegetable Varieties and Succession Planting – Richard Boylan

Adjourn for the Day

Opening Day for the Ashe County Farmers’ Market is Saturday, April 14, 2012 and will be open every Saturday thru October 2012.  The Wednesday Market will open July 11, 2012 and will be open thru September.  Hours of operation on Saturdays and Wednesdays are from 8:00 AM until 1:00 PM.               


John Smyre – Market Manager -336-877-4141

Amanda Wineberg – Assistant Market Manager 336-977-3187