Elkin Farmers Market
Supporting Local Farmers & Growing a Healthy Community
RFP – ELKIN, NC
Elkin Farmers Market Awnings
November 20, 2020
The Town of Elkin, NC, is accepting bids on improvements for 101 E Market Street in downtown Elkin. The open-air structure will be adding awnings on 3 additional sides. For further requirements, contact Laura Gaylord, Main St & Community Mgr, Town of Elkin, at 336-258-8908 or email@example.com. Deadline to submit proposals by email to the above address is Dec 4, 2020, at noon. Deadline is firm.
Estimate of all costs
Two references, if you are a new contractor to the Town of Elkin
Sunsetter Awnings, Nantucket Collection, Color Island Brown, Color #4951
5 - 20 foot awnings and
2 - 12 foot awnings
7 wind sensors
Send proposals via email (above) or by mail to:
Town of Elkin
Attn: Laura Gaylord
PO Box 857
Elkin, NC 28621
Review: Will be conducted by Main Street Manager and Main Street Advisory Board prior to end of 2020. Upon selection, all applicants will be contacted. Final approval will be given to the Board of Commissioners.
Late submissions will not be considered.
The Town of Elkin is not obligated to to reimburse for expenses to submit quotes.
RFP responses will become public record, and are subject to public disclosure.
The contract will be awarded to one contractor, and contracts will be reviewed by the City Attorney.
SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT FOR THE 2021 SEASON:
*** The Elkin Farmers Market updates will be added in March 2021. Please note, due to the spread of COVID-19, the Surry County Farmers Market is immediately adopting the following mission and rules:
- We want to continue to safely provide your healthy foods in a controlled environment.
- Until further notice, we want the public to treat the market as an essential shopping trip.
- Please do not come if you feel sick, and bring as few people as possible for your visit.
- Please pre-order from your favorite farmers, if possible, and let the vendor touch and bag your items for you.
- Please do not crowd the booths. Allow one customer at a time and respect the 6-foot social distance from any other person at the market as recommended by the CDC.
- Our healthy vendors will all be wearing masks and using hand sanitizer between each transaction.
- Pre-purchases for pick-up are encouraged.
- No sampling will be available.
As we all follow these precautions, we will be able to keep the market open as a safe and healthy means of nourishment during this time. Thank you for your cooperation in making your trips necessary and efficient, and we look forward to being a warm community gathering place again soon.
In 2012, the Main Street Advisory Board (MSAB) realized the importance of the Farmers Market to Elkin's community and wanted to help this initiative grow. They made an effort to help promote the Farmers Market and invest in the local farmers who brought fresh, quality produce to the market to sell to the community. Also that year, the MSAB set aside funds to market Elkin's Saturday morning market events, provide live music, create a website, provide directional signs, created t-shirts and market bags, all which increased vendor and visitor participation 300% in one year.
In 2014, the MSAB funded accessories for the new market shelter which was built with a grant from the NC Tobacco Trust Fund Commission (http://tobaccotrustfund.org/). The shelter became a multi-purpose building and is used weekdays by the YVEDDI buses as the downtown's main bus stop. The MSAB paid for the new market sign, the picnic tables, bulletin board, directional signs and other small items needed to enhance the market.
In 2017, the MSAB added ceiling fans to the shelter and also installed festoon lights for live music and food truck events being held at the farmers market shelter by the Explore Elkin initiative.
In 2020, the NC Tobacco Trust Fund Commission approved a grant to extend coverage to the market shelter. The project should begin in early 2021, and be completed in time for the 2021 Farmers Market Season. (See RFP above).
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While shopping at Elkin's market, you are helping to support our local farmers by purchasing their goods each weekend, as well as supporting healthy eating habits for your family. Come down and see what our market has to offer and meet our friendly farmers and artisans. You'll be pleasantly surprised.
Elkin Farmers Market is open mid-April through November each year and is located in Elkin, North Carolina. The market's location is at the Elkin Town Hall parking lot, one block north of Historic Downtown Elkin at 226 N Bridge Street. Come visit us on Saturday mornings from 9 am till noon. If we are busy, we always stay longer to help serve you better!
Plenty of parking available and handicap accessible. Kid and pet-friendly, too.
This market is a "non-smoking" event.
WiFi is available for free at the market, courtesy of the Main Street Advisory Board.
UPDATES FOR 2020 SEASON:
Season Opening Day- May 9, 2020
Season Closing Day- end of year, 2020.
We will be open every Saturday from 9:00 am until Noon (including July 4th which is on a Saturday this year).
We plan to join the Yadkin Valley Pumpkin Festival again this year in September, to free up the parking lot for festival parking. Location within the festival is on the corner of S Bridge St and Standard Street in the grassy lot.
Visit us during the Harvest Celebration (3rd Saturday in November).
For 2020, stay tuned for additional dates in December, and possibly extended dates thru winter.
We will also host our annual vendors meeting in Dobson again this year, it will be the end of February/ beginning of March 2021. Any vendors interested in being part of the market will need to attend and apply for approval as a vendor. Visit our website for more information at surrycountyfarmersmarket.com.
Our farmers are all certified and inspected at their farm locations before participating at the market. They grow all of the produce offered and some bring delicious freshly-baked goods for sale. You'll also find hand-crafted items, pottery, organic meats, honey, woodworking, leather goods and more! Plants for landscaping and for your home are available along with fresh herbs, veggies and fruits. Some items are seasonal, so the selections vary throughout the spring, summer and fall.
Some vendors participate in WIC and Senior Vouchers, and all are members of the Surry County Farmers Market who may also attend the Farmer's Market in Mount Airy on Tuesdays, and at Dobson on Thursdays.
There is an annual vendor fee to join, and an application must be turned in for review and approval before any vendor can sell at the market. As the market's focus is on farming, a ratio of 3 farmers to 1 craft vendor allows access for area artisans based on the number of farmers who have been approved for the season. All products must be grown, baked, or hand-crafted by the vendors. There are strict kitchen guidelines for baked goods as well.
If you are a local musician wishing to sing for tips, fun and fame, please contact Elkin's Main Street & Community Manager to book your dates. If new to the market, please include links to your recorded music if possible. Local music is sponsored by the Elkin Main Street Advisory Board each year.
Have questions? Ask a farmers market board member...