Elkin Farmers Market
Supporting Local Farmers & Growing a Healthy Community
Our market shelter is used for many things: Weekly farmers markets with live music, Explore Elkin events (including Food Truck Fridays with live music), and it can also be rented for personal use (parties, meetings, etc).
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 2nd grant to extend coverage to the market shelter. The project began in early 2021, and was completed in time for the 2021 Farmers Market Season. The new awnings have increased vendor participation, customers, and vendor success. The new awnings not only bring a new exciting look to the market shelter, vendors and attendees are excited about over 1200 square feet of additional shade and protection from the elements (rain, heat, hot summer sun)! Come visit our morning market, enjoy live music, and explore over 45 vendors with quality products, produce, fresh flowers, plants, baked goods, and hand-made crafts!
One of our morning musicians loved playing at the market so much, he made a video for us!
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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. Plenty of parking is available and we're handicap accessible, children and pet-friendly, too.
Elkin Farmers Market is located in Elkin, North Carolina at the Elkin Town Hall parking lot, one block north of Historic Downtown Elkin at 226 N Bridge Street.
Regular Season (April - October): Saturday mornings from 9 am till noon.
Winter Season (November, December, February, March): 9 am till noon (in winter you'll find us at 257 Standard St, indoors)
This market is a "non-smoking" event. WiFi is courtesy of the Main Street Advisory Board.
VENDOR SIGN-UP occurs February/March, prior to season opener in April.
Open Air Season - Opening Day- April 22, 2023 at Farmers Market Shelter, 101 W Market St, Elkin
Open Air Season - Closing Day- End of October.
We'll be open every Saturday from 9:00 am until Noon (including July 4th weekend), RAIN OR SHINE
SEPT: We plan to join the Yadkin Valley Pumpkin Festival at the Heritage Center location 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.
NOV: We move to the inside of the Yadkin Valley Heritage & Trails Center, 257 Standard St. Watch on our Surry County Farmers Market Facebook page as some vendors will continue to sell at this location indoors in November, December, February and March. (January we take time off)
Our annual vendors meeting is in Dobson in March. Any vendors interested in being part of the market will need to attend and apply for approval as a vendor. Visit our website for additional 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.
Along with regional foods and plants, we schedule a wide variety of music by various solo artists and bands in North Carolina (and sometimes from other states). Enjoy something different each weekend. Children love to watch them entertain, so bring them along...it's a great way to start off the weekend. Check out our music line-up here.
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...
If you are a vendor interested in participating as a vendor, please contact the Surry County Farmers Market Board of Directors by visiting the Surry County Farmers Market website. You'll also find vendor applications and a list of current farm and craft vendors who serve our community!