Our 2018 Outdoor Season Runs April through October.
We are pleased to have a Wednesday evening tailgate market this year during the Outdoor Season from 4-7.
Since 2000, we have been providing Sylva, Jackson County and the surrounding area with a wide range of locally produced produce, meats, eggs, cheeses, breads, plants, and crafts. Many of our original vendors continue to be a strong backbone of the market. Drop-in vendors expand on the full-time vendors’ offerings with additional products and services.
With over 35 full-time vendors and even double that amount in drop-in vendors, we offer a wide range of local food and shopping opportunities for our community. We bring in over 12,000 annual customers to the town of Sylva. The Jackson County Farmers Market’s warm, family-like environment exemplifies the beauty of our community.
The Jackson County Farmers Market is a bi-weekly, Wednesday evening and Saturday morning gathering of the best farmers, crafters, and value-added producers our area has to offer.
IMPORTANT UPDATE PLEASE READ:
JCFM wants to inform and update our customers about upcoming changes to the EBT, Debit/Credit card use at the market.
Early last week, Farmers Market Coalition informed its members that the current Point-of-Sale (POS) provider for 1700+ markets across the U.S. would be shutting down its service after July 31st, following an article came out in the Washington Post. (Links to articles are posted below.) The new company that was contracted to continue this service has yet to even begin taking applications, therefore there is no specific date for the continuation of the program funded by the USDA and it is not guaranteed. Please note that the intention of these contracts was to get markets started in accepting SNAP/EBT, credit and debit transactions, not a long-term solution for markets.
JCFM immediately took action by following the suggestions of FMC, plus reached out to Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project (ASAP), RAFI, etc. to find solutions to keep this service available to our customers. We want everyone to have access to fresh, local food.
The recommendation is now for farmers markets to purchase their own POS transaction terminals to continue to accept SNAP/EBT transactions. For us to order the system, it will cost about $1100.00, give or take. We are not a 501(c)(3), so we do not qualify for most grants and time is of the essence. We are a taxable non-profit in the State of North Carolina only.
Some customers have inquired about Square Register. It only works for Debit/Credit transactions, so does not allow us to take EBT/SNAP.
MountainWise is working on a number of grants to bring in an updated version of Double Up Food Bucks program for EBT/SNAP recipients at WNC farmers markets, so having our system in place is extremely important.
We are asking our customers and community for assistance with this. If you would like to donate, please contact Lisa at firstname.lastname@example.org or you can also send via PayPal to the same email address.
We only have 2 Saturdays until this goes into effect and we want to have the least amount of downtime possible for our customers’ convenience. Thank you for your time, love and support of our farmers market.
The articles below have been printed out and will be on hand at the upcoming markets.