Farmers’ Market sees increased business with Thursday hours

July 17, 2013

The Yadkin Farmers’ Market begun opening on Thursdays this year in addition to Tuesdays and Saturdays.

With the addition of Thursdays customers have a new option when work or the weekend prevent them from getting out to 1141 Tennessee Road in Yadkinville. Aileen Steelman with the Farmers’ Market said the additional day had been well attended since opening for the year on May 7.

“A lot of people said they couldn’t come on Tuesday and said they could come Thursday, so we decided to try Thursday,” Steelman said. “You can pick Monday and come Tuesday, pick Wednesday and come Thursday, and pick Friday and come Saturday. So it works out good. You want stuff to be fresh.”

Hours now run from 4 p.m. till 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday, and from 8 a.m. until noon on Saturday.

“It’s building up. It seems like every week we do a little better,” Steelman said. She said attendance had grown this year, especially with Thursdays.

While many farmers are suffering from the heavy rain, the Farmers’ Market has continued to be successful, she said.

“Well, we’ve had a lot of rain, but look at this nice shelter we’ve got,” Steelman said. “This is great. We’ve got fans here when it’s hot. When the sun’s shining we let down these side things. It’s great.”

There are two shelters, one lower one and a second larger one. The larger one has ceiling fans, screens for shade, and benches.

Farmers come from all over the county and area to sell at the market, and one woman even comes from Taylorsville to sell peaches.

Cheryl Shepherd and her husband Bryan had the lower shelter to themselves Thursday. Bryan Shepherd played the guitar while Cheryl arranged the different plants they had for sale. When the plants were on the table Cheryl sat down beside Bryan and helped play.

“We play a little bit of everything — gospel, bluegrass, popular music — just whatever comes to mind,” Cheryl said. “We’ve been coming to the market since the first year it started about five or six years ago.”

Tommy Speer and his young helper Kailey Burcham wee selling eggs under the larger shelter. Speer showed a picture of his tractor in the July 4 Ripple coverage of the Yadkinville parade. Aileen Steelman referred to Speer as “the egg man” for his home-raised eggs.

Glenda Edgell sold her blueberries next to Jenny Reavis and her two sons. Reavis was attending for the first time and sold squash and green beans.

The Yadkin Farmers Market lets consumers and producers meet in the middle and share music and conversation while getting some of the area’s finest produce.

To contact Taylor Pardue call 336-835-1513 ext. 15, or email him at tpardue@civitasmedia.com.