Market Continues With Winter Hours And Curbside Service
Last updated 12/30/2020 at 4:54pm
The Transylvania Farmers' Market continues through the coming months with 10 a.m.-12 p.m. winter hours every Saturday morning. They will also continue their free curbside service into 2021.
"We are so thankful for the support we have received in 2020," said Leslie Logemann, market manager. "To say it has been a challenging year is an understatement, but I think our market, and how we have successfully stayed open as a source for local food, is proof of our strength as a community. We look forward to being open throughout the winter and we are proud to announce that we will also continue our curbside service into the new year."
At the beginning of April 2020, the Transylvania Farmers' Market added the option for curbside shopping, a service that has been used extensively throughout the year. Customers drive up to a designated area, place their order or mention a pre-paid pick up, and have a market employee do their shopping. When purchases are collected, they are placed in the back seat or trunk of the vehicle with limited contact and at no additional cost.
"I'm proud to say that from April to December 2020, we served over 1,000 vehicles at our curbside shopping area," said Logemann. "The need has varied, with some weeks being just a couple of cars and our busiest week being a whopping 68 vehicles in less than three hours. We feel it's an important part of the services we offer and we plan to work hard to make sure it continues into 2021."
As a market that offers local produce and products, the winter months will offer seasonal produce like apples, squash, sweet potatoes, and winter greens; as well as other staples like eggs, milk, cheeses, mushrooms, beef and pork, honey and molasses, corn meal and grits, bread and baked goods, jams and jellies, cold-pressed juices, pickled vegetables, mustards, frozen savory pies, strudels, and quiches; and jarred soups, stews, gumbos, curry, and dressings. Handcrafted goods like elderberry syrup, tinctures, tonics, and teas; all-natural cleaning products; and jewelry and leather goods are also available.
Each Friday, the market publishes a Curbside Shopping Menu with pricing on their website and to social media, listing the items available at that Saturday's market. Customers are encouraged to print the menu out at home and circle their choices to present with payment for speedier curbside shopping. Copies of the menu are also available at the curbside area on Rice Street during market hours. The menu can also be used as a guide for walk-in shoppers.
"I might sound like a broken record, but I really am thankful to the vendors and customers who have helped us succeed in spite of the challenges of 2020," said Logemann. "I'm also thankful for the support of a wonderful market board, market committee, and a really exceptional staff. They've put in a lot of hard work this year and we couldn't have done it without them. In a year when there are plenty of things that divide us, I can't help but feel like our market has been able to bring us together as we work to support our neighbors – whether that be the farmer that needs to sell their product and make a living or the customer that wants a place they can feel safe shopping for fresh local food. To me, that kind of support is the definition of community."
Information on the market's current guidelines and protocols, as well as a list of how to purchase directly from vendors, a curbside shopping menu, and a map with the layout of the market for each Saturday, can be found at http://www.transylvaniafarmersmarket.com.