The music, cake and ice cream was offered as a celebration of sorts to commemorate the 10 years the market has been open during the summer months in the parking lot of the Elkin Municipal offices at the corner of Market and Bridge Street.
“We wanted to do something a little special today,” said N.C. Cooperative Extension Agent Terry Garwood, who busy Saturday morning handing out slices of cake, scoops of ice cream and sips of sparkling cider to the steady stream of customers checking out the local wares.
Market Manager De’Neane Kidd, who also offers customers items from her local business, Memory Lane Antiques & Gifts, said the Saturday event continues to be a success.
“We are almost always busy,” said Kidd, who has been offering her goods at the market for seven years.
She said there are 16 vendors registered to sell their locally-produced goods each Saturday, which continues until the last weekend September, when the annual Pumpkin Festival is held.
For Kevin Campbell of Campbell’s Family Nursery, this has been his first year selling live flower and vegetable plants.
“We really like it here,” said Campbell.
He said, like most businesses, it is up and down, but it has been a good experience for his operation, which is based in Harmony.
Standing with his daughter Lindsay, Kevin said there is another benefit to showing up every Saturday to sell his plantings, they get to shop here.
“We especially like shopping in Elkin,” he said. “We like it a lot.”
Another Saturday vendor is Carmen O’Dell, who offers hand-made soaps and bath products called “Made by Willing Hands.”
She has been offering her hand-made products at the market for the last three years.
The Elkin Farmers’ Market opens for business every Saturday for the next seven weeks at 9 a.m. and folds up at noon sharp.
For more information about selling, or shopping, at the Elkin Farmers’ Market, call 401-8025.