PILOT MOUNTAIN — A farmer’s market is soon to come to downtown Pilot Mountain.
Since February the Tourism Development Authority Board had been tossing around the idea of hosting a farmer’s market in town, according to Scott Needham, chairman for the board.
“(Town) Commissioner Evan (Cockerman) first approached the board with the idea, and I thought why not,” stated Needham.
A farmer’s market is something that various others have attempted but they don’t stick, explained Needham.
Fruits, vegetables, meats, diary products, soaps and other locally made products are what Needham hopes to bring to the community.
Needham expressed the idea was odd coming from the Tourism Development Authority Board however, he explained, “We want to support agriculture tourism as well.”
The market will be every Saturday starting April 22 through Oct. 28 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
“We are trying to get applications,” said Needham. Vendors are welcomed from Surry and surrounding counties,” added Needham.
Cockerham gave the credit to his wife, Emily, for the idea of bringing a farmer’s market to town. “I believe this will be a great way to bring visitors to downtown on the weekend,” stated Cockerham.
Cockerham has been working with the TDA board in contacting potential vendors and gaining their support.
“The response has been overwhelmingly positive so far,” said Cockerham.
On the opening day of applications Cockerham stated that he had about a dozen vendors contact him who were interested.
“Right now we are focusing on farms and will consider crafts and other handmade items afterwards.”
The effort put forth into the farmer’s market is part of revitalizing downtown Pilot Mountain, explained Cockerham.
“We will also be working with merchants who may wish to expand hours on Saturdays with additional customers.”
Another advantage Cockerham mentioned, ‘This also provides additional access to quality local food and an educational opportunity for young people.”
The market will be in the parking lot beside The Living Room Coffeehouse and Winebar located at 215 East Main Street.
Reach Eva Winemiller at (336) 415-4739 or on Twitter @ThePilotNC