PILOT MOUNTAIN — Despite the dreary weather town officials were impressed with the first Farmer’s Market of the season.
“Even though we had to move the festivities inside, we had a steady stream of customers all day long,” said Pilot Mountain Commissioner Evan Cockerham.
Throughout the day, storm clouds threatened the first farmer’s market of the season. Organizers of the event took action, “We decided to go ahead and move it inside with the high chance of storms,” stated Cockerham.
The event was moved inside to The Living Room Coffeehouse and Winebar. “We would’ve preferred to have it outdoors, but under the circumstances The Living Room made a great venue,” stated Cockerham.
Eight vendors were set up in the business. Options for shoppers included farm fresh eggs, plants, Niki’s Pickles and pimento cheese. “We even had a vendor that sold several all natural personal care products, ” added Cockerham. Some vendors were unable to attend due to the weather, added Cockerham.
The market began at 2 p.m. and lasted until around 5 p.m.
“The idea was that on Saturday afternoons folks will be off work and can do some shopping in Pilot Mountain,” said Cockerham of the market’s timing.
Cockerham also felt this time frame would provide the market with more vendors, “They can attend the larger markets in Winston-Salem and Greensboro and sell at out market before heading home for the day.”
In hopes to grow the market, Cockerham explained that the Tourism Development Authority and himself have lined up some other festivities, rain or shine.
“We will have live music and entertainment to go along with more vendors this coming Saturday,” stated Cockerham.
Jerry Chapman will be performing at the upcoming Farmer’s Market, which will include hula hoop demonstrations from Carrie Collins, free wine tasting from Surry Community College’s Surry Cellar, as well as free popcorn.
The Art of Massage, from Pilot Mountain, will be set up to give chair massages, along with selling their handmade body products.
Kai’s Hens, Asbury Naturals, JEEM Farms, LLc., Mayberry Meats, Flora Ridge Farms, Salty Dog Farms, LLC., RomaReady, Niki’s Pickles and The Living Room Coffeehouse and Winebar, ,are among the list of vendors to set up at this week upcoming market.
“I had hoped it would become a weekly appointment event for downtown,” stated Cockerham, ” I think there’s potential.”
The market will be every Saturday through Oct. 28 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Reach Eva Winemiller at (336) 415-4739 or on Twitter @ThePilotNC