Farmers Market

Fresh produce. Locally raised meats. Home-baked goods. Fresh, locally grown flowers. You can find them all and more at the Dougie Henry Farmers Market. Located on Long Avenue near downtown Gastonia, the Dougie Henry Farmers Market is a partnership between the City of Gastonia and the Gaston County Farmers Market Association, a non-profit group of local growers and farmers that support and promote home- and farm-grown products.
 
The Farmers Market is located at 410 E. Long Avenue.
 
Directions
Take Exit 19 from I-85 and travel west on Ozark Avenue.
Ozark becomes Long Avenue. After passing through one traffic light, the
Gastonia Farmers Market will be off the road to the right just across from the
Gaston Observer.

Hours of Operation
April: Saturday 7:30 a.m. - 12:30 noon
May - October: Tuesdays, Thursdays, & Saturdays 7:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
November: Saturdays 7:30 a.m. - 12:30 noon
December* - March: Closed for the season
 
*First two week-ends in December: Farmers Market Christmas Craft Fair -
Fridays & Saturdays 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
 
News:  The Market Manager is planning a Memorial Day event with a "Summer Kick-Off" theme.  For details, call her at 704-651-5074 or email her at fieldsandfarmers@gmail.com.
 
Seller Information
Vendors interested in selling at the Farmers Market contact:
April Smith , Market Manager: 704.853.0049 or fieldsandfarmers@gmail.com
 
Gaston County Farmers Market Association
Stan Beam, President: 704.300.3172
 
All sellers must have appropriate certifications and North Carolina Department of Agriculture (NCDA) permits before selling. Contact the Market Manager at 704.853.0049 for appropriate agency phone numbers and selling requirements. The Gastonia Farmers Market Association does not allow RETAIL (resale) vendors. Bakers, craftsmen, protein vendors (meat, cheese, etc.) must collect sales tax as a North Carolina Department of Revenue (NCDR) requirement.
 
The market offers vendor space to approved sellers within a 100-mile radius in NC and from counties surrounding Gaston such as York and Cherokee, SC.

Farmers Market History
The City of Gastonia has worked with the Gaston County Farmers Market Association to offer a farmers market with locally grown products since the 1970s. The Market was formed in the mid 1970's and the Gastonia Farmers Market Assocation was incorporated in 1988.  The City provided property for the Market’s permanent home on Long Avenue and the building was constructed with a combination of public funds, private donations, and vendor donations.
 
The building, dedicated in 1995 with space for 20 vendors, was named after Dougie Henry, a lifelong Gaston County resident and long-time supporter of the Farmers Market effort. Plans are currently underway to expand the Market by adding a second building to house additional vendors.
 
Other Services
  • The market offers space at its Community Table for service clubs and organizations to share information about their services to the communities in and around Gastonia.
  • The market also sponsors a Kidz Club to teach children about growing their own gardens and healthy nutrition.
  • The market accepts WIC vouchers for Women, Infants, and Children nutrition programs. The vouchers can be exchanged for fresh fruits and vegetables.
  • Visitors to the Farmers Market can also drop off recycling materials to one of the County’s main recycling sites, located adjacent to the Market.
Volunteers are always welcome at the market. Contact the Market Manager at 704.853.0049 for more information on available opportunities.
  
Also visit us at www.gastoniafarmersmarket.org or email us at fieldsandfarmers@gmail.com

 

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