The Jefferson Farmers Market has been in existence for over
ten years. The first two years we co-hosted with the city of Commerce. One week in Jefferson, one week in Commerce.
By mid-season of the second year it became clear that the vendors wanted to be in one place, the same place, every week.
The local customers also wanted to know that they could come to Downtown Jefferson every Saturday to get their produce from
their favorite grower. Since then, we have hosted our Farmers Market in Downtown Jefferson every Saturday during the
In spring 2015 we saw that the USDA was presenting
workshops on how to get grant money for your local farmers market. After attending the workshop, a grant application
was submitted and thankfully, we were awarded one of the two-year grants. The funds from that grant directly support
the promotion, expansion and running of the market. In 2016 we introduced several new things. Including new promotional
items (t-shirts, hats, shopping bags, and bumper stickers), an increased social media presence, special events and promotions,
a re-structured organizational committee, and so much moreto still come!
In 2019 we re-evaluated the feasability of this program with the needs of our community. We knew that vendors
and patrons had many other options and opportunities within our region. Therefore, we shortened our market schedule
to include only the third and fourth (and fifth, if applicable) Saturday of the month, June through September.
As we began to prepare for the 2020 season, all of our lives were suddenly
turned upside down with the presence of COVID-19. Social distancing, working from home, and halted public gatherings became
our new temporary normal. We waited patiently. Weighing the pros and cons once again. And once again, we knew that we wanted
to provide this outlet to our local vendors and community members. We were pleased to host the 2020 market every Saturday,
July 11 through August 29.
we took a step back to look at the feasability of having a thriving market and decided to take a short hiatus. We hope to
have our downtown filled with vendors again in 2022.
you interested in becoming a Jefferson Farmers Market vendor? Please contact us.