Black

Farmers

Market

Mission:

To inspire a community that supports and protects Black owned businesses and Black Farmers.  

 

We are excited to announce a new initiative that combines the Black Market and Black Farmers’ Markets into a bi-monthly event called, The Black Farmers’ Market NC (BFM). The BFM provides the unique opportunity to support local Black owned businesses, Black owned restaurants, and Black Farmers throughout the year. For market updates, sign up for the market listserv, follow @theblackfarmersmarketnc on Instagram, and check back on the Black August in the Park website. 

Our next Farmers Market event: July 12th, 2020 at Provident1898 411 West Chapel Hill Street Durham NC 1-4pm

                                                       July 26th, 2020 at SE Raleigh YMCA 1436 Rock Quarry Road Raleigh NC 1-4 pm

Interested in selling your goods at Black Farmers’ Market?
First, be sure to check out the FAQs and market rules and regulations.
Second, complete a membership application.

 

When will markets begin?

Markets are scheduled to begin in June 2020. Markets will be held bi-monthly on Sundays.

 

What should I do to stay safe while shopping at the market during COVID-19?

Here are some suggested practices to help keep everyone safe

  • Mask are required for entry

  • Do NOT bring pets

  • Follow directional signs-there is one entrance and foot traffic will flow one way within the market to the exit

  • Shop solo or only with people that live with you

  • If you are sick or part of a high risk group, please send someone to the market in your place.

  • Do not crowd spaces. Try to maintain 6 feet distancing 

  • Let farmers and business owners handle products

  • Use contactless payment options when possible (debit cards, PayPal, cashapp, etc)

  • Keep your hands washed. Follow CDC Guidelines link here.

How are you ensuring attendee and vendor safety after COVID-19?

All vendors are required to follow local and state guidelines for health and safety of customers. All market staff and volunteers will wear masks when handling donations and BFM market merchandise. We will work with market members to encourage pre orders for quick and simple pick ups. Note bathrooms are currently unavailable at Durham site.

 

Is there a fee to attend the market as a customer?

No, there is no fee to enter the BFM as a customer. We do accept donations to help sustain operations. We are working on a club model for customers to join as part of the market. Details to come. 

 

Can I get a list of businesses represented at The BFM?

Yes, a list of members can be found listed below as they are accepted. The list will be updated on the last day of each month. The day before a market, you can find out who will be present by following our Instagram and Facebook pages. 

 

Can I use my credit and debit card at The BFM?

Most of the vendors are able to accept cash, credit, and/or debit. 

 

Are dogs allowed at The BFM?

No.  Due to Covid-19, we ask that you please keep your dogs at home to help us stay in alignment with new social distancing rules and regulations.

 

How can I become a volunteer?

To become a volunteer, please complete an interest form. Please wait 5-7 business days for a response from the team.

 

Do you offer space to community groups at the market?

Community groups are welcome to request space at The BFM. Pre approval of at least 3-5 days prior to the market is mandatory. Community groups will be selected based on alignment with the mission of The BFM and Black August in the Park. To inquire about space, please contact blackaugustnc@gmail.com

 

What types of businesses are welcome to become members?

The BFM welcomes Black owned businesses from a variety of industries. Priority is given to farmers/producers and those who handcraft their products. Please click on the apply now button to learn more.

 

Is there a board of directors?

Yes, we are in the process of creating an advisory board of made up of Black farmers, Black owned business owners, and the planning team of Black August in the Park/Black Farmers' Market.

 

Does The BFM get funds from the state, city, county, or federal government to operate?

No, the BFM does not receive funds from the above entities at this time. The BFM is operated thanks to donations, sponsors, and in kind donations from community members. 

 

How do I become a member of the BFM?

Thanks for your interest! To become a member of The BFM, each interested vendor must complete an application online. There is no application fee. We are currently seeking vendors to sell:

  • Vegetables

  • Meats

  • Seafood

  • Ready to eat foods and beverages

  • Plants (edible and inedible) 

  • Arts and crafts

  • Organic household products

  • Fruits

  • Cheese

  • Eggs

 

How long will it be until I am notified about the status of my application?

Please give us 7 to 14 business days to receive an official email about your application status. 

 

What are the market hours?

Markets will be open bi monthly on Sundays beginning June 2020. Markets open to the public at 1 pm and close at 4 pm. 

 

What is the annual membership fee for The BFM?

The annual membership is $200 (does not include daily event set up fees). 

 

Can food trucks participate in The BFM?

Black owned food trucks are welcome to participate however there is a different pricing structure. Please complete the vendor interest form to be considered. Food trucks who purchase produce from partner Black Farmers will receive a discount. 

 

Can I share a space at the market with another business owner(s)?

No, sharing of spaces is not permitted. 

 

Can I recreate The BFM in my city?

We are open to franchise opportunities! Please contact blackmarketnc@gmail.com to discuss. 

 

Im a DJ/musical artist. How can I play at The BFM?

We are happy to host musicians and DJs at The BFM. To be considered, please submit videos of your performances to blackmarketnc@gmail.com

 

How can I sponsor The BFM?

We are glad you asked! We are always looking for mission aligned individuals and businesses to support The BFM on an annual or monthly basis. Please contact Ja’Nell Henry to discuss sponsorship opportunities blackmarketnc@gmail.com.

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