MISSION: The mission of the Botetourt Farmers Market is to offer locally produced food and goods to the community, promote agritourism, and provide other agriculturally-related educational and charitable activities to Botetourt County.
The market is a 501(c)3 non-profit operated by a Board of Directors. Our board consists of volunteer, non-paid and non-compensated positions: President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Vendor Representative, and Community Representative. Our Market Manager commits 10-15 hours per week communicating with existing and potential vendors, handling market logistics, ensuring vendors follow all VDACS and VFMA rules, prepares the Saturday vendor layout map, and helps plan events. They receive a small stipend for their essential efforts that help the market run smoothly.
As a farmers market, we prioritize agricultural and food products. We allow artisan and craft vendors to set up as well. Just as other successful markets in our region avoid over-saturation, we too limit the number of similar products that can be sold to avoid over-saturation. This ensures existing vendors are successful at our market and are able to support their business and livelihoods.
All of our products should be grown or created within 50-75 miles of the market, so you know you're truly buying local. Our vendors are your neighbors.
No. Our vendors keep 100% of the earnings they make at our market. We collect set-up fees to sustain the market instead. Vendor fee explanations are broken down below:
We use the vendor fees we collect to pay for regular operational costs:
We get this question a lot! As a 100% volunteer organization made of people who have other full time jobs, you can imagine how challenging it can be to dedicate the amount of time needed to develop proper business and strategic plans and fund raise effectively for a permanent structure. Our market operates independent of any town, city, or county, thus, we lack the infrastructure needed to move forward on these large projects right now. A permanent structure is our goal someday, but we are happy with the flexibility a pop-up market offers us for now!
Our sponsors help fund expensive festival costs to make it free for the community:
Many vendors accept cash AND credit card. If you run out of cash and encounter a vendor who doesn't accept credit card, visit the Botetourt Farmers Market Info tent to purchase tokens with your credit card that can be accepted by a vendor as cash. We do not yet accept SNAP/EBT. Layman Family Farms participates in a senior program.
We have many valuable partners in the community who help us provide local food. local products, and free festivals for you:
Daleville Town Center is a generous partner and we couldn't be happier setting up there! However, the 2023 season required flexibility, since there's construction going on at the Town Center. In order to accommodate the larger crowds, additional vendors, and band at the festivals, we're grateful to be allowed to set up at Buchanan Town Park for festivals (June Flower Fest, July Tomato Fest, and Honey Fest).
Our festival locations for 2024 are still TBD but we hope to keep them in Daleville if possible.