About the Market
The Floyd Farmers Market aims to help our local farmers and producers by providing a venue to sell their products and interact with the community. We feel the opportunity to develop personal relationships with the people who grow, bake, mill and prepare our food is an important aspect of a strong local food economy. Our market also looks to increase access to healthy local foods for all members of our community through our SNAP matching program, which is carried out in partnership with LEAP.
History of the Farmers & Artisans Markets
Every community needs a place where its people can gather to share, learn and celebrate. Opened in May 2010, the Floyd Community Market is a 3,000 square-foot timber frame multi-use pavilion located in the center of town.
Our community market has become a vibrant meeting place with a weekly farmers market operated by SustainFloyd every Saturday from mid May to late November and a seasonal artisan market on Friday evenings operated by The Floyd Center for the Arts.
The markets connect consumers to locally grown produce and hand crafts. The pavilion also provides a stage for local music and community events, additional public parking for downtown Floyd during the week, and has hosted several festivals.
The Community Market has advanced two of our primary objectives: to help develop a local food system and to encourage the creative economy and local entrepreneurship. An excellent example of community collaboration, more than 40 people and many local companies provided assistance during construction. Designed by Streamline Timberworks, the logs were harvested by Draftwood Forest Products, a local horse logging company, and cut by Turman Lumber Co. Crenshaw Lighting provided the lighting and Professional Builders coordinated the construction.
A Guide to Floyd Food
The Floyd Food Guide project began in 2017. It arose from conversations at the Floyd Growers Roundtable, a project of SustainFloyd and the Floyd County Economic Development Authority. The guide is a comprehensive directory of resources related to food production and consumption centered in Floyd County, and includes information about many of our market vendors. The guide is available online or in print at the Community Market in downtown Floyd and other locations around the county.
The Floyd Farmers Market Team
The Floyd Farmers Market Committee is a rotating collection of SustainFloyd members, market team members, and local producers who help craft the vision of the market and choose a variety of producers to sell at market each year.
This is Melissa’s 4th season as Market Manager, and she works hard to coordinate with vendors and meet the needs of our customers throughout the season.
In addition to being a reliable volunteer and overseeing the SNAP/EBT transactions that take place at market, Nancy is a member of the Floyd Farmers Market Committee.
A new addition to the Floyd Farmers Market team, Jessica assists with social media and is working to create an online platform to expand food access for our community and sales options for our vendors.