With the state’s easing of stay-at-home restrictions, Mountain Gateway Museum will open its 2020 MGM Farmers’ Market on Thursday, June 4, on the museum’s tree-shaded grounds at 24 Water Street in Old Fort. However, the museum itself will remain closed to the public because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Both vendors and visitors to the market will be asked to abide by state health-safety guidelines and observe the “3 W’s”: wear face coverings, wash or sanitize your hands often, and wait six feet apart in line.
The market will be held every Thursday—rain or shine—from 3 to 7 p.m. through October 1. Fresh, locally grown farm produce, meats, flowers, plants, honey and other products will be available. Vendor set-up will begin at 2:00 p.m., and final departure time will be 8:00 p.m.
All spaces are FREE for local farmers. Vendors can choose to sell from the tailgate of a vehicle, under a 12x12 tent (provided by the vendor), or on the porch of one of the museum’s two late-1800s log cabins. Spaces will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis, but last year’s founding members of the market will retain their same spaces. Vendors will need to provide their own tables and chairs and make their own sales transactions.
Farmers must register with the museum, in advance, to participate. Registration forms are available on the museum’s website at www.mgmnc.org and at the museum on market days.
All vendors will be required to sign a simple contract to ensure maximum attendance, as well as adherence to all rules and regulations, including those set by the McDowell County Health Department, the NC Department of Agriculture, and the NC Department of Health and Human Services.
Because Mountain Gateway Museum is currently closed, no public restrooms will be available until after the museum is allowed to reopen. However, visitors are invited to fish for free in the Heritage Trout Waters-designated creek that flows through the museum’s property.
A food truck will be available on most market days, and live music also may be provided occasionally.
For more information about the 2020 MGM Farmers’ Market or to receive an application for a space, please contact RoAnn Bishop at 828-668-9259 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you or someone you know wants to particiapte, please download the 2020 letter and application to learn more. Be sure to like our market's Facebook page at MGM Farmers Market Old Fort NC.