New Temporary Location Beginning April 4th, 2020!

We are a producer only tailgate market located on the campus of Mars Hill University. In order to better service operations during COVID-19, we will temporarily be located in the parking lot across from Ammons Field House on HWY 213.  The market will be held every Saturday morning from 10am-1pm, from April to October.

We offer fresh local produce, herbs, garden and landscape plants, cut flowers, cheeses, meats, eggs, baked goods, jams, honey, soaps, tinctures, crafts & more!  We can now accept Credit & Debit Cards, as well as EBT/SNAP Benefits. We have also been approved to participate in the Double Up Food Bucks program in 2020! Throughout the season we plan to have local musicians and cooking & craft demonstrations.  Sign up for our e-newsletter to get the latest weekly updates!

The market is now accepting new vendors!  To apply, check out “Become a Vendor” page and fill out an application.

Please excuse the construction here as we revamp our website.

We look forward to seeing you at the market!

Addressing Food Security in Madison County with Beacon of Hope

Mars Hill Farmers and Artisans Market has partnered with Beacon of Hope’s food pantry in Marshall to help address issues of food insecurity in Madison County. MHFAM will offer a donation station at the management tent where shoppers can leave donations to be picked up by Beacon of Hope at the end of each market day for distribution through their food pantry the following week. Monetary donations made at our market management tent or here on the website will be used to purchase products from our vendors to then be donated to Beacon of Hope. Our vendors may also choose to donate excess products to the donation efforts as well.

Introducing the Double Up Food Bucks Program! 

We began pursuing approval for the Double Up Food Bucks (DUFB) program in February, and were somewhat uncertain what sort of effect the COVID-19 outbreak would have on the application process. We anticipated delays and complications in implementing the program, which comes through grants supplied by MOUNTAINWise in Franklin, NC. The administrators at MOUNTAINWise have been tremendous in helping us swiftly execute our ability to get up and running with offering DUFB to our customers shopping with EBT/SNAP.

What is DUFB & how does it work? 
In short, the program allows us to match our EBT/SNAP customer’s purchases $2 for $1 on eligible items, up to $20 per shopper, per day. Not only does this greatly increase accessibility to fresh, locally grown food for low-income residents of our community by stretching their benefits dollar further; it also helps to bolster revenue streams for local farmers as the extra benefits are intended to be directed to locally grown fruits and vegetables. By supporting consumer’s ability to buy food, farmers are offered some peace of mind that customers can still buy from them. MOUNTAINWise and Mars Hill Farmers and Artisans Market wholeheartedly agree that under current circumstances, “our priority is that SNAP customers have greater access to food and farmers are supported.” (Abby H. of MOUNTAINWise). 

The program will be launched at our opening April 4th! If you are an EBT/SNAP recipient shopping at our market, please check in at the Market Management booth so we can assist you with taking advantage of the Double Up Food Bucks program!