The Nelson Farmers Market Cooperative was incorporated December 2, 1997.
Our farmers market began as an idea a small group of Nelson County farmers had in the mid 90's. This group wanted to provide a place where local farmers could sell high-quality produce directly to customers and promote their individual businesses. They set up their first market on property owned by Joan Gibson in Nellysford (now the site of Wells Fargo Bank). This dedicated group of farmers setup individual tents each Saturday and slowly began to attract more and more customers. In 1997, they decided to form an official "Cooperative" and in December received approval from the SCC. When Joan passed away, Wintergreen Realty Company permitted the farmers to move to their property. Today, High Country Associates and Wintergreen Property Owners Association generously allow the use of their land at the entrance of Stoney Creek/Wintergreen Resort as home to the Nelson Farmers Market Cooperative. The Virginia Extension Office assists with promotion of our market, too.
The Nelson Farmers Market Cooperative is a for-profit association of farmers. The Market’s purpose is to promote sales of high-quality, locally grown produce in a family-friendly atmosphere.
Our farmers market is intended to make it as easy as possible for local farmers to sell their products directly and legally to the general public. The success of our Market depends on a good growing season as well as the active participation and cooperation of our many and varied Producers. The Nelson Farmers Market Cooperative welcomes local producers to apply to become part of our market. All of our vendors must either grow, raise or make all the products offered for sale within a 50 mile radius of the market grounds.
The Board of Directors of the Nelson Farmers Market Cooperative oversee the business operations of the market on a volunteer basis. The Market is run by and for our Producers with no support from the county or state. Nonprofit entities and organizations are not allowed as vendors. All Producers are encouraged to participate. Fees collected by the Market are for the express purpose of promoting and operating the Nelson Farmers Market Cooperative. This includes normal administrative expenses such as tent maintenance, market manager expense, advertising and operating fees.