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Market welcomes ‘friends’ as opening nears

A new promotional program now gives local residents the opportunity to play a real part in Jonesborough’s upcoming Boone Street Market.
Titled “Friends of Locally Grown,” the program allows future shoppers to purchase annual memberships that help the soon-to-open year-round market as it gets off the ground, while also providing beneficial perks for themselves at the new store.
“It’s important for cash flow reasons,” said Karen Childress, executive director for Jonesborough Locally Grown, explaining how the membership campaign benefits the store.
While the Boone Street Market is designed to be self-sustaining once it is up and running, extra funds can assist with little details to help opening months run more efficiently.
More importantly, membership will be a real boon to customers.
“Anyone can shop at the market,” Childress stressed. “But members will get a 5 percent discount on all store purchases.”
Members will also enjoy online ordering privileges through a system designed to be in place in 2015.
“Customers can go online, see what’s available at the market that day, pick what they would like, and it will be ready for them to pick up after work,” Childress explained.
Membership is $50 annually and includes all household members, or $750 for a lifetime membership.
The clock will start ticking on the annual membership only when the store opens, so early members won’t lose any shopping time.
Jonesborough Locally Grown is the name of the nonprofit agency that oversees the Jonesborough Farmers Market, online market, the annual Farm to Table Dinner, and new Boone Street Market, tentatively set to open sometime in October.
The market will be open six days a week at 101 Boone St., and will feature meats, cheese, milk, produce, jams, jellies, baked goods and more. All products available will be produced within a 100-mile radius of Jonesborough.
To become a Friend of Locally Grown, visit www.jfmstore.blogspot.com and click on Become a Member to either pay online or obtain information about mailing in a check. Members-to-be can also pick up a form at the information booth of the Saturday Farmers Market, 8 a.m. to noon.