Visit our Expo for one-stop wholesale and retail shopping for the best our region offers: from groceries to garments, herbs to handmade pottery, furniture to fancy foods, laundry supplies to lollipops!
We seek makers and growers who value ecological sustainability and community resilience. We also strive to support small family businesses, especially homestead farms. Together they offer thousands of unique regional products to browse and buy.
After the past year of pandemic crisis, doesn't it sound like a good idea to organize shorter, sustainable, resilient, regional supply chains?
So let's do it! Come see what regional growers and makers have to offer. Try out their goods, make connections, support a hardy regional economy, and stay supplied with exceptional local wares year-round.
Here's how we choose which vendors to accept:
When evaluating "sustainability," we first consider ecological sustainability, but also give credit for human factors such as sustaining a family farm and fostering community resilience.
We favor makers who use supplies or ingredients grown in the region.
We favor vendors whose representative at the expo is directly involved in making the products offered for sale. Please specify this on your application.
Product mix. We're aiming for a diverse array of products, especially shelf-stable goods. If you're in a category for which we get a LOT of applications, we might ask to wait-list you until we add vendors to other categories.
Geographical diversity. We expect to have more vendors from near our western NC expo location, but aim to include makers from the entire region.
Space is limited and acceptance is entirely at our discretion. Makers who meet our eligibility requirements but are turned down are welcome to apply next year.
VENDING AT THE PATCHWORK EXPO
Vendors at our expo will have the opportunity to meet dozens of
wholesale buyers and thousands of retail shoppers.
We are seeking
Producers based in or near southern and central Appalachia who are seeking wholesale as well as direct to consumer opportunities.
We're looking for regional makers and growers of natural products, farm-fresh goods and value-added products, herbs, and more.
Producer Owners of Patchwork Alliance enjoy discounts on vendor booth fees, their own producer page on our online market, and other benefits of cooperative ownership. Find out more about Ownership and vending in the Online Market here.
Vendor Selection Criteria
What about Covid? We're hoping that in August, we'll be free from all or most Covid restrictions on public gatherings--but we're prepared to hold the entire event outdoors if need be, and committed to following whatever CDC guidelines and state public health regulations are in place in August, to keep both visitors and customers safe.
Booth Options & Pricing
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Register as a Wholesale Buyer at the Expo
Our expo offers you access to thousands of fine regional products your customers won't find at Walmart. At the expo, you'll examine the goods and talk with their makers directly about how they're made, wholesale pricing, and delivery.
Register for the Expo as a wholesale buyers get these benefits:
Meet hundreds of regional makers & growers all in one place, and see thousands of their products, from shelf-stable goods to farm-fresh produce and medicinal herbs. See the vendor info box below for more about what kinds of vendors to expect.
An expo badge identifying you as a wholesale buyer.
Packet of contact info for all vendors including booth numbers, a map of the expo layout, and other useful info.
$5 in expo bucks you can spend at any vendor booth at the expo.
Register as a Wholesale Buyer
$5 until July 15
$15 July 15 - at the door
Logistics, Schedule and Pricing
The Patchwork Expo will be an Indoor/Outdoor Event
Where? At the WNC Agricultural Center by Asheville's airport.
When? Friday and Saturday, August 13-14, 10AM-5PM.
Visitors will meet growers and makers of a fabulous diversity of regional goods: gifts, household items, herbal goods, shelf-stable foods, clothing, and much more.
Visitors will meet farmers offering farm-fresh goods like produce, meat, and dairy. Learn where you can buy their products year-round.
Herbs & Shrooms Saturday
We'll shine a spotlight on medicinal herb and mushroom growers.
We'll have live music and food trucks too!
Indoor Vendors must plan to be there on both days.
Registration for two vendors, and promotion until early 2022 in our online vendor gallery linked to your website.
Contact info for all wholesale buyers, growers, and makers who register to attend the expo.
Promotion of your products year-round on our website and in our other marketing efforts.
Please note that canopies are NOT permitted indoors. Canopy frames are allowed (if you'd like to use them to hang banners or backdrops), but no covering on top. Indoor space is limited, and choice of booth location is first-come, first-served.
Encouraged to apply:
Vendors of regional goods of all sorts including value added farm products
Outdoor Vendors can plan to be there on one or both days.
Includes registration for two vendors, and promotion until early 2022 in our online vendor gallery linked to your website. We'll give you the contact info for all wholesale buyers, growers, and makers who register to attend the expo. AND we'll promote your products year-round on our website and in our other marketing efforts.
We will have a Farm-Fresh focus on Friday
Expect to see restaurant chefs and wholesale buyers specifically interested in farm-fresh foods, as well as retail customers interested in buying from you online, at farm stands, and at other markets.
Farm-fresh vendors are welcome to have booths on Saturday as well as Friday; if you choose only one day, it should be Friday.
Herbs & Shrooms Saturday
We will have an Herbs and Mushrooms focus on Saturday
Expect to see wholesale buyers specifically interested in these crops, as well as retail customers interested in buying from you online, at farm stands, and at other markets.
Medicinal herb and mushroom vendors are welcome to have booths on Friday as well as Saturday; if you choose only one day, it should be Saturday.
Outdoor booths include space on pavement outdoors, registration for two vendors, and promotion until early 2022 in our online vendor gallery linked to your website.
Pricing depends on size, please email to inquire.
$75 fee for 220V/50A electrical hookup; higher V/A available.
No noisy generators, please. Number of food trucks is limited.
We prefer food trucks who want to vend both days.