Balloons, bands, crafts and more appear at market

Published 12:10 am Tuesday, July 9, 2024

SALISBURY — While farmers markets are popular for those wanting good fresh produce, the Salisbury/Rowan Farmers Market offers additional goodies for those who visit.

On the first Saturday of each month, craft vendors are on site selling their handmade wares. On July 6, handmade goods ranging from crocheted items to candles and wood products to hand-painted glassware were available for purchase.

Leigh Anne Powlas, the market’s manager, said that come Aug. 3, she wants to focus on having a kids craft market and is looking for children, under the age of 18, that make handmade crafts and artwork to be a vendor on that first Saturday market.

Those who would like to participate are encouraged to contact her by sending her a message on the Salisbury/Rowan Farmers Market Facebook page or email her at

Powlas is also searching for additional chefs and food truck options and those interested in participating in this way, may contact her as well by email or on Facebook.

An added attraction on the first Saturday of each month is also live music. Two different performances were given during the morning as CJ Sunshine provided music followed by the Persimmon Jam Band, who were making their debut appearance as a band.

On his website, it says that CJ Sunshine is a singer, songwriter and plays lead for a band, and he also hosts the musicians during these live music times at the farmers markets.

Persimmon Jam, as noted on their Facebook page, performs original children’s music ranging from jazz to folk to bluegrass. It noted they have written songs about the seasons, hiking, dinosaurs and more.

Band members include Courtney Puckett and husband David Myers, who are songwriters, vocalists and she plays mandolin and he plays guitar. Other members of the band are violinist Carrie Webster and her husband Eric Webster, who plays upright bass. They own Carolina Folklore.

See their Facebook page for more information.

Don’t miss Michael Decker, aka Hey You the Clown, while you are at the market as he is there each week. His official title is World Clown Association Master Balloon Division Gold Medal Winner. He can be found making some fun balloon sculptures as he visits with those who drop by.

He said he has been the world champion on four different occasions, including Southport, England; St. Paul, Minnesota; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; and Las Vegas, Nevada.

To attain the master division, Decker said, this is someone who makes a living with balloons or has written a book about it. He has multiple books and videos to his credit, he said.

The farmers’ market is held every week, rain or shine, at 228 Kerr Street, Salisbury. So far this season, Powlas said it has gone great, and she still has some ideas of things to add to the market for the remainder of the summer as well as some plans for the fall.

Check out the market’s Facebook page for updates on additional upcoming events.