THIS SATURDAY APRIL 19 : Farmers’ Market opens for 22nd season

sign_ycfmThe Yancey County Farmers’ Market, one of the oldest and largest tailgate markets in western North Carolina, opens this Saturday, April 19, for its 22nd season. The market has some 30 members and offers an exceptionally wide variety of products.

A unique product, just in time for Easter, will be offered by new member Susan Glenn.  Susan makes “edible Easter baskets”, made from a shortbread type cookie dough as well as a chocolate hazelnut basket that looks like wicker.  Susan will prepare several sized baskets, which will include such goodies as sugar eggs, chick bonbons, bunny cake pops, candy bark, cookies, and cupcakes.  She will also offer “build your own” baskets utilizing both her fillings as well as any other products from other market members.  She can assemble the basket and enclose it in clear wrap.  Come see the unique products from this talented new market member.

Other new market members for 2014 include Loree Capps, who will have local honey, beeswax candles, skin products, and assorted crafts.  Lori and Michael Osada will have eggs and plant starts in the spring, followed by seasonal produce all summer long.  Jonathan (Jona) Felts will be selling seasonal produce and organic whole wheat bread.  Jerald Riddle will offer corn, sweet potatoes, some honey and other small amounts of produce.  Marilyn Cade and Christina Gordon from Mountain Farm have rejoined the market, and Sean Byrd is a new member who will be selling home grown hydroponic veggies.

Of course, most of the regulars from 2013 will be returning with plants, produce, baked goods, jams and jellies, goat cheese, and meats.

With the last average frost date less than a month away, it is time to be getting  those annuals and veggie plants ready for planting.  The Farmers’ Market plant offerings for the next few weeks should include lots of tomatoes, peppers, cabbage, broccoli, lettuce, herbs, squash, and more as the season goes on.  All plants are grown locally by the folks selling them, and visitors can get the scoop on the varieties they have and growing hints as well.

Because all products sold at the market must be produced by the sellers, the produce offerings of the market vary greatly from week to week.  Crafts and processed foods are available season-long, along with fresh eggs, and jams and jellies made from locally grown fruits.  The same is true for baked goods.  In addition the market offers live music, hot and cold drinks, and a variety of free brochures on healthy eating.

The market is open each Saturday from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm.  It is located behind the Burnsville Town Center – Hwy 19E at South Main Street.