The Yancey County Farmers’ Market, one of the oldest and largest tailgate markets in western North Carolina, opened last Saturday for its 22nd season. The market has some 30 members and offers an exceptionally wide variety of products.
The market welcomes several new produce growers for the 2014 season. Local produce always seems to be one of the real draws of the market, and these growers are committed to providing fresh, nutritious, locally grown produce to the community.
One of the new growers is “Milo Acres” – a farm in the Prices Creek area of Yancey County. Mike and Lori Osada have been farming for some twenty years, selling at the Black Mountain Farmers’ Market until joining the Yancey County market this year.
They came to this area from quite diverse backgrounds. Mike grew up in the farmland of Nebraska, while Lori is from Long Island, New York. They met while students at Warren Wilson College, and eventually moved from the Asheville area to their farm in Yancey County
Mike and Lori consider themselves good stewards of the land. They farm totally organically – right down to the potting soil they use for plant starts. They consider the land their greatest resource, and they consider their sustainable farming approach a key element in preserving the land. They try to minimize tilling of the soil and they are constantly seeking ways to improve the health of the soil, so it can be used as productive farmland for generations to come. And, of course, healthy soil yields healthy produce!
Mike and Lori will be offering seasonal produce throughout the market year. Already they have brought a variety of greens and will continue to expand their offerings as the season progresses. While they offer free range chicken eggs, they also feature a real treat – Quail eggs – and those who tasted her samples at market last week were quite impressed. They market their products to area restaurants, through the French Broad Coop Farmers’ Market in Asheville, and at the Yancey County Farmers’ Market.
“We’re happy to be selling our products right here in our home county,” says Lori. “We look forward to developing a great relationship with our Yancey County neighbors through providing the finest, healthiest, freshest produce around.”
So, come visit Lori at the market and see what goodies she has in store each week!
This week at the market: Early produce will include arugula, spinach, kale, lettuce, ramps, and other assorted greens. Other farm products available will be chicken and quail eggs, goat cheese, seeds, flower arrangements, beef, and pork. Baked goods abound, with breads (including organic whole wheat bread), Honey apple cake, fudge, cupcakes, bonbons, cheese straws and more. Plants available include phlox, forsythias, quince (and many more varieties from Bill Johnson’s nursery), plus a variety of plant starts. Crafts include writing cards, etched glass, pots and planters, beeswax products in lotions and creams, dog toys, baby bibs, and decorative gourds, Of course, there are always hot and cold drinks, plus market souvenirs to round out your visit.
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.
by David Fleckenstein