Loree Capps and her husband Joe have lived in a variety of locations over the years, but now call Yancey County their home. Originally from Hendersonville, they are now retired from their careers – Joe’s with the Marine Corps, and Loree’s as a teacher, most recently with the Buncombe County Schools.
In 1979 they bought property in Pensacola after visiting his brother who was a game warden in the area at that time. They fell in love with the community and decided this is where they would retire. They moved to Burnsville 17 years ago after Joe retired from the Marines, and he took up beekeeping about seven years ago. Loree then started using his beeswax to make candles as a hobby.
When she retired from teaching last July, they decided to supplement their retirement income by selling honey, as well as beeswax-related products. She offers beeswax candles, soap, and other skin care products. Until they have honey (starting in June), she will be offering baby bibs, phone pouches, and other items, which she makes using “repurposed” denim jeans.
Loree reports that their bees have done well so far this year, so they hope to have lots of honey. Come see Loree’s unique creations now, and in a month or so, she’ll have local honey!
Kids’ Activities: Beginning the next week or two, the market will offer special activities for the children. It’ll begin with treasure hunts involving fresh veggies, and participants will win a prize for their efforts.
Mothers’ Day Basket: The market will be holding a drawing for a Mothers’ Day Basket full of goodies donated by market members. Entry is free, and guests can sign up at the May 3rd
and May 10th markets. The drawing will be held on May 10th at 11:30 am – just in time for Mothers’ Day!
This week at the market: Early produce will include arugula, carrots, kale, lettuce, pea shoots, radishes, and ramps. Other farm products available will be chicken and quail eggs, goat cheese, seeds, flower arrangements, beef, and pork. Fresh baked goods abound, and a wide variety of plants are also available. Local crafts, including Loree’s beeswax products, are abundant. 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.
Article by David Fleckenstein, courtesy of Yancey Times Journal. Photos by David Fleckenstein & Leigh Wilkerson.