Fresh Produce Abounds at Farmers’ Market With the advent of warm weather, along with the early, protective planting of some market members, the amount and variety of fresh, local produce at the Yancey County Farmers’ Market is growing rapidly. Covered beds and “high tunnel” houses provide protection during cold months to help get plants started early in the season. Also, some varieties are more cold resistant than others, yielding earlier harvest.
Last Saturday, some 19 members attended the market, and nearly half of them had some fresh produce to sell. This variety will continue to grow as the summer wears on, so be prepared to do most, if not all, of your fresh produce shopping at your local farmers’ market!
Cooking Demo: This week market manager Teresa Stauder will be preparing tasting samples featuring “summer garden veggie medley” using market produce. Come see what wonderful things can be done with fresh local vegetables.
Local honey! Loree Capps reports that her husband Joe will be taking off the first of the season’s honey within the next few weeks. They’re shooting for having it available by the June 21 market!
This week at the market: Look for arugula, beets, broccoli, broccolini, chives, collards, fresh dill, garlic, kale, kohlrabi, lettuce, mint, mushrooms, mustard greens, nettles, onions, radishes, rhubarb, salad mix, snow peas, spinach, summer and zucchini scallions, squash, Swiss chard, and turnips. Other farm products available will be chicken and quail eggs, goat cheese, seeds, flower arrangements, beef, and pork. Homemade jams and jellies, as well as fresh baked goods abound, and a wide variety of plants –both annuals and perennials – are also available. You’ll also find a variety of local crafts. 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.