“Green for your greens”

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“Green for your greens” Article by David Fleckenstein, courtesy of Yancey Times Journal.

Not everyone gardens in large plots of land, or even in raised beds or “earth boxes”. Potted plants (which grow in moveable “pots” of various materials) can be an easy way to grow a few veggies, or ornamentals, or herbs, or what have you. Clay pots have been around for hundreds of years, and more recently plastic pots have been growing in popularity.

But for the sake of the environment, nothing is better for potted plants than “hypertufa”, and hypertufa pots and planters are available at the Yancey County Farmers’ Market. This strange sounding term refers to a type of artificial stone. It is comprised of four natural ingredients that require NO energy or electricity to cure. Each piece is made by hand with reusable molds, and most are made from recycled materials. Despite their heavy look, the planters are very lightweight and can be moved easily. They are porous, allowing the roots to breathe and over-winter well.

Hypertufa planters are made by Cathy Krafcik (a.k.a. the “Crazy Lady in the Window”) in the Celo area east of Burnsville. Her pots and planters come in all shapes and sizes, and are very reasonably priced. Cathy, along with her husband David, are a true artisan team – she with her hypertufa planters, and he with his hand-etched, American made glassware. So be sure and visit with Cathy – check out her planters (just pick one up and you will be amazed how lightweight they are) and also take a look at David’s wide variety of etched glassware. Local honey!

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Loree Capps reports that her husband Joe has taken off the first of the season’s honey and she will have it available at 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.

 

Article by David Fleckenstein, courtesy of Yancey Times Journal.

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