With summer produce now coming in at a feverish pace, it’s good to see the variety of colors throughout the Yancey County Farmers’ Market. Green is the predominant color – onions, cabbage, collards, lettuce, etc. – but other colors are making their way into the produce stands at the market. The bright red of radishes, red and white stems of Swiss chard, and bright white cauliflower offer an alternative to the staple of greens, and now even more colors are beginning to arrive at the market.
Last week several market members had blueberries, picked fresh from their own farms and adding a bright new color to the market. This week black raspberries are expected to make their debut… yet another different color to add to the rainbow of fresh produce.
And, speaking of red, the race is on among market members to have the first tomatoes at the market. Of course, green tomatoes could be brought in at any time (ahhhh… fried green ‘maters! ) But the real goal is to have the first ripe red tomatoes at their displays. Market president Robert Thompson is always one of the first, but this year Jim Stockwell (Common Ground Farm), Lori Osada (Milo Acres) and Kathryn Skelly-Watts (Aardvark Farm) will also be in close contention. So be prepared, within the next week or so, to find some delicious, local Yancey County grown tomatoes at the Farmers’ Market.
This week at the market: In addition to blueberries and black raspberries, look for beets, broccoli, chives, collards, fresh herbs (mint, cilantro, dill, basil), garlic, kale, kohlrabi, lettuce, mint, mushrooms, mustard greens, onions, radishes, salad mix, scallions, snow peas, golden peas, summer squash, Swiss chard, turnips and FRESH LOCAL HONEY. Other farm products available will be chicken and quail eggs, goat cheese, seeds, cut flowers and 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 and photos by David Fleckenstein, courtesy of Yancey Times Journal.