Eat your way through the market!

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The Yancey County Farmers’ Market is noted for its wide variety of offerings – lots of fresh produce, baked goods, processed foods, meats and cheeses, and unique crafts. Many market members offer samples for tasting their wares – which often gives visitors a taste treat of something they’ve never had before.

In addition, market manager Teresa Stauder has lined up a series of cooking demonstrations throughout the summer, featuring local chefs, representatives of the Cooperative Extension Service, Health Department, – and sometimes ever herself, preparing delicious dishes using what’s fresh at the market that week.

Last week, Teresa prepared two taste sensations – kohlrabi slaw and blueberry smoothies. Both were a big hit with visitors. Blueberry smoothies were made from fresh blueberries now readily available at the market. Kohlrabi slaw was made with fresh kohlrabi, cabbage, and carrots, with a delicious homemade dressing. Visitors were able to pick up copies of the recipes so they could try these dishes at home. (Incidentally, for those of us who are still learning about unusual veggies, kohlrabi is a unique item, which looks more like a spaceship than a vegetable. Check it out at the market!)

So as you visit your local farmers’ market, check out some of the samples available. They change week to week, so don’t miss out on the opportunity to try something new!

This week at the market: Look for beets, blueberries, black raspberries, broccoli, chives, collards, fresh herbs (mint, cilantro, dill, basil), garlic, kale, kohlrabi, lettuce, mushrooms, mustard greens, onions, radishes, salad mix, scallions, snow peas, golden peas, summer squash, Swiss chard, and turnips. Other farm products available include 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.

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