The week of August 3-9 has been designated “National Farmers’ Market Week” by the U.S.Department of Agriculture. “National Farmers Market Week is a great opportunity for farmers markets across the Country to host special events to showcase all the tremendous services they provide,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “
Farmers markets play a key role in developing local and regional food systems that support family farms, and help grow rural economies. They bring communities together, connecting cities with the farms that support them and provide Americans across the country with fresh, healthy food.”
In recognition of this event, Market Manager Teresa Stauder, along with Hannah Nichols, from the local Cooperative Extension Office, will be doing one of their famed cooking demonstrations. They will take fresh products available at the market and turn them into delicious, healthy treats – and they share their recipes too! With squash and tomatoes abundant at the market, look for samples involving these veggies, and a whole lot more. So come visit with Teresa and Hannah and enjoy the samples.
National Farmer’s Market Week, cooking demo, sweet corn, SOURWOOD honey…what a week at the market!
Local sweet corn is about to hit the market. Within the next week or two, look for several of the market’s produce growers to have fresh picked sweet corn available. Jim Edwards was cautiously optimistic that he might have some this week, so check it out at the market. Loree Capps reports that she will have some coveted sourwood honey for sale beginning this week.
Sourwood, despite its name, is one of the sweetest and richest honeys around, and this is the time of year for it. So come pick some up before it is gone!
This week at the market: This week look for snap beans, filet beans, beets, blueberries, black raspberries, broccoli, carrots, chives, cucumbers, eggplant, fresh herbs, fennel, garlic, lettuce, mushrooms, okra, onions, potatoes, salad mix, scallions, summer squash, Swiss chard, and turnips. Other farm products available include honey, 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 by David Fleckenstein, courtesy of Yancey Times Journal. Photos by David Fleckenstein