Fall Produce Beginning to Arrive: Yancey County Farmers Market


With fall approaching, the fresh fruits and veggies available at the market will be transitioning into cool weather crops, such as broccoli, brussel sprouts, winter squash, and pumpkins. Some of these things are just beginning to come into the market, along with late summer produce. So check out the Yancey County Farmers’ Market each Saturday for a constantly changing array of offerings!

One no-show this Saturday, alas, will be Kathryn Skelley-Watts (Aardvark Farms). Kathryn will be in California competing in the Division 1 Roller Derby championships. Yep. Sweet, tiny, smiley Kathryn is a star Roller Derby participant! She and her team, “Blue Ridge Roller Girls” have been regularly considered one of the top Roller Derby teams. We’ll miss her on Saturday, but we wish her and her team well.

An interesting situation occurred last Saturday. Gerald and Judy Riddle showed up with a truck load of fresh corn from their farm. No sooner did they get settled than Jim Edwards arrived, also with a load of his corn. Overkill? Nope! Within a few hours both had sold out! We expect a repeat performance the next few weeks, so get to the market early for the freshest sweet corn in town!

This week look for apples, beans (including greasy beans), carrots, chives, corn, cucumbers, eggplant, fresh herbs, garlic, grapes, kale, lettuce, okra, peppers, potatoes, salad mix, scallions, summer and winter squash, Swiss chard, tomatoes, and watermelon. Other farm products available include honey, eggs (including quail eggs), goat cheese, seeds, cut flowers and arrangements, chicken, beef, and pork. Also available are homemade jams and jellies, fresh baked goods, and a wide variety of plants and 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