Fall produce in abundance


Last week market members and visitors alike braved the strong winds and the temperatures in the 40’s. Weather notwithstanding, there were plenty of offerings, and lots of fresh produce. The same offerings continue this week, hopefully with better weather. Of course, the traditional fall produce is available in abundance. Apples, winter squash, potatoes, pumpkins, candy roasters, and greens are plentiful and available from multiple growers.

Also, due to staggered planting by some market members, new crops of traditional summer veggies are showing up at the market. For example, last week there was lots of fresh summer squash. These vary from week to week, so stop by the market to see what’s available. As the holidays approach, market souvenirs are a great way to delight friends and family – and support the farmers’ market. These include shirts in many sizes and colors, aprons, shopping bags, and post cards. Check out what’s available at the Market Manager’s table.

In addition to the fresh produce, the market offers a variety of other products. Fresh baked goods, jams and jellies, pork and chicken, eggs, goat cheese, local honey, and a wide variety of crafts provide the visitor with ample opportunities to take home some local products – grown and/or made right here in our area.

The market offers cold drinks, plus hot coffee, tea, and hot chocolate. These are especially welcome on cold autumn mornings! Finally, don’t forget that the Yancey County Farmers’ Market will be moving indoors for an eight week run beginning on Saturday, November 1. We’ll be located next door to the Garden Deli in the former “Touch of Cass” building. Until then, the market will be open each Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. behind the Burnsville Town Center.

Article by David Fleckenstein, courtesy of Yancey Times Journal. Photos by David Fleckenstein