This week the market continues, with lots of plants, some early produce, plus eggs, goat cheese, meat (pork and beef), baked goods, homemade jams and jellies, and country crafts, such as Christina’s goat milk products. This time of year produce is unpredictable, but it looks like the market will have green beans, spring greens, cilantro, sustainably harvested ramps, chives, radishes, mustard greens, and possibly shiitake mushrooms.
A special event at the market this week will be a bake sale. A group of local musicians are planning a concert in June, with the proceeds going to Reconciliation House. This bake sale will help defray the costs of putting on this concert, Finally, the market will have souvenir T-shirts on sale for $10 or 2 for $18. Also, for the first time, the market is offering gift certificates – good at any market member’s stand. These’ll make the perfect gift for market lovers! 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.
Christina Gordon is having fun farming! A resident of the South Toe area of Yancey County for the past two years, Christina and her partner Bill Melanson have been tending to their crops, as well as raising goats and chickens. Bill also maintains bee hives for purposes of pollination – and producing wild flower honey. Regarding the name of the farm, Christina says, “We’re having fun doing what we’re doing, and if you’ve ever been around goats, the word frolic is very appropriate… hence the name!”
Christina is originally from Pickens County in north Georgia, a small rural county similar to Yancey County. She gained some experience farming in Georgia before relocating to North Carolina. On her farm, she utilizes a “green fodder” feeding system (organic sprouted barley) along with “intensive, rotational grazing” in her small fields.
Most of her products available at the Farmers’ Market are goat milk based. She features personal care products, including goat milk soaps and lotions, body balms, salve, and many more. She also offers farm fresh eggs, and wildflower honey!
So come to the market and visit with this enthusiastic farmer. She’ll tell you all you want to know about raising goats and chickens, and she’ll explain the advantages of goat milk products.
Article by David Fleckenstein, courtesy of Yancey Times Journal. Photos by David Fleckenstein
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