Cold Drinks for Hot Weather

Tomorrow is market day, and it looks like its going to be a hot one! Luckily our vendors are stepping up to the plate and making some organic drinks to keep you cool while you shop! Sakshi Gantenbein (you probably know him from his amazing dog collars or the smell of cinnamon wafting from his cart as he glazes walnuts and almonds) will be offering fresh squeezed organic lemonade, and Gladheart Farm will be making mint tea with mint grown just up the road at their farm! If you need more relief from the heat, the Chocolate Lab will be bringing ice cream!

Good news for the kids! Oakley Farmers Market has purchased a tent that will be set up every week just for kids activities! Each week will have kid activities to keep the little ones entertained while you fill your market baskets. It’s a great way to meet your neighbors or see old friends from around the corner!

Have you signed up for our newsletter? Every week we will preview what will be at the market as well as what entertainment and activities are going on. New this week is a recipe section featuring ingredients you can find at the market! Chris Smith will be playing music down at the end of the market between Gladheart Farm and Tupelo Honey. Also, Gina, one of the OFM steering comittee members, will be doing a sauerkraut demonstration at 4pm in the information tent. If you missed it a few weeks ago, plan on being there tomorrow!

The market is currently seeking outdoor furniture donations and a few good volunteers to help running the information tent, and anything else you could do to help. Thanks for making our market the best it can be! See you tomorrow!

 

 

Celebrate Summer at the Market!

It looks like another beautiful market day for the fifth week in a row! Join us at the market today to pick up some local and organically grown food, as well as crafts and personal care items. Gladheart Farm is bringing a cabbage mint drink to keep market-goers cool on what looks to be a very warm afternoon. Fellow Oakley resident Chris Farmer will be providing the musical entertainment. Join us behind the Oakley United Methodist Church on Fairview road, 2pm to 6pm!

The market is seeking outdoor furniture donations so we can provide more seating around the market. Anything that can put up with being outdoors would be appreciated. We’re also looking for volunteers to help staff our information tent and spread the word about Asheville’s newest farmers market! Please stop by the information tent today and let us know that you would like to help out. With your support, we can make this market a community institution for years to come!

New at the market this week:

Asheville FRESH Herbs: Handcrafted cutting boards

Bonny Bath: Painted Water Jars

Tupelo Honey: Shortbread Cookies

Rachel’s Delectables: New Honey Chestnut Mini Cheesecakes for $2.00.  And remember, the single serving cheesecakes come in small jelly jars that you can sell back (in good condition) for $0.32.  Good deal!

The Chocolate Lab: Ice Cream Toppings, White and Dark Dipped Apricots, Dark Chocolate Dipped Pistachios, and White Cocoa Almonds

See you all today, at the Oakley Farmers Market!

Market News and What to Expect at the Market this Week

Lots of news this week! First off, we want to draw your attention to our Contact page where you’ll notice a new phone number with which you can get in contact with our market organizers. We’ve also updated all the forms on our Forms Page, so be sure to check that out.

Second, we’d like to say a big THANK YOU to our market sponsors, the American Chestnut Foundation, Jennifer Ferre, and Brett Spivey! Your thoughtful donations help make our market possible and help us bring fresh local food to more people in our community. And we are always in need of more sponsors to keep the market running smoothly! If you would like to become a sponsor of the Oakley Farmers Market,  please download our sponsorship form.

And of course, here are a few new things you can expect at the market this week:

First off, welcome to our new member vendors:
Bath Salts and Beyond: Bath salts and jewelry
Angelic Scentsations: Soy candles, soaps, wax arts, bath crystals, bath bombs, kids’ soap, natural baby line, foot care line
Buck Naked All Natural
: Extensive line of herbal salves, tinctures and lip balms, as well as colloidal silver

New this week:
The Chocolate Lab will have ice cream toppings!
Rachel’s Delectables will have Chocolate Bliss Cheesecake.
Gladheart Farms will have carrots.
Whispersholler Farms will have peaches and strawberries.

This week, we will also have the music of Pearl Street, an all-accoustic duo with folk, rock, blues, bluegrass, and gospel inspirations.

As always, we are looking for volunteers to donate time to help set up or break down the information tent.  Even twenty minutes is helpful.  If you can spare a few minutes of your time for our little market, please sign up at the info tent this Thursday. We’re also looking for outdoor furniture donations: benches, tables, & large umbrellas. Please contact us if you have any of those items you can donate.

You can enjoy all this and much much more this Thursday from 2-6pm at 607 Fairview Rd. behind the Oakley Methodist Church. See you there!

Market Preview for Thursday June 7th

The ribbon cutting with the Mayor!

The Grand Opening last week was so much fun! We can’t thank everyone enough for making it such a great community event! Big thanks to Gladheart Farm for bringing the tractors, the plants for the kids, the musical entertainment, and providing the steering committee with continued guidance from a vendor’s perspective. Thanks also to Mayor Terry Bellamy for giving a great speech about the importance of supporting local farmers, local food, and helping our local economy right in our neighborhood!

If you missed out on last week, you certainly won’t want to miss this one! There are so many great things going on at this week’s market. Here is a brief rundown in the order we received the previews from our vendors:

Natalie’s Naturals (a recent day-vendor turned member-vendor) will be bringing tiles for kids to decorate. Make your tile this week, and they’ll fire them and bring them back in two weeks! They’ll also be bring new glass items, and houseplant and veggie starts!

Which Came First Farm has got all the chicken you need for summer grilling! They’ll have whole cut-up chickens ready for the grill: bone-in, skin-on breast, drumsticks, bone-in thighs, wings and backs for soup!

The Chocolate Lab is a new day vendor this week! At their booth you’ll find hand dipped chocolates, including sea salt caramels, peanut butter balls, coconut balls and variety of dried fruits. Very tempting! Hopefully we’ll convince them to become regulars at the market!

Angel Ridge Farm is bringing broccoli and snap peas for sale as well as handspun yarns, puppet mittens, aloe and crown of thorns plants. This week they’ll be leaving the rabbits and goats at the farm, but will be doing a knitting demonstration.

Vandele Farms grilled up some very tasty sausages and brats for the Grand Opening! This week, they’re going to be grilling burgers with lean ground beef this week and will have cube steak on special.

If you’d like to see more pictures from the grand opening, check out our Flickr gallery. There will be a lot of other great vendors and activities going on this week. Don’t miss the market this Thursday from 2pm-6pm! Need directions? Find us here. Vendors, be sure and email us what you are bringing to market by the Sunday before market day to be included on the preview. We’ll see you at the market!