Baby Goats Return, Kid’s Art Activity and More at the Market this Week!

What fun we had last week!  We can all agree that the kids had the most fun, between the baby pygmy goats and an energized story time.  And when the kids have fun, we know we’ve been successful.  We want to thank all of you for helping make our Oakley Farmers Market the most kid friendly around!  It keeps getting better too.  Welcome back Angel Ridge Farm’s baby pygmy goats this week for round 2 of the naming contest and bottle feeding.  Remember to check the newsletter next week for the winners, who can claim their prize at the Sep. 6 market.  The Oakley Library 5pm children’s story time has been such a hit that they will be extending it throughout September.  Keep on coming and it may just last the rest of the season!

Welcome our newest sponsor this week, Roots and Wings School of Art.  The creative force behind this amazing visual arts preschool, Ginger Huebner, will be joining us for a kid’s collage and simple water color project at 4pm!

Change is in the air…  You can still enjoy tomatoes as they reach the end of their harvest, and other old favorites remain: nectarines, corn, chanterelle mushrooms, peppers, eggplant, bush beans and more.  Welcome new crops of muscadine grapes, sweet potatoes, red potatoes, and a variety of winter squash: acorn, sweet dumpling and delicata.  Remember that fall is a great time to plant perennials.  Visit Finally Farm for the perennial plant sale!

Get your kids off to a healthy start at school with Bonny Bath’s Thieves Spray.  This immunity building blend of cinnamon bark, clove bud, eucalyptus radiata, lemon and rosemary (from Young Living Essential Oils) will arm little ones against the germs that love them.  And visit our new vendor, Smart Mrs. Evans, for the coolest homemade laundry detergent around.  Peruse enticing scents such as Rosamary Eucalyptus, Mountain Lavender, Geranium, and Line Dried (unscented).  All blends are great for sensitive skin, and you can return your bottle for a discount on your next batch!

Remember that the market is a great place for tasty treats!  Visit our newest vendor, Buller Bavarian Pretzels for warm, savory pretzels in different flavors.  For your sweet tooth, visit Sakshi for delicious glazed pecans and almonds and fresh squeezed lemonade, grab a cup of ice cream from The Chocolate Lab, get baked goods from Fletcher Village Bakery, or sample Rachel’s Delectables different mini cheesecakes, available gluten free, or with cow or goat dairy base.  Visit Gladheart Farm for yerba mate energy bars, in three different flavors.

Stock up on pork and beef before winter prices increase!  Visit Vandele Farms for great sales on cube steak at $4/lb and all roasts at $5/lb.  It’s never too early to start planning for Thanksgiving.  Stop by Which Came First Farm to put in your order for Thanksgiving turkeys.

Sounds like a great time to visit your neighborhood market! Can’t wait to see you there!

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Baby Goats! New Vendors! Brought to you by Roots + Wings

A huge thank you to the market sponsor this week Roots & Wings! They offer art classes just down the hill in Biltmore Village, as well as in the River Arts District. Interested in sponsoring the market? Contact us, and check out our sponsorship form.

What a fun day we have in store for you!  Make sure to bring the kids down to meet Angel Ridge Farm’s 3 1/2 week old baby pygmy goats!  Help bottle feed them at 4pm, and have your kids enter the naming contest.  The goats will be back next week as well, and the contest will continue then.  The winner of the contest will receive a Melissa and Doug Bug Stencil Kit.  Keep your eye on the newsletter for the winner!  More fun ensues this week with a kid lead Herbal Tea Demo at 5pm, as well as the well received children’s story time from the Oakley Library at 5pm every Thursday in August!  Enjoy music from Joe Hallock too!

We’ve got few new vendors this week! Check out the handmade homesewn goodness from the High Fiber Co. their reusable lunch bags are perfect for the kiddos heading back to school! Also new this week Mrs. Evan’s homemade laundry detergents, and Bavarian Hot Pretzels!

The bounty of produce is still going strong this week.  Visit our many farmers for slicing, paste and cherry tomatoes, sweet and spicy peppers, shallots, potatoes, eggplant, celeriac root, leeks, edamame, bush bean varieties, arugula, basil and much more.  Celebrate back to school sandwiches with Fletcher Village Bakery’s sandwich loaves: choose from rye, 9 grain and sourdough.  Enjoy it with Looking Glass Creamery’s Pack Square Brie, fresh and bountiful this season!

Remember that the market is a great place for tasty treats!  Visit Sakshi for delicious glazed pecans and almonds and fresh squeezed lemonade, or grab a cup of ice cream from The Chocolate Lab.  Visit Gladheart Farm for yerba mate energy bars, in three different flavors.

Get your kids off to a healthy start at school with Bonny Bath’s Thieves Spray.  This immunity building blend of cinnamon bark, clove bud, eucalyptus radiata, lemon and rosemary (from Young Living Essential Oils) will arm little ones against the germs that love them.

It’s never too early to start planning for Thanksgiving.  Stop by Which Came First Farm to put in your order for Thanksgiving turkeys.

Welcome back High Country Nursery this week!  Peruse their collection of fine and unusual climate hardy landscape plants, including Japanese maples, conifers, roses, bonsai and other trees and shrubs.

This market wouldn’t be what it is without the support of the Oakley United Methodist Church.  Pastor Shelly Webb has done so much for our community and she just keeps on going!  She finished the new website and it looks great.  Check it out here!

See you this Thursday, August 23 from 3:30pm to 6:30pm!

Piles of tomatoes, edamame, and burgundy okra! New this week!

With summer festivities winding down and school starting up for our kids, this time of year has many of us reinventing ourselves and our routines.  So while you’re running around for back to school errands, make sure to come by and stock up on the gorgeous array of fruits and vegetables that can fill your kids’ lunch boxes!  And with this cooler weather, it makes a visit to your local market that much better.  Enjoy music from Oakley’s own Chris Farmer and bring the little ones down for children’s story time from the Oakley Library at 5pm every Thursday in August!

Get ready for canning!  Fiddlesticks Farm is up to their ears in tomatoes of all kinds.  Take advantage of their canning special this week: 20lb boxes of mixed variety tomatoes for only $20!  At $1/lb for local, organic tomaotes, that is a great deal.  Dress up those tomatoes with hot pepper varieties, sweet pimento peppers, okra and seven different eggplant varieties from Angel Ridge Farm, and check out her new crop of edamame too!  Gladheart Farm is offering a limited quantity of the sweet, richly colored burgundy okra, as well as Italian Bel Conte sweet peppers, which are great for stuffing.  Natalie’s Naturals will have guinea and duck eggs again this week, as well as richly flavored chanterelle mushrooms.

Congratulations to Looking Glass Creamery for their recognition at the American Cheese Society’s 2012 Competition!  Their Ellington Goat Cheese won 2nd place in the Goat’s Milk Open Category Class.  If you haven’t tried it yet, what are you waiting for?

Visit Jenni Gems this week and check out her new additions of beaded and copper jewelry.  Finally Farm has great big aloe plants and colorful coleus at great prices.  And it’s never too early to start planning for Thanksgiving.  Stop by Which Came First Farm to put in your order for Thanksgiving turkeys.

We’ll have fresh squeezed, organic lemonade, hand dipped dark chocolate fruits and massage for you this week too!

National Farmers Market Week!

As we all start to feel the drag of the dog days of summer, our farms are still hard at work keeping up with those heat loving crops that adorn our dinner plates every night.  That’s why Seceretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack has proclaimed this week as National Farmers Market Week!  When you come out to spend your heard earned dollars at community farmers markets, you’re making a world of difference by supporting and preserving small family farms, strengthening healthy community ties and stimulating our local economy.  Did you know that small community markets like ours can can preserve over 500 acres of farmland?  And case studies show that for every dollar we spend at a large chain, about 15 cents stays in the area, while locally owned enterprises like farms trap 30 to 45 cents.  So keep up the good work and come on down this week!  Enjoy music from Oakley’s own JP Furnas and bring the little ones down for children’s story time from the Oakley Library at 5pm every Thursday in August!

Taste the rainbow of produce this week, from funky tomato varieties like Fiddlesticks Farm’s traveller tomato to Gladheart Farm’s new crop of green, yellow and purple beans, to Whispersholler Farms sweet corn, freestone peaches and blackberries.  Find italian sweet peppers and Lazy Wife’s greasy cut beans at Angel Ridge Farm, fresh organic $2 basil bunches and fresh pesto at Finally Farm, and more peppers than you could dream of with various vendors: poblanos, paprika, bell, sweet chocolate, pimento and hot and sweet peppers.

Catch Vandele Farm’s great sausage sale this week.  You’ll find spicy cajun and italian sausages on sale for $6/lb, plus kielbasa and brats.

It’s never too early to start planning for Thanksgiving.  Stop by Which Came First Farm to put in your order for Thanksgiving turkeys.

We’ll have fresh squeezed, organic lemonade, cold ice cream and massage therapy for you this week.  And welcome our newest vendor High Country Nursery!  Peruse their collection of fine and unusual climate hardy landscape plants, including Japanese maples, conifers, roses, bonsai and other trees and shrubs.

Overflowing with food or baby items?  Want to donate them?  Pastor David Peeler of Snow Hill United Methodist Church in Candler accepts food donations every Friday, and baby item donations any time.  Food donations are given to the Hominy Valley area churches and free farmers markets on Saturday mornings.

Read on to see our weekly recipe section, in addition to the variety of produce, artisanal foods and crafts our vendors will have for you.

See you this Thursday, August 9 from 3:30pm to 6:30pm!

Corn, Tomatoes, and eggs of all kinds! Storytime!

The Oakley Branch of the Buncombe County library will be hosting a children’s storytime right at our market at 5pm! (Weather permitting) We’re very excited to have the folks from our local library come down to the market every Thursday in August. Be sure and show your appreciation by gathering up the little ones for the story and come down to the market this week!

It’s going to be another beautiful market day tomorrow! Come on down and enjoy the bounty of the land during high summer. Fiddlesticks Farm is bringing travel tomatoes, and piles of peppers: poblano, paprika, bell, sweet chocolate, pimento, hot, sweet, whatever you need! Gladheart Farm has a new crop of green, yellow, and purple beans sure to add some gorgeous color and flavor to your next summer meal. Whisper Holler Farms is bringing sweetcorn, freestone peaches, and blackberries just bursting with flavor! Angel Ridge Farm has several types of okra in season, as well as pole beans, sweet and hot peppers, cabbage and four types of eggplants (I didn’t realize there were that many!) Finally Farm will be bringing $2 basil bunches and fresh pesto.

Which Came First Farm has some delicious “pastured” chicken eggs. If you’re looking for something a bit different, Natalie’s Naturals is bringing some guinea fowl and duck eggs. Thanks to all this rain, they’ll be bringing some wild-harvested mushrooms as well!

Vandele Farms is having a sausage sale! If you’re an omnivore and haven’t tried the sausages from Vandele, now is your chance! Spicy cajun and Italian sausages are on sale for $6/lb and they’ll be bringing their kielbasa and brats as well!

Gluten-free cheesecake? Rachel’s Delectables has got you covered! Speaking from personal experience, cheesecake in a jar is quite a revelation!

For the ladies: Buck Naked All Naturals is bringing a pregnancy tincture made of red raspberry leaf and nettles, and a lady mix tincture with red raspberry leaf, juniper berry, and don quai.

Don’t forget to check our recipe section! Do you have a favorite recipe made with ingredients you purchased at the market? Let us know! See you at the market this week!