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!


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