Puppies and Kittens and Veggies, Oh My!

Believe it or not, only five more market days remain in our first season with you.  This calls for a celebration, so join us for the first annual Harvest Festival on October 25!  The festival will run the length of the market from 3:30pm to 6:30pm.  Enjoy delicious prepared food from our vendors’ freshest harvests, live music, kids’ and pets’ costume contests with prizes, scavenger hunts, gift basket raffle prizes, antique farming equipment, fresh-pressed apple cider and much more.  Food and raffle tickets will be available by donation to benefit the growth of the market.  Check out our Facebook page, blog and newsletters for more information coming soon!

Visit with fellow community do-gooders Brother Wolf Animal Rescue this week!  Furry friends await you and your kids for adoption, or at least petting, this week.  And of course the kids can enjoy story time with the Oakley Library at 5pm.  Enjoy music this week from the market’s favorites, JP Furnas and Chris Porter.

It will be a packed market this week, with beautiful produce, new vendors and old favorites.  You’ll find collards, arugula, lettuce, mustard, mixed baby greens, kale varieties, celtuce and napa cabbage.  Colorful long scarlet radishes and golden and blue potatoes are in abundance, plus winter squash varieties, half runner beans, giant sweet potatoes, garlic, and late summer eggplants and peppers.  And a little bit of summer is back with Gladheart Farm’s second crop of cucumbers!

Our friends at Vandele Farms will be gone the next two weeks, but they’ll return October 11 with sales on bone in soup meat and breakfast sausage.  Don’t hesitate to email Kathleen at kat@vandelefarms.com if you ever want her to bring different meat items to the market for you to peruse.  Have you ordered your Thanksgiving turkey yet?  Stop by Which Came First Farm to sign up for the perfect sized bird for your holiday needs.

Sweet or salty?  Why choose?  Visit Looking Glass Creamery for their decadent new bourbon vanilla goat milk caramel.  Great on apple slices, warm crescent rolls, or on a spoon!  Grab new glazed walnuts from Sakshi’s Old Fashioned Glazed Nutsmini cheesecakes from Rachel’s Delectables, sea salt caramels from The Chocolate Lab, or savory hot pretzels from Buller Bavarian Pretzels.

Back by popular demand, Bonny Bath is offering half pint jars of her wonderfully aromatic bath salt blends.  Get them for $8 a jar or 3 for $20.  Visit Smart Mrs. Evans for wonderfully scented homemade laundry detergent.  And High Country Nursery is back this week with an array of landscape trees and shrubs.  

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Fall Greens and Much More at the Market Today!

It looks like it will be a perfect day for a stroll through the market this week.  The weather is cooling down and produce is plentiful!  And make sure to mark your calendars for the market’s first annual Harvest Festival!  Good food and fun await you on October 25 from 3:30pm to 6:30pm.  Check the newsletters, website and Facebook for more information soon!

Parents, we have loads of fun in store for the kids this week.  Sandy Miller from Macaroni Kid will join us a fun shaving cream craft and fall leaf activity.  Stick around after the Oakley Library 5pm children’s story time for more fun with a bracelet making activity!  We meant it when we said we want to be Asheville’s most kid friendly market!  And enjoy music this week from Oakley’s own JP Furnas.

Welcome back fall greens!  Find many of our vitamin and mineral packed leafy friends this week, such as collards, lettuce, tot soi, mixed baby greens, kale varieties and more.  And although the hydroponic green pros at Asheville FRESH Herbs can’t make it this week, you can visit them on ASAP’s Farm Tour for a fun look into urban hydroponic growing with a good cause.  Enjoy the bounty of winter squash varieties, green beans, sweet potatoes, and garlic, plus late summer eggplants and peppers.  Complete your grocery list with Vandele Farm’s ongoing sale on all beef roasts at $5/lb, or visit Which Came First Farm for savings of 15% off chicken breasts.  Satisfy your sweet tooth with Sakshi’s Roasted NutsRachel’s Delectables mini cheesecakes, or check out The Chocolate Lab for local dipped shortbreads, chocolate covered bacon and more.

Back by popular demand, Bonny Bath is offering half pint jars of her wonderfully aromatic bath salt blends.  Get them for $8 a jar or 3 for $20.  And High Country Nursery is back this week with an array of landscape trees and shrubs.

Come see us today at the market!

We’re Having a Festival!

Ready for fall? Ready to get festive?? Then join us at our first ever Harvest Fest!

Families are invited to celebrate the bounty of our local farms at the first annual Oakley Farmers Market Harvest Festival!  Join us Thursday, Oct. 25 from 3:30-6:30 p.m. at the Oakley Farmers Market, 607 Fairview Road in Asheville (behind Oakley United Methodist Church.)  We’ll be cooking up a healthy and delicious supper by donation, using many of our vendors’ fresh harvests.  All donations will benefit the growth of the market so that we can continue to serve the amazing Oakley community next market season.

The event will also feature live music, a costume contest for children and pets with prizes, raffle prizes, face painting, games, displays of antique tractors and farming equipment, fresh-pressed apple cider and much more. For details or information on volunteer opportunities, call Oakley Farmers Market Manager Carly Esslinger at 828-407-0188 or visit www.oakleyfarmersmarket.com as we add more information.

Fall is in the Air! Join Us for Food, Fun, and Crafts at the Market This Week

It’s going to be a lovely fall day for the market this week.  Perfect day to enjoy the new arrivals and the old favorites!  Parents, bring the kids down for a Homemade Playdough Demo at 4:30pm, then relax during children’s story time at 5pm.  Enjoy music this week from original indie folk rock musician Tristan Buie-Collard.

Cheese lovers! Come get your fresh mozzarella!  Our newest vendor Pete’s Cheese serves it up in ball and braid form.   Add color to your market basket with crisp Red Gala Apples and all kinds of early fall greens: lettuce, baby greens mix, and kale. Find plenty of winter squash varieties, leeks, turnips, celeriac, green beans, sweet potatoes, peppers, eggplant, bush beans, muscadine grapes, and much more. 

Vandele Farms is still running their great sale on all roasts at $5/lb.  Thinking chicken instead?  Stop by Which Came First Farm for a sale on chicken breasts.

New treats this week from The Chocolate Lab, including chocolate covered bacon.  Hey, might as well enjoy it over a cup of ice cream!  Or keep it simple with roasted nuts, fresh lemonade, or a delectable array of baked goods.  There’s no denying that the market delivers on good snacks!

Visit Bonny Bath for beeswax candles and handmade soaps available in four different scents, all with a base of organic olive and coconut oils, sustainable palm oil, sweet almond oil and Young Living Essential oils.  See new Baltic Amber necklaces from Jenni Gems.  And welcome back Smart Mrs. Evans with her oh so smart homemade laundry detergents.

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, September 13 from 3:30pm to 6:30pm!

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Are You Ready for Fall? Get a Taste of it This Week at the Market!

Now that summer has officially come to a close, we’re looking forward to sharing many fun filled, cool autumn weeks with you all. We are excited to announce the winner of the baby pygmy goat naming contest!  Congratulations to Jenni, age 12, for the winning names of Max and Morris.  Make sure to claim your prize this Thursday at the info tent!

We have a fun salsa and green bean canning demo in store for you this week!  Come on by to learn the basics of hot water bath canning and pressure canning at 4:30pm.  And parents, we hope you’ll join us again this week for the Oakley Library 5pm children’s story time.  Enjoy music this week from original indie folk rock musician Tristan Buie-Collard.

Come get your apples!  Enjoy the first arrival of pink lady apples from Whispersholler Farms.  Spread a little coconut chevre from Looking Glass Creamery for a great after school snack!  Delight in the late summer harvests of winter squash varieties, green beans, sweet potatoes, and new crops of greens such as lettuces, tot soi, and hydroponic Asian greens mix.  Plenty of old favorites are still enjoying their time in the sun, such as peppers, eggplant, bush beans, muscadine grapes, and much more.   Remember that fall is a great time to plant perennials.  Visit Finally Farm for the perennial plant sale, and check out High Country Nursery for beautiful trees and shrubs.  

New from Bonny Bath this week are beeswax candles and handmade soaps available in four different scents, all with a base of organic olive and coconut oils, sustainable palm oil, sweet almond oil and Young Living Essential oils.

Come hungry for treats from our many wonderful vendors!  Visit Buller Bavarian Pretzels for savory hot pretzels in different flavors.  Or try Fletcher Village Bakery’s amazing tomato spinach goat cheese quiche.  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, or sample Rachel’s Delectables new pumpkin cheesecake.

Enjoy Vandele Farms great sale on all roasts at $5/lb.  Thinking about Thanksgiving yet?  Stop by Which Came First Farm to put in your order for Thanksgiving turkeys.

Don’t forget to head over to our Recipepage for some great ideas on how to use your market goodies!