Hey Oakley! Are You Ready to CELEBRATE?

We made it!  Together with our committed vendors, dedicated staff, and YOU, we’ve come to the end of an exciting first season in our Oakley community.  It’s hard to believe that this idea was born only 9 months ago with a small handful of Oakley neighbors.  We’ve come so far from that moment, but not without an incredible investment of time, skills, and tons of hard work.  There’s only one way to go out: CELEBRATE!!

We have lots of fun in store for you on Thursday.  Your vendors will be available as always, so come get your goods one last time!  Awaiting you are roasted nuts, baked goods, artisanal goat cheeses, a bounty of fall vegetables, hydroponic culinary herbs, beef and pork products, shiitake mushrooms, handmade chocolates, and bath and body care products.

Make sure to come hungry, because we’re serving up a tasty dinner cooked lovingly with our vendors’ products.  Enjoy artisanal breads and cheeses, chicken chili, winter squash bisque, fresh salad, fresh pressed cider and a wide array of chocolates and baked desserts.  Large and small dinner plates are available by a suggested donation of $5 and $3 respectively.  Donations benefit the growth of the market so we can keep serving you next season!  Even better, large dinner plate donations come with a raffle ticket for the chance to win a gift basket chock full of vendor’s goodies!  We will be giving away three of these delightful baskets, each at a value of over $50!  

We’ve got the kids and pets covered too!  Kids and pets can come dressed in their Halloween costume for a chance to win great prizes.  Kids six and older can win a $20 gift certificate to Once Upon A Time, Biltmore Village’s locally owned toy store.  Kids five and under can win a Halloween haunted house foam kit.  Four of these kits will be awarded to the five and under group.  And for our four legged companions, we will be giving away a $50 genuine leather dog collar with metal engraved decoration, made by the talented Sakshi Gantenbein of Sakshi’s Old Fashioned Roasted Nuts.  

But wait!  There’s more!  Enjoy live music, a scavenger hunt with prizes (we know!  we can’t get enough of giving!), farm animals, antique tractors, balloon artistry, a food demo by Slow Food Asheville, and a visit from Grow With Me Learning Cooperative, offering kid’s activities and healthy snacks. 

We can’t wait to see you on Thursday! Need help finding us? Take a look at our directions page.

Gearing Up for the Festival with Cider, Roasted Chestnuts, and PRIZES!

Well here we are!  One week left of good ol’ market fun before our first annual harvest festival on October 25!  What better way to kick off the excitement this week than with hot apple cider and roasted chestnuts from Sakshi’s Old Fashioned Roasted Nuts!  Who needs dinner after that?  Parents, bring the kids down for a fun apple print activity at 4:30pm, and stick around for children’s story time with the Oakley Library at 5pm.  Enjoy music this week from Tristan Buie-Collard.

Speaking of the harvest festival, remember to bring the kids and dogs down for our kid and pet costume contests!  Our great prizes include handmade kaleidescopes, a $20 gift certificate to Biltmore Village’s toy store Once Upon A Time, and a $50 handmade leather dog collar crafted from the talented hands of our roasted nut vendor, Sakshi Gantenbein.  And your generous donations for a delicious dinner enter you in our raffle for three gift baskets full of hand crafted goodness from our many vendors, each at a value of over $40!  We are so excited to celebrate our first season with you, so stay tuned all week on Facebook, our website and with our newsletter for more info on all the fun that awaits.   Take in the autumn flavors this week with a variety of greens and root veggies like beets, carrots, turnips and radishes.  Roasted veggies are abound with broccoli, potatoes, garlic, shiitake mushrooms, and winter squashes.  Get to bakin’ with fall apples and remember to get your Jack O’ Lanterns too.  You can still find sweet summer flavors with okra, squashes, eggplants, bush beans and peppers. 

Remember to visit Rachel’s Delectables for holiday orders for pumpkin mini cheesecakes!  Vandele Farms is running a great sale on bone in soup meat and breakfast sausage.

See you at the market!!

Harvest Festival! Looking back and looking forward!

The leaves are starting to change in our lovely neighborhood, and there are just a two market days left in our inaugural season! We want to thank all of our vendors, volunteers, and community members in making such a wonderful farmers market possible in our own backyard. We’re not done yet! Come celebrate with us at the Oakley Farmers Market Harvest Festival! Its going to be a great way to celebrate the bounty of our local farmers and crafters, and an excellent way to close out our first year.
The market steering committee is still hard at work! They’ve been hard at work not only closing this year out with a great celebration, but planning for next season! The committee has drafted a letter to the Mayor and Members of City council about our successes and challenges we’ve faced in our first year. Read all about it here.

See you at the market this week!

Fire Trucks, Shiitakes, Fall Transplants and More!

October is upon us, which brings beautiful scenery and a kickoff to all of the fun fall holidays.  But did you know that October is also National Fire Safety Month?  Bring the kids down to visit the Oakley Fire Station #9 Fire Truck at 4pm!  Our dedicated Oakley firefighters will provide educational fun for everyone.  And if parents need any help with car seat installation, they got you covered!  Of course kid time wouldn’t be complete without the Oakley Library 5pm children’s story time.  And enjoy music this week from Tristan Buie-Collard.

We’ve had many changes at the market lately.  Some of our wonderful vendors are done early for the season.  Natalie Horne, from Natalie’s Naturals, is expecting her baby girl in just a couple of weeks.  We wish her well and hope for a safe, healthy labor and delivery.  Good luck Natalie!  Our friend Lorri Helms from Angel Ridge Farm is busy preparing for events and festivals.  We miss her smiling face and adorable baby goats!  We look so forward to a visit with her goats again, so stay tuned!  And our lovely vendor Catherine Classen from Finally Farm is working on healing an old injury so she can join us again next season.

For you fall gardeners, visit Asheville FRESH Herbs this week for fall transplants of broccoli, lettuce and brusselsprouts.  The best part is they come in biodegrable newspaper cups for easy planting!  Welcome our new vendor, High Mountain Mushrooms, for delicious shiitake mushrooms, polymer and sewn crafts .  Continue to enjoy fall greens such as collards, lettuce, arugula, mustard, tot soi, mixed baby greens, kale varieties, endive and more.  Find long scarlet radishes, turnips, golden and blue potatoeswinter squash varieties, half runner beans, giant sweet potatoes, garlic, and late summer eggplants, okra and peppers.

Our friends at Vandele Farms will be gone the next two weeks, but they’ll return October 18 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.

As always, we can’t wait to see you this Thursday (3:30 – 6:30pm) at the market!