Oakley Community Garden Workday (and Easter Egg Hunt)

Come share the love on Saturday, March 30 at 12pm at the market’s home of the Oakley United Methodist Church for a community garden work day.  For even more fun, bring the kids down at 11am that day for a church Easter Egg Hunt and hot dog lunch!  We’d love to see you there!  Volunteers are needed to hide eggs, cook hot dogs, help clean brush, prepare garden beds and install tree swings and a swing set (we’re working on getting one!).  We are also in need of donations for the garden and market, such as garden tools (hand held and larger tools) and outdoor children’s toys.

Oakley Community Garden workday this Saturday, March 9!

Thinking spring yet? We are! Bring the family down and join your Oakley neighbors this Saturday, March 9 from 10am-12pm at the Oakley Community Garden (home of the farmers market) for some spring cleaning and prepping! We will be preparing beds, moving brush, setting up compost bins, and adding new design ideas to the growing garden. Let’s get growing!

City Council to Take Action on Food Action Policy

Urban Farm Tomato

Image Credit: TCDavis (http://www.flickr.com/people/tcd123/)

Thanks to the work of the Asheville-Buncombe Food Policy Council, Asheville City Council will consider a proposed food action plan to move the city toward food security and to provide a more supportive atmosphere for urban farming.  Posted below are the documents to be considered.  Please consider contacting City Council (here’s their contact info) to express your support for the plan.  You can also attend the meeting to show City Council that this is something that our community truly supports.  Please share this post in order to garner as much support as possible! Continue reading

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!

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.

Happy 4th! Market day tomorrow!

The market will be offering some great summer items at the market all summer long!  Bonny Bath has a special summer line called Titania’s Garden: A lovely blend of geranium, basil and hyssop; available in bath salts, scrubs and sprays.  And you can take care of those annoying bug bites with Buck Naked All Natural’s itchy bug salve. Little ones especially love the relief!  Be sure to stay cool while you shop with Sakshi’s fresh squeezed organic lemonade or  ice cream from The Chocolate Lab!

Asheville FRESH Herbs has your hydroponically grown lettuce and arugula fresh and ready!  When these tender greens start sufferring in the heat of the summer, you can be sure that Asheville FRESH Herbs’ hydroponically grown, freshly harvested (morning of the market, of course!) greens are staying cool.  Also check out their beautiful and affordable handcrafted wooden cutting boards.   When you purchase one, you are supporting a great cause because Asheville FRESH creates employment opportunities for the developmentally disabled, one of whom creates the cutting boards.

Catch the sale on boneless pork chops from Vandele Farms.  One inch thick cuts that are great for grilling, normally $9/lb, on sale for $8/lb!

More veggies are ready for you!  Fiddlesticks Farm has three varieties of tomatillos, ready for your favorite salsa verde and marinade recipes.  Angel Ridge Farm has yellow beans, Gladheart Farm has lemon cucumbers, beautifully dark and glossy midnight zucchinis, and all potted patio peppers are on sale at 25% off!  
Need to satisfy a sweet tooth?  Visit Fletcher Village Bakery and delight in their new gluten free coconut macaroons with chocolate drizzle.  And if you haven’t noticed, the award winning Tupelo Honey Cafe has some awesome threads to add to your wardrobe.  A personal favorite is the Abbey Road themed T-shirt with four chickens crossing the street – good stuff!

Remember to bring your kids by the new kid’s activity tent for a DIY bubble wand activity!  And Oakley’s own musician Chris Farmer will be performing this week.

Short on cash?  A number of our vendors accept credit cards.  Look for display signs at vendor stalls.

Want to help out?  Oakley Farmers Market is looking for outdoor furniture donations.  We are also seeking volunteers to help keep the market flowing smoothly.  Come visit us at the info tent to sign up!

See you this Thursday, July 5 from 2pm-6pm!

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!



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!

Grand Opening Tomorrow! Ribbon cutting with Mayor Bellamy!

Tomorrow is our Grand Opening and ribbon cutting ceremony with the mayor! There will be a ton of great activities and entertainment all day, as well as a bunch of great local food and crafts from all our amazing vendors. The market will be from 2pm to 6pm at the Oakley United Methodist Church. If you have any trouble finding us, check out our new Find Us page, that has the address as well as a map of the location. The ribbon cutting will be at 3pm with Mayor Bellamy in attendance.

Not only is Gladheart Farms bringing their usual bountiful crop of vegetables, they’re bringing some sweet baby goats and they’re bringing a band! Gladheart Farms and Friends will be playing Irish-Celtic mountain music for the enjoyment of patrons and vendors alike! There will be tractors and a planting activity for the children that they can take home! A big thank you to Gladheart farms for helping our new market in so many ways, not least of which is providing all this for our grand opening!

Angel Ridge farms will provide angora wool spinning demonstrations. They usually bring a few of the angora rabbits along, too! They were certainly cute last week! There will also be face-painting, a balloon artist, and raffling off prizes!

Be sure and join us tomorrow for all the festivities. In the meantime, like us on facebook, follow us on twitter, and tell your friends there is a brand new farmers market in east Asheville, right in your neighborhood!

If you or your business is interested in sponsoring the market to show your support of community, local food, and local farmers, download the sponsorship form on our forms page, and contact us! Thanks so much to all our vendors, volunteers, and community members! It’s going to be a great event!