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!

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Tomatoes, Eggplants, Bell Peppers at the Market this week!

This week’s market is sponsored by Eagledove Greenhouse. Check them out at the market this week as they’ll be demonstrating how to raise chickens and ducks in urban spaces! Be sure and visit them just around the corner from Oakley on Swannanoa River road. Interested in your business sponsoring the market, or know somebody who wants to show their support? Check out our sponsorship form for more information, or come see us at the info tent on market day!

 
If you missed it on the 6PM news, WLOS named steering committee member and market instigator Shelly Webb as the Person of the Week. Unfortunately she’ll be out of town this week, so the autograph requests will have to wait. Congratulations Shelly, you deserve it!

This week at the market, heirloom tomatoes should be coming in, along with eggplants, bell peppers, zucchinis, bush beans, and okra. Whisperholler farms still have some blackberries, peaches, apples, and nectarines. Get them while they last!

Vandele Farms is running a sale on boneless porkchops at $8/lbs, and all special order beef roasts are $5/lbs. Email Kathleen for special orders: kat@vandelefarms.com to special order any 3 to 4 lbs. roasts: Chuck, Shoulder, Eye of Round and London Broil. She’ll have them ready at market for pickup, if you email her quick!

Rachel’s Delectables is bringing mini cheesecakes for just $2 to satisfy your sweet tooth. Of if you prefer ice cream, the chocolate lab will be bringing some that you can top with their amazing chocolate treats! Look for organic lemonades and herbal ice teas to keep you cool during these hot summer markets!

Don’t forget, our new hours are 3:30-6:30pm! Bring the kids by the kids activity tent for face painting and a market wide scavenger hunt!

Want to show your support for the market, but only have a few dollars to give? Purchase an Oakley Farmers Market bumper sticker, available in the info tent. All proceeds go back to the market to keep the kids activities coming and the market running smoothly. Thanks for your support!

We’re always looking for volunteers to help setup or take down the market, or provide demonstrations of skills and maybe recipes using ingredients found at the market. Interested? Come see us at the info tent! See you tomorrow at the market!

Fresh fruit, Cheesecake and Massages!

It looks like a particularly great week for the Oakley Farmers Market! The weather should be cool, and market will be hopping during our new hours, 3:30-6:30!

Enjoy July’s delights this week with blackberries, peaches, apple s and nectarines from Whispersholler Farms.  They also have temporary tattoos for the kiddos!  And what summer kitchen isn’t complete without okra!  Find it pickled from Tupelo Honey Cafe or fresh from our new vendors, Pisgah View Apartments Community Peace Garden.  We are thrilled to have the PVA Peace Garden at our market.  Their work to create a bountiful garden in the low income public-housing complex they call home is an incredible example of how grass roots movements can revive and redefine a community.  In addition to their produce, they have a delectable assortment of herbal iced teas and freshly made juices.

Other beautiful veggies and herbs you’ll find this week are purple and yellow beans, golden zucchinis, salt and pepper cucumbers, patty pan squash, amish paste tomatoes, Hungarian wax peppers, eggplant, thai basil and more.  And Gladheart Farm is still running their patio pepper plant sale at 25%off!

Sale! Sale! Sale!  Visit Vandele Farms for great savings.  Boneless pork chops are still on sale for $8/lb, in addition to all special order beef roasts for $5/lb!  Contact Kathleen at kat@vandelefarms.com to special order any of these 3 to 4lb roasts: Chuck, Shoulder, Eye of Round and London Broil.  Kathleen will have them ready for you at the market for pickup.

The market is a great place for gifts.  BonnyBath is offering Titania’s Garden, a seasonal summer blend of bath salts, scrubs and sprays containing hyssop, geranium and basil.  Adorn your sweetheart with enchanting copper and healing gemstone jewelry from Jenni Gems.  Jenni may not even be a teenager yet but she will impress you with her deep understanding of gems and stones!

We’re excited to welcome back our cheesecake baker Rachel of Rachel’s Delectables this week, massage therapist Jenna Prince-Farmer, as well as our newest vendor Ray Designs.  Keep an eye out for his well crafted tote bags. 

A very big thank you to Eagledove Greenhouse for becoming the most recent market sponsor! Interested in sponsoring the market? Check out our sponsorship form here.

OFM Bumper stickers are here!  These one-of-a-kind, all original stickers are a great way to deck out your wheels.  Come by the info tent to purchase yours for $3.00.  All proceeds benefit the growth of the market.

Kids and adults, come join us this week at the kid’s activity tent for a cool rope making demo!

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

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

See you this Thursday, July 12 from 3:30pm-6:30pm!  Need directions?  Find us here.

The OFM is always on the lookout for volunteers.  You can help us in so many ways: setting up or breaking down the market, or better yet, offer up your knowledge and talents with a demonstration!  If you have any market related skills you’d like to share with us, please visit the info tent to chat about sharing those skills with the community!

Like what you see here?  Want to help spread the good word?  Sign up for the newsletter and forward it to friends and neighbors. Watch the market grow before your very own eyes!
See you Thursday!

Soft Opening this Thursday! Sponsors needed!

Our first market day will be this Thursday, May 24th. We couldn’t be more excited! Thanks to the vendors and community members for supporting our efforts to bring fresh, local food and products to our neighborhood! In order to make this the best market possible, we are seeking sponsors for the market to help fund things like a kids area and musical entertainment. This is a great way to show you support the farmers market and the community effort to make this market thrive! Download our sponsor form here, print it, and either bring it with you to the market on Thursday, or mail it to the address on the form. For  $10 we’ll list you on our website as a supporter. For $75 you can sponsor a market day and provide information about your business at our information booth. For $150 your business can sponsor 3 market days! We’ll post about your business on our facebook, twitter, and blog as the market sponsor for those weeks. With your help, we can make Oakley Farmers Market one of the best in the region!

Saving your money for market day? Show your support for free by liking us on facebook, and following us on twitter!

Vendor Date Extended! Updated forms

It has been a busy week for the Oakley Farmers Market steering committee, and we have a bunch of news to share. First off, the Vendor Application deadline has been extended! You may have thought you were too late, but don’t worry, you now have until April 30th to get your vendor application in to us. Don’t delay! Download your vendor application on our forms page.

The Oakley Farmers Market has approved a mission statement:

To provide an opportunity for all Oakley neighbors, regardless of
differences in income, race or social status, to have access to fresh,
healthy, locally produced foods. A central, public space for neighbors
to gather and support their farmers, artisans, and crafters enhances
community self sufficiency and offers a practical resolution to issues
of food insecurity.  Addressing these large issues at the local level
builds strong community ties, revives our local economy, and restores
invaluable connections to our neighborhood, our farmers and farmland,
and each other.

Now who can’t get behind that? Remember to tell your friends and neighbors, our soft opening is May 24th, followed by the Grand Opening on May 31st!

You’ll soon be seeing our flyers around town and the neighborhood. Interested in supporting the market, or showing that your business supports the market? Become a market sponsor! Fill out our sponsorship form to show how much the success of this market means to you. Thank you for your support!

Next committee meeting is Thursday the 19th, 6 PM, at Oakley United Methodist Church, 607 Fairview Rd.

Questions or concerns? Don’t hesitate to contact us.