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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Piles of tomatoes, edamame, and burgundy okra! New this week!

With summer festivities winding down and school starting up for our kids, this time of year has many of us reinventing ourselves and our routines.  So while you’re running around for back to school errands, make sure to come by and stock up on the gorgeous array of fruits and vegetables that can fill your kids’ lunch boxes!  And with this cooler weather, it makes a visit to your local market that much better.  Enjoy music from Oakley’s own Chris Farmer and bring the little ones down for children’s story time from the Oakley Library at 5pm every Thursday in August!

Get ready for canning!  Fiddlesticks Farm is up to their ears in tomatoes of all kinds.  Take advantage of their canning special this week: 20lb boxes of mixed variety tomatoes for only $20!  At $1/lb for local, organic tomaotes, that is a great deal.  Dress up those tomatoes with hot pepper varieties, sweet pimento peppers, okra and seven different eggplant varieties from Angel Ridge Farm, and check out her new crop of edamame too!  Gladheart Farm is offering a limited quantity of the sweet, richly colored burgundy okra, as well as Italian Bel Conte sweet peppers, which are great for stuffing.  Natalie’s Naturals will have guinea and duck eggs again this week, as well as richly flavored chanterelle mushrooms.

Congratulations to Looking Glass Creamery for their recognition at the American Cheese Society’s 2012 Competition!  Their Ellington Goat Cheese won 2nd place in the Goat’s Milk Open Category Class.  If you haven’t tried it yet, what are you waiting for?

Visit Jenni Gems this week and check out her new additions of beaded and copper jewelry.  Finally Farm has great big aloe plants and colorful coleus at great prices.  And 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, hand dipped dark chocolate fruits and massage for you this week too!

Corn, Tomatoes, and eggs of all kinds! Storytime!

The Oakley Branch of the Buncombe County library will be hosting a children’s storytime right at our market at 5pm! (Weather permitting) We’re very excited to have the folks from our local library come down to the market every Thursday in August. Be sure and show your appreciation by gathering up the little ones for the story and come down to the market this week!

It’s going to be another beautiful market day tomorrow! Come on down and enjoy the bounty of the land during high summer. Fiddlesticks Farm is bringing travel tomatoes, and piles of peppers: poblano, paprika, bell, sweet chocolate, pimento, hot, sweet, whatever you need! Gladheart Farm has a new crop of green, yellow, and purple beans sure to add some gorgeous color and flavor to your next summer meal. Whisper Holler Farms is bringing sweetcorn, freestone peaches, and blackberries just bursting with flavor! Angel Ridge Farm has several types of okra in season, as well as pole beans, sweet and hot peppers, cabbage and four types of eggplants (I didn’t realize there were that many!) Finally Farm will be bringing $2 basil bunches and fresh pesto.

Which Came First Farm has some delicious “pastured” chicken eggs. If you’re looking for something a bit different, Natalie’s Naturals is bringing some guinea fowl and duck eggs. Thanks to all this rain, they’ll be bringing some wild-harvested mushrooms as well!

Vandele Farms is having a sausage sale! If you’re an omnivore and haven’t tried the sausages from Vandele, now is your chance! Spicy cajun and Italian sausages are on sale for $6/lb and they’ll be bringing their kielbasa and brats as well!

Gluten-free cheesecake? Rachel’s Delectables has got you covered! Speaking from personal experience, cheesecake in a jar is quite a revelation!

For the ladies: Buck Naked All Naturals is bringing a pregnancy tincture made of red raspberry leaf and nettles, and a lady mix tincture with red raspberry leaf, juniper berry, and don quai.

Don’t forget to check our recipe section! Do you have a favorite recipe made with ingredients you purchased at the market? Let us know! See you at the market this week!

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!

Celebrate Summer at the Market!

It looks like another beautiful market day for the fifth week in a row! Join us at the market today to pick up some local and organically grown food, as well as crafts and personal care items. Gladheart Farm is bringing a cabbage mint drink to keep market-goers cool on what looks to be a very warm afternoon. Fellow Oakley resident Chris Farmer will be providing the musical entertainment. Join us behind the Oakley United Methodist Church on Fairview road, 2pm to 6pm!

The market is seeking outdoor furniture donations so we can provide more seating around the market. Anything that can put up with being outdoors would be appreciated. We’re also looking for volunteers to help staff our information tent and spread the word about Asheville’s newest farmers market! Please stop by the information tent today and let us know that you would like to help out. With your support, we can make this market a community institution for years to come!

New at the market this week:

Asheville FRESH Herbs: Handcrafted cutting boards

Bonny Bath: Painted Water Jars

Tupelo Honey: Shortbread Cookies

Rachel’s Delectables: New Honey Chestnut Mini Cheesecakes for $2.00.  And remember, the single serving cheesecakes come in small jelly jars that you can sell back (in good condition) for $0.32.  Good deal!

The Chocolate Lab: Ice Cream Toppings, White and Dark Dipped Apricots, Dark Chocolate Dipped Pistachios, and White Cocoa Almonds

See you all today, at the Oakley Farmers Market!

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!

Member Vendors for our Inaugural Season!

Thanks to the fantastic efforts of Carly, our vendor coordinator, and the incredible community of local farmers and vendors, we can announce our list of vendors for our first season as a farmers market! There is a great amount of diversity in the offerings between all our member and day vendors and it has the makings of a really great season! Here is a quick rundown of the various vendors and a brief description of what they are bringing to market:

MEMBER VENDORS

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Gladheart Farms – various produce

Looking Glass Creamery – goat and cow cheeses

Whispers Holler Farms – fruits, veggies, mushrooms

Angel Ridge Farm – various veggies, hand-spun yarn

Fletcher Village Bakery – baked goods

Fiddlesticks Farm – veggies, cherries, blueberries, apples, goat meat (in the near future)

I Heart Veg – vegan bakery

Which Came First Farm – chicken, eggs, turkeys

Vandele Farms – pork, beef, goat milk soap

Sakshi Gantenbein – glazed nuts, leather goods

DAY VENDORS

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Jordan Blackley Farm – berries

M R Gardens – strawberries, veggie/flower/herb starts

Natalie’s Naturals – glass art, pottery, soap, seasonal produce, eggs, mushrooms

Kristin Schoonover – pottery

Cozy Blue – screenprints, sewn items

The High Fiber Co. – sewn items, bags, wallets, totes

The Chocolate Lab – chocolates

Thanks to all who applied! It looks like it is going to be a great season! The first market day (our soft-open) is May 24th, Grand Opening the following week May 31st. Questions or concerns? Please contact us.