2014 Market Applications Now Available!

Fresh Local Produce

The Oakley Farmers Market is now accepting vendor applications for the 2014 market season. Local farmers, value-added food producers and crafters are welcome to apply.

Vendor membership is $150 for the season for applications received by the early-bird deadline of Feb. 24. Membership rates increase to $175 after Feb. 24.

The 2014 market will be held 3:30-6:30 p.m. Thursdays May 8 – Oct. 16 in the parking lot behind Oakley United Methodist Church, 607 Fairview Road, Asheville. Online applications are available at oakleyfarmersmarket.wordpress.com/forms/. For details, contact Carly Esslinger at oakleyfarmersmarket@gmail.com or call 828-407-0188.

Recruiting Market Volunteers and Board of Directors Members

Volunteers Wanted


We’re already in the middle of planning the 2014 season for Oakley Farmers Market and we could always use more help.  Oakley Farmers Market is recruiting volunteers and potential members for our Board of Directors who are interested in helping to create a venue for community within Oakley while tackling issues of food security and providing space for entrepreneurs.

If you’re interested, fill out our volunteer form so we know where to plug you in and what you can commit to.  Please spread the word to anyone you know who might be interested.

The Second Annual Harvest Festival is October 3!

Our second season is wrapping up, and the only sensible thing to do is throw another party!  Join us October 3 during market hours from 3:30 – 6:30 for a lovingly prepared home cooked dinner from our vendor’s wonderful food.  Stick around for a raffle drawing for gift baskets choc full of amazing gifts from our vendors, and tell the kids they have their own raffle drawing!  See what else is in store for this great celebration:

Pumpking Carving

Farm Animals

Scavenger Hunt

Fresh Pressed Apple Cider


Balloon Art

Face Painting

Story Time

Live Music

…And a whole lot more!



Party Down at the Summer Splash!

Summer Splash is Here!
We’re so excited to host yet another fun neighborhood party before summer ends!  Let the kids play in the water and enjoy other fun activities like scavenger hunts, balloon art, and story time.  Enjoy delicious samples from our vendors and enter our raffle contest for great prizes!!

Credit Cards now Accepted for Market Bucks!
We’ve been working hard to get our new “Market Bucks” to you, and it’s finally here!  Come by the info tent and use your credit card for a quick, easy purchase of market bucks.  Use them with any vendor throughout the entire market!

Blessing of the Backpacks

Hey kids, as part of the Oakley Farmer’s Market “Summer Splash” on Thursday, August 15, Pastor Rick from Oakley United Methodist will offer a Blessing of the Backpacks.  So bring your backpacks to the market and Pastor Rick will offer a prayer for you and your backpack before the new school year gets under way.  And tell the adults you know to bring their computer bags or other work-related bags, and Pastor Rick will bless those, too.

Sample some Cajun Sausage this week!

italian stuffed cabbage

Spice it up this week with Cajun Sausage!  Check out the recipe for these italian stuffed cabbages here!
Vandele Farms will be offering samples of cajun sausage, and if that’s not tempting enough, they’re alsoon sale at $5.50/lb (normally $6.50/lb)!

And check out these other new Items:

Garlic scapes, snow peas, spring mix, new potatoes, cucumbers and broccoli
Roses and Gardenias in bloom


broccoli ~ cherries ~ collards ~ cucumbers ~ garlic scapes ~ herbs ~ kale ~ mixed greens ~ mustard greens ~ new potatoes ~ onions ~ peaches ~ radishes ~ red leaf lettuce ~ romaine lettuce ~ shiitake mushrooms ~ snow peas ~ spinach ~ vegetable and herb starts


eggs ~ chicken ~ beef ~ pork ~ lamb ~ rabbit

…And more!

artisanal breads ~ sweet and savory baked goods ~ glazed nuts ~ boiled peanuts ~ cheesecakes ~ raw chocolate ~ cacao shots ~ hanging flower baskets ~ potted plants ~ landscaping plants ~ bath salts, sprays and scrubs ~ handmade soaps ~ candles ~ jewelry ~ polymer clay crafts ~ handsewn items ~ pottery ~ glass art ~ herbal teas ~ organic clothing ~ cut flowers

Peaches, Potatoes and Pesto!

Visit Whispersholler Farm to get peaches while they’re fresh!  

Dig into pesto this week at Finally Farm.  Toss it with some seasonal veggies available now, such as potatoes, snow peas, broccoli, or anything that catches your eye and tempts your palate!  Voila, dinner!

Whole milk now available! Farm to Home Milk is now offering 100% grass fed creamline whole milk!  This low temp pasteurized, non-homogenized milk preserves the naturally occurring probiotics in the milk.  Come by the info tent to sample some and purchase a bottle!

Oakley Community Garden News!  Please help us spread the word that our community garden is ready to give away free produce to those in need every Monday evening from 6:30pm to 8pm.  If you would like to join our team and lend a hand, please email oakleycommunitygarden@gmail.com to join the list serve.  Workdays are Monday evenings at 6:30pm and Thursday mornings at 10am.

For the kids…Face painting and naturally flavored snow cones!

**And remember to check out our online calendar to see upcoming activities and events!

Music this week with:
Dan Keller

See y’all Thursday!