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Going to the Market…

I wish I was. While I can’t make it for tomorrows Farmers Market, if you are in the Watauga County area in the morning, check it out. Here the teaser for this week…

Shoppers at Watauga County Farmers’ Market will find many good things not available in stores. Katinka Day will have some great tasting but impossible to ship heirloom tomato varieties German Johnson and Mountain Pride along with grape and Roma tomatoes. Katinka will also have locally grown Sugar Baby watermelons and some really good cantaloupes.

Enjoy fried green tomatoes? Kenneth Oliver specializes in rainbow colors and will be glad to supply you with a few green, red or yellow tomatoes, purple, red or Giant green peppers, or some nice looking cabbage. James Wilkes of Faith Mountain Farms will have plenty of Kandy Korn this weekend, sunflowers and Zinnias for arrangements, and lots of basswood and just a little sourwood honey to offer. Try some of James’ home baked organic breads and stop next door for some free trade organic freshly roasted coffee from Bald Guy Brew.

Shady Grove Gardens has bright and festive bouquets of Dahlias and Zinnias as well as uncommon flowers such as purple and lime Lisianthus.

Travis Tinsman of Mountain Heritage Crafts is a new vendor at the market this year, with handmade Appalachian style birdhouses decorated with natural materials gathered right here in the region.

Members of the Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture will be at the market each Saturday to give out information and ask for volunteers for their local food project and the community food assessment. Stop by and pick up some free seeds suitable for planting in late summer or early fall.

Watauga County Farmers’ Market is open on Wednesday and Saturday mornings. We are at the Horn in the West, turn next to First Citizens Bank on Highway 105 Extension and go to the top of the hill. We will be there rain or shine!

Grab some of the local produce and enjoy a meal for me. There is something about the mountain air that makes all food taste good but there is something bout mountain grown food that just tastes great. Go, meet the farmers, buy some food…enjoy the community…I wish I was there.