I discovered this video on the Valle Crucis, NC facebook page…
Tomorrow should be a good day to visit the market…And the featured product brings back spring memories of my Grandma’s house. Fresh peas just barely cooked with fresh butter…Such a lunch side dish…less than an hour from pea patch along the front fence to the dinner table…Go have a mess of peas for me…
This Saturday morning’s market and also the Wednesday evening market from 4 – 7 will feature sugar snaps, squash, lettuce, strawberries and onions from Zydeco Moon Farm. Donald and Roger Owens will also be at both markets with herb plants, tomatoes, squash both yellow and zucchini, cucumbers, cabbage, sugar snap peas and broccoli.
This Saturday’s special event is Spring Greens Day and musical entertainment will be provided by The Forget Me Nots. You will find a nice variety of greens at the market this weekend, and in addition Deb Lowe will have Limbertwig and Fuji apples, onions, blueberries. raspberries, dill, touch-me-nots and columbine. Matt Cooper will have fresh cut thyme, oregano and chives. Fog Likely Farm will be providing cut flowers in painted cans, burlwood planters, and red rhubarb.
Wednesday’s afternoon market will also have live music with Southern Exposure starting at 4pm. Along with the great spring vegetables you will find plenty of meal ideas such as fresh handmade pasta including spinach cavatelli, four-cheese ravioli, walnut pesto ravioli and hand cut fettucini from Andrea Morrell, the Pasta Wench. James Wilkes will offer honey, granola, eggs, whole grain breads, cranberry pecan scones and various muffins.
I can’t say it often enough, if you are in the area and like locally grown food, swing into the “Market”. Whenever we are in the high country it ranks at the top of our list of must do stops. In fact, I have been known to schedule our visits to coincide with market days to allow us to stock the kitchen with great food at the beginning of our stay.
Watauga County Farmers’ Market has been enjoying quite a successful 35th season this far. There is a new row of vendors between the Horn in the West main office and ticket office, offering everything from garden plants to veggies to prepared foods. There are still plenty of open parking spots for shoppers, so if you have not been to the market in a while you will be in for quite a few pleasant surprises.
The times of the Wednesday markets are also changed for this year’s market. The market will be open from 4-7 starting June 17 instead of the morning times of past years. We hope you will find the new hours more convenient and enjoy the additional events we have planned for the Wednesday markets. The first attraction will be the music of Southern Exposure on the 17th. There will be plenty of fresh edibles for your mid week meals, so do plan to stop by.
One of the things that always made me a bit sad was that I didn’t have a garden in the mountains to allow me to bring home some of the live plants for sale at each market I’ve attended over the years.