June 13. 2009 | Watauga County Farmers’ Market

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.

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May 23, 2009 | Watauga County Farmers’ Market

From the morning email…

Watauga County Farmers’ Market will be celebrating Herb and Plant day on May 23 with the music of The Sheets Family. Deborah Jean and Randy Sheets and daughter Kelly are well known for their tight harmonies and are listed in the Blue Ridge National Heritage Directory. We are sure you will enjoy their music this Saturday.

The Wednesday morning markets have been moved to Wednesday afternoons for the 2009 season. The time is tentatively set for 4 – 7PM, starting on June 17.

Find us at the Horn in the West in Boone, turn next to First Citizens Bank on Highway 105 Extension and go to the top of the hill. Call WCFM manager Karen Bauman at 1-828-355-4918 or visit our website at http://wcfm.info for more information. We will be there rain or shine!

via May 23, 2009 | Watauga County Farmers’ Market.

Wish I Was Going To The Market…

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The folks at Watauga County Farmers’ Market would like to thank everybody who braved the drizzle to support the market this past Saturday. The market will be open all four Saturdays in October, rain or shine, or even in the snow if need be. The outlook for Saturday the 4th calls for a nice day, and we hope to see you at the market.

There are plenty of good things left to harvest. Robert Church will have a good supply of Irish potatoes on hand as well as several varieties of apples including Wolf River, JonaGold, and Macintosh. Jerry Harvey may possibly have more yellow and white sweet corn, but he will certainly have plenty of pie pumpkins to bring to market.

The flavors of summer have not left, and Don Owens will have red, striped, pink and yellow tomatoes this weekend, yellow and zucchini squash, bell and hot peppers. Cheryl Piracci will have San Marzano tomatoes and quick marinara sauce recipes to go with them. Cheryl also will have her homemade pesto, pistachio orange biscotti, and even her own special garlic jam. Charles Church will be busy harvesting potatoes, onions, garlic, chard and butternut and spaghetti squash. Charles will also have humanely raised pork to offer.

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If you are in the High Country this weekend, stop by the Market and pick up some of those good mountain vegetables…

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Homegrown Tomatoes

Listening to The Gestalt Gardener this morning and during the break they played this song. I just loved the refrain…

Homegrown tomatoes, homegrown tomatoes, what would life be without homegrown tomatoes?

Only two things that money can’t buy and that’s true love and homegrown tomatoes.

John Denver Homegrown Tomatoes lyrics.

If you haven’t caught Felder Rushing’s show, swing over and download the podcast. He deals with gardening in Mississippi, but his style of “slow” gardening will work anywhere.

Speaking of homegrown tomatoes, it looks like the Watauga County Farmers’ Market should have a good selection tomorrow judging by last weeks update…

The long wait for fresh local sweet corn is over. Jerry Harvey is among the vendors who will have a good supply of corn this Saturday in both yellow and white varieties. Jerry hopes to have more blueberries this weekend, and will be harvesting watermelon soon. Jerry will have plenty of Better Boy, Big Boy and Early Girl tomatoes. Reba Greene will also have a wide variety of tomatoes to choose from, including Giant Beefsteak, Mr. Stripey, and Pink Girl. Reba will also be harvesting okra for the market.

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I sure wish I could make a run over to the “Market” tomorrow and grab a few. A good BL&T would taste so good especially out on the deck…

There ain’t nothing in the world that I like better
than bacon and lettuce and homegrown tomatoes.
Up in the morning, out in the garden, get you a ripe one, don’t pick a hard one.
Plant ’em in the spring, eat ’em in the summer. All winter without ’em is a culinary bummer.
I forget all about the sweating and the digging every time I go out and pick me a big one.

As always…I am North Carolina Mountain Dreaming from the Texas Gulf Coast…

*The above photo was taken by my eldest in 2006.