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What’s New at the Farmers’ Market? Shopping at Horn in the West on Saturday, May 28

The market operates from 8 a.m. to noon every Saturday this summer at 591 Horn in the West in Boone.

For more information, check outwataugacountyfarmersmarket.org.

Harry Chapin, a singer, songwriter, and storyteller, wrote a song about “A Better Place to Be.” Well, there is no better place to be this Saturday morning (Memorial Day Weekend) than the Watauga County Farmers’ Market for fresh produce, grown locally by farmers who take personal pride in the quality of their vegetables, fruit, and meats (chicken, beef, pork, lamb, and turkey) and the relationships that they’ve developed over the years with customers who appreciate excellence and value.

Watauga County Farmers' Market opening day 2016. Photo by Ken Ketchie.
Watauga County Farmers’ Market opening day 2016. Photo by Ken Ketchie.

It’s the place to be for shopping for one-of-a- kind art work, pottery, jewelry, photos, flower arrangements, and crafts made by highly skilled artisans. It’s the place to purchase strong and healthy plants for the garden or for your home.

It’s the place to be to see friends, enjoy lip smacking biscuits and mouthwatering pizza, scrumptious baked goods, and an outstanding cup of gourmet coffee while enjoying great music center stage including Boone’s own Worthless Son-in- Laws, a Rock and Americana Band. In addition, the talented Marshall Daniels will be playing the handpan (looks a lot like a UFO or a wok!) and the hammered dulcimer. The Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture will be having a cooking demonstration to teach us how to convert fresh veggies into delectable delights and we are pleased that Blue Ridge Garden Club of Boone will be joining us.

Kids Corner will be alive with the laughter of children at the seed planting station so bring the whole family. And be sure to check out those young entrepreneurs at the Kids Mini-Market. You will be amazed at what these budding farmers and artisans have grown and made.

Lastly and most importantly, the theme song for “The Spy Who Loved Me”, sung beautifully by Carly Simon, was “Nobody Does It Better.” ForMemorial Day Weekend, we salute our soldiers because nobody has done it better and preserved our freedoms than the soldiers of the United States of America. Come join us at the Market to honor our soldiers and let them know how much we appreciate the sacrifices that they and their families have made for us.

Look what our farmers and vendors have for you this Saturday!
Sunshine Cove Farm – certified organic microgreens, dino kale, collard greens, mixed chard, and a broad array of starter plants for the garden.

Moretz Mountain Orchard & Farm – New this week garlic scapes (excellent for grilling /roasting). Free range eggs, "pesticide free green onions and garlic, winter quash, potatoes,  white sweet potatoes,  apples, dried apples,  strawberry rhubarb jam and Kennebec seed potatoes. Also, Dutch Apple Pies.

Zydeco Moon – Certified Organic Produce –beautiful buttercrunch lettuce, mixed lettuce, spring onions, fennel, cheddar cauliflower and broccoli.  Varieties  of certified organic heirloom tomato plants including Cherokee purple, Blevins’s red oxheart, yellow and red brandywine and Black cherry.  Gallon size tomato plants which are 2 feet tall and will produce tomatoes much earlier in the year, helping you to get tomatoes before the blight. Four inch pots with plants a foot tall.  Pepper plants and basil plants will also be available. Produce – romaine and buttercrunch lettuce, mixed lettuce, spring onions and a limited supply of asparagus.

Owens Farms – swiss chard,green onions,beets radishes,stringless green beans,sugar snap & snow peas,broccoli,kale,lettuce & herb plants.

Country Ham’s Biscuit Bar – fried chicken and sausage from New Life Farm and smoked bacon from Against the Grain. Local sliced tomato, arugula, goat cheese, eggs, and hand squeezed Florida orange juice. Don’t forget 100% of tips go to the Hospitality House’s Garden Program.

Against the Grain – green and red butter head lettuce, green garlic, green onions, carrots, beets, broccoli, chard,
mixed cut baby salad greens, corn meal, sorghum meal, pasture-raised, gmo-free pork and chicken.

New Life Farm – cauliflower, curley kale, dino kale, collard greens, lettuce, cucumbers, and scallions, as well as pasture raised pork, chicken, and turkey. All of animals are pasture raised and fed non-gmo feed. Also, vine ripened tomatoes!

Fire From The Mountain – plenty of chipotle salsa, smoked Habanero BBQ sauce, enchilada sauce and four varieties of hot sauces.   From the Farm – free range eggs, asparagus as well as red and green romaine lettuce.

Mountain Memories Farm –
free samples from the grill including lamb or pork.  We offer all cuts of both along with a wide variety of special sausages in link and bulk..  Another new item we offer in pork this year will be fresh bacon. We also have eggs! Website – mtnmemoriesfarm.com and like us on Facebook.

Tumbling Shoals – certified organic spinach, romaine lettuce, green leaf lettuce, red leaf lettuce, scallions, baby lettuce salad mix, arugula, spicy salad mix, radish, japanese salad turnips (hakurei turnips), green curly kale, dinosaur kale (a.k.a. lacinato kale, black kale, cavelo nero…), rainbow chard, collard greens, strawberries, fresh cut herbs: cilantro, dill, oregano.

Brooks Farm Beef – high quality grass fed beef that we have brought the past nine years to the market! Ranging from steaks, roasts, beef tips, ground beef and many other cuts. This beef is for the consumer who wants red meat that is healthy and tastes great.

Heritage Homestead – flavored chevre, feta, goat milk fudge and our new product goat milk gourmet caramel sauce.  Yum!!!!

Creeksong Farm – spinach, lettuce, arugula, green onions, beets, salad mix, vegetable and herb starter plants, free range eggs, and all cuts of grass fed beef.

The Farmer’s Wife – Fried Apple Pies and no sugar Added Fried Apple Pies. They taste Yummy too.

Mountain Roots – Lots of asparagus, mixed mustard greens, branch lettuce, collards, several varieties of kale and radishes. Fruit trees, blueberry bushes, native azaleas, rhododendrons, Japanese maples, service berries, some perennials & more. Over 20 varieties of heirloom & op tomato plants along with other vegetable & herb seedlings (peppers, kale, collards, cabbage, etc).

Harmony Acres Soap – Handmade Natural Bath and Body Products

Blue Ridge Apiaries – locally produced wildflower honey, varietal honey, infused honey, creamed honey, bee pollen, as well as additional hive products.

Shady Grove Gardens and Nursery – Bright colored tulips, squash and cucumbers transplants.

Against the Grain – ramps (last week), butterhead lettuce, radishes, spinach, green garlic, cornmeal, sorghum meal, pastured, gmo-free pork and pastured, gmo-free chicken.

Springhouse Farm – certified organic spinach, mixed baby beets, head lettuce, arugula, vegetable starts, and pastured pork (with samples of sausage). Nitrate free hot dogs and bacon as well as six types of sausages and other cuts available.

Earth Harmonies – handmade gemstone artisan jewelry. Lots of new wire wrapped pendants, in copper and sterling silver. Summer anklets, bracelets, rings, and crystal necklaces.

Owl Creek Breadworks – variety of European-style, naturally-leavened hearth breads, and a wide selection of croissants and other pastries.

Goldenrod Gardens – gorgeous flowers and bouquets on demand. Any bouquet can also be tied with a hand dyed silk ribbon of your choice. Mint for derby day, rainbow salad, arugula, and pea tendrils are perfect for May meals.

Octopus Gardens – Produce: baby bok choy. Nursery plants: vegetable, flower, and herb starts including many tomato varieties, cabbage, kale, edible flowers like nasturtiums, marigolds, pansies. Zinnias, calendula, parsley, strawberry plants, sage, yarrow, basil, tulsi (holy basil).