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What’s New at the Farmers’ Market: Shopping at Horn in the West Sat, Aug. 26

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 out wataugacountyfarmersmarket.org.

Message from our favorite coffee vendor, “Bald Guy”


I want to thank all of you for your outpouring of support…food, money, prayer, messages…so humbling that I can’t really begin to express how meaningful it is to me and my family.  Currently we are working with insurance claim agents to begin moving forward in rebuilding our business.  This is a slow and painful process of due diligence and negotiations.  Regrettably, it is going to take quite some time before monies can be released to order new equipment.unnamed-3

Ten (10) years ago, I started my entrepreneurial journey at the Watauga County Farmers’ Market.  You all, along with the amazing community here in the High Country, helped me to grow my roasting business.  While I am away, another new coffee roasting company, Hatchet, will be holding down the fort to make sure that quality coffee, roasted in Boone, is available in my absence.  Thankfully, the fire only took my business, but not my family nor my desire to continue to source, roast, and serve an ethical cup of amazing coffee in the years to come.

As we move forward I would ask that you keep praying…not only for me, but for all those who were involved and affected by the devastating fire.  Again, thank you for your continued support and I look forward to being back at the market, Lord willing, as soon as it is possible.

Don (aka Bald Guy) Cox.

Coffee will be back this Sat!   Jeremy Bollman, owner of Hatchet Coffee Company, a coffee roasting company in Boone has graciously agreed to provide delicious coffee at the Market on a temporary basis until Bald Guy can get up and running again.  We appreciate Jeremey’s willingness to fill-in as we all know how important having a good cup of coffee is for our vendors and customers!

ASU Students – Welcome back!!!  It’s always great seeing all the smiling faces of our App students returning to the Market.  We’ve missed you and are glad to have you back!

Answer to last week’s Market Quiz:  The answer to question from the movie, Yentl, “How did you get them all the same size?” was “cookies” and we all know what wonderful fresh baked goods that we have at the Market.

Market Quiz Question of the Week: What was the name of the third album by the American rock band, the Allman Brothers that has a reference to a fruit that you can purchase at the Market? The thirdperson with the correct answer will to respond win a $10.00 gift certificate at the Market and have bragging rights for Week 17 of the Market.  (wataugacountyfarmersmarket@gmail.com)

Saturday will be another great day at the Market!!!  In addition to all the wonderful produce and products(please see below), we’ve got lots of exciting activities.   This Saturday, we welcome back a local favorite musician, Nate Harris.   The Market is pleased to have the Appalachian Student Dietetic Association for a fabulous cooking demonstration.  Also returning to the Market is the non-profit, High Country WATCH, who will be discussing the promotion of responsible development in Watauga County.  Lastly, this Saturday is Kid’s Market!  Come and support our budding entrepreneurs!
Hope to see you on Saturday at the Market!  Be there at our Town Square!


Produce and Products at the Market – Aug 27, 2016

Mountain Memories Farm – Along with all cuts of meat from both LAMB AND PORK, we will have ground beef and a HUGE VARIETY of SAUSAGES in LINK and bulk.  Exciting new sausage this week.  BOEREWORS (South African) is a blend of 3 meats, awesome flavor, and has NO SUGAR! Stop by for a sample of it along with other samples off the grill. Mark will be grilling a ground lamb kabobs also this week– so please stop by out booth, top of hill next to Farm-to-Flame pizza truck, and across from the coffee booth.  Try their breakfast pizza made with our sausage! Website – mtnmemoriesfarm.com and like us on facebook.Waxwing Farm – watermelons, cantaloupes, heirloom tomatoes, garlic, shallots, chicken/duck eggs, and fresh cut flower bouquets. We will also be selling Waxwing t-shirts, donations accepted and 100% of money goes towards building a new chicken coop and other projects for the 2017 season.

Shady Grove Gardens and Nursery – Dynamite Dahlia week. Also, Snapdragons, Hydrangea and Zinnias.   Lovely hand-crafted pre-made bouquets, ready to go and bouquets made to order. Now offering mix and match variety bunches. Plants include: Echinacea, Echinops, Lavender and Rosemary, Succulents, and Japanese Anemone. shady-grove-gardens.com

Springhouse Farmcertified organic – Winter squash extravaganza: butternut, jester, black futsu, acorn, pie pumpkin, delicata, and spaghetti squash.

Owens Farm – Tomatoes including red, pink, yellow, purple, stripe, chocolate stripe, cherry & artisan, cucumbers, eggplant. Kennebec & pontiac red potatoes. Bell pepper, banana pepper, cayenne & jalapeno pepper. Okra & sweet potatoes.

Wishful Thinking Studio –  fall colors, new trees with rooster, blue bird and Crosses, and “Pickle Prance” Beast Bowl from Caron the Potter.

Fire From The Mountain – Beautiful cherry tomatoes, slicing cucumbers, haricot vert, baby beets,  carrots, leeks, zucchini, Opal and Thai Basil, Garlic, Fingerling Potatoes and of course Chipotle Salsa, Smoked Habanero BBQ Sauce, Enchilada Sauce, Four hot sauces Smoked Habanero,  Chipotle, Smoked Serrano and Smoked Scorpion.

Moretz Mountain Orchard & Farm – Berries blue and raspberries  (provided weather  cooperates), Last week for blue Damson plums. Apples- Zesty Zee, MacIntosh, Summer Rambo,  Sweet Rusty Coat,  Chehalis,  Collimar, Wolf River,  Green Pippin, Jonamac, Liberty,  Cortland,  Gala and Honey Crisp. Potatoes-  Kennebec and purple Winter Squash – acorn and butter nut. Seminole Peach butter and other jams and jellies, dried apples.

Libby Lane Gourmet – offering their popular new pimento cheeses made with local Ashe County Cheese and their famous Fishel’s Moravian Chicken Pies.

Harmony Acres Soap – Handmade Natural Bath and Body Products

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

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

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

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

Brushy Mountain Farm and Orchard – lots of wonderful peaches!

Mountain Flower Bakery – featuring colorful gluten, soy and dairy-free artisan cupcakes, treats, and hearty muffins. Our delicious products are baked fresh just before market day using fresh farm eggs and natural organic oils. Our baked goods are hand-made using certified high-quality, gluten-free flours and tasty nuts, dried and fresh fruits. Mountain Flower bakery offers a variety of decorated specialty cupcakes

New Life Farm – Vine ripened Tomatoes, Cherry Tomatoes,  Potatoes, topless Beets, Green Beans, Eggplant, Sweet Red Peppers, Okra, Spaghetti Squash, zephyr squash, and Sugar Babe Watetmelons, as well as pasture raised pork and chicken. All of our animals are pasture raised and fed NON-GMO feed.

Creeksong Farm – lettuce, arugula, salad mix, rio verde cabbage, tomatoes, basil, green beans, beets, carrots, rosemary, parsley, rainbow chard, onions, sunflower bouquets, yukon gold, red norland, and kennebec potatoes, free range eggs, and all cuts of grass fed beef.

Mountain Roots – Shiitake mushrooms, collards, swiss chard, several varieties of kale (green & scarlet curly, dino and red russian), beets, tomatoes (heirloom slicers and mixed cherries), 1/2 runner beans, dragons tongue beans, 6 varieties of eggplant, cucumbers, summer squash & zucchini, baby potatoes, Yukon gold, Kennebec and Red Norland potatoes.chili peppers, sweet banana peppers, jalapeno peppers, bell peppers, broccoli and red cabbage.

Sunshine Cove Farmcertified organic – Full-size and cherry tomatoes, microgreens, dino kale, collard greens, assorted peppers, and miniature eggplant.

Faith Mountain Farm – Freshly harvested sourwood honey now available!  Variety of breakfast muffins, cinnamon rolls, scones, granola, whole grain breads, and chewy balls along with gluten free options for scones and muffins and usually a cake (strawberry, chocolate, or coconut).  Local varieties of spring  and summer honey from our apiaries.  Zinnias, Sunflowers.  Garlic.

Against the Graincertified organic and Biodynamic summer squash, carrots, beets, tomatoes, strawberries, garlic, peppers, onions, dill, potatoes, and cornmeal.  We also have Animal Welfare Approved, gmo-free, pasture-raised pork and chicken.

Baskets and Bricks – [Bare root] Day Lilies, Shasta Daisies, and blue Stokes Asters. Cut flower bouquets, Sunflower micro greens, fresh basil, stringless green beans, baskets, garden bricks.

Colibri – Specializing in fine hand-knotted necklaces made from well-loved to very unusual semi-precious beads. They are closed with wonderful magnetic clasps and are sold as a set with matching earrings. We are also the only ones I know who work with variscite (Look it up.). We also sell beautiful sterling wrapped pendants (including a cord so you can wear them away). We include an earring rack and a lovely bracelet section.

Blue Ridge Apiaries – new crop of Watauga County-harvested Wildflower honey as well as mountain varietals: Basswood, Goldenrod, and Sourwood Honeys.

Octopus Gardens – cilantro, dill, basil, head lettuce, broccoli, kohlrabi, tri colored beets, purple and dinosaur kale, edible flowers, flower bouquets, our famous mini cabbages, and fresh onions.

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

Pottery by Remo – New wood-fired art pieces will be available this Saturday that were last fired in his Amagama wood kiln.

Tumbling Shoals Farm – certified organic – tomatoes (heirlooms Azoychka, Rose, Black Krim, Cherokee Purple, Cherokee Chocolate, Copia, and German Johnson, and beefsteaks), the famous sungold cherry tomatoes, sweet Italian peppers and red, orange and yellow bell peppers, green and purple bell peppers, the last of the red, white and blue potatoes, basil, jalapeno, pasilla, and Serrano chiles, shishito peppers, New Mexican (a.k.a. “Hatch” or “anaheim”) peppers, poblano peppers, eggplant, okra, fresh cut mint, rosemary, sage, thyme and parsley.

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.

Madeleine – tarts, croissants, scones, fruit turnovers, and chiffon cakes in many designs. We always bring our popular Paleo fruit and nut cake, cookies, brownies, biscotti and big fruity breakfast muffins to market. We will also have our special vegan, nut-free and sugar-free items on hand for our market friends!