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What’s New at the Farmer’s Market? Shopping at Horn in the West Sat, June 11

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.

Watauga County Farmers' Market
Watauga County Farmers’ Market

Some of you may remember that in 1965, Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass, shocked America with an album cover, “Whipped Cream & Other Delights” that bordered on being a bit risqué.  The number 1 song on the album was “A Taste of Honey”.  Although the cover itself was worth the price of the album (at least to us teenage boys), you don’t have to fork over $7.99 for a taste of honey today — all you’ve got to do is come by the Market for some of the best honey money can buy.  While you’re at it, you can purchase a raffle ticket for one of the finest bee boxes ever made (thanks to a very generous donation by Burt’s Bees!!).   As always, the raffle is going for a great cause – supporting the Double Bucks Program, which doubles the bucks of our customers who use EBT cards.  You couldn’t ask for a better cause.

“Where’s the beef?” was a catchphrase coined by an unnamed fast food restaurant in 1984.  If the question had been, “Where is wonderful grass fed beef, pasture raised pork, chicken, and turkey, delicious lamb, fed non-GMO feed, and fresh free range eggs from happy chickens, all locally raised?”,  then the answer would have been the Watauga County Farmers Market!  When you think about shopping for fresh local produce, also remember that you can get the finest cuts of meat in the State at the WCFM and you will be supporting your neighbors and local economy!

Saturday is going to be a great day at the Market!!   We’re excited to have Andy Page and Swing Guitars center stage, Spice Creek Ramblers back again on side stage, and the ever popular Kids Mini-Market.   If you haven’t checked out Mini-Market and seen what these young entrepreneurs are making, you will be surprised.   We have some truly budding artists in our midst.  We’re also having a cooking demonstration by the Blue Ridge Women in Agriculture.  In addition, we will have folks for the Watauga County Public Library promoting the summer reading theme, On Your Mark, Get Set, READ!

Hope to see you on Saturday at the Market!  Be there at our Town Square!

At the Market – June 11, 2016

Brushy Mountain Farm and Orchard – lots of wonderful peaches!

Springhouse Farm – certified organic snow and sugar snap peas, a variety of head lettuce, spinach, tri-colored baby beets, baby carrots, rainbow chard, curly kale and pork raised on pasture.

Sunshine Cove Farm – romaine lettuce, certified organic microgreens, dino kale, collard greens, mixed chard, and a broad array of starter plants for the garden.

Mountain Roots – Asparagus, shiitake mushrooms, strawberries, Chinese cabbage, collards, several varieties of kale (green & scarlet curly, dino and red russian), buttercrunch lettuce, red & green romaine lettuce, baby leaf salad mix, spicy salad mix, arugula and radishes. From the nursery we’ll have blueberry bushes, native azaleas, rhododendrons, Japanese maples, service berries and perennials.

Tumbling Shoals Farm – certified organic romaine lettuce (last week), green leaf lettuce, red leaf lettuce, scallions, radishes, black Spanish radishes, green curly kale, dinosaur kale (a.k.a. lacinato kale, black kale, cavelo nero…), rainbow chard, collard greens, fennel, broccoli, zephyr summer squash, zucchini, Sugarloaf or chioggia radicchio, tendersweet cabbage, beets, blueberries, sunflowers, fresh cut herbs: cilantro, dill, oregano.

Moretz Mountain Orchard & Farm – New this week, cherries, Goumi berries  (Goumi is a super food having the highest concentration of Lycopene of any natural food with good amounts of Vitamins A and E),  garlic scapes (excellent for grilling /roasting). Free range eggs, “pesticide free green onions and garlic,  apples, dried apples,  strawberry rhubarb jam and Kennebec seed potatoes.  Also, Dutch Apple Pies.

Country Ham’s Biscuit Bar – Bella Rooster Jelly, Fried Chicken, Sausage, and tomatoes from New Life Farm, Smoked Bacon from Springhouse, and hand squeezed orange and orange/carrot Juice! 100% of tip money goes to F.A.R.M. Cafe!

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.

Zydeco Moon –  certified organic cheddar and purple cauliflower, sweet broccoli, baby summer squash and cabbage.  We will also have fennel, which is our new favorite vegetable.  Slice the bulbs, add olive oil, salt and cover with parmesan cheese.  Bake at 400 for 45 minutes.  YUM!  The tomatoes are starting to ripen so look for some next week.

Owens Farms – kale, tomatoes, cucumbers, summer squash, stringless green beans, potatoes, bell pepper and herb plants.

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

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

New Life Farm – Vine ripened Tomatoes, New Potatoes, Cucumbers, Broccoli, Beets, Curley kale, Dino kale, collard greens, and scallions, as well as pasture raised pork, chicken, and turkey. All of animals are pasture raised and fed non-gmo feed.

Mountain Flower Muffin Company – specializing in gluten-free, natural sweetened low sugar items, paleo and vegan baked goods.

Shady Grove Gardens and Nursery – Bright colored mixed bouquets and Lavender along with Lupine and Astilbe plants.

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.

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.

Harmony Acres Soap – Handmade Natural Bath and Body Products

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

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).