Pre-Season Vendor Meeting April 6, 2018

Have you thought about becoming a vendor at the Farmers Market? Here’s your chance to join returning vendors and find out about the coming season and enjoy a potluck lunch. Tentatively scheduled for the Grayson Landcare office at 108 Courthouse street unless we need to move somewhere larger.

1) IF you plan to sell any kind of food: canned or baked goods or offer samples, including meats, please come at 10 am for a presentation by Sandy Stoneman. Rules have changed and there are lots of issues to cover.

2) All other vendors,  please come at 11am. We’ll cover rules, fees, online market and more.

3) If you are an artisan joining us for the 1st time, please bring 3 representative items for jurying.

4) If you plan to sell produce please plan to stay after the meeting for a presentation by Jen Cavey.

Looking forward to a another fun and fabulous season!

Seed Saving

by Michelle Pridgen

Why Save Seed?

Saving your own seed allows you to select plants that meet your needs. You can choose for size, color, taste or growth patterns.

Save money! Seed prices seem to rise every year. While you will probably not save everything that you need, or want, you can save a few varieties every year to ensure that you’ll always have seed. Some cultivars seem to disappear from the catalogs every year, to be replaced by hybrids or patented plants. As long as someone is growing a variety, and saving the seed, the genetics are somewhat safe. Continue reading “Seed Saving”

Winter Egg Production

hen in snow

I. Understanding Why Egg Laying Stops

The winter slack in egg laying is not usually about temperature. Unless it is bitterly cold–for example, below 0˚F–chickens usually do just fine in the cold. The real problem is the changes in their environment that come with the winter.

Chickens need at least 14 hours of daylight for their endocrine systems to secrete egg-laying hormones. If they are not getting this much light, the hormones are not released and egg-laying may drop as a result.

While chickens may do just fine in the cold, the wind is another story. If it is windy, it doesn’t matter the temperature: your hens are going to be stressed out. Especially if there isn’t a place where they can get away from the wind. Continue reading “Winter Egg Production”

Last Winter Market Saturday December 2

Join us for a regular Farmers Market Saturday December 2 from 11-3 in Town Park. You’ll also be able to pickup the pesticide-free wreaths and trees you ordered from the Online Market. We will have some extra trees and wreaths but come early for the best selection! It’s also the 3rd Chili Cook-off! Free to enter, and $5 to taste all the chili. Last year we had 10 entries, so it’s a bargain! 1st prize is $100 sponsored by Chestnut Creek Counseling, $40 2nd prize sponsored by Jack and Jesse’s Melons and 3rd-10 prizes sponsored by the Mabe Family. Stay for the Parade (we’ll be in it) and the Town festivities! Visit with Santa in Town Park after the parade and more. A fun day for the whole family!

Fall Finale October 13

Join us Friday October 13 from 9am to 1pm for the Fall Finale.  Formerly known as Apple Day, the event features a free community apple pressing, an apple dessert contest and a great pumpkin contest. This is the last Market of the regular season.

Bakers of all ages are encouraged to enter the Apple Dessert Contest.  Bring your entries to the market by 10:30am, judging begins at 11. Any remaining desserts will be sold by the slice to benefit the Market after the winner is announced as soon is the judging is complete.  The top prize is a $100. You are also invited to bring your largest home-grown pumpkin to the Market by 11am.  Entries will be weighed and the winner will receive $100. Thanks to the Law office of Jonathon Venzie for sponsoring the Apple Dessert Contest and Wagon Wheel Farm for sponsoring the Great Pumpkin contest.  Three apple presses will be in operation. Everyone is invited to bring apples and containers to the Market to press free of charge.  The Market will also be pressing apples and the juice will be available for a donation to the Market.  In addition, a small press will be available at the Kids Corner. Continue reading “Fall Finale October 13”

Free Raised Bed Workshop April 1st

Plan to join us Saturday April 1st from 10 am to 2 pm for a potluck lunch and a hands on raised bed workshop for all skill levels at the Grayson National Bank conference center in the Gywnn shopping center next to FoodCity

. We’ll talk about planting dates, spacing, interplanting and succession plantings. Using information from the best national and local gardeners you’ll learn to apply these techniques to a single raised bed or a full sized market garden. Hope to see you then! We are able to offer the workshop free of charge thanks to our FMPP grant from the USDA. The class is limited to 50 people. Please email Michelle Pridgen at independencefarmersmarket@gmail.com to register. Don’t forget to bring a dish to share.


Pre-season Vendor Meeting and Potluck lunch

Friday April 7th

Plan to join us Friday April 7st from 11 am to 2 pm for a potluck lunch  at the Grayson National Bank conference center in the Gywnn shopping center next to FoodCity

Learn about becoming an IFM vendor,sign up for the season and enjoy a potluck lunch with your fellow vendors. Please bring any scales you plan to use at the Market so they can be certified by VDACS.