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!

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.

2017 Schedule

Happy New Year!  Here’s the Independence Farmers Market schedule:  all Market days are Fridays unless noted otherwise.

May  12- Grand Opening

May 26-Herb Day.  Chef Jen cooks with herbs

June 9-1st of 2 Fiber Days

June 30-Kids Day.  Join Cowboy Don,Ranger Amelia,4H, BRDC and more for fun for the whole family

Tuesday July 4- Town Parade

Continue reading “2017 Schedule”

November and December Events

Please welcome Abby Williams Nicolo as our new On-line Market Manager as we also say good-bye and many thanks and good wishes to Penny Bergeron our past manager. Friends of the Market may already know Abby as our Kid’s Corner Coordinator. Come greet Abby and join us November 16th for the first On-line Market Open House. Sample products and get ideas for holiday entertaining. Tim Mansfield will be sharpening,so bring those knives,scissors, chainsaw chains etc….

Beautiful pesticide-free Christmas trees and wreaths from Brookgreen Farm are available again this year for pre-order on the On-line Market. This is one of our largest fund-raising efforts for the Market. We appreciate your support and are pleased to be able to offer such a high quality product.

Join us   Green Friday, November 25th and December 3rd,  11 am to 3 pm at Town Park for our Winter Markets and Christmas Tree Fundraisers. Enjoy free kids activities, listen to Christmas carols sung by the Highland Camerata at 12:30, shop for delicious local products  and beautiful crafts, and pickup your pre-ordered Christmas trees and wreaths.  In addition December 3 features the 2nd Annual Chili Cook-off.  Free to enter, $5 to taste and vote for your favorite and $25 to the winner!  Bring entries to the Market from 11-11:30.Tasting starts at 11:45 and the winner will be announced at 1:30.  Be sure to stay for the Christmas Parade, it starts at 3pm.

September and October Events

Chef Jen  will be cooking on Pepper Day September 9th.  We’re thinking about a Chef Jen cookbook as a fund raiser for the Market.  Stop by the manager tent and tell Michelle if you’d be interested.  Enjoy our annual free pepper tasting.  Did you know that ALL peppers change color?  Taste green and ripe varieties side by side and discover the wide range of flavors and heat found in peppers we can grow in our region.  Ashe County pimento was mentioned in a recent issue of Garden and Gun magazine, here’s your chance to try it before it becomes famous!

September 16th is the final Fiber Day of the season.  Thanks to all our fiber vendors for creating this special day at our Market.  Be sure to come and shop for these amazing locally produced artisan crafts.  Many of vendors also raise the animals that produce the fleece that goes into these products.

 

October begins with the last Cooking Day of the season on October 7th.

The Market season closes with the Apple Festival.  Bring your apples to the Market to press-don’t forget to bring containers- or purchase cider that we’ll be pressing as a fund-raiser for the Market.  Apple Fest also features an apple dessert contest.  Bring your entry to the market by 10 am,  Judging at 11 am.  The top prize is a $25 gift certificate to the Market!

November and December feature our Winter Markets and Christmas tree fund raisers on November 25th and December 3rd.  We’ll be offering organically grown trees again this year.  Jen, Gesh and I personally select each tree and we are very picky.  We pick  nice fat ones (my favorite) and taller skinny ones( favored by Gesh and Jen)  They are fresh and locally grown in Grassy Creek by the Joyce family.  You can reserve your trees on the on-line Market.

 

Tomato Festival Kicks off August at the Market

The 5th annual Tomato festival on August 5th is a  great way to start the month of August at the Market.  Enter the Salsa contest and win $25!  No fruit salsas allowed this year, it’s the tomato festival after all!  Bring a quart of salsa to the Market by 10 am.  Tasting begins at 10:30 am.  The people’s choice wins the contest.  Results will be announced at noon. You can also enter the Monster Tomato weigh-in.  Bring your tomato by 11.  Weighing begins after the salsa winner is announced.  Wagon Wheel Farm set the bar pretty high last year with their enormous 2.98 pound tomato.  Don’t let that discourage you, tomatoes seem to running smaller this year and the winner receives a $25 gift certificate to the Market.  Chef Jen will be cooking fresh and delicious food and it’s your opportunity to try all the fabulous tomatoes being sold at the Market in the free tomato tasting.  It’s always fun to see and taste all the different varieties.

National Farmers Market is week is August 8th-13th.  Visit the Market on the 12th to show your support!

The third Friday, August 19th is a monthly Fiber Day.  Visit with your favorite fiber artists.