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”

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.

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.

JULY AT THE MARKET

We close out June with the 5th annual KIDS DAY on the 24th.  Don’t miss this fun-filled day of FREE and FABULOUS kids activities and give-aways featuring Cowboy Don, Ranger Amelia, Miss Ellie, Grayson County 4H, Blue Ridge Discovery Center and the Virginia Department of Health.

July 1st is Cooking Day with Chef Jen-she’s planning lots of simple veggie recipes.  It’s also Wellness Day featuring the Virginia Department of Health and Dr. Karen.  We’ll also be in the 4th of July Parade in Downtown Independence.

The Wednesday Evening Market is now open  every Wednesday from 4-7pm.  The On-line Market is also open for your shopping convenience.  So many opportunities for fresh, local  products!

July 17 is the Berry Festival and our 3rd monthly Fiber Day.  Start your ovens and plan to enter the Berry Pie Contest!  We’ll be selling delicious berry sorbet as a fund-raiser for the Market.

 

July closes with Take a Break from the Interstate HWY 21 Yardsale .On the 29th the Farmers Market will include yard sale. items as well as our usual array of fabulous local products.  Saturday and Sunday will see the lot filled with vendors selling a little bit of everything.

June Events at the Market

Friends of the Market,

It’s finally June and starting to feel like summer!  Lots of produce is coming into the Market and Chef Jen is ready to cook this Friday, June 3rd.  To date the menu includes carrot top pesto, grilled kale salad, beef  with shiitakes,  edible flowers, curried beets and carrots and ….June 10th is Herb Day featuring Ellen Reynolds of Beagle Ridge Herb Farm.  June 15th marks the Grand opening of the Wednesday Evening Market from 4-7pm and the reopening of the On-line Market.  June 17th is the  2nd monthly Fiber Day. June closes out with the 5th Annual Kids Day on June 24th.  Don’t miss the weekly Kids activities each Friday with Abby from 10-11am.

If you missed the cooking demonstration  and recipes for the Rooted in Appalachia Roadshow, here they are…

Miss Pattie’s favorite Stirfry:

1/2 cup of 5 vegetables:  Pattie chose peas, cauliflower, broccoli, green onions  and mushrooms and  1/4 cup of soy sauce.  She washed and chopped the veggies to small bite size pieces and sauted in a little oil until tender and seasoned with soy sauce.

In addition, Michelle added 2 quick and fun recipes for raw carrots:

“Dirt Dip” from Martha Stewart Living  featured roasted kalamata olives  over a ricotta cheese dip.  Dry the olives for 3 hours in a  275 oven.  Process in a food proceessor until finely chopped.  Set aside.  Mix 1 cup ricotta with 1 tablespoon heavy cream and whip.  Top with olive “dirt” and serve with baby vegetables.

Sesame Carrots featured grated raw carrots drizzled with 1 tablespoon roasted seasame oil and 1 teaspoon lemon juice and topped with roasted sesame seeds.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s Market Time!

Friends of the Market,

May is finally here and it’s almost time for the Grand Opening of the Independence Farmers Market at Town Park.  Join us May 13th from 9am to 1pm for delicious produce, locally raised meats and eggs, fresh baked goods and beautiful crafts.  There will be plants for your gardens, both ornamental and edible and the kids can plant seeds in eggshell cups.  After the  Market, walk across the street to the office warming party hosted by Grayson Landcare.  Come see the new office and enjoy baked goods by the talented young cooks at the Grayson County Cate Center.

May 20th is the first of our monthly Fiber Days.  Save the date, it’s every third Friday.  We close out the month on the 27th with the Rooted in Appalachia Farmers Market Roadshow sponsored by Appalachian Sustainable Development.  There will be kids activities,  cooking demonstration and more and it’s all free!

The Independence Farmers Market is pleased to be able to accept Senior Farmers Market coupons this year and we continue to offer up to a $25 match for SNAP purchases for fruits and vegetables.  It’s like getting FREE vegetables and fruit. We are able to offer the Double Dollar program because we are a member of the Wholesome Wave National Nutrition Network.

Hope to see you there and be sure to bring a friend.

Apple Day, Last Market and Grand Opening of On-line Market

Join us this Friday, October 9th for the LAST regular Market of the 2015 season. It’s Apple Day! Bring your entry for the Apple dessert contest to the Market by 11 am. Judging begins at noon. Prizes will be awarded! Bring your apples for the community apple pressing. It’s free. We’ll have apple juice available for a donation to the Market.

Don’t forget to buy a raffle ticket for the amazing Weigand Walnut coffee table/bench. Tickets are only $5 and it’s a beautiful piece of local craftsmanship. Thanks to Richard and Judy for their generous donation to the Market.


And I’ve saved the best for last. As Taffy mentioned in her comment, The Independence Farmers Market has received another FMPP Grant thanks to the hard work and excellent grant writing skills of the Farmers Market Committee Chair, Rick Cavey.


Not only does Rick grow great vegetables, he writes the Grants that give the Market the funds that help us teach our community how to do it too. Look for more great workshops, cooking demonstrations and farm tours. Thanks Rick!
AND the online Market opens Friday afternoon. 1st pickup is Friday the 16th from 10 to noon at the 1908 Courthouse. Just click the “on-line Market” tab at the top of the page. Create your account and start shopping.

We’ll also have our 2 Winter Markets and Christmas Tree fundraiser days on November 27th and December 5th.


Hope to see you Friday and bring a friend!

REMAINING EVENTS FOR 2015

Don’t worry, even though the kids have returned to school and the summer is coming to a close, there are still plenty of fun activities planned at the Market until we close October 9th!

August 21-Fiber day with Deb Clemens.  Learn to raise rabbits,  10-11 am.

September 4th-Cooking Day

September 11th-Pepper Day, free pepper tasting

September 18th- Fiber Day with Vivian.  Learn to raise alpacas, 10-11 am.

October 2nd Cooking Day and Customer Appreciation Day

October 9th- Apple Day and Grand Closing!  Bring your apples for a free cider pressing and  enter the Apple Dessert Contest.  It’s also the last Fiber Day.  Learn to raise goats with Deb Clemens.

October 10th-the On-line market opens for orders to be picked up at the 1908 Courthouse from 10-noon on Friday October 16th.  The On-line market will be open until the Market opens again in Town Park Friday May 13th 2016.

November 27th-Green Friday!  Winter Market and Christmas Tree Fundraiser.  Pre-order your beautiful pesticide-free tree and wreaths on the On-line Market and pick it up at Town Park. We’ll have a few extra trees as well as wreaths for sale.  Shop for Christmas presents at our Winter Market.

December 5th-Winter Market and Christmas Tree Fundraiser. Here’s another chance to pre-order your beautiful pesticide-free tree and wreaths on the On-line Market and pick it up at Town Park. We’ll have a few extra trees as well as wreaths for sale.  Shop for Christmas presents at our Winter Market.  Enter the Chili cook-off or come and taste and vote for your favorite.  Prizes will be awarded.  Stay for the Christmas parade and check out the Farmers Market Float.  Maybe I can talk someone else into wearing the cow costume this year!

Stay tuned for the popular and informative Independence Farmers Market Workshops in 2016

AUGUST EVENTS

Celebrate National Farmers Market week at the Independence Farmers Market!

It’s the 3rd annual Tomato Day  Friday the 7th.  Festivities include a free tomato tasting (bring your favorite to share!) and cooking demonstration by Chef Jen Cavey as part of the monthly 1st Friday cooking classes.  In addition, everyone is invited to participate in both the salsa contest and “Great Tomato Weigh-in”.  Please bring salsa entries to the Market by 11am.  Entries should be at least a pint and preferably a quart to provide enough for judging by the public and official judges.  Categories are Tomato salsa and all other salsas.  First through third prizes will be awarded in the tomato category as well as first place in the “all other salsa” division.  In addition there will be a “People’s Choice” award.  Bring your largest tomato to the Market for the “Great Tomato Weigh-in”.  A prize will be awarded for the largest entry.  Appearance is not a factor in judging.  The Town of Independence has donated $25 for 1st place in both the Tomato weigh in and People’s Choice Awards.

The Independence Farmers Market welcomes SNAP and EBT and is pleased to offer a $25 dollar match for fruits and vegetables thanks to grant from Wholesome Wave and Appalachian Sustainable development.

AUGUST 21st is FIBER DAY

Join Deb Clemens for  “How to raise rabbits” from 10-11am for the monthly 3rd Friday Fiber Day August 21st.  On the 14th you can learn to make a needle felted pin.  And the month closes with a  demo mixing fibers using a carder.