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”

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.

 

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!