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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Chef Jen Cavey will conduct a free cooking demonstration July 3 during regular market hours from 9am to 2pm. Enjoy free samples and the opportunity to watch a real chef at work. Learn to use the fresh fruits and vegetables found at the Farmers Market in new and delicious ways.
Other July events include Wellness Day July 10. The Health Department will offer free. Tdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis or whooping cough). Be sure to get a 1-time dose of “Tdap” vaccine (the adult whooping cough vaccine) if you are younger than age 65, are 65+ and have contact with an infant, are a healthcare worker, or simply want to be protected from whooping cough, a growing concern in our schools and community. Twin County Hospital and other area health professionals will also be at the Market.
July 17th is the Berry Festival. EVERYONE is invited to enter the Berry Pie contest. There will be 2 categories: true berry pie(ie crust and berry filling) and all other berry desserts including cream pies, cobblers, crumbles and crisps. Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the true berry pie as well as a 1st place for the all other category . Berries of all kinds will be featured and available for tasting. The Farmers Market will be selling berry sorbet and ice cream with berry sauces as a fund raiser. Fiber Day is also on the 17th. Featured artist Karen Simpson will demonstrate wet felting flowers from 10-11am.
The “Take a break from the Interstate” Highway 21 yard sale occurs July 24-26. The Farmers Market on Friday the 24th will include yard sale items as well as the usual offerings of locally raised fresh foods, and artisan crafts. Chef Jen will be cooking on Saturday the 25th as a fund raiser for the Market. Come shop and enjoy lunch for a good cause! The Town Park is available for the public to use Saturday the 25th and Sunday the 26th. Please contact Michelle Pridgen, Market Manager, to reserve a space: email@example.com or 276-768-0597.
The Market welcomes SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), and offers a matching program up to $25 for fruits and vegetables thanks to a grant from Appalachian Sustainable Development, and Wholesome Wave.
Chef Jen will be cooking June 5th. Come out for free samples and watch her do her magic on fresh veggies and meats from the market. June 12th is Herb Day featuring Ellen Reynolds of Beagle Ridge Herb Farm. The first free class at 10 am will feature herb plants for bugs. See caterpillars and the butterflies they become. At 11:30 Ellen will discuss the Top 10 herbs and how to grow and use them. At 1pm she’ll show how to make tasty herb butters, dips, and spreads. June 19th is Fiber Day featuring JoAnn Bondy. June 26th is the 4th Annual Kids Day. Join Blue Ridge Discovery Center, Ranger Amelia, Cowboy Don Call, In Total Health, and the Girl Scouts for a full day of free activities for kids of all ages.