Chef Jen Cooks at the Market

Join us the first Friday of the month, beginning in June, for Cooking with Chef Jen.  She makes an array of dishes from whatever is available at the Market.  Learn how to cook fresh, local food.  Samples are available and donations are appreciated.

Empty Bowls Fundraiser

The Independence Farmers Market is happy to partner with the Arts Council of the Twin Counties for our third Empty Bowls Fundraiser.  We’ll be back at the VFW Hall in Independence. Suggested donation is $10-$15 and all proceeds will go to Back-pack Buddies and the SNAP Match program at the IFM.  Once again, all soups[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]