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.

 

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.

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