2017 Schedule

Happy New Year!  Here’s the Independence Farmers Market schedule:  all Market days are Fridays unless noted otherwise.

May  12- Grand Opening

May 26-Herb Day.  Chef Jen cooks with herbs

June 9-1st of 2 Fiber Days

June 30-Kids Day.  Join Cowboy Don,Ranger Amelia,4H, BRDC and more for fun for the whole family

Tuesday July 4- Town Parade

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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.

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

JUNE EVENTS AT THE MARKET

June will be busy at the Market!

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.jump

GRAND OPENING AND SEED SWAP MAY 8th

Friday, May 8 is the Grand Opening of the 2015 Independence Farmers Market, beginning the regular market season every Friday from 9am to 2pm until the second Friday in October.  The Market is held in the Independence Town Park at the corner of Highways 21 and 58 across from the Historic Court House in downtown Independence, Virginia.

It’s been a long cold winter, with local farmers working hard to have fresh greens, meats, baked goods, jams, crafts, potted plants of herbs and flowers and vegetables, and other agricultural products available for purchase.  2015 will be an exciting year at the Market, showcasing the diversity of agricultural products and talents in our area.

To celebrate spring at the May 8th opening, a special seed display, staffed by Cynthia Taylor of Grayson LandCare, will have free milkweed seeds, Asclepias syriaca, for you to take home and plant.  Milkweed is the favored food of the Monarch butterfly, and LandCare is highlighting pollinator plants this year.

Additionally, that day, the Market will have seed displays, a demonstration on how to save your own tomato seeds, and free seeds of flowers and vegetables for kids to plant at the Market.  If you have free seeds to share, you are welcome to bring them along for others to use.

Special Fiber Days are usually the third Friday of the month, except for the very first Fiber Day, May 22.  Libby Kahn will offer a  mini-class on how to skirt raw wool.  Bring a fleece or two for skirting and cleaning. There will be wools and yarns and handmade items of lambs wool, mohair, and other natural fibers from local sheep, goats, rabbits, and alpacas.

Free cooking demonstrations with recipes are scheduled on the first Friday of each month, beginning  June 5.  These are co-sponsored by the Virginia Tech Family Nutrition Program.

And the youngsters are not forgotten!  Free Kids Activities are planned each Friday from 10 to 11 am, with a special Kids’ Day on June 26.  Among other festivities that day, Don Call will be back to demonstrate roping and give free lessons.

More special programs are held monthly, with the first event on June 12, Herb Day, led by Ellen Reynolds of Beagle Ridge Herb Farm.

July 17 is the Annual Berry Festival, with berries on sale, and a chance for you to enter your favorite berry pie in the contest.

August 7 is the Annual Tomato Day.  Taste the variety of tomatoes to see what to grow or buy at the Market, and even enter the salsa contest!

September 4 is Pepper Day, featuring a chance to taste multiple types of peppers available at the Market.

October 9 is the final day of the Market, and it is Apple Day, featuring not only apples from local orchards, but you can bring along your apples and press them!  And of course, you can bring an apple pie for the apple pie contest!

The Market accepts SNAP benefits and offers a $10 match thanks to a grant from Appalachian Sustainable Development and Wholesome Wave.  For more information, please contact Michelle Pridgen, Market Manager at independencefarmersmarket@gmail.com or 276-768-0597.  Follow us on Facebook.