Thanks for making the Fair a success!

The 13th annual Grayson County Youth Livestock Show had 58 participants .  Beef and dairy cattle, lambs, pigs and chickens were exhibited.  In addition, the County Fair had 95 entries!  There were youth and adult classes in baked goods, canned goods and vegetables.  7 area agricultural organizations also had informational displays. Thank you to everyone[…]

Why Save Seed?

Saving your own seed allows you to select plants that meet your needs. You can choose for size, color, taste or growth patterns. Save money! Seed prices seem to rise every year. While you will probably not save everything that you need, or want, you can save a few varieties every year to ensure that you’ll always have seed. Some cultivars seem to disappear from the catalogs every year, to be replaced by hybrids or patented plants. As long as someone is growing a variety, and saving the seed, the genetics are somewhat safe.

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Recipes from June and July Cooking Days with Chef Jen

COOKING DAY- June 1st: Biscuits and gravy: Jen started the morning with biscuits and gravy. She made the biscuits at home.  Heartmoss Farm sausage was browned until done. Add a handful of flour and stir until the flour is browned and fat is absorbed, making a quick roux.  Add milk gradually while stirring until thickened.[…]

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[…]

Great cooking ideas

Getting Hooked On Cooking With CSA by Katherine Deumling of Cook With What You Have       Friends of the Market, here is a a great article by Katherine Deumling .  It talks about using a CSA share, but it applies to using seasonal products from Farmers Markets too.   A CSA share offers a[…]

Organic Pest and Disease Control Workshop

Suzanne Slack, regional horticulture extension agent will discuss strategies for organic control of pests and diseases of vegetable crops Friday February 26th from 1-2:30 pm at the Grayson County Library meeting room. The library is located at 147 S Independence Ave, Independence, Virginia 24348 Come at noon if you’d like to join us for a potluck[…]

RECIPES FROM LAST COOKING DAY

Baked Apples: Peel and chop apples, melt 1/4 stick of butter, add 1 teaspoon cinnamon .  Cover and bake til soft-approximately 45 minutes. Carrot Soup: Jen made beautiful homemade stock and added 1/2 cup of chopped shallots(you can use onions or leeks) and 2 cloves of garlic, a 1 inch piece of ginger, 2 cups[…]