It is local farmers market season! Local growers are getting ready to break out their best produce and heritage crafts, hitting the streets to greet the public. Local farmers markets provide a great opportunity for communities to support their local economy; plus the benefits of adding fresher and organic food to their diets!
Here in the high country, we love our farmers and have many markets that will be opening up in the coming weeks.
Watauga County Farmers Market is held in Boone at Horn in the West beginning on May 5th. They will be open every Saturday until October from 8 am to noon. They will also be open in November with shorter hours starting at 9 am. Featuring locally roasted coffee, fresh baked goods, gem jewelry, and other local produce favorites , you can find a full list of their vendors here!
The Avery county farmers market will be opening up on May 4. The market will be located at the Old Banner Elk Elementary School on Thursdays from 4:30 to 7 pm. Vendors will not only be selling fresh produce, but also meats, jams, plants, and more!
The Blowing Rock farmers market will be opening on May 24 and will close on October 11, 2018. The market will be open Thursdays from 4 to 6 pm. It will be located in downtown Blowing Rock on Park Avenue in front the of Chamber Commerce. They pull their motto from Julia Child, who said : “You don’t have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces – just good food from fresh ingredients. ”
The Ashe County farmers market will be opening up this year on April 14. They will be open every Saturday (rain or shine) from 8 to 1 pm and will close the last weekend of October. Featuring almost 60 farmers and vendors, this farmers market is known for it’s weekly “mini meal” preview, providing a sneak peak to all the great tastes.
Wilkes County farmers market has been a popular farmer’s market since the 1980’s! In fact, they have to be open 2 days a week! The market will be open not only on Tuesdays from 3:30 to 5:30 pm but also on Saturdays from 7:30 am to noon. It will be located at Yadkin Valley Marketplace.
Thinking of all the great food options that these markets provide, can make one hungry! Better stock up on your next visit! Or perhaps you are considering growing your own garden! Here are some great tips for maintaining your crops and have a bountiful harvest!