September 20th Market

CALLING ALL KIDS:
The Market will be hosting a venue for kids to create an original piece of artwork for the Art of Healthy Eating Competition which earns all entries a free Child’s ticket to Taste of Sylva (Oct. 4) and a bike safety tune up at Motion Makers. All artwork will be created from 10 -12 this Saturday! Find our more information by visiting http://mountainlovers.com/Blog . The Market will have applications available and will submit your work to the Health Department Monday.

Tomato Contest Results

We celebrated our annual Taste of the Market Saturday the 23rdtomato taste (320x213) Nine farms participated in the Tomato Tasting Contest. From left to right, Barb Connell of Registered Nursery won Most Interesting in Appearance, Steven Beltram of Balsam Gardens won Best Tasting, and William Shelton of Shelton Family Farm won Best Texture. Along with a prize of local Sow True tomato seeds and a market chair, Barb is holding Annabelle Beltrami – manager of Balsam Gardens.

TASTE of the MARKET August 23rd

The Taste will go on! Taste of the Market will occur this Saturday August 23rd from 9 -12 at Bridge Park.

The Tomato Tasting Contest will happen from 10 -12. Customers get to judge Farmer Grown Tomatoes based on Taste, Texture and even Most Interesting in Appearance. Now is the time of year to head to the Market for those fresh, homegrown, heirloom tomatoes. Participating in the Tasting Contest will help you decide which ones you would like to buy – so many choices for so many uses.

Also, vendors throughout the market will be offering up tastes of all sorts and crafters will be sharing with you their craft.

See You Saturday!

No Market August 16

There was no market this past Saturday due to a fire in downtown Sylva.The Sylva Police Department asked that the parking lot be kept clear in case it was needed. Thankfully no one was injured during the fire and that our wonderful Firemen and women were able to contain it and minimized spread to surrounding buildings.

As this is the first time in our 14 years that a Market Closure has been needed during our Outdoor Summer Market Season we had no back up plan in place. We will be seeking an emergency venue for the market should a closure ever occur in the future. Vendors with perishables need a venue to sell and customers need their weekly fresh groceries. This time we were grateful for the offer by the Franklin Farmers Market who invited our vendors to come and sell. Some vendors set up out toward Cullowhee along 107 in an empty parking lot.

Our annual party for our customers otherwise known as Taste of the Market was to take place this past Saturday. Please stay tuned for an update.

August 16th Market

The Jackson County Farmers Market will be celebrating their annual Taste of the Market this coming Saturday August 16th from 9AM to noon. Vendors will provide samples, recipes and demonstrations. We will be having a Tomato Tasting Contest from 10 – noon using a variety of tomatoes grown by our very own vendors. Customers will get a chance to vote on the most flavorful, the best texture and the most interesting in appearance. Right next door at Bridge Park, Jackson County Cooperative Extension is celebrating the 100th anniversary of Cooperative Extension programs. They will have educational booths, historical photographs, music, clogging and tomato sandwiches. The market accepts SNAP, Credit and Debit – swipe your card at the Information Booth in exchange for tokens. For more information email jacksoncountyfarmersmarket@gmail.com, friend us on FB – Glorious Jackson County Farmers Market or call 631-3033.

August 9th Market

Veggies Veggies Veggies and MORE! Delicious! Fun, Crafts, Cheese, Eggs, Herbal Remedies, Coffee, Baked Goods, Soaps, Pottery, Plants and even more.

Tuesday August 12 at 6 PM the Jackson County Library is offering a workshop on seed libraries and seed saving in the Community Room. Read more about it by visiting http://www.fotnalib.org.

Next Saturday the 16th is our Annual Taste of the Market! Join us to celebrate our wonderful customers. We will have a Tomato Tasting Contest, and many vendors will provide samples and recipes and some will be cooking at their booths.

Also on the 16th Right next door at the Bridge Park Pavilion the NC Cooperative Extension Service Center will be celebrating their 100th anniversary. They will have food, music, historical exhibits and more. If you would like more information regarding this celebration contact extension director Rob Hawk robert_hawk@ncsu.edu.