Farm Tour Information

15 Participants in Jackson County’s 8th Annual Farm, Garden and Studio Tour

July 26th and 27th from 1 – 6 the 8th annual Jackson County Self-Guided Farm Tour will take place. The Farm Tour happens every year, but this year with an added twist. The Jackson County Farmers Market is partnering with Cullowhee Revitalization Endeavor (CuRvE) and including their annual Studio Tour.

By visiting the farms you can get detailed information from the farmer about how he/she tends the plants and soil. You can also see how the animals are tended to and cared for. Visit studios and see artists in action and learn how both make a living in our small town, mountain community.

This year we have an 3 community gardens and a couple of home gardens where people are growing food to share with the community and for their own use. See a variety of people employ a variety of growing methods in their gardens. We hope that in the future some of you will be inspired and encouraged to start your own gardens too.

Tickets and brochures with a map of the participants are available at the Farmers Market which takes place each Saturday morning in Bridge Park from 9 – 12. To encourage car pooling tickets prices are per car. $15 for 1 day, $25 for two. Students and Seniors pay $10 per day. More information and a map of the tour can be found or email

June 28

The Jackson County Farmers Market is in full swing with lots of veggies, eggs, cheeses, plants, crafts, herbal remedies and activities. The Market takes place each Saturday in Bridge Park from 9 – 12. This week Dillsboro hand papermaker and book artist Frank Brannon will host a hands-on demonstration of hand papermaking with cotton and tree bark. Brannon will be showing how you can use the inner barks of some trees, and stems of other plants, to make paper for books or artwork. He’ll also show the process of making paper from reclaimed cotton from the thrift store. 4H will also be present with a nutrition program for kids. A stop by their booth will help get kids excited about the benefits of fresh food and movement. Family Art at the Market will take place in the shade of the Pavilion from 10 -12 – as will storytime with City Lights at 11. The Market accepts SNAP, credit and debit.

Tickets for the 8th Annual Farm, Garden and Studio Tour go on Sale this Saturday. The tour takes place July 26th and 27th.

Visit the Annual Events and Learning Opportunities tab or click 2014 Farm, Garden and Studio Tour for more information!

June 21st Market

Hi Market Goers,

The Jackson County Farmers Market operates every Saturday from 9 – 12 at Bridge Park in downtown Sylva. This Saturday, June 21st we will be having a Quesadilla Fundraiser from 10 – 12. We are closing in on our goal for funding a Storage Shed to be built on Bridge Park property. Greens from Vegenui Garden and other delicious Market items will be used. Come learn more about the hidden treasure of Greens!

Blueberries are in and Strawberries are still around. Last week I saw large heads of Broccoli at Balltown Bee Farm, greenhouse tomatoes and cucumbers at Dawson Green, and Vegenui had a buy one try one sale on greens. Vegenui also had tasty slices of radishes to try and Backwoods Bakery always has at least four different delightful treats to taste test at their booth. Last week my favorite was chocolate chip scones. Also, Dark Cove’s Goat Cheese and Pete’s Mozzarella cheese are both back for the season! My point is, you never know what you will find at the market – I am always pleasantly surprised!

This just in: Natural Cleaning products for many needs including laundry, windows and furniture can now be found at the market on a regular basis.

Chidlren’s activities are starting back up. Family Art at the Market will be under the pavilion from 10 -12 and 4H will begin their presence at the market this week doing nutrition programming which will include crafts, activities and snacks. A look ahead: Saturday June 28th, Papermaking with local artist Frank Brannon.

And don’t forget you can swipe your SNAP, Credit or Debit card in exchange for tokens that can be used anytime at the market.

Father’s Day Market

Hi Market Folks,

Tomorrow you will find strawberries and NOW blueberries! – Delicious. Still lots of greens – find recipes for cooking greens on our recipe tab.  Honey, some greenhouse grown summer delights such as tomatoes and cucumbers are around. Trout and eggs will be available as well. You can still find veggie starts as well as some flower starts and plants. Pick out a deliciously made card and other locally made treasures for Father’s Day this Sunday.

This week 4H is postponing children’s activities until next Saturday, but Family Art at the Market – a free activity for kids of all ages will be under the Pavilion from 10 – 12 – come see what treasures you can create. Storytime with City Lights starts at 11 also under the Pavilion. We now have coloring books created by Western Art Students with 20 pages of beneficial insects, pests, and weeds at the Information table – suggested donation is $2. Proceeds will go toward the shed.

Don’t forget, we accept SNAP, Credit and Debit cards at the Information booth. Swipe your card in exchange for tokens.

See you tomorrow, it should be a gorgeous Saturday!

June 7th Market

The Jackson County Farmers Market meets every Saturday morning from 9 – noon rain or shine at Bridge Park in downtown Sylva.

The variety of veggies is growing by the week. Strawberries are still around, but I suspect they won’t be around too much longer.

Also, plant starts, plants of all sorts – native and otherwise – will be available. Note cards, pottery, bird feeders and other locally made crafts can be found.

We have new children’s activities coming up:

The Jackson County Cooperative Extension’s 4-H Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program is joining the Jackson County Farmers Market. Starting this Saturday, they will have a booth set up with activities, crafts, snack and games guaranteed to get your children excited about making healthy choices.  Stop by the booth on Saturday mornings to get involved or email for more information.


And be sure to check out our over-sized flower and seed puzzles under the pavilion. City Lights Bookstore storytime at 11:00 also under the pavilion.

Stop by the information booth to use your SNAP, Credit or Debit card at the market, pick up a Local Foods guide and bumper sticker and ask about becoming a Friend of the Market.

May 24th Market – Holiday weekend!

The Market had a successful fundraiser last Saturday – thanks to all those who participated. The Strawberry Shortcake was DElicious. Stay tuned for next month’s tasty treats – I think it will have something to do with Cooking Greens.

Be sure to stop by the Market on this holiday weekend – 9 to noon – and stock up on locally grown goodness and locally handcrafted items. Strawberries have been selling out as well as eggs and greens – so come early to grab up the necessary items to insure a quality holiday meal.

The Info Booth will be away, however Ron (located near the booth’s usual location) or Steven (under the yellow tent) will be happy to answer your questions. They can also help you with your SNAP, Debit or Credit transactions.

SAVE THE DATE: July 26th and 27th will be our 8th annual Farm and Garden Tour …..with a twist this year we are including a few Studios to make it our first ever Farm, Garden and Studio Tour. Stay tuned for details.

May 17th Strawberry Shortcake Fundraiser

The Jackson County Farmers Market is holding a Strawberry Shortcake Fundraiser at Bridge Park this Saturday, May 17th from 10AM – 12 PM. Shelton Family Farm and Backwoods Bakery are sponsoring the event. All proceeds will go toward a Farmers Market Storage Shed.

The Market takes place each Saturday at Bridge Park from 9 AM to 12 PM. There you can find spring veggies including greens of all sorts and onions, many kinds of plant starts, sweet potato slips, trout, trees and shrubs, native plants, strawberries, eggs, honey and a variety of locally handcrafted items.

The Market is producer only and its vendors are from Jackson or surrounding counties. We accept SNAP, Credit and Debit. For more information email or Friend us on Facebook at the Glorious Jackson County Farmers Market.