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.

August 2nd Market

The Market Information booth will be absent this week, however, the SNAP, Credit and Debit machine can be found under the Yellow Tent.

Fresh food is bountiful at area markets these days including the Jackson County Farmers Market! Mountain Wise has shared a new resource from Eat Smart and Move More : Celebrating a healthy Harvest: Tips and Recipes for Fresh Fruits and Vegetables. This comprehensive resource can be found at: http://www.eatsmartmovemorenc.com/CelebratingHealthyHarvest/CelebratingHealthyHarvest.html

Saturday August 16th the Market will be celebrating its customers with its annual Taste of the Market! Enjoy samples throughout the market – stay tuned for details.

Enjoy your Saturday at the Market and I will see you next weekend

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 http://jacksoncountyfarmersmarket.org/annual-events-and-learning-opportunities/ or email jacksoncountyfarmersmarket@gmail.com

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!