Last Week of the Indoor Market!

Hey, everyone!  Welcome to Spring!  I hope everyone enjoyed the amazing weather this week.

This week, the JCFM is still inside the Community Table from 10 until 1.  It’s our last week of the indoor market season!  Come join us and celebrate the last of indoor markets.  Also, if you don’t know the story of The Community Table, check it out at http://www.communitytable.org/  It’s a very special service to our community and we appreciate them.

We have an abundance of greens for your garden, coffee while you shop, handmade cards, protein bars and granola, tool sharpening while you shop, Jerusalem artichokes, root crops, mushrooms, crafts, honey, herbs and spices, catnip, houseplants, chicken and duck eggs, kale, spinach, chicken, pork, beef, milk and cream, soaps, creams, soaps, salves, breads, cookies and brownies, beautiful pottery and so much more!

We hope to see you all there!


Upcoming Events at
The Glorious Jackson County Farmers Market

In April, we return to Bridge Park and our outdoor season.  To celebrate, we will have a market raffle with a wide variety of vendor-donated items.  Tickets are $1 and available every Saturday with the drawing being Saturday, April 29th.  Participants do not need to be present to win.

Truly Local Pizza! The Backwoods Bakery will have their Pizza Wagon out at the market on the 1st & 22nd of April as well as the 20th of May.  Their crusts are handmade with locally milled flour and they are sourcing most of the ingredients for toppings from the market.  The pepperoni is now from Hickory Nut Gap Meats (Elon, NC close to Asheville).  It does not have MSG, BHT, or BHA in it!  Their pork comes from Worley farms and/or Hickory Nut Gap (depending on who has it available).  I bet we can talk them into being there more often if we show them the love and support their truck.

We will have Science at the Market on April 8th.  Market guests can study plants under microscopes, plant a seed, make butter, learn about bees, go on a scavenger hunt, among other activities.  Science at the Market is part of the North Carolina Science Festival.

Greening Up the Mountains Festival, Sylva’s annual festival to welcome spring back, is on April 22nd.  This is the 20th year of the festival, so it’s a very special event.  The Jackson County Farmers Market is proud to be a part of this wonderful festival.  For more information, please visit http://www.greeningupthemountains.com/

The 2017 Earth Day Student Art Contest is running through April 10th.  Submissions should be turned into the Jackson County Public Library.  For more information, please see the info booth or visit http://www.facebook.com/EarthDayStudentArtContestJacksonCountyNC/

On April 29th, we will have a Seed and Plant Swap, which has been organized by Cullowhee Community Garden’s own Adam Bigelow.

On May 20th, Sylva will have their first Hook, Line and Drinker Festival from 12-4.  The JCFM will still be open from 9-12 that day & a number of the JCFM vendors will remain for the festival.  For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/HookLineAndDrinkerFestival/


 

Here’s a glance at some of the vendors from last week’s market:

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What’s going on at JCFM for the week of March 18th!

Hey, everyone!  I hope you all stayed warm during the cold snap this week.  Hopefully, that was winter’s last hurrah for the year.  Please forgive the late post.  Sometimes technology slows us down more than it speeds us up, as we all know.

This week, the JCFM is still inside the Community Table from 10 until 1.  It looks like rain tomorrow, but don’t let that stop you! Please come and join us because we will still be going strong.

We will have garlic, catnip, and raspberry plants; houseplants, greens for your garden, handmade cards, protein bars and granola, tool sharpening while you shop, Jerusalem artichokes, mushrooms, crafts, chicken and duck eggs, kale, spinach, chicken, pork, beef, milk and cream, soaps, herbs, salves, beautiful pottery, breads, cookies and brownies, coffee to sip while you shop and beans to take home with you.

We hope to see you all there!


There is a FREE homemade dehydrator available just like one seen on solarfooddryer.com.  When you click site scroll down the page to see a picture of one.  The one that is being given away is not new; it was built it about 9 years ago.  Anyone interested can contact, Katherine, by calling or texting 828-226-8414 for details.


Ten Reasons Why It’s Best to Buy Local

(And why you should venture out in the rain to come to JCFM this weekend!)

1)  Locally grown food tastes and looks better. The crops are picked at their peak, and farmstead products like cheeses and are hand-crafted for best flavor. Livestock products are processed in nearby facilities and typically the farmer has direct relationship with processors, overseeing quality – unlike animals processed in large industrial facilities.

2) Local food is better for you. The shorter the time between the farm and your table, the less likely it is that nutrients will be lost from fresh food. Food imported from far away is older and has traveled on trucks or planes, and sat in warehouses before it gets to you.

3) Local food preserves genetic diversity. In the modern agricultural system, plant varieties are chosen for their ability to ripen uniformly, withstand harvesting, survive packing and last a long time on the shelf, so there is limited genetic diversity in large-scale production. Smaller local farms, in contrast, often grow many different varieties of crops to provide a long harvest season, an array of colors, and the best flavors. Livestock diversity is also higher where there are many small farms rather than few large farms.

4) Local food is safe. There’s a unique kind of assurance that comes from looking a farmer in the eye at farmers’ market or driving by the fields where your food comes from. Local farmers aren’t anonymous and they take their responsibility to the consumer seriously.

5) Local food supports local families. The wholesale prices that farmers get for their products are low, often near the cost of production. Local farmers who sell direct to consumers cut out the middleman and get full retail price for their food – which helps farm families stay on the land.

6) Local food builds community. When you buy direct from a farmer, you’re engaging in a time-honored connection between eater and grower. Knowing farmers gives you insight into the seasons, the land, and your food. In many cases, it gives you access to a place where your children and grandchildren can go to learn about nature and agriculture.

7) Local food preserves open space. When farmers get paid more for their products by marketing locally, they’re less likely to sell farmland for development. When you buy locally grown food, you’re doing something proactive to preserve our working landscape. That landscape is an essential ingredient to other economic activity in the state, such as tourism and recreation.

8)  Local food keeps taxes down. According to several studies by the American Farmland Trust, farms contribute more in taxes than they require in services, whereas most development contributes less in taxes than the cost of required services. Cows don’t go to school, tomatoes don’t dial 911.

9) Local food benefits the environment and wildlife. Well-managed farms provide ecosystem services: they conserve fertile soil, protect water sources, and sequester carbon from the atmosphere. The farm environment is a patchwork of fields, meadows, woods, ponds and buildings that provide habitat for wildlife in our communities.

10) Local food is an investment in the future. By supporting local farmers today, you are helping to ensure that there will be farms in your community tomorrow. That is a matter of importance for food security, especially in light of an uncertain energy future and our current reliance on fossil fuels to produce, package, distribute and store food.

Source: http://bit.ly/2ma9qNe


Here are images from last week’s market:

Hi, everyone!  We hope you are having a wonderful week and we hope to see you at the Jackson County Farmers Market this weekend!

Currently, the market is still located inside The Community Table on Central Street from 10-1 for the next few weeks through the end of March. The outdoor market starts back up on April 1st. We are really excited about the Spring/Summer season coming up quickly.

In the coming weeks, we will update you on events, including Science at the Market (coming soon) and our local Greening Up the Mountain festival, where we will have extended hours, just to name a few events that we are happy to be a part of.

This week, our scrumptious selection of locally grown food and beautiful handmade creations includes: mushrooms, including Oyster, King Trumpet, Lions Mane & Chesnut; one-of-a-kind pottery, houseplants, dried catnip & catnip plants, salad greens, kale, turnip greens, delicious chicken eggs, to die for breads and other baked goods, organically fed & pastured duck eggs, Jerusalem artichokes, gorgeous glassworks, beef, pork, chicken, dairy, handmade cards, soaps, botanicals, balms, salves, tinctures, protein and granola bars that are organic, vegan & gluten-free, brewed coffee and grab yourself a bag of coffee beans to take home.  We even have knife and tool sharpening that can be done while you shop.

Below, we have some images sent in from vendors or taken last weekend, where we would like to spotlight their spectacular work, with both food and crafts.

Thank you for being loyal and supportive of JCFM and local foods!  It is always appreciated.  See you on Saturday!

This is a FREE homemade dehydrator just like one seen on solarfooddryer.com.  On this site scroll down the page to see a picture of one.  The one that is being given away is not new; it was built it about 9 years ago.  Anyone interested can contact, Katherine, by calling or texting 828-226-8414.

It’s March and Weekly Markets are Back!

I can’t believe we are already in March and starting back with weekly markets beginning this weekend!  The market is still located inside The Community Table on Central Street from 10-1 through the end of March. The outdoor market starts back up on April 1st.
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Come join us and grab some wonderful greens such as arugula, spinach, lettuce, kale, chard, plus pork and dairy products, chicken, Angus beef, raw honey, spices, teas, eggs, mushrooms, granola, bread and other fresh-baked goods. Sip on a cup of freshly brewed coffee. Check out the pottery, potpourri, herbs, soaps, glass, apple wood chips, wool and woolen products available from local artisans.

Knife and tool sharpening is available. Bring knives, scissors, garden shears, axes and other non-serrated blades and have them sharpened professionally. Cost: $3 and up. Done while you wait or shop!

Those who ordered seed potatoes, onion plants and seeds can pick those up from Ron Arp.  (Sweet potato slips will not be in until the first Saturday in May.)  He will also have extra seed potatoes to sell at $2.00 per pound-Canela (Russet), Viking (purple skin). All Blue (blue skin, blue flesh, small), Kennebec, Mtn rose (pink flesh), Yukon Gold (yellow flesh).

We look forward to seeing all of you there tomorrow and hope you are having a wonderful week!