The new vendor applications are available online!

The new vendor applications are available now under the Vendor Registration link above or you can click HERE!

Thanks for your patience!

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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:

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2017 Earth Day Student Art Contest in Jackson County

Earth Day 17 poster

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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.
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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!

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Food Sovereignty….

….just a fancy way to say “Start saving your seeds!”

 

Food sovereignty” is the term promoted by a group called Via Campesina which believes that the people who grow and sell and consume food products should also be the people who control how food is grown and sold, not corporations, market institutions, seed companies or even government agencies.

It is from this group that many of our food movements have developed. One branch of this effort is the promotion of seed saving and seed exchanges. Seed exchanges or seed swaps are one of the easiest ways to learn about heirloom seeds, regional seeds and seed saving techniques. And we’re hosting one right here in Jackson County this coming Saturday, Feb. 11th, at the Jackson County Farmers Market at The Community Table. You don’t want to miss it!

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We’ll have lots of folks on hand to guide you through the process of selecting seeds for your garden that you can save including Adam Bigelow of Cullowhee Community Garden and Dr. Jim Veteto, WCU Department of Anthropology, as well as Ron Arps, Vegenui Gardens. According to the WCU faculty website, Veteto’s work with heirloom seeds is based at the Appalachian Institute for Mountain Studies, in Yancey County,that focuses on traditional and agro-ecological Southeastern farming techniques. Southern Seed Legacy, one of the main sustainability projects at AIMS, is led by Veteto to promote the use of heirloom seeds in farming activities and encourage seed trade between local farmers and gardeners. Bring your questions, bring any heirloom seeds you have that you would like to trade or swap. Don’t know what heirloom seeds are?  Good reason to join us and find out!

This Saturday is also the Seed Pickup day for those who ordered at the Market in January. Please be prepared to pick up your seeds between 10am and 1pm.

True independence starts in the garden. Let’s rise up and take back our food system….one seed at a time.

“Institutions do not save seeds. Humans with hearts do…”-Gary Nabhan

To learn more about food sovereignty, seed sovereignty and the Via Campesina movement here are some resources:

Food First! Food First’s analysis and educational resources support communities and social movements fighting for food justice and food sovereignty around the world. Food First gives you the tools to understand our global food system, and to build your local food movement from the ground up.

Via Campesina   La Via Campesina is the international movement which brings together millions of peasants, small and medium-size farmers, landless people, women farmers, indigenous people, migrants and agricultural workers from around the world. It defends small-scale sustainable agriculture as a way to promote social justice and dignity. It strongly opposes corporate driven agriculture and transnational companies that are destroying people and nature.

Seed Savers Exchange  Seed Savers Exchange takes threats to biodiversity seriously. We maintain a collection of more than 20,000 heirloom and open-pollinated vegetable, herb, and plant varieties, including over 1,000 varieties of heritage apple trees.

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Time to plant (almost)

At least on paper and that requires some sorting through seed catalogues, a review of last year’s crops – successes and otherwise, a map of your garden so you can rotate the crops and a trip to the Jackson County Farmers Market on Jan. 14th for the annual Group Seed Order.*seed-catalogues

Each year, the Market sponsors a seed order day for our customers and friends to select from Fedco and Johnny’s Selected Seeds as well as order onion sets, organic seed potatoes, sweet potato slips and even some garden supplies. Because of the volume created by a bulk order, you get a great discount plus free shipping. What a deal! We may not get all the varieties available but everyone who orders will benefit from not paying the higher prices for individual packets. We have catalogues and folks there to help answer some of your questions as well. Plus what’s better than a trip to the Farmers Market to remind you of all the great produce you’ll be growing in just a few months.

Our Market also supports a seed bank, a truly subversive enterprise meant to ensure a consistent and sustainable supply of local, heirloom, staple seeds. Here’s the info from our seed saving mistress extraordinaire, Megan Eberly.

Dear Friends,

I am sure that many of you, like myself, have spent many winter afternoons in our warm and cozy houses dreaming of spring as we peruse our stack of seed catalogues and build fantasy gardens in our minds.  The variety is endless, and the large scale preservation of seed diversity stewarded by these company’s is vital (after all how many tomato varieties can one community consistently steward).

Our community is however lacking in local sources of staple seed.  Heirloom varieties adapted to local conditions of basic food crops could easily be maintained by a group of willing seed stewards.

I propose a Tuckaseegee Valley Seed Bank, which I will happily volunteer to organize.  Grain crops such as non-GMO corn, barley and other grains along with standards such as mountain half-runners, summer squash, beets, cushaws and candy roasters would be very beneficial to our local foodscape.

This could be as simple as saving a few pods from your normal crop and returning them to me. As coordinator I can help each steward choose a variety of seed to grow and replenish according to their skill level and available space.

If you are interested please contact me at meganeberly@gmail.com or come visit my table at the Glorious Jackson County Farmer’s Market.

Looking forward to working with you!

Megan Eberly

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Come down to the Market and talk with Megan about how to participate in a seed saving bank throughout the season.  Don’t have a garden space? No problem! Jackson County has two amazing community gardens and you can learn about them as well this Saturday from Adam Bigelow, community garden manager for the Sylva and Cullowhee Community Gardens.

Spring is just around the corner….

Questions about the seed order? Contact Ron Arps: ronandcathy71@frontier.com

*NOTE: Seed pick up date is Feb. 11th at the Market. Onion sets and seed potatoes will be March 4; sweet potato slips will arrive May 6.

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