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What’s At The Market This Week

THURSDAYS 10:00 to 2:00

I love the sense of community at a Farmers Market, of getting to know the vendors and the regular customers. The produce guy at the grocery store doesn’t know where the cantaloupes came from or how they were grown. But our farmers here do. They know where and how they were grown, when they were picked—and how to help you select the best one. They’ll even share their favorite recipes for zucchini or eggplant or anything else.I know the food I buy here was picked this morning or yesterday at the latest—not last week or even longer than that. I know it wasn’t irradiated or waxed. I know I get better nutritional value because produces loses nutrients as it ages in transit and I know it tastes better because it is picked at peak flavor and ripeness, rather than being picked early to ripen during shipping.When I buy beef from our beef vendor, I know that the cows were humanely raised in a pasture, not a wooden box. And I know that it is antibiotic/hormone-free. I like buying the antibiotic/hormone-free eggs from truly free-ranged chickens.
How about the one-of-a-kind hand crafts? They weren’t made on an assembly line in China, they were made locally with a local resident’s own creative efforts.Next week, the 11th, is National Farmers Market week so, to celebrate, we are raffling off a Virginia Grown shopping bag packed with lots of Farmers Market goodies. All you have to do it get your name in!

This week at the Market: green beans, blackberries, blueberries, butterbeans, cantaloupes, corn, cucumbers (regular and pickling), eggplant, nectarines (white and yellow), okra, peaches (white and yellow), peppers (sweet bell and hot), squash (yellow, zucchini, butternut, spaghetti, etc.), tomatoes (regular, heirloom, grape, cherry), watermelons. Free-ranged eggs and local raw honey are available, as are jams, jellies, and pickles and fresh-made baklava.

Unkol Chuck will be here with fresh-made Brunswick Stew; Great Harvest Bread with be here with fresh baked goods; My Empanada will be with a variety of these treast, 6 Peaks Pantry will be here with fun and tasty freeze-dried fruits, veggies and treats; and Curds and Whey will be here with entrees and soups to go.

Brekkie with be here with both sweet and savory gluten free waffles; Phal’s Café will be there with Asian noodle bowls, spring rolls and more, and Dusty Lane Farm with fresh cut flowers. Antibiotic/hormone-free pastured beef is available as are pork sausages in a variety of flavors (and no sodium nitrites!). All kinds of crafts from local artisans are available, as is fresh lemon and limeade.

We’re here every Thursday from 10 until 2 in the parking lot of The Great Big Greenhouse!

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