Blueberries at farmers' market
Think blueberries, those succulent summer tart ingredients.
Blueberry plants will be all the rage at Saturday's Watauga County Farmers' Market, as will the usual favorites, heirloom tomatoes, herbs, zucchini, green beans, collards and other produce.
Faith Mountain Farm will continue to sell its sourwood honey this weekend and is offering a new summer mix honey, along with its usual assortment of baked goods.
Hold the Heat Raw Food Makery will be on hand to promote its bi-monthly potlucks and to sell veggie chips and other assorted raw selections.
Starting this Saturday, the market will be photographing its customers' market baskets.
Afterwards, photos will be shown on the website ( http://wcfm.info) for voting. The top 12 rated baskets go into a market calendar. The basket contest goes on all summer.
As is the new tradition, coolers will be on hand at the manager's tent (the one with the T-shirts) for produce donations. Donated produce (either from the market or your garden) will be distributed to local food-insecure families through area rescue organizations, thanks to the efforts of the Society of St. Andrews.
The market is also looking for parking attendants. Parking attendants must be available every Saturday of the market. For more information on working part time at the market, call manager Karen Bauman at (828) 355-4918.
The Watauga County Farmers' Market offers two weekly opportunities to shop: Wednesdays from 3 to 6:30 p.m. and Saturday mornings until noon at the Horn in the West parking lot.
Blowing Rock's Farmers' market happens Thursdays from 4 to 6 p.m. off Main Street behind the park.
Fridays bring the farmers' market crowd to Valle Crucis with a market behind the original Mast General Store.
Earth Fare in Boone rounds things out with a Sunday farmers' market from 9 a.m. to noon in its parking lot.
The Mountain Times has loads of farmers' market pictures in various photo albums on its website, http://www.mountaintimes.com.