Produce the ticket at market
Market-goers stepped up Saturday, donating three coolers of fresh produce for the area's needy.
"Most of it was from their own gardens," Watauga County Farmers' Market manager Karen Bauman said.
Coolers, located at the manager's tent (the one with the T-shirts), collect food for the Society of St. Andrew to distribute to help organizations such as the Hospitality House, and will be on hand at each Watauga County Farmers' Market.
This week's Saturday market features Zydeco Moon Organic Farm's heirloom tomatoes and Fog Likely Farm's stringless Roma beans and purslane, excellent for summer taco salads. Expect microgreens and kale from Sunshine Cove and fresh cut flowers (lilies) for your table from Shady Grove Gardens.
The classic French salad herb burnet (tastes like cucumbers) will be on hand, harvested by Lee Swift. Also look for Magilia Rosa cherry tomatoes, complete with a marbled egg shape, perfect for salads, snacks and pizza.
Come to the market hungry. Faith Mountain Farm's kitchen will be baking fresh blueberry muffins.
The raw foodies have some news, also. Megan Ward and Caleb Crowell with Hold the Heat Raw Food Makery will be back with veggie chips made from locally grown squash, zucchini, kale and beats. They're also inviting the community to their free family oriented raw food potlucks Aug. 7 and 17 (e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) for details).
The Watauga County Farmers' Market offers two weekly opportunities to shop: Wednesdays from 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Saturday mornings until noon at the Horn in the West parking lot in Boone.
Blowing Rock's farmer's market happens Thursdays from 4 p.m to 6 p.m. off Main Street behind the Blowing Rock park.
Fridays bring the farmer's market crowd to Valle Crucis with a market behind the original Mast General Store.
Earth Fare in Boone rounds things out with a Sunday farmer's market from 9 a.m. to noon at its parking lot.
Mountain Times has loads of farmer's market pictures in various photo albums on our website, http://www.mountaintimes.com.