Summer harvest at farmers markets
Crisp lettuce, sweet corn, sliced zucchini and broccoli: It's the makings of a succulent summer salad, and Saturday at the Watauga County Farmers' Market, you can sink your teeth in.
It's summer harvest season, and the selection is plentiful, market manager Karen Bauman said.
"I've got homegrown tomatoes, sweet corn ... I've got a whole list of things like that, summer squash, basil (regardless of how you pronounce it), zucchini, okra, broccoli, beans and peas," and more, she said.
Grown on local farms like Creeksong Farm and Zydeco Moon Organic Farm, the produce is full of natural vitamins, and the best part? Knowing exactly where it comes from.
Homemade desserts, crafts and other assorted delights are another reason to come back each Saturday.
The High Country offers several opportunities to indulge in homegrown delights.
The Watauga County Farmers' Market offers two weekly opportunities: 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 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.
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- Lauren K. Ohnesorge