What a cold way to start the new year! But, it can be a new beginning in a journey to eat healthy foods and substitute fresh green fruits and vegetables in place of all those holiday foods! Fresh kale, collards, micro greens, lettuces, Swiss chard, mustard greens, sweet potatoes are just a small part of what is offered each Thursday at the farmers market on Morganton Road from 9-1. Bundle up to keep warm. Vendors will get you in and out in a jiffy to keep you from getting too cold. (Hand and feet warmers help, too!)
During these hot, hot days, our farmers market produce keeps rolling in. Just about anything you would like is now at the market. Local honey is now available! Field tomatoes are coming in along with okra, corn, peas, and butterbeans. Melons, peaches, and blueberries are in good supply. Enjoy them while they last! Lettuces and herbs, prepared foods, breads and desserts, pickles, jams, and other condiments compliment any menu! Enjoy one of a kind artwork in pottery and jewelry. Soy candles burn for approximately 50 hours and are available in a variety of scents! Flowering and vegetable plants are still in and most can be planted now to enjoy a late crop. Cut flowers arrangements add pleasure to any meal setting! Enjoy a smoothie, or latte from Swank’s Little Coffee Camper on Monday and Thursday while you shop. We hope to see you at the market this week!
Local HONEY is now at the market along with HEIRLOOM and FIELD TOMATOES! Time for that Duke’s Mayo and tomato sandwich!!! We have everything you need at the market except the mayo for that delicious taste! Summer fruits are still plentiful as are the vegetables. Lots of breads, condiments (such as pickles and jams), desserts at each market and prepared foods are ready to save you time in the kitchen. Check out some of the weekly specials on the website to see pictures of what is available. Now is a good time to start donating to Backpack Pals before the start of the school year when preparations are being made to supply the backpacks. Non-perishable items or monetary donations are welcomed at each market and passed along to the director of the Food Bank.
Save the date! August 4thfrom 9:30-11:30 Janice Roberts, home extension agent, will be at the market to assist in a “make a tomato sandwich day” using field tomatoes from the market. There are several varieties and you can decide on your favorite! We will have lettuce and Duke’s mayo to add to the goodness! Enjoy the fruit and fresh vegetables while you can. Recent rains have helped the crops and they are still plentiful. The healthy meats (Angus grass-fed and ostrich), pastured pork, and free range chicken are at the market each week. Delicious breads, cookies, and other desserts are hard to resist as well as the prepared foods and condiments. Scented soy candles, hand-made pottery and jewelry are at the market on Saturdays. Enjoy specialty drinks while you shop at the market on Monday and Thursday from Swank’s Little Coffee Camper. Now is a good time to contribute to the Backpack Pals as they are getting supplies ready for the new school year. Non-perishable food or monetary donations are always appreciated!
Thanks to everyone who came out Saturday for our “Tomato Day”! It was a huge success with the help of Janice Roberts, Cooperative Extension Specialist, and Karen, Abigail, and JoAnna Gulley, vendors at the market. Thanks to the vendors for donating delicious tomatoes and Bakehouse for supplying delicious bread for the sandwiches! Now we can enjoy the rest of the summer goodness for a few more weeks. Local honey is now at the market along with eggplant, okra, and field peas. Grass-fed beef, pastured pork, and free range chicken meat are all at our markets along with fresh vegetables and fruits, prepared foods, goat chees products, delicious breads, cookies, and desserts, jams, jellies, and more. Enjoy delicious specialty drinks from the Swanks Little Coffee Camper on Mondays and Thursdays while you shop. We look forward to seeing you at the markets this week!
Green beans, eggplants, and field peas are now at the market! What a time saver to find peas already shelled for you, too! Summer rains and heat contribute toward more of some produce and less of others. So far the vendors at the market have a full line of produce, meats (grass-fed Angus beef, ostrich meat, pastured pork, and free range chicken), prepared foods, delicious breads and desserts, and smoothies to enjoy while you shop on Monday and Thursday! Soy candles (50 hour burn time), and handmade jewelry and pottery are available on Saturdays. Now is a good time to contribute towards the Backpack Pals program with non-perishable items of monetary donations. School start up will be soon and needy children will benefit from having extra food on the weekend to eat.
Peaches are still at the market for the next few weeks as well as local honey. Don’t miss out on these specialties while they are still available. The rich purple eggplants are also plentiful and butternut squash is appearing at the market. Get the last of the summer produce of squash (yellow and zucchini) and okra before it disappears. Fresh greens like lettuce, kale, and micro greens, peppers, prepared foods, breads and desserts, goat cheese spreads, healthy meats (grass-fed beef, ostrich, free range chicken, and pastured pork), eggs, and so much more are at each market. Select from handmade items such as jewelry, pottery, and soy-based candles. With the heat returning this week, enjoy a cool smoothie or drink from Swank’s Little Coffee Camper on Monday and Thursday. We are accepting donations for the BackPack Pals at each market. These donations are used to purchase non-perishable items for back packs . Qualified students are able to enjoy healthy snacks on the weekend that otherwise may have nothing. We appreciate all who have donated this past year. Every dollar is used for children in this community.
Asparagus in the fall??? A few bundles will be available Monday at the FirstHealth market from 2-5:30. Fresh ginger roots are also available in a limited supply. Come early to get yours. Click on the weekly specials to see what is available at the market.
The week ahead for weather and the market bears watching. Depending on the forecast and the timing of the hurricane could affect the market. Updates will be posted on Wednesday and Friday on Facebook, assuming that we will have power. Stay safe and hopefully the storm will be blown out to sea!!!
Moore County Farmers Market will be open this week on Monday and Thursday. Saturday we will be closed due to Autumnfest as this event will occupy our space for that day, October 6th. Then we will be open at FirstHealth and downtown Southern Pines until the end of October. The Thursday market will remain open all year. We continue to provide a few of the summer specials such as yellow squash and zucchini and sweet potatoes, tomatoes, lettuce and other greens. Most folks are trying to recover from the storm that severely affected their crops. Healthy meats, (otrich, grass-fed beef, pastured pork, and chicken) are offered as well as goat cheese products, eggs, prepared foods, jams, jellies, pickles, breads and desserts, and more. Hand made jewelry and pottery, and soy based candles are also offered. Mums are back for fall, too. Join us to get your fresh produce for the week!
Enjoy the last few days of summer (even though it is fall) before the cooler weather comes in. We have four Mondays left at FirstHealth and three Saturdays at the downtown Southern Pines market. The Thursday market next to the Armory will be open all year on Thursday. Winter produce is beginning to appear at the market with butternut squash, kale, and Swiss chard. Lettuces are plentiful as are greenhouse tomatoes and cucumbers. Microgreens are back on schedule.Prepared foods, delicious breads and desserts, and condiments such as pickled okra, jams and jellies are available at each market. Remember that we donate to the Backpack Pal program that provides weekend snacks for hungry children. They are appreciative of every penny donated!