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!)
Week of March 17th
Save the dates!!! Spring is in the air and it won’t be long before all three MOORE COUNTY FARMERS MARKETS are open. FIRSTHEALTH will open on APRIL 15thand the DOWNTOWN SOUTHERN PINES market will open on APRIL 20th. The year round market next to the Armory has been in full swing all through the winter and has many offerings for fresh and local food. Pictures of available produce are featured in the gallery. In spite of many cold and rainy Thursdays, vendors and customers have braved the cold. Look for local honey, jams, jellies, winter greens, meats (chicken, grass-fed beef, pastured pork, and ostrich), eggs, goat cheese spreads, delicious and freshly baked breads and desserts, as well as plants (flowering and vegetable).
As we say good-bye to the last of the strawberries on MONDAY, we will be gaining PEACHES and early BLUEBERRIES the same day! Kalawi Farms will have their peaches at the market at the FIRSTHEALTH FITNESS CENTER from 2-5:30. Be sure to come and get yours first! Summer produce is beginning to come in with cucumbers, carrots, summer greens, sweet potatoes, and red potatoes. There are healthy meats including Angus grass-fed beef, pastured pork, ostrich, farm fresh chicken, and rabbit! Add goat cheese products, two sources of local honey, farm fresh chicken and duck eggs. Enjoy prepared foods made from local produce, delicious breads and desserts, and an array of jams, jellies, pickled products, and other condiments. Flowering plants are still available as well as cut flowers for your pleasure. Join us each Monday, Thursday, and Saturday at the Moore county Farmers Market. Be sure to save the photo of the market card (found on the weekly specials page on the website) to your phone so that you will always have the days, times, and locations at your disposal. We will continue to collect moneys for the Food Bank to add to the funds for Back Pack Pals. There is always a need to feed hungry children during the summer months. As always we appreciate your patronage at our markets!
Save the date! Janice Roberts will be at the downtown Southern Pines market on Saturday, June 1stto show us how to make peach gazpacho. With the peach season starting and weather getting hot quickly, it will be a refreshing free sampling for the customers at the market from 9:30-11:30. Blueberries are now making an appearance and each week they will be more abundant. Many greens are available along with healthy meats (Angus grass-fed beef, pastured pork, ostrich, chicken, rabbit), eggs (chicken and duck), goat cheese products, tomatoes, new potatoes (yea!), cucumbers, prepared foods, delicious breads and desserts, and jams, jellies, pickles, LOCAL HONEY, and other condiments. Add specialty handmade crafts of jewelry, and pottery, specialty soaps, plants and cut flowers and that rounds out the offerings so far. We always appreciate your patronage at our markets and look forward to seeing you at each! (The market card is located on the web page for the MCFM and you can easily refer to it in the gallery section for times, locations, and dates.)
With recent rains for the crops you can expect an explosion of more produce for the market with an abundance of squash, greens, peaches, blueberries, peppers, tomatoes, and green beans. Healthy meats such as grass-fed beef, pastured pork, free range chicken, eggs, and goat cheese products are choices for you. Prepared foods, delicious breads and cheeses, and condiments such as pickles, jams, and jellies are available. Flowering and vegetable plants are ready for your gardens and cut flowers are ready for your vases! Join us at each location for a great selection of local and fresh products., and beautifully designed handcrafts.
Save the date, June 22! Chef Scott and Karen from Scott’s Table in Southern Pines will be at the downtown MCFM location on Saturday from 9:30-11:30 to showcase how to use products from the market in a delicious recipe from their own creation. CORN will be at the market on Saturday as well as other summer produce. Squash is plentiful along with the green beans, lettuces, kale, chard, and other greens. Cucumbers, tomatoes, onions are ready for slicing for those summer dishes! Goat cheese products, eggs, and healthy meats (Angus grass-fed beef, pastured pork, chicken, rabbit, and ostrich) are available also. Prepared foods and delicious freshly made breads, pickles and other condiments, cookies and desserts round out complete meal planning for our customers. Handmade pottery and jewelry make for beautiful “one of a kind” purchase for any occasion! Vegetable and flowering plants, as well as cut flowers (glads and sunflowers) are ready for your garden and floral arrangements. Join us each Monday (FirstHealth 2-5:30), Thursday (604 W. Morganton Rd. in So.Pnes 9-1), and Saturday (downtown Southern Pines park 8-noon) for local and fresh produce.
Many thanks to Scott’s Table (Scott and Karen Margolis) for providing delicious samples of bread and butter pickles as well as creamed corn! Recipes are still available for those who did not get one. Now that we have CORN and cucumbers, it will be easy to duplicate these easy and tasty recipes. Who is ready for CANTALOUPES? They are now available at the market along with the other summer fruits of peaches and blueberries. Heirloom tomatoes are beginning to appear, so get that Duke’s mayo and white bread ready!!! The market is full of summer vegetables and healthy meats (beef, chicken, rabbit, ostrich, and pastured pork), chicken, ostrich, and duck eggs, and new last week was the addition of FETA goat cheese! We have a plentiful supply of prepared foods, cookies, and other desserts, and freshly made baked bread. If you come early enough to the market opening, you may get some breads just out of the oven! You can’t beat that!!! Mark your calendars…JULY 4ththis year is on a Thursday. Therefore we will have that market (the one that is next to the Armory) on Wednesday, JULY 3rdfrom 9-1. We will have plenty of items for you to select for your July 4thcelebrations.