Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Elkin Farmers Market

Every Saturday I visit the Elkin Farmers Market for all sorts of amazing home grown, local and organic produce, plants, baked goods, even soap, and believe me, it never disappoints. I highly recommend planning a trip some Saturday to partake in the goodness. And while you are in town, visit some of the local vineyards and historic downtown Elkin for antiques, books and art. The Elkin Farmers Market is located in the parking lot at the corner of Bridge Street and Market Street. Vendors sell their wares from 9am-12pm.

Look at the amazing assortment of produce! Vendor Yer Vang grows fruits and vegetables native to North Carolina as well as Laos, which makes for an interesting display.

Those prickly things at the bottom right hand corner are cucumbers! I haven't tried them yet, but I plan to next weekend! How cool are they?
And you can find more than just produce at the market. Just have a look at the beautiful pottery by Georgie Stone. Doesn't it look like there are little fish swimming on the inside of the pitcher? Lovely!
Here are Eli's new obsession....little colorful tomatoes grown by Poke Berry Farms. They have a name but to me they look like little jewels. When Eli sees them he screams, "More!" In addition to these tomatoes, they also sell herbs and plants. I got my birthday spider plant here.
I am no stranger to these breads. Since weaning myself from buying only the yummy cheese bread, I have sampled the Extra Seedy Whole Wheat and the Raisin Breads. Superb! But I have to say that (so far) the cheese bread is my favorite.
Now, blueberry lovers, here are by far the best and sweetest blueberries you will EVER taste. I don't know what variety of berry these are, but they are like little sugar pearls.They are so sweet that I bought a container after picking 5 gallons myself. Eli loves them. You can purchase these from Ed and Cathy Powell of Blueberries at Cabin Trail. And I wouldn't pass up Cathy's blueberry muffins.  
Anyone that knows me knows that I am obsessed with handmade soaps. In fact, I have a huge stash in a basket in our bathroom cabinet. As soon as I have pared down a few bars, I plan on buying a nice fragrant bar from Carmen Lee O'Dell of Made By Willing Hands. In addition to bath soaps, she carries shaving mugs, soap holders and the like.
And if you are in the market for some beautiful plants, Kevin Campbell has a wide variety to choose from. I just love the ornamental pepper plants he carries. And this fall we may plant a raspberry plant. Kevin writes a blog called Foothill Plant Treasures. Check it out sometime for information about regional foliage.
Enjoy music while your browse the booths. Here is The Couch Family playing Bluegrass Gospel music.
And last but certainly not least, Beaver Creek Farms has some wonderful potatoes and squash.
And here is Yer Vang amidst her fabulous produce! Does she look proud or what?
Farewell for now, friends. Hope to see you at the Elkin Farmers Market this weekend.
XOXO
Slushy

9 comments:

  1. Wow, Slushy! Nice job! This place looks like lots of fun. Those prickly cukes are quite strange...but really beautiful. Looks like the only thing missing from the Elkin Farmers Market is YOU...selling all your canned yummies.

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  2. We were thinking of selling some jellies and jams there. We are hoarding the tomatoes and pickles though. :) I'm bringing you some jelly to the auction Wednesday.

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  3. It was so nice to meet you at the market! I really like your style of writing.

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  4. Wow, LOVE!! We just picked up some of those "jewel" tomatoes, they are soo pretty!

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  6. Carmen, it was nice to meet you too. Won't get to come this weekend by maybe the next. It's busy time around here.

    Emily, it is a wonderful market, and the tomatoes are rockin!

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  7. What a cool farmers market! It looks like there is a big variety of things to check out. And our market has live entertainment on Saturdays too! Thanks for entering my contest. Good luck! :)

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  8. Sonoma, it is a fabulous market! And thank you for having the contest...and congratz on the 50th!

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  9. Thank you very much for writing about the market and the kind words about our plants. The Elkin market and all. People and the town are all special. We are proud to be part of it.

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