YADKINVILLE — The Yadkin Farmers Market officially opened last Tuesday and shoppers and vendors are excited about the months to come with plenty of fresh produce, eggs, plants and more. The market is held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 to 6:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon at the shelter located 1141 Tennessee St., behind the Yadkinville Community Park.
Max Cranfill was one of the first customers on opening day, he purchased a rhubarb plant for his garden. He said he will be making rhubarb pies this summer for himself and his 94-year-old mother for whom he cares.
“She had it growing up as a child,” Cranfill said. He also recalled visits to Ireland where rhubarb was much more plentiful and his Irish friends teased him about it. It’s “kind of special over here though,” Cranfill said and he was happy to get one for his own garden.
Tim Martin, a vendor at the market, had on-hand spring onions and fresh spinach he had just cut that morning.
“It’s the right thing for salads and sauteed spinach or whatever you’d like to do with it for a delight,” Martin said. This is Martin’s second year participating in the Yadkin Farmers Market and he said he liked it because it fostered a sense of community.
“I think it’s exciting to be able to offer local grown foods to people in the community, it helps build the community,” he said. “And it helps to improve the nutrition of those who buy the products. It’s just great to be able to have contact with the people, to talk with them when they come by. They’re neighbors and it’s just really nice to do business with neighbors.”
Jean Collins was getting some lettuce at the market which she planned to prepare with onions and bacon grease as a wilted salad, a Yadkin County delicacy.
“I come here a lot during the summer,” Collins said. She said she liked to look at what is available and would often get tomatoes, cucumbers and products sold by the Amish participants in the market.
Glenda Edgell had several produce items available including some brightly colored Swiss chard that she said is a great alternative crop to spinach in the summer months.
“The color of the stalks just give it a nice little pizzazz,” Edgell said.
The Swiss chard is in the same family as spinach, Edgell explained, and she said it could be prepared very much like spinach.
“You can take the young tender leaves and use them in a salad or the larger leaves and lightly saute them with garlic and olive oil and a little onion. Oh, it’s good!” Edgell said.
Edgell said the group is really working hard this year to do some marketing for the market and get more folks to come shop more often. For more information about the Yadkin Farmers Market, visit its Facebook page www.facebook.com/YadkinvilleFarmersMarket.
Kitsey E. Burns can be reached at 336-679-2341 or on Twitter @RippleReporterK.