The Yadkin Farmers Market is once again open and offering the season’s best fresh produce and local food items.
“It’s that time of year to make farm to table easy at the Yadkin Farmers Market. We are proud to only offer certified local NC farm fresh products,” organizers said.
The Yadkin Farmers Market is located at 1141 Tennessee St., Yadkinville, behind the park, and is open on Tuesdays from 3 to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Some items currently offered at the market include: strawberries, fresh herbs, lettuce, arugula, onions, salad turnips, kale, farm fresh eggs, tomatoes, handmade soaps, lotions, and oils, plus seedlings ready to plant, handcrafted natural pet treats, fresh cut flowers and hanging baskets. The month of May is strawberry month.
Aileen Steelman, market manager, noted that the market does a basket drawing the last Tuesday of each month. Included in the basket will be a sampling from each vendor’s wares. Shoppers may fill out a ticket at each visit to the market for a chance to win the market basket.
“The market serves the surrounding area to promote local foods and small farm agriculture,” according to market President Glenda Edgell. “I like to say the market is a place to come where vendors know your name, and look forward to seeing you walk into the shelter with your shopping bag. Sometimes folks come and visit and see their friends at the market. The benches serve as a place to sit down and chat.”
Each year new vendors join the market and add to the selections of items available for purchase. Cave Farms is bringing seedlings of vegetables and herbs and will add various produce as the season continues. Marie’s Mountain Soaps is another popular vendor at the market which offers a wide variety of skin products using naturally derived ingredients. Tommy Speer returns this year with farm fresh eggs. Hunter Farms Family Produce & Beef has a variety of vegetables. Cuts of beef will be available mid-June. They specialize in grass fed, grain finished beef in all cuts — roasts, steaks and ground chuck. Hunter Farms also can handle bulk orders.
The selection of produce at Yadkin Farmers Market changes with the seasons, so pretty soon winter greens will not be as plentiful, but squash, cucumbers and tomatoes will. Many of the farmers grow a variety different vegetables and fruit to help fill out the seasons’ choices.
The market board, in conjunction with Cooperative Extension’s Agricultural Area Agent Pam Jones, strives to offer a diversity of products to make the market an interesting place to visit. A frequent point of discussion of the board is the need to involve young people in the market gardening community. Yadkin Farmers Market has provisions to make selling at the market easier for young people. And there are people at the market to talk to about getting started in growing food for personal use or to sell. Every farmer there can offer advice and support.
Shannon Holden, the market’s youngest vendor, sells eggs and produce from her family farm, and serves as a youth representative on the market’s board. Holden has just completed her Associate of Science degree in applied animal science technology from Wilkes Community College. She has been selling at the farmers market for about the past five years.
To learn more about selling at Yadkin Farmers Market, start by checking out the Local Food tab on the Yadkin County Cooperative Extension webpage, https://yadkin.ces.ncsu.edu/categories/agriculture-food/local-foods/. A packet of the rules and application may be picked up at the Cooperative Extension Office.