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Preview of what’s coming to Jasper Market May 25

By Xaviere Chatagnier. Photo by Xaviere Chatagnier.

The older generation of farmers has moved on and unfortunately, they have not been replaced. Thank goodness for Zach Hensen, he has provided most of our spring vegetables this year and luckily, he has had a nice selection.

I have spoken to the Johnsons and they anticipate having more greens and some squash in the next couple of weeks. Southern farmers come out of the woodwork once the tomatoes and summer crops start producing.

Zach Hensen has gorgeous spring lettuce, kale, Swiss chard, radishes, fabulous green onions, mushrooms and eggs. Zach will also have a bit of broccoli, squash and broccoli greens.

Broccoli greens are my favorite greens. They cook up like collards but no after bite. Zach Hensen has been making You Tube videos on his farm. They are very interesting and on the Friday videos he will show you what he will have at the market. I normally don’t do this kind of thing but his videos are right up my alley. His You Tube name is “Hikingman Zed.” Zach enthusiastically tours you around his farm.

Big Ridge Farms is our beef and pork supplier at the market (I mistakenly called them Blue Ridge earlier in the season). The Tatums have grass fed beef, pastured pork and seasonal vegetables. They come to the market once a month. The next time they will be at the Jasper Market is June 8. Contact them and they will meet you anytime in Jasper. You can reach them at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Facebook Big Ridge Farms. They have terrific pastured pork. Josh Tatum 770-265-1666.

I spoke with Floyd Reed this morning and he says he will be at the market this Saturday. Floyd is the blue bird house artisan. He got rained out a few weekends but the weather should be nice and dry for the next 10 days. Floyd’s birdhouses are made of red cedar that he mills himself.

Jackie Carlisle is our favorite bread maker. She makes healthy breads, granola and muffins. Her Ezekiel bread is a really nice dense bread that is nutritious. You can’t say that about store bought bread. She also makes a killer granola, English muffins and gluten free options.

Red Bean Harvest Coffee has downsized a bit at the market because they now have a coffee shop. Their shop is in Jasper at 313 Jonah Lane, right around the corner from Walmart. You will still find them at our market. Just follow your nose to their tent with fantastic coffee.

Lilly James sells her lemonade, come on and cough up a buck for her lemonade. Better yet, she can make you a pillow with your own design. She is one awesome kid.

There are many more vendors from plant sellers, cake and cookie bakers, knitters, soap makers and wood turners. There is often a surprise at the market. But no, it is not tomato or blueberry season yet. I just spoke with Five Sons Farm. John Culbertson says that he anticipates the blueberries to be ready a week or two earlier this year. He is hopeful that the blueberries will be ready for their “u pick it” by the 3rd week in June. Stay tuned for more or check out Five Sons Farm on Facebook.

One of our younger, retired farmers has opened up Sharp Top Catering. Michelle was an awesome farmer and now she is an awesome chef. You might remember Michelle’s farm on Grandview and her two terrific sons. She is located right behind Main Street—next to the health food store—150 Mark Whitfield St. The name is a bit deceiving. Yes, she does lots of catering but she also has fantastic grab and go meals. When you stop in you will find a spotless kitchen (really who cooks like that?), a cooler full of homemade pastas, salads, entrees, soups, sandwiches and desserts. Yes, of course we stop there after breakfast at 61 Main. She uses the freshest ingredients for her homemade meals. Look at her menu at www.Sharptopcatering.com or call 706-253-0335.,

It is lettuce season and John Lupi just bought a load of gorgeous spring lettuce from me as well as basil and dill. Several farmers just dropped off carrots, turnips, green garlic, radishes, arugula, beets, herbs, lettuce and collards. Stacey Arnold has an amazing Big Canoe garden and she supplies John with vegetables and an endless supply of perfect micro greens. Home Restaurant supports our local famers by buying all the produce he can get his hands on. What is nice is that these farmers use organic methods so you are eating healthy even when you eat out.

Eat Local and Shop Local,

Xaviere

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