Jasper Farmers Market ready for fall
Due to Marble Festival this Saturday, Oct. 5 the Jasper Farmers’ Market, will be at Roper Park, about one mile south of 61 Main on Main St/Refuge Rd.
November 2, the last market of the summer season will be customer appreciation day with free refreshments and snacks. This will be at the normal market location.
The winter market will be November 23, 30 and December 14, 21; hours will be 9 a.m. until noon inside the Pickens County extension office/ Chamber of Commerce building, which is catty corner to our regular location.
Saturday, Oct. 5 (at Roper Park), Zach Hensen will have beans, squash, 8-ball zucchini, okra, swiss chard and figs. Jenny Fellenbaum will have gorgeous flowers, okra and hopefully muscadines.
Kenneth Childers had potatoes, okra, sweet potatoes and peppers last Saturday and I expect the same this week. Floyd, as well as other farmers, had lots of eggs last week and should this week as well. Tony Pisconeri always has sourdough bread, focaccia and other treats. Jackie Carlisle won’t be here this Saturday but should be back the Oct. 12.
Though the season is winding down there are always special treats to buy, vegetables, eggs and holiday gifts. Jenny hand turns local wood to make candle votives, rolling pins, wine stoppers and bowls. Floyd makes the prettiest birdhouses from red cedar that he mills himself. Think about the upcoming holidays and parties as you shop the Jasper Farmers Market. It is easy to go into a box store and buy a gift from China that has little meaning. However, buying a locally made artisan gift that will last a lifetime, is truly a gift of love. How cool is it to bring a nice bottle of wine to a party and have a hand turned wine stopper!
John Lupi, Home Restaurant, is still getting great local produce. Several of us went there Friday night and had a killer meal of crab cakes on a bed of home-grown arugula and peppers. This week he is buying locally grown okra, turnips, microgreens, eggplant, butternut squash, peppers and herbs. Jenna at 61 Main made us terrific omelets with all local produce this past Saturday.
Eat Local and Shop Local,