A bumper crop of fruit and corn is starting to come into the market. Sweet corn, peaches, and nectarines are on offer by Good Food Good People. Good Food Good People sources their luscious peaches from Idyllwood Farms. Enjoy photos of the Idyllwood Farm peach harvest on our market Facebook photo album.
Kester Clark Farm has blackberries, raspberries, and dew berries at their table. Shoppers can now find new potatoes and green, yellow wax, and purple string beans sharing space with English shelling peas on vendor tables. Summer squashes: ball, dark and straight and Cocozelle –like varieties of zucchini are in the market along with yellow squash, and zephyr squash. Cocozelle is a traditional Italian summer squash. It is distinguished by light-colored longitudinal stripes and ribs. Zephyr squash, which looks like a straight yellow squash with a green end, is a relatively new variety of summer squash and all the rage-accolades to its wonderful, nutty flavor and beautiful coloration are out there on the internet, along with plenty of recipes for its use.
The Floyd Farmers market currently has two meat vendors: Highland Farm and Old Millstone Farm. Both handle poultry, pork and beef. Highland Farm beef comes from their hardy Highland cattle and Old Millstone raises Angus beef. Highland Farm is in the market weekly and Old Millstone Farm is in the market the last two weekends of the month.
Grateful Bread offered pepperoni bread last week along with olive bread (black olives) and ham and cheese roll with orange marmalade glaze. Sweetwater Bakery offers its wood-fired oven baked breads and granola through Maya at the Floyd Market Collective. Pastries can be procured at various tables throughout the market.
We have coffees, teas, and delicious lemonade in the market at the Black Water-Red Rooster post. They have delicious and nutritious pastries as well. Nearby are two café tables and chairs at which to sit and enjoy them and the ambiance of the market – music, color, and hustle and bustle. We hope to add two benches for tired shoppers!
The flowers at the table of Tree’s Bread and Roses Bouquets are now full summer varieties: sunny, hot-colored zinnias, lofty gladiolas, gay old-fashioned daylilies, and more. Buy a vase and bring Nature’s beauty indoors to brighten up dark corners and lift up spirits on those rainy days!
Last Saturday Tim Pak arrived again to play with the Tin Roof Trio. They have a great sound, mostly folk and blue grass, and drew quite a crowd. Next week, David Simpkins and the KGB will be back. We look forward to hearing them play and sing for us!
The market basket raffle started last week. We are raffling a beautifully hand-crafted oak basket made by Kathy Dulaney, which will be filled with gift coupons for meat, as well as fruits, vegetables, and prepared products –all a value of more than $250 for just $5.00 a chance. Pictures of the basket are posted on the market’s Facebook: facebook/FloydFarmersMarket. Kathy is selling tickets at the Highland Farm table and the market is selling raffle tickets at the Information Table and other locations. Tickets will be on sale through August 3. The drawing will be on August 10 at 11 am in the market. Don’t wait, buy your ticket now!