Fall Isn’t Far Away: Aug 21 Farmers Market Report

IMG_2494Fall is not far away! Last Saturday we probably saw the last of the sweet corn, blackberries, blueberries, and tomatoes. The hot weather crops, such as lemon grass, eggplants, and green beans, are still in the market in volume. We saw our first acorn squash, watermelons and fresh red raspberries last Saturday and more should be on the way. Sweet potatoes, fingerling potatoes, and yams are available.

Sam Lev continues to experiment with bakery products. On Saturday, he switched from peach pie to peach galette. The galette, which is a rustic tart and only $7.00 each, sold out immediately. Sam will bring more next week. Grateful Bread has been offering very generously large raspberry sweet rolls.

Next week is Yoga Jam Week. Sustain Floyd will be there from 8 am to 8 pm, sharing a tent with Black Water Loft and Red Rooster. They will sell delicious yogurt-fruit parfaits for breakfast and salad made with healthy, nutritious and locally-sourced ingredients, including vegetables from Riverstone Organic Farm and sweet, sustainably-grown blueberries from Wild Mountain Farm.

Back in the Floyd Farmers Market, Indian Valley Farm and Arrowhead Farm whose primary product for the market: tomatoes and peaches, respectively, are finished for the season. Arrowhead Farm may return in October with apples. Riverstone Organic Farm will increase its range of products next week, requiring a second table! Go by their expanded table area and check out their large, sweet red raspberries and fresh, organic produce.

Last Saturday we launched the Floyd Market Flower Bouquet Raffle. This will feature a bouquet of flowers grown and arranged by Teresa (“Tree”) Gigante of Perennial Uprisings. On September 21st, we will have our drawing and the winner will get a large bouquet of flowers that day AND a refill the following week! The raffle tickets are $2.00 each and will be sold at Tree’s Perennial Uprising table, now at the head of the market between Good Food Good People and Highland Farm, and at the Information Table at the back of the market across from Red Rooster/Black Water Loft. Tree tells us that her very best flowers bloom in September so don’t miss this chance to win a bouquet and refill! Proceeds from the raffle go towards purchasing and installing a sound system throughout the market.

Maya Skopal of I-Tal Farm, a vendor at the Floyd Market Collective tables, will be selling more fall vegetable transplants, herbal, and unusual edibles this month. Be sure to go by her table for your fall garden needs.

As always, the Floyd Farmers Market provides EBT service to SNAP beneficiaries at our EBT/Information Table. Come by and our cheerful volunteers will be happy to help you out! They also manage the Double Value Program service that provides SNAP beneficiaries with tokens that match EBT credits transacted up to $50.00. Yes, it is true! We can match your EBT benefits one- for-one up to $50.00! Come by and let them tell you all about it!

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