FloydFest weekend: July 27 Farmers Market report

Scott Perry and his students
Scott Perry and his students
What rain! Our Floyd Fest weekend market enjoyed, if not completely dry, at least mostly dry conditions under the Floyd Community Pavilion! While the market hummed with activity, we enjoyed the music provided by Scott Perry and his student band members: Dylan Vest, Jared Richard, Laurel Brooke, and J.D. Tunstall. They deserved the hearty rounds of applause of appreciative market goers and parents for their hard work! Well Done!

Yes, warmer temperatures and more dry days (at least one once in a while!) are allowing our producers to bring in the summer crops in abundant supply and variety. Firmly established in the market are Italian and oriental varieties of eggplant, yellow, white, and bicolor sweet corn (get it already shucked from Bess and Janice at the Kester Clark Farm table); all kinds of green beans – green, purple and striped; heirloom and newer varieties of field and greenhouse tomatoes, root crops, greens and lettuce, head and loose leaf; peppers of all kinds hot and sweet, and the list just keeps on going. Fresh chickens were available from both Highland Farm and Good Food Good People. Luscious peaches can be found at the Good Food Good People table.

Shiitake mushrooms are available at Good Food Good People table. Sam Lev’s hamburger buns debuted there as well. I can’t comment on how good they were because they were all gone before I could get a sample! Sam, the manager of the Good Food Good People table and an aspiring baker, also plans to offer other breads in the future so keep an eye on the ever-evolving table of Good Food Good People.

IMG_2338Rising Sun Community School offered face painting at their table. Kathy Dulaney of Highland Farm was busy weaving more baskets and selling tickets for the Floyd Market Basket that we are raffling to help raise funds to install a sound system to carry the music down the market evenly. No more whispers at the far end and blast effect at the near end of the market! Tickets are selling fast and we have just two more weeks to sell tickets. They are on sale during the August 3 market from Kathy at the Highland Farm table and Marsha Krigsvold at the Information table. If you miss us you can call Marsha or go by Floyd Fitness after 5 pm Monday, Wednesday or Friday and buy one there from her. Don’t miss your chance to win a beautiful and large basket made by Kathy and all the market products that it can hold, at least a $250 value! Only $5 a ticket! The drawing will be held on August 10th in the market at 10 am!

Our upcoming Saturday market will feature more of all of our wonderful products and free music! Playing for us will be Randolph Walker, the Original One Man Band. He can play many instruments and all at one time while singing! His music is great and he is amazing to watch! Don’t miss him!

IMG_2345It may not be news to some but Sustain Floyd will be adding benches to the market in a few weeks. We have already acquired a café table with chairs, and we will be adding three more benches. Two will have backs and the third will be a simple bench without a back. The two heavier benches will be mounted along the sidewalk by the market so that market goers can step out of the market and the crowd to take a rest. The third will be lighter and we will be able to move it around to follow the sun when the weather gets cooler! Along with the new sound system, the new benches represent the commitment of Sustain Floyd and the market vendors to continual improvement at the Floyd Farmers Market!

Come join us there under the Floyd Community Pavilion!

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