Fresh at Market August 18th

We'll have okra, tomatoes, peppers - look for bells, shishitos & more - eggplant, squash & zucchini, cucumbers, acorn & delicate squash, spaghetti squash, wax beans, tomatillos, speckled crisp apples, basil, parsley, sage, swiss chard, scallions, fresh bouquets, mushrooms, blueberries, potatoes, watercress, fennel, bok choy, purslane & more fresh produce. Hillbilly Shirmp Market will have halibut, salmon, grouper, cod, red snapper, tuna, scallops, shrimp, crab meat, and frozen crab cakes, peeled & deveined shrimp fresh from the North Carolina Coast, & Eat Pique is bringing cheese spreads made with local ingredients along with their pickled mustard seeds. Come sample their spicy spread made with peppers fermented by Our Daily Kraut & their 'Everything Bagel' spread at market!

Compost Now will be with us again this week! They are a local doorstep collection service in Asheville who help households, offices, and restaurants turn their compostables into compost. Catch them at market for a demo & learn more about the beauty of composting.

THANK YOU TO RISE ABOVE DELI for joining us as a Market Sponsor for the rest of the season. Many of you met Brandon & Montana as market vendors last season -- these days, their fresh baked bread makes a variety of traditional & not so traditional deli sandwiches in the space they share with Hillman Beer at 25 Sweeten Creek Road. They are still dedicated to serving their customers the finest, made from scratch food, & if you've not yet dropped by to try it, we suggest adding it to your weekend list.

(Rise Above Deli is also catering our Summer Snacks & Storytime picnic next week! Stop by market August 25th for knishes made with potatoes from John's Berry Patch, onions from Stonecrop Garden & Round Mountain Creamery cheese.)

We're seeking Day Sponsors! If you or your business would like to join us in promoting sustainable, local food, supporting our local food system and local economy and the makers, farmers, growers & bakers who make it all possible, come talk to us at market, email us at, or visit our website. Our $50-level Day Sponsorship is recognized with a space at market to engage with our market community & an advertisement in our weekly newsletter.


E.A.T. Recipes / Blueberry Zucchini Pancakes

What's better to start a summer day than blueberry pancakes? We added another currently plentiful ingredient to this version -- grated zucchini! Find blueberries & zucchini around the market as well as your eggs, goat's milk & honey to top them. 

Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 5 minutes / batch
Yields 14 pancakes

1 ½  cups of your favorite flour
2 tablespoons sugar (or maple syrup)
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 ¼  cups of your favorite milk (we suggest goat’s milk!)
1 cup grated zucchini
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 ½ cups fresh blueberries

  1. In a large bowl, combine your flour, sugar, baking powder & salt. Combine the egg, buttermilk, grated zucchini & vanilla. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened.

  2. Pour batter by 1/4 cupfuls onto your skillet or hot griddle coated with butter or your choice of oil.  Sprinkle with blueberries. When bubbles appear on top, flip your pancakes & cook until second side is golden. Serve with honey or maple syrup (& any leftover blueberries!).


Fresh at Market June 30th


Kick off your Fourth of July weekend at Market! 


Hillbilly Shrimp Market is bringing crab cakes, Mrs. B's Homestyle will have pie, pickled mustard seeds from Eat Pique, meat to grill from Reeves Home Place Farm, freshly baked bread & baked goods, festive berries & plenty of summertime produce around the market. If you're going somewhere for the weekend, bring your host a jar of local honey from Bee Tree Farm or real pickles from Our Daily Kraut, a plant start from Finally Farm or Rooted Earth Farm, a sweet bag of bagels from Home Free Bagels, mushrooms from Pisgah Gourmet or a bottle of balsamic from Highland Gourmet.  

What's in season? Look for beans, celery, summer squash & zucchini, kale, chard, mustard greens, butterhead & red lettuce, salad mix, onions, mints, herbs & more. The summer bounty has started! 

Help us welcome new vendor Vegetable Kingdom! They'll be at market tomorrow with jarred, shelf stable Gumbo, Creole, Massaman Curry, Brunswick Stew, salad dressings, chutney, jam, relish & more. Learn more here

We're seeking community partners and market sponsors! If you or your business would like to join us in promoting sustainable, local food, supporting our local food system and local economy and the makers, farmers, growers & bakers who make it all possible, come talk to us at market, email us at, or visit our website.  We recognize business sponsors by offering you market space for publicity, promotional mentions, highlighting you in these newsletters, inclusion on new printed material, and with regularly scheduled social media posts over the course of our five-month season. Thank you to Dogwood AllianceHidden River Events, Carolina Farm Credit & Village Wayside for sponsoring already! 

 Soil Songs' arrangement up for the bid

At this Friday's market, we'll have an arrangement of locally grown flowers & foliage from Soil Songs Florals up for (silent) auction! Come get your bid in, it's open all of market, 3 - 6 pm. Soil Songs is an artistically driven floral service based in Asheville that focuses on using sustainably grown flowers. The create unique weekly arrangements & design florals for weddings, events and installations. Contact for more information or check them out on Instagram (@soil_songs).

How do you get to market?

We're happy to be a neighborhood market, one where many can walk or bike from home. We're glad, too, to be a stop on the way to or from work. But did you know we're right off the ART bus line? There's a stop right on our doorstep


Guitarist, arranger, and educator Andy Jurik actively explores the intersection of classical and popular music. His recent performances include the ASCAP-award wining Southern Exposure concert series, Brevard College, the Wired Music series, Central Piedmont Community College, the ArtFields Festival, the Southern Guitar Festival, the 2015 JASPER Artist of the Year awards, and the Candlelight Concert series at Charleston Unitarian. Enthusiastic about the possibilities of chamber music, Andy performs in Demeler (w/ Rachel Hansbury, voice) and Duo Cortado (w/ Devin Sherman, guitar). 


This week's spotlight: Wendy Town Farms!

Wendy Town Farms is a small sustainable farm growing vegetables & hops naturally without the use of chemical pesticides or fertilizers. The farm is owned and operated by Wendy Wright and Matt Coulon.  They moved from their urban farm in Austin, TX a year ago to expand their operation and enjoy the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. One of their farming goals is to share the land with wildlife while keeping the soil healthy and growing beautiful nutritious food. They save seed from some of the rare heirloom varieties grown on the farm to preserve and pass on to the next generation of farmers. When Matt's not working in the fields he's brewing beer with their hops and other herbs and produce from the farm. 

Meet Andie

Rooted Earth Farm is located on a south-facing slope of Jones Mountain, in Leicester, NC. Owned and operated by, Justin and Andie Burkins, Rooted Earth Farm specializes in producing a wide array of vegetables, perennials, herbs, flowers, and plant starts. 
arming practices include growing products organically, using crop rotation, testing soil annually, carefully planning for pest management, and maintaining a beneficial habitat for pollinators. They also have a small scale greenhouse with Smithmill Works, in Asheville, where they have began production for cool winter crops, specialty herbs, flowers and produce, for local businesses and their CSA program.
Rooted Earth Farm is ASAP certified, and is part of the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association.

This week they will have cut flowers, and a limited supply of Rhubarb in addition to their seasonal perennials and herbs! 

Introducing John Roberts!

This week, we honor long-time produce vendor John Roberts of John's Berry Patch and Vegetable Farm. John has 360 blueberry plants on a half acre field kept clean for good picking and invites you to come out and pick your own (180 Olympic Drive, Leicester 28749)! Spring time brings kale, collards, cabbage, broccoli, spinach and other seasonal vegetables. John has owned the farm for 33 years, is a native of Madison County in Hot Springs, and attends Turkey Creek Baptist Church in Leicester.