The Transylvania Farmers’ Market bills itself as “fresh and local” and has more than 60 vendors selling products that are grown or produced within 100 miles of Brevard.
The market is a great place to shop, to listen to live music and to learn more about all that the area has to offer. Open from 8 a.m. until noon every Saturday, May through November, and then 10 a.m. to noon, December through April, the Farmers’ Market is located in downtown Brevard, just off East Main Street behind Comporium at the corner of Johnson and Jordan streets.
The Farmers’ Market offers locally-grown produce, meat, eggs, dairy, honey, goat cheeses, mushrooms, plants, herbs, cut flowers, baked goods, hot breakfast and coffee, fresh juices and smoothies, jams and jellies, pickles and barbecue sauces, vinegars and mustards, prepared foods, body care products, and a variety of locally handcrafted and artisan items.
Each week through October, the market hosts a variety of programs, including its partnership with the Transylvania County Hunger Coalition, allowing customers to purchase and donate produce and eggs, and farmers to donate excess produce to local food banks. The Transylvania Cooperative Extension Office sets up regularly with its Master Gardeners Program, an Educational Booth on Healthy Habitats, and a registered dietitian offering recipe samples with recipes to take home.
Each week from May through October, there is a “Kids Corner” next to the market information booth with crafts, scavenger hunts, produce taste testing and other fun activities. The market also hosts live local music through October, and there are special events planned throughout the season. Music and events planned this fall include:
•Sept. 1: Farm Fair – Join the market to celebrate farming in western North Carolina, with a wide variety of games, activities and attractions, live music by Crooked Pine, delicious foods, and loads of great vendors.
•Oct. 6: Autumn fest sponsored by Transylvania Regional Hospital – cooking demos, taste more than a dozen varieties of locally-grown apples, live music by the Bradford Carson Duo, activities for children, and loads of great vendors with fall produce and products.
•Oct. 20 Live music by Dave Desmelik. At the kids’ corner, learn about owls and make an owl craft. At the Cooperative Extension booth stop by to see the Master Gardeners for their last day at the market in 2018. They’ll be talking garlic and woody ornamental planting. Also, there will be a chance to sample pumpkin apple cider, with nutrition intern Erin Massey and take home the recipe.
•Oct. 27: During Halloweenfest there will be face painting, live music and other treats.
•Nov. 3: At the kids’ corner, learn all about the benefits of rain and make a fun craft.
•Nov. 10: At the kids’ corner, participate in a scavenger hunt around the market and get an activity book to take home.
•Nov. 17: Customer appreciation day, with a cake walk and drawings for market goods.
•Nov. 24: Make a fun Thanksgiving dinner collage at the kids’ corner.
•Dec. 1: First day of winter market hours — 10 a.m. to noon. Stop by the market info booth for a free treat for everyone. The kids’ corner will feature a scavenger hunt.
Visit www.TransylvaniaFarmersMarket.com for more information on each of these events, and for regular updates follow the Transylvania Farmers’ Market on Facebook. For more information about all local activities, go to www.transylvaniaexplorer.com.