Saturday, May 16, 2009

Waynesville's Farmer's Markets

One of the best things about Spring is the opening of the Waynesville, NC farmer's market.I can't wait to get my little hands on all those wonderful herb potted plants and fresh produce. This year on opening day we had two choices for shopping. Evidently, there had been a bit of a falling out at the end of last season and there has been a split. The market definitely needed more space but with a move on the horizon some of the vendors wanted to expand their selections and others wanted to continue the market as it has been for the past 20 years. Now the question is can our town of Waynesville support both?

The Wa
ynesville Tailgate Market sticks to fresh produce and fruits that are from Haywood County growers only. They have been together since 1985 and are located in the American Legion parking lot. They certainly don't lack for an assortment of offerings. One vendor had dahlias,cukes, tomatoes,onion,corn berries and more. Open Wednesday and Saturday from 8a.m. to 12p.m.

The Haywood Historic Market sells the same as above but also the value-added products such as ba
ked goods, cheese, jams, jellies, salsas, meat and even fish. These are from vendors in and out of the county line.This group formed in 2008 and are located in the Haywood Regional Arts Theater parking lot. Open Wednesday and Saturday from 8a.m. to 1p.m.

I am going to do my best and support both. I want the small farmer to thrive in our area, so I try to buy as much as possible from our local growers. I always develop my breakfasts around what I purchased that day. I suppose at the end of a couple weeks of flip flopping between both markets, I will come up with a favorite.

I did find some great herbs for my garden this year! I am going to experiment with cinnamon basil
, pineapple mint, chocolate sage and lemon balm. The old standbys such as rosemary, oregano, dill, lemon thyme, parsley and chives have already been started. So the big question ..."what's for breakfast tomorrow morning at the Andon-Reid Inn Bed and Breakfast?" We're starting off with minted fruit salad using my pineapple mint with a dollop of Greek yogurt, a wonderful roasted vegetable frittata with Gruyere, home fries with fresh rosemary, pineapple and lime scones and for dessert a lemon verbena pound cake with fresh strawberries.

Now, are you ready to workout in our fitness studio?

Rachel Reid, Very Happy Innkeeper

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