A popular destination for over three decades, the Wilkes County Farmers Market opened for seasonal business on Saturday morning in downtown North Wilkesboro.
The farmers market at the Yadkin Valley Marketplace (842 CBD Loop) offers locally-grown food and handmade crafts through early October.
On Saturday, about 10 vendors were set up well before the official opening at 7:30 a.m. and greeting a small but steady stream of customers throughout the morning.
The vendors included first-time seller Kurt Vierheller of Wilkes Sign Shop, who had three tables’ worth of colorful, interchangeable home décor signs and placards.
The only vendor not actually selling anything was Courtney Tevepaugh, who was offering information from the local N.C. Cooperative Extension office. She was providing free dial gauge pressure canner testing, an important check of lids that should be done annually to ensure food safety.
Mark Huie of Huie Farms and Succulents was selling, among other items, half gallons of his Huie’s BBQ Sauce, which is sold locally at IGA grocery stores. The sauce ingredients are a secret, he said, but pay homage to the old Holly Farms recipe for chickenques.
Established in 2015, Garrett’s Country Meats & Produce was there selling farm eggs, whole hog sausage, ground beef, pork chops and steak.
Chloe Jennings brought confections that included brownies, muffins, cinnamon rolls and cookies. She also sold fresh baked bread, yeast rolls and fresh brewed coffee.
Chestnut Cabin Farm just off the Blue Ridge Parkway had all types of lavender products on display. Milton and Louise Teague brought lavender bundles, linen water, soap and lotions, sachets and eye pillows, culinary buds, sprays, teas and more.
Based in Wilkesboro, Bryan Horton had expertly crafted small woodworking items for sale. All of his pieces are made to order and can be picked up the following week. Horton also is a contractor for home improvement projects through Big River Services LLC.
Mozelle Torrence had fare from her family farm and nursery on display. She had colorful flowers, canned jams and jellies, dried chips and nuts for customers. Their plants and produce are grown off Mt. Sinai Road in Wilkesboro.
A resident of North Wilkesboro, Lisa Spears had a table set up with colorful, handmade masks, aprons, towels, scrunchies and headbands. This is her second year vending at the farmers market.
The market typically features a dozen or more vendors who sell locally grown and raised produce and meat, plants, baked goods, valued-added items like bread and cheese and handmade crafts.
Musicians frequently meet up at the market for an impromptu jam. The farmers market is a community gathering place and source of pride for the county.
In operation since 1980 in the town, it’s open on Tuesdays from 3:30-5:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 7:30 a.m.-noon.
Follow the Wilkes County Farmers Market page on Facebook for updates and events.