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Ian Snider of Mountain Works Farm assists customers at opening day of the 2012 Watauga
County Farmers’ Market. Anna Oakes | Watauga Democrat

Originally published: 2014-04-30 16:31:05
Last modified: 2014-05-05 10:15:37

Watauga Farmers' Market opens

For the past 40 years, people from the High Country have been going to the Watauga County Farmers' Market for fresh food and some fun. Watauga County Farmers' Market opens for the 2014 season this Saturday, May 3, from 8 a.m. to noon. on Horn in the West Drive in Boone.

Watauga County Farmers' Market has an exciting year planned with live music, cooking demos, kid's activities and as always, the opportunity for people to buy many local products.

Opening day will include a cooking demo with Sam Ratchford from the local Vidalia Restaurant. Ratchford will demonstrate how to cook some of the fresh, local food available at the market.

Kids' Corner Activities will also take place on opening day. The Kids' Corner will participate in the "Greening My Plate" initiative with the following activities: "Wheel of Green," where you spin the big wheel to land on a green vegetable to taste; "Plant a Green Pea" at the seed table; a color your plate green activity; and a talk about healthy eating with "Veggie People."

Opening day will also include live music from Fat Face Band. Fat Face is a trio that blends styles and sounds from New Orleans, traditional Americana, alongside jazz standards, original compositions and avant-garde.

The market that began with a small group of farmers selling out of the beds of pickup trucks has now become the informal town square of Boone, which is home to shoppers seeking fresh local goods and growers who embrace the chance to share abundance with the High Country.

Up to 75 vendors offer quality local products in one of the largest and liveliest markets in Western North Carolina, according to Watauga County Farmers' Market.

Area growers and producers have plenty to offer this summer, including tomatoes, squashes, cucumbers, greens, apples, honey, peppers and much more. You'll also find locally raised, grass-fed beef, chicken and pork; pastas, pastries and bread; jams, jellies, eggs and cheeses; fresh-cut and dried flowers; and arts and crafts from local artisans.

The Watauga County Farmers' Market is open on Saturdays through October from 8 a.m. to noon and then Saturdays through November 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Horn in the West in Boone.

Cash, debit cards and EBT cards are accepted. For more information, visit or call (828) 355-4918.