Watauga Farmers' Market season ends, winter options available
by Anna Oakes
The Watauga County Farmers' Market held its final market of the season on Saturday, with the selection having dwindled to about a dozen vendors offering meats, apples, crafts, holiday wreaths and décor, honey and other products.
Instead of holding a couple of special holiday market days this year, the Watauga market extended its season -- which in the past ended in October -- through the final Saturday of November.
Those yearning for local food in the months until the market reopens next spring have a few options.
One is the High Country CSA's winter catalog program. Beginning the first week of December, the CSA will offer a selection of seasonal organic produce and locally produced items such as bread, cheese, honey and eggs.
A la carte orders and winter shares are available, and pickup takes place at the Agricultural Conference Center in Boone. For more information, email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call Elliot at (828) 238-6352.
Mountain Memories Farm is also offering winter deliveries of lamb, pork, beef, chicken and goat and vegetables, such as potatoes, kale, collards, turnips and radishes. Delivery takes place from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. each Thursday at the Horn in the West parking lot.
Bare Essentials Natural Market in Boone also carries a number of local food products.
To connect with other local growers and producers this winter season, check out the list of vendors at http://www.wataugacountyfarmersmarket.org or visit http://www.highcountrylocalfirst.org for a directory.