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Farmers' market opens for new season

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Vendors Renee Brooks, left, and Joe Clayton discuss music and mandolins during Saturday's market. Brooks is one-half of the duo known as the Quilt Square Girls, along with Syndi Brooks. Clayton and his wife, Beverly, sell a variety of crafts and creations through their booth, Joe's Jamming Woodworks.

Originally published: Apr. 18, 2013
Last modified: Apr. 18, 2013

Heather Samudio

The Back Street of West Jefferson was buzzing with activity on Saturday during opening day for the Ashe County Farmers’ Market.

More than 30 vendors were set up to sell their handmade and homegrown items by 8 a.m.

“After the wind calmed down, we had a good day and a nice turnout for the opening day,” said Market Manager John Smyre.

Vendors took time to interact with market visitors, answer questions about their items and get to know other vendors.

Vendor and craftsman Joe Clayton of Joe’s Jamming Woodworks said he felt like the market had a good crowd for the opening day.

Items ranged from nursery items and plants to homemade foods, barn quilts; and those who ventured out for the season-opener could find other handmade crafts, all from Ashe County, at the market.

Smyre said they have several events planned for the year, including a Fishing Expo, Fiber Day, meat grilling demo, vegetable grilling demo, a barbecue plate luncheon and the annual children’s Halloween celebration.

The next event will be a fishing expo, planned for May 18, featuring fly fishing and tying demonstrations and a trout grilling demonstration.

Contests will also be held throughout the year, giving individuals a chance to compete with others to see who has the best berry pie, salsa, apple pie and cobbler.

The Berry Pie Contest Day will be the first contest of the season on Saturday, July 20.

The market will be open from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. each Saturday until October. The Wednesday market will begin June 5 and run through September with the same hours as the Saturday market.

Updates and changes regarding the market can be found online at ashefarmersmarket.com.

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