YADKINVILLE — Things are in full swing at the Yadkin Farmers Market with fresh fruits and vegetables from area farmers.
“The blueberries are coming in strong, blackberries will be coming in strong the next couple of weeks, corn in the next week or two and before we know it, we’ll see some watermelons,” said vendor and Farmers Market President Glenda Edgell. “And green beans are coming in really good right now.”
Many shoppers at the market come in looking for certain things, Edgell said.
“People come specifically to say ‘you got any white half runners?,’” she said. “They really like the white half runners. It’s just what people are used to and they get used to that flavor and it’s what their mother, their grandmother canned so people are really enjoying coming and getting some of those.”
Heirloom tomatoes are another very popular item at the market and most vendors carry several different types. Pink German Johnsons, Pink Girls, Better Boys and Goliaths are just a few of the types that vendor Aileen Steelman offers.
“They like the heirlooms cause they’re thin-skinned and they’re really tasty,” Steelman said. “They look for the heirlooms as much as anything.” Steelman also said she carries some green tomatoes for people who want to fry them.
While a number of folks visit the farmers market for beans or tomatoes to can or cucumbers to preserve as pickles, Edgell said that the market also provides some great and easy meal ideas that don’t require a lot of time or even cooking at all.
“People don’t cook as much as they used to,” Edgell said. “I almost feel like people need to have their mind or their creativity jogged a little bit with things they can fix. You can come to market and you can just eat right off the table without having to cook a thing. I sell a lot of these little grape tomatoes for snacking. They’re wonderful. You’ve got your honey and your blueberries, really anything out here you wouldn’t have to cook to eat if you didn’t want to.”
Tomato sandwiches are another summer time favorite meal or snack, said both Edgell and Steelman, and the vendors at the market have plenty of stock on hand to satisfy this craving.
“There’s just nothing better than these [heirloom] tomatoes for tomato sandwiches,” said Edgell.
The Yadkin Farmers Market, located at 1141 Tennessee Road, is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 to 6:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon.
Kitsey E. Burns may be reached at 336-679-2341 or on Twitter @RippleReporterK.