The Highlands Farmers Market reopened for its second season Saturday, June 2nd, on the grounds of Highlands School. Once again, with the careful planning of Andrea Gabbard, the hospitality of Highlands School principal Brian Jetter, and the participation of vendors from every walk of life, this special showcase of handmade and homegrown goods has been a resounding success. The Market is a showcase of a wide variety of organic and just picked-from-the-garden fruits and vegetables, fresh-baked breads and treats, and other homemade, homegrown and handmade items. Highlands Farmers Market has one goal in mind – bringing fresh, local produce and goods from around the area to the people of Highlands. Last year, the market offered all kinds of produce, breads, cakes, jams and jellies, flowers, soaps, candles and more. This year, many of those same vendors – and more – have come together to establish a new Highlands Saturday morning tradition. Since its opening, Highlands Farmers Market has seen over 1,000 attendees. Many are customers from last season who have brought their friends for this season, and many have come to see it for the first time. And because of that demand that quickly grew in 2011, the Market is now going to be a seasonal staple for the people in and around Highlands, as it will be held every Saturday from 8:00 a.m. – noon, continuing through October – rain or shine – at Highlands School. Come out and visit with old friends and make new friends while finding fresh foods for your table or other goods for your body, soul and home. In addition, if you grow or create something you want to share with others, the Highlands Farmers Market is looking for you – come be a part of this local showcase of both individual and generations of talent. Booth spaces may be rented for $10 per space per Market. If you are holding a fundraiser in your space, the rental is free.
Directions: From the intersection of Fourth and Main, turn onto Main Street, drive past The Old Edwards Inn toward the Presbyterian church. Turn right at the light at the Presbyterian Church (5th Street). Follow 5th street over the hill to The Highlands School on your right (545 Pierson Drive).
For more information on the Highlands Farmers Market, or if you would like to become a vendor, please contact Andrea Gabbard (828) 526-4858.
Contributed by Krysti Rogers