2016 events - it's going to be a great year at your market
Sat. June 18 - Honey Bee day at west rock farmers' market - free event
Jeremy Tyson, president of The Rockingham County Beekeeping Association, will be displaying honeybees and answering questions for those interested in Beekeeping. RCBA is a "friendly, thriving association of over 70 beekeepers living in Rockingham County, North Carolina. " Their interests are in learning about bees and beekeeping, helping others in the hobby, and producing good quality honey and beeswax. They invite you to attend one of their monthly meetings - usually the first Thursday in each month, with the exception of July. Meetings are usually held at 7 p.m. at the Rockingham County Cooperative Extension Service offices at 525 NC Highway 65, Reidsville, NC (former Wentworth School annex, actually located in Wentworth). Happy beekeeping!
Wed. June 22 - Healthy eating - Summer Salad - Free Event
Between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m, we will offer a Healthy Summer Salad demonstration and tasting on how to enjoy healthy fat (olive oil) and crispy fresh vegetables that will satisfy that rumbling tummy and make your heart happy! Almost any summer greens are delicious tossed together with olive oil, a dash of your favorite vinegar, and topped with tomatoes and just a touch of cheese, such as feta. A sprinkling of fresh herbs (like herb mixes prepared by Running Pine Farms) give summer salads a boost of flavor without added salt.
Sat. June 25 - healthy eating - home canning demo day - free event
Make your summer bounty last longer with home canning. Home Canning expert Rachelle Reynolds will hold a canning demo and will be answering canning questions. Home canning is so healthy in many ways: first, you don't have to worry about BPA found in many commercial canned foods such as tomatoes. Home canning also provides opportunity for preservative-free food. It is eco-friendly. The environmental impact is minimal when you can your own food. Home canning reduces the waste associated with pre-packed foods; and mason jars are reusable. If you can food from West Market Farmers Market, then you are assured that your food traveled no more than 70 miles to your table instead of thousands of miles. If all that isn't enough to inspire you, buying produce in season when it is cheap and plentiful for preserving can be an economical way to stock the pantry.
Sat. July 30th - Shiloh 4h day - free event
July 30 Shiloh 4H will be having a membership drive for children to sign up for 4H. They also will be showing their show goats and projects that they have been working on this year.
more events will be added soon!
Special events are made possible with funding from Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust and other support from Town of Mayodan, Running Pine Herb Farm, Rockingham County Beekeeping Association, Shiloh 4H, and NC Cooperative Extension.
Last year's events (2015)
summer fresh with deborah crumpton and running pine herb farm
Deborah Crumpton demonstrated how to make a fruit infused water that will cool your summer thirst, and a delightful mozzarella, tomato, and herb salad. About 25 people stopped by and tried the samples. Here's the recipe for Deborah's Fresh Tomato Summer Salad: variety of tomatoes, chopped; 1 block of mozzarella cheese, cut in small squares, handful of snipped fresh basil. Mix and set aside. Whisk together 3 tablespoons of olive oil and 3 tablespoons of white balsamic vinegar. Pour over tomato mix. Serve with crackers, tortillas or as a condiment on burgers. Enjoy!
"apple pie of my eye"
Homemade apple pies loaded with delicious fruit and cinnamon - both are good for balancing blood sugar levels. Apples are a good source of soluble fiber, and research has shown that soluble fiber helps reduce bad cholesterol. Pie went until we ran out! (Photo credit: Creative Commons, Dan Parsons)