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Star Valley rocks!

Fresh Kale–YAY!  Singin’ the Blues blueberry sugar-free Granola–O yeah! Green-tomato Salsa–Superduper good…

Fresh braided bread, Caramel-infused Cupcakes, Servicberry Burgundy Jam–anyone hungry yet??

The elegance of the earth’s own rocks turned to jewelry; the playfulness of Rocky Mountain wildlife sketched to life on notecards–

Calla lillies, basil, tomatoes (already?) herbal remedies, sizzling cheeseburgers or caesar salad and bell pepper pasta for dinner on a picnic table while original music is shared generously from the gazebo stage. Don’t you wish you could be here?

Thursdays, 5-7, Alpine–where you can travel 3 different rivers to arrive at our shady green commons. Ahhhhh.

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and the starting bell rings…

YES!  Broad smiles and lotsa hugs on the menu as the Jackson Hole Farmers Market got under way on Saturday. We made a new friend at the booth to our left, received a blanket back from a former booth-neighbor who’d been waiting to see us since last fall, traded for raspberries with our old friend Sloan on our right….Ann and Pete Sibley, long-time supporters of farming and farmers, crooned out their now nationally-famous sound at their hometown square and were joined at the mic by their 3 year old daughter for a crowd-pleasing rendition of a blue-grass traditional. It really is a community within a community, and Jackson turns out a lot of regulars eager for their first fresh veggies of the season, and of course, to check out Corrie’s latest artisan jams and sauces. The newest is a roasted garlic jelly (in light roast or dark roast) just fabulous with all kinds of meats. And with the early summer, our garlic scapes are ready too, for anyone who wants the fresh version of garlic in their rice or pasta or salads.

Thursday starts the season in Alpine too, so get your big shopping bags ready for our Star Valley Market: Food, fun, music and craftwork of many kinds. To see what vendors are bringing, check out the Vendors section of our market website at www.starvalleyfarmersmarket.org.

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MARKET 2012

Be there! Starting July 12th in Alpine’s Marge Grover Memorial Park.

Lotsa Fun for Everyone–

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Rainy Days on Fridays…

Saskatoon in Bloom

Ahhh–the sound of rain, the smell of softened dirt. Green things gulping in the freshet. Spring claims her space back from a too-early summer, and i have my incentive to get back on the blog. For all of you who have been asking–YES!  The Star Valley Farmers Market will return to Alpine’s Marge Grover Memorial Park  again this year, keeping our Thursday night tradition, 5-7 pm. The team is planning on new ways to involve more of the community in all the fun, incorporating Arts Walks and Cooking Contests and other exciting additions. We love our evenings with friends old and new, tapping our toes to the beat of whatever drummer has chosen to share the groove that day. We get started July 19th, and will run through all of September. If you have questions or want to find a way to be part of the excitement, selling or performing or exploring the better way of local business and entrepreneurship by helping with market organizational tasks, contact Phyllis, our market manager, at phdugan@silverstar.com.

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YES–we can ship to you!

So many friends across the country have asked us to send them a taste of Wyoming. And though jars of jam don’t work so well, we have to say the GARLIC ships like a charm.
You can choose from our classic German Xtra Hardy–great for roasting whole cloves–to the heirloom Italian–a quirky softneck with a kick–or the gorgeous Italian red. All of them go for $10/pound, and will hold their freshness all winter if kept cool, dark and dry. Give a call at 307-248-3339 or drop a note here if you’re interested.
Delicious!

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CELEBRATE!

Time to honor everyone’s dreams and vision at our annual end-of-season potluck. Join us October 13th (check SVFM Facebook or website pages for the location, in case i don’t get it up here).

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Feel the Rhythm–

The planet is spinning into autumn, bringing the final Farmers Markets of the season. It’s the world beat we know well, each year a song unto itself.

And at the Star Valley Farmers Market, each time we gather we revel in the songs our community brings. Thursday night we boogeyed out with John Morgan’s ‘As Yet Unnamed Blues Band’, where he was joined by the inimitable sax of market regular Alan Goodman and two new recruits to the ‘Locals’ cause. Tomorrow, for the very last market of 2011, the renowned Star Valley High School Bluegrass Band will grace the grass at the Alpine community park where we’ll be set up among our friends. We’ll share the garlic that grows so well in the Rocky Mountain rocks, and demonstrate how a little magic can turn the delicious fruits thriving all around us into a winter’s supply of jams, jellies and sauces.

Jewel Jam

Crabapples have emerged as the new jewel of the week–come try it out!

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Meet Ya at the Market

Corrie and her Craft

It’s all about friends and neighbors, sharing their optimism, their insights, their ideas and secrets, and yes, the products of their passions, be it the craft of creative jam flavors, mysteriously-shaped kohlrabi, sourdough biscuits or freshly-concocted supper options. And this week, the Valley Cats are back with their passion for danceable–and singable–swing tunes. Come celebrate everyone!

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Star Valley Ranch Silo

Ah–thanks to all the volunteers who put together the first Craft Fair of the season. We just found out about it in time to have a fresh batch of pepper jelly ready for the eager crowd, and ooo-yeah, the Serviceberry-Burgundy has begun!

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It’s a Spice, a Vegetable, a Root, a Health Supplement

Garlic

The big moment is here–GARLIC HARVEST is in! Are these not beautiful?? And with over 1000 bulbs hanging safely in their drying sheds, surely some have your family’s name on them. Stored in a cool, dry and dark place at your home, they will last all winter, so get your supply before the market season finishes up.

AND our faithful customers have been patiently awaiting the next batch of nanking cherry jams. The good news is: we collected over 20 pounds from our queenly bushes over the weekend, and they are turning into jam as this post is being typed. Can you say YUM!?               We will see y’all on Thursday in Alpine. Lookin’ forward to it–

Nanking cherries

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