Obviously, the Catawba Valley Farmers Market would not exist without our wonderful vendors.
These folks work very hard throughout the year to provide their wares to the public.
It goes without saying that we appreciate each and every one of the folks that participate
in our effort to bring fresh, nutritious food to our market.
If you would like to receive an application to become a vendor at our market, CLICK HERE.
Frank & Pam Garman
In continuing with family tradition,
Frank and Pam Garman have acquired the Walnut Hill Farm business from Frank's parents,
Frankie & Louise Garman.
They raise healthy grass-fed Angus cattle that are antibiotic free. Their beef products are processed under USDA inspection and the meat
is vacuum packed before being frozen.
The beef is sold as steaks, roasts, London broil and ground beef. The Garmans also sell Apple-Wood Smoked bacon, mild pork sausage,
as well as country ham slices.
As Catawba Valley natives, Frank and Pam are willing to share their knowledge of Catawba history. Feel free to reach out to Pam
with questions about their meats,
cooking suggestions and recipes.
Steve & Pam Hall
Steve and Pam live within a mile of the Farmers Market, so their produce truly is local!
It is also very fresh since most of it is pulled, picked or cut the morning of the Market.
Nothing excites Pam more than getting to
dig in the dirt. She loves to plant tiny seeds, watch them grow and then produce cucumbers, tomatoes, lettuce, or radishes.
Steve is the tractor operator, getting
the garden spaces ready for planting.
In addition to their produce, the Halls
also sell apples, peaches, pickles,
jams and granola.
Steve sometimes has his handmade
Rebecca is a native of Roanoke County and resides in Vinton. She was a Roanoke City Schools art teacher for 25 years & decided that she wanted to be an artist and have more control over her time. Rebecca makes and sells a variety of functional pottery, as well as some decorative items. Her wares include coffee cups (her most popular item), bowls, platters, butter dishes, butter bells (ask her about the history of these), buttons, roses, birds, hair pins & so much more.
Her products are microwave & dishwasher safe. Each piece is an original.
Rebecca frequently brings her potters wheel
to the farmers markets and works
on projects while there.
She's happy to answer questions about her craft.
Elliott & Laura Muncey
The Muncey's live in Fincastle.
Laura also teaches school and Elliott makes copper apple butter kettles and smaller items. The kettle corn is popped on-site
in a handcrafted copper kettle.
I've always enjoyed gardening and I've had some nice gardens with a variety of plants growing.
I've also researched other methods for growing such as Hydroponics, Aquaponics, Aeroponics.
Hydroponics was interesting but Aquaponics really caught my fascination and imagination.
I am a researcher, I love to learn.
As I studied and read, I stumbled across
this thing called Microgreens.
Initially, I wanted to try it just for a good source
of nutrition for my family and simply because
it sounded like fun.
I purchased some seeds and planted them following what I learned from my research. Success! I grew Sunflowers, Peas, Red Kale
and Green Kale. I was hooked.
The name "Opa's Microgreens" came about
simply by brainstorming different possibilities.
I settled on the name because it gives it a downhome sort of country feel
and I'm an Opa, which is german for grandfather.
Dean & Laura Bower
Hillside Plants & Produce
Dean & Laura and their son, Jeff, live just outside of Fincastle. They have been growing produce for many years. In addition to a wide variety of produce, the Bowers sell vegetable and flower plants, hanging baskets, pumpkins and mums. Their most popular items are tomatoes, green beans, corn and cucumbers. Dean and Laura state that providing local food and other products for the people dedicated to buying locally is the most positive aspect of their work.
Kristy & Lindsey Sowers
Rocky Ridge Farm - Flower Haven
Kristy Sowers and daughter Lindsey live in Roanoke County, where Lindsey grows flowers and plants. Kristy does the baking, providing their booth with a variety of home-baked cakes, cookies and candy.
Kristy will also be offering a variety of produce grown on their Rocky Ridge Farm, along with boxed selections of vegetables. Lindsey will continue selling cut flowers, vegetable and flower plants and hanging baskets.
Alice lives in the Catawba Valley with her husband, their flock of chickens and their dogs.
Alice brings baked goods to the Market – fruit pies, breads, cookies, cakes, and her most recent endeavor, fried pies, along with fresh eggs.
Alice uses her own fresh eggs in her baked goods. Much of the fruit comes from her own trees and the rest of the fruits are sourced locally. Alice is busy the day before and during the morning of Market day, preparing her pies, cakes, etc., so they are fresh for her customers.
Alice loves to sew, resulting in quilts, ladies handbags, face masks, table runners, potholders, microwave bowl holders, bibs for babies and adults, eyeglass, checkbook holders
and much more.
Meg lives in Salem.
In addition to Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies,
she sells baked-that-morning scones, fruit muffins, sourdough rolls and cornbread.
Meg uses local fruits whenever possible,
local cage-free eggs and real butter.
She uses handed-down and
community cookbook recipes.
Meg bakes special orders and delivers locally within 10 miles of Salem.
Another of Meg's specialties is locally grown catnip and catnip sock cat toys.