Wintertide Holiday Treasures Market and Open House!

Wintertide Holiday Treasures Market and Open House

Friday, November 30th 12-6

Saturday, December 1st, 10-5

Kick off the holiday shopping season right by stopping by The Highland Center for the Holiday Treasures Market and Open House. Plenty of gifts, good food, good friends, and fellowship.

Blue Roof Caterers will be holding their Open House in the cafeteria, which will feature their always tasty assortment of food and goodies.

Center Studio Artists and Tenants will also have their rooms open for viewing.

  Scheduled vendors include:

Lee MitchellWoodworking crafts

– Diamond Triple C Ranch  – alpaca wool and wool products

– Donnie Massie – handcrafted log cabin style lamps and crafts

Karen Botkin – snowmen, knit and crocheted items, baby afghans, ornaments

Especially For You (Donna Gardner) – Custom made jewlery and Christmas ornaments

– Tye River Rustic – Rustic furniture, gourds and natural crafts

– Thorny Bottom Bees (Nicole Balenger) Honey – liquid and comb

– Healing Farm – UDSA inspected beef – premium cuts and ground beef

– Deboe HandCrafted Jewelry – Hand crafted jewelry

Mountain Pastures – Homemade lotion and lip balm

Back Creek FarmMaple gift baskets

* Vendors and products subject to change* 

Happy Holidays from Everyone at The Highland Farmers’ Market and The Highland Center!

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Highland Center hosts state & federal leaders

The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) has been a steadfast supporter of projects in Highland County.  The agency, which promotes community and economic development in 13 Appalachian states, helped the Center start its farmers’ market and business incubation program.  Their Asset Based Development Initiative enabled a feasibility study for a local slaughter facility to be conducted, which led to the establishment of Allegheny Meats.  They have also lent their support to Highland Public Schools to increase energy efficiency through window upgrades.

That is why The Highland Center was especially honored to host the head of the ARC, federal co-chair Earl Gohl and his chief of staff Guy Land, last Friday, October 26.  The two toured Alleghany Meats and The Highland Center, and were treated to a lunch of local beef and lamb prepared by Allegheny Mountain School fellow Sarah Collins.  Mr. Gohl expressed his excitement to see the community’s overwhelming investment in local food projects stemming from what they considered to be ARC’s modest seed funding.

Mr. Gohl’s visit came one day after whirlwind tour of Alleghany Meats, The Highland Center and the Allegheny Mountain School by Stephen Versen of the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Chris Cook of the Virginia Foundation for Agriculture, Innovation and Rural Sustainability (FAIRS).  FAIRS was instrumental in developing Alleghany Meats, providing funds for architectural blue prints and the formation of a legal entity.

Mr. Versen shared with the AMS fellows the variety of grants and resources available to beginning farmers and ag-entrepreneurs.  He also expressed his appreciation for the local meal provided by the fellows.  “For someone who judges his self-worth in part by the quality of his workweek lunches, it was especially gratifying to not just be served a delicious, home-cooked meal, but to be able to enjoy that meal with the people who actually grew the food,” Versen said.

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Hands and Harvest Happenings at The Highland Center!

 

Hands and Harvest Happenings -Fall weather is once again upon us, and that means it’s time for the Hands and Harvest Festival, and a full slate of activities at The Highland Center!

October 5-7

Farmers’ Market at the Pavilion

Fri. 12-5, Sat. 9-5, Sun. 11-5

Local meat and seasonal produce, baked goods, pumpkins, gourds, woodwork, jewelry, crafts, and more!

Inside the Center 

Fri. 10-5, Sat. 9-5, Sun. 11-5

  • SPCA Annual Sweater Sale
  • Artists’ Studios, Visitor Center

Scheduled vendors include: 

– Lee Mitchell –  seasonal produce, woodcrafts

– Bruce Folks – Maple Syrup, fudge, baked goods, seasonal produce, mums, pumpkins, gourds

– Church Hill Produce (Friday and Saturday) – Seasonal produce. pumpkins and gourds

– Mountain Pastures (Friday) – Homemade lotion and lip balm

– Sarah Ricketts (Friday) – Cupcakes, baked goods, flowers, eggs

– Riven Rock Farm – USDA inspected grass finished beef – premium cuts and ground beef, eggs, honey

– Thorny Bottom Bees ( Friday and Saturday) – Honey – liquid and comb

 – Especially For You (Donna Gardner)  Custom made jewelery and ornaments

– Diamond Triple C Ranch (Sunday) – alpaca wool and wool products – live alpacas!

– Blue Roof Caterers  Jams and jellies

 – Mountain Oasis (Saturday) – Homemade bread, desserts and baked goods

– Artisan World Crafts – (Saturday and Sunday) – handmade crafts and jewelery made with items from around the world

– Summer Cohen – Baked goods and crafts

– Susan Glendinning (Saturday and Sunday) – dried flower arrangements, seasonal produce, pumpkins, gourds

– Walter Davis (Saturday) – birdhouses and woodcrafts

– Love Light’s Jewelery Design – hand beaded jewelry, crystal and czech glass beads, rings, bracelets, earrings

– Ginseng Mountain Store – Jerry’s Grilling Marinade

– Virginia Trout Company – Allegheny mountain trout fillets

*Vendors and products subject to change*

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Highland Farmers’ Market – Customer Appreciation Day!

It’s been an incredible year at the Market, and we want to say thanks to you, our loyal customers! So stop by for free ice cream, while it lasts, and shop for the finest in local meat, produce, baked goods, flowers and more!

Don’t miss the baking demo and samples from the Allegheny Mountain School Fellows!

Friday, September 28th, from 3:30 – 6:00

under The Highland Center Pavilion!

Visit the Farmers’ Market webpage for more information

and a full summer schedule.

Scheduled vendors include:

– Lee Mitchell – Eggs, green beans, lima beans, lamb cuts, wood crafts

Bruce Folks – Maple Syrup, fudge, baked goods, beets, cabbage, squash, beans, peppers, eggplant, corn, tomatos, zinnias, dahlias, and gladiolas, mums, pumpkins, gourds

– Church Hill Produce  -Melons, cucumbers, red & yellow tomatoes, heirloom tomatoes, green beans, onions, potatoes – red, white, cherry tomatoes, yellow and butternut squash, zuchhini, eggplant, sweet potatos, cabbage, cauliflower, peas, pumpkins and gourds

– Mountain Pastures – Homemade lotion and lip balm

– Healing Farm – UDSA inspected beef – premium cuts and ground beef

– Riven Rock Farm – USDA inspected grass finished beef – premium cuts and ground beef, eggs, honey

– Thorny Bottom Bees (Nicole Balenger) – Honey – liquid and comb

– Virginia Trout Company – Allegheny mountain trout fillets

– Puff’s Maple Pit Cooked BBQ – Pork BBQ – sandwiches and containers and dinners, sausage, baked goods, milkshakes, hand-dipped ice cream

* Vendors and products subject to change*

 

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The Highland Famers’ Market – Children’s Day!

 

  

Bring the kids out to see where their food comes from, as well as enjoy fun, giveaways, toys and games – including Cornhole! – as you shop for the finest in local meat, produce, flowers and more!

 

Special performance by Highland Strings, from 4:00 – 5:30!

   

  Friday, September 21st, 3:30 to 6 pm under The Highland Center Pavilion  

 

 

Visit the Farmers’ Market webpage for more information

and a full summer schedule.

 

Scheduled vendors include: 

 

– Lee Mitchell – Eggs, lettuce, green beans, lima beans, lamb cuts, wood crafts

     

 Bruce Folks – Maple Syrup, fudge, baked goods, beets, cabbage, squash, beans, peppers, eggplant, corn, tomatos, zinnias, dahlias, and gladiolas, mums, pumpkins, gourds

 – Church Hill Produce  -Melons, cucumbers, red & yellow tomatoes, heirloom tomatoes, green beans, onions, potatoes – red, white, cherry tomatoes, yellow and butternut squash, zuchhini, eggplant, sweet potatos, cabbage, cauliflower, peas, pumpkins and gourds

– Sarah Ricketts – Cupcakes, baked goods, flowers, eggs 

– Mountain Pastures – Homemade lotion and lip balm

– Healing Farm – UDSA inspected beef – premium cuts and ground beef 

 

– Riven Rock Farm – USDA inspected grass finished beef – premium cuts and ground beef, eggs, honey        

– Thorny Bottom Bees (Nicole Balenger) – Honey – liquid and comb  

– Virginia Trout Company – Allegheny mountaintrout fillets

 

– Puff’s Maple Pit Cooked BBQ – Pork BBQ – sandwiches and containers and dinners, sausage, baked goods, milkshakes, hand-dipped ice cream, blueberries

      

 

       * Vendors and products subject to change*

 

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Highland Farmers’ Market – Gifts from the Mountains!

 

Gifts from the Mountains

 A special craft market featuring artisans and artists from the area, in addition to the finest in local meat, produce, baked goods, flowers and more always found at the market!

  Friday, September 14th, 3:30 to 6 pm under The Highland Center Pavilion

Visit the Farmers’ Market webpage for more information

and a full summer schedule.

Scheduled vendors include:

– Lee Mitchell – Eggs, lettuce, green beans, lima beans, lamb cuts, wood crafts

Bruce Folks – Maple Syrup, fudge, baked goods, beets, cabbage, squash, beans, peppers, eggplant, corn, tomatos, zinnias, dahlias, and gladiolas

– Church Hill Produce  -Corn, melons, cucumbers, red & yellow tomatoes, heirloom tomatoes, green and lima beans, onions, potatoes – red, white, cherry tomatoes, yellow and butternut squash, zuchhini, eggplant, sweet potatos flowers, lettuce, cabbage, cauliflower

– Sarah Ricketts – Cupcakes, baked goods, flowers, eggs

– Mountain Pastures – Homemade lotion and lip balm

– Healing Farm – UDSA inspected beef – premium cuts and ground beef

– Riven Rock Farm – USDA inspected grass finished beef – premium cuts and ground beef, eggs, honey

– Highland Center Studios – Small paintings and cards

– Love Light’s Jewelery Design – hand beaded jewelry, crystal and czech glass beads, rings, bracelets, earrings

– Gerry Mosier – quilts and quilted items, handmade soap and salves, table runners, potato bags, and various other quilted stuffs

– Virginia Trout Company – Allegheny mountain trout fillets

– Puff’s Maple Pit Cooked BBQ – Pork BBQ – sandwiches and containers and dinners, sausage, baked goods, milkshakes, hand-dipped ice cream, blueberries

* Vendors and products subject to change*

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And the winner is……..

The inaugural Highland Lamb Cook-Off was a rousing success! All the entries were delicious, and well received by the crowd!

The voting results proved what the pundits always say…every vote counts…the contest was decided by a single vote!

And the winner  is….

Chef Lisa Jamison, of The Highland Inn, with her Honey Balsamic Lamb Chops!

Thanks to all the “judges” who took part in voting, and to all the entrants!:

Adrienne Fuller – Greek Meatball Sandwich

Betty Mitchell – Babooti

Josh Simmons/Sarah Collins – Lamb Sausage Gravy and Biscuits

Michelle Smith – Michelle’s Rosemary Pesto-Crusted Lamb Steak

Look for Lisa’s winning recipe in the Highland Farmers’ Market e-newsletter this week – and contact farmersmarket@htcnet.org for any of the other recipes!

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Highland Farmers’ Market – Neighbors Helping Neighbors!

Neighbors Helping Neighbors!

In these hard economic times, people need to take care of those less fortunate, and our area has always been a model for that caring and compassionate behavior. In that spirit , the Highland Farmers’ Market will hold its fourth Neighbors Helping Neighbors Day .

Donations of canned and non-perishable food and household items can be dropped off while you shop for the finest in local meat, produce, baked goods, flowers and more.

  Friday, August 31st, 3:30 to 6 pm under The Highland Center Pavilion

Visit the Farmers’ Market webpage for more information

and a full summer schedule.

Scheduled vendors include:

– Lee Mitchell – Eggs, lettuce, squash, onions, cabbage, green beans, lamb cuts

Bruce Folks – Maple Syrup, fudge, baked goods, beets, cabbage, squash, beans, peppers, eggplant, corn, tomatos, zinnias, dahlias, and gladiolas

– Church Hill Produce  -Corn, melons, cucumbers, red & yellow tomatoes, heirloom tomatoes, green and lima beans, onions, potatoes – red, white, cherry tomatoes, yellow and butternut squash, zuchhini, eggplant, sweet potatos flowers, lettuce, cabbage, cauliflower

– Sarah Ricketts – Cupcakes, baked goods, flowers, eggs

– Mountain Pastures – Homemade lotion and lip balm

– Healing Farm – UDSA inspected beef – premium cuts and ground beef

– Riven Rock Farm – USDA inspected grass finished beef – premium cuts and ground beef, eggs, honey

– Fenton Terembes – potatos, peppers, tomatos

– Virginia Trout Company – Allegheny mountain trout fillets

– Puff’s Maple Pit Cooked BBQ – Pork BBQ – sandwiches and containers and dinners, sausage, baked goods, milkshakes, hand-dipped ice cream, blueberries

* Vendors and products subject to change*

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Highland Farmers’ Market – Healthy Lifestyles!

Healthy Lifestyles!

Everybody knows the local meat, produce, and baked goods found at the Market are healthy for you – but what about when the Market isn’t open?

Learn more about preserving your harvest at the Allegheny Mountain School demo – then shop for all the good healthy products found right here, and do the preserving yourself!

  Friday, August 24th, 3:30 to 6 pm under The Highland Center Pavilion!

Visit the Farmers’ Market webpage for more information

and a full summer schedule.

Scheduled vendors include:

– Lee Mitchell – Eggs, lettuce, squash, onions, cabbage, green beans, lamb cuts

Bruce Folks – Maple Syrup, fudge, baked goods, beets, cabbage, squash, beans, peppers, eggplant, corn tomatos, zinnias, dahlias, and gladiolas

– Church Hill Produce  -Corn, melons, cucumbers, red & yellow tomatoes, heirloom tomatoes, green and lima beans, onions, potatoes – red, white, yellow, cherry tomatoes, yellow and butternut squash, zuchhini, eggplant, flowers, lettuce, cabbage, cauliflower

– Sarah Ricketts – Cupcakes, baked goods, flowers, eggs

– Mountain Pastures – Homemade lotion and lip balm

Ginseng Moutain Farm -USDA inspected grass finished beef (premium cuts and ground beef) and lamb, Jerry’s Grilling marinade, sheepskins

– Healing Farm – UDSA inspected beef – premium cuts and ground beef

– Riven Rock Farm – USDA inspected grass finished beef – premium cuts and ground beef, eggs, honey

– Summer Cohen – Baked goods and jam

– Fenton Terembes –  potatos, tomatos, and peppers

– Virginia Trout Company – Allegheny mountain trout fillets

– Puff’s Maple Pit Cooked BBQ – Pork BBQ – sandwiches and containers and dinners, sausage, baked goods, milkshakes, hand-dipped ice cream, blueberries

* Vendors and products subject to change*

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The Highland Farmers’ Market – Taste of Highland!

Taste of Highland!

It’s time for the Third Annual Taste of Highland Picnic on Friday, August 17th at The Highland Center Pavilion.

The farmers’ market begins at 3:30, with the finest in local meat, produce, baked goods, flowers and more always found there.

The picnic, featuring a fantastic meal made with all these ingredients, starts at 5:30

Come out, relax, meet friends and enjoy the taste of the season with fresh local foods and wonderful live music from Chelsea McBee and The Random Assortment.

To get your ticket, for more information contact The Highland Center at (540) 468-1922 or fill out a registration form available on our website, www.thehighlandcenter.org.

  Friday, August 17th, 3:30 to 6 pm under The Highland Center Pavilion

Visit the Farmers’ Market webpage for more information and a full summer schedule.

Scheduled vendors include:

– Lee Mitchell – Eggs, lettuce, squash, onions, cabbage, green beans, lamb cuts

Bruce Folks – Maple Syrup, fudge, baked goods, beets, cabbage, squash, beans, peppers, eggplant, corn, tomatos, zinnias, dahlias, and gladiolas

– Church Hill Produce  -Corn, melons, cucumbers, red & yellow tomatoes, heirloom tomatoes, green and lima beans, onions, potatoes – red, white, yellow, cherry tomatoes, yellow and butternut squash, zuchhini, eggplant, flowers, lettuce, cabbage, cauliflower

– Mountain Pastures – Homemade lotion and lip balm

– Healing Farm – UDSA inspected beef – premium cuts and ground beef

– Sarah Ricketts – Cupcakes, baked goods, flowers, eggs

– Summer Cohen – Baked goods and jam

– Highland Center Studios – Small paintings and cards

John Bruce – potatos

– Virginia Trout Company – Allegheny mountain trout fillets

– Puff’s Maple Pit Cooked BBQ – Pork BBQ – sandwiches and containers and dinners, sausage, baked goods, milkshakes, hand-dipped ice cream, blueberries

* Vendors and products subject to change*

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