Just a 5 minute walk from The Oaks Victorian Inn check out Christiansburg’s new Farmers’ Market. May 7th was opening day and I got there around 4:30. The first thing I did was snag an everything bagel from Blacksburg Bagel. I walked, munched, shopped and talked for over an hour and would have been there longer if we weren’t expecting guests. It was a wonderful feeling of community with many friends and neighbors there, including our mayor.
Chat Noir Apothicaire had all sorts of creams, lotions, soaps and edible goodies made from lavender but the best was their lemon curd. It’s incredible. I served it with banana bread the following morning and our guests couldn’t get enough of it. I bought some dark chocolate peanut spread from Cavalier Farms. Think Nutella but 10 times better. They also had jams, jellies, meats, eggs, fruit and produce. I was hoping to get some fresh baked bread from Mockingbird Cafe & Bakery but was told that her baked goods were in such demand that she sold out by 4 o’clock.The NRV Master Gardeners were there giving away quite a variety of seed packets. Bird and Hopper Farm had fruits, vegetables, herbs, jams and jellies and The Highland Farm stand had asparagus, radishes, mizuna, mustard mix, kale mix (curly, lacinato, red russian), lettuce mix, spinach, salad mix, curly kale, spring onions, green garlic, and forest-raised pork.
West Farm joined the market the second week bringing bunches of fresh cut flowers and quarts of luscious red strawberries. I wish I bought more than just 1 quart because they made a great strawberry cream cheese cobbler that I served to guests during Virginia Tech’s graduation weekend. Look for the recipe in a future blog. The market hopes to grow each week as the season continues and there is talk of live music and craft vendors in the future. If you come to our door looking to book a room any Thursday now through October and can’t find me, you’ll know where I’ll be.