Harvest Fest: Clemmons Farmers Market wraps up season in true fall fashion

Published 12:10 am Thursday, October 12, 2023

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CLEMMONS — All good things must come to an end.

The Clemmons Farmers Market season wrapped up on Saturday with a last hoorah Harvest Fest celebration at the Jerry Long YMCA.

For many of the frequent flyers, a cool fall morning provided a great opportunity for one last visit to their favorite vendors.

“We like to come out to see because it’s a great way to support local growers and local businesses and get fresh vegetables and produce,” Rachel Thomas said. “When Clemmons does an event, it’s really nice to be a part of it.”

Rachel was at the farmers market with her husband, Hunter, and their children, Mac and Evelyn.

For Hunter, a stop at Sheraton Park Farms’ booth is a must.

“Sheraton has some of the best meat I have cooked,” Hunter said. “They have some Texas-style brisket. It’s just the best meat around.”

The couple also likes to stock up on eggs from Mousavi Farms. For the little ones, the excitement came from the petting zoo.

“Mac loves the petting zoo,” Rachel said. “He liked the snake and the lizard.”

The Thomas’s weren’t the only ones enjoying the petting zoo.

Donna Bridges and her children, Emily and Luke, took advantage of the opportunity to interact with the animals in the enclosure.

Emily said she liked all the animals except the snake, adding that the rabbit and the guinea pig were probably her favorite. For Emily, who has a cat at home, the petting zoo was a great way to experience other kinds of animals.

The Bridges picked up some flowers and stopped by their favorite bakery spot, Early Riser Foods, for breakfast snacks.

Liz Croskery runs Early Riser Foods, and farmers markets are her bread and butter.

“I’m here every Saturday during the season, and I do a few other farmers markets,” Croskery said. “I go to Bermuda Run on Fridays and Mocksville on Wednesdays, and a few times a month do market in Advance and then one at Smith Grove.”

However, Croskery’s farmers market options are running out.

“Next week is the last farmers market in Bermuda Run, and Mocksville has a couple more weeks before it wraps up for the season,” Croskery said.

With the market season winding down, she plans to take advantage of a few pop-up markets and other small business collaborations.

“I’ll be doing some holiday events between now and Christmas,” Croskery said. “We’ll post on social media as we have them and will hopefully be collaborating with some vendors here.”

Holiday shoppers won’t want to miss out.

“I do a lot of soft caramels around the holidays,” Croskery said. “They started out as a gift that my mother-in-law would make for her neighbors, so I learned it from her to give to my neighbors, and now I do that, too.”

Clemmons Event Coordinator Lynette Fox called the turnout for the last day amazing.

“We had more people come through and shop than ever before, and we just continue to grow and get even better over time,” Fox said in an email on Monday.

There will be a Holiday Pop-Up Market on Sunday, Nov. 19, from 2-5 p.m. at the Jerry Long YMCA, located at 1150 South Peace Haven Road in Clemmons.