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This Saturday: Kick Off An Eclipse Weekend At Farmers' Market


Last updated 8/16/2017 at 9pm

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PARI will be a focal point for observing Monday's eclipse. Representatives of PARI will be at the local Farmers' Market Saturday.

The total eclipse is coming on Monday, Aug. 21, so kick off a long weekend of eclipse-related activities at Saturday's Transylvania Farmers' Market. The market is located at the corner of Jordan and Johnson streets, just off Main Street, and will be open from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday.

The farmers' market is excited to host PARI (Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute), which will have a booth at Saturday's market. PARI will be on hand to educate and inform about this total solar eclipse, already being called the biggest and best in American history by some, which will cross the continental U.S. on Aug. 21. It will be the first total solar eclipse seen in the continental U.S. in 38 years, and the first to sweep across the entire country in 99 years.

With a rich heritage rooted in the nation's space program, PARI was established in 1998 to become a recognized center for world-class research while providing STEM educational opportunities for all levels of students: K-12, undergraduate, graduate and post-doctoral. PARI's mission is to promote science and excite the imagination, to become a place where researchers can try unconventional ideas, where pure research combines with practical application and where people can begin their education and be inspired to continue.

Visit the farmers' market this Saturday to have PARI answer your questions about the eclipse, and they will have eclipse glasses for sale as well.

Children of all ages can stop by the Kids Corner (located next to the Market Information Booth) to create an eclipse craft and participate in an eclipse-themed scavenger hunt.

While at the market, enjoy live music beginning at 9 a.m. by Chicken-Fried Possum, made up of local favorites Bradford Carson and John Rollins. Carson brings a passion for music and a wide range of styles to the Transylvania music scene. A performer and recording artist, he can often be found joining other local country, old time and bluegrass musicians at events around the county.

Bradford also teaches and hosts the A.M. radio show "Local Flair" on White Squirrel Radio. This Saturday, he will be teaming up with Rollins, a singer and guitar player who also shares his talents with many folk, Americana and Celtic bands and jams in the community.

Vendors will also keep you busy with summer produce: peaches, blackberries and blueberries, apples, tomatoes, sweet corn, okra, peppers, cucumbers, squash, melons and so much more.

Many vendors have created one-of-a-kind eclipse items too. Stop by Tastebud Temptations to check out the eclipse cookies. Pick up a beautifully designed eclipse magnet and ornament from Shelly's Laser Art to commemorate the event.

Tree's Art will have lovely eclipse necklaces, and River Bottom Bounty Crafts will have handcrafted signs to mark the occasion. Expect additional options from our creative vendors – all items locally made and produced.

With a focus on the bounty that this area has to offer, the market has more than 60 vendors offering fresh, locally-grown produce, meat, eggs, honey, cheeses, mustard and vinegars, mushrooms, plants, herbs, cut flowers, baked goods, jams and jellies, pickles and fermented veggies, breakfast items, coffee, prepared foods, and a variety of handcrafted and artisan items from local producers. Throughout the season, the market hosts weekly music and events.

The Transylvania Farmers' Market is open on Saturdays through Dec. 24 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Winter Market runs from late December through April from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Visit the website at


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