By Benjamin Cohn
Woodfin – Area residents in search of locally-grown produce no longer need to make the trek out to Asheville, thanks to the Blue Ridge Market, formerly Farside Farms, on Merrimin Ave.
“We bought the store in April,” said Brian Rodriguez, one of two owners of the produce market. “We’ve been trying really hard to get more local produce.”
Rodriguez describes the business, co-owned with Andy Ray, as something of a pit-stop between the Woodfin area and the larger, formal farmer’s market in West Asheville.
According to Rodriguez, the store has “definitely been utilizing the farmer’s market a lot more. We’ve been trying to establish relationships with a lot of folks down there to get local produce.”
“All of this is from Henderson County,” Rodriguez said, motioning toward much of the produce. “We’ve been getting local greasies from neighboring towns like Barnardsville.”
Those without green thumbs will recognize “greasy beans” as essentially a standard green bean. “Greasy beans are like a green bean,” Rodriguez explained, except “they’re shinier.”
According to staff, “local microgreen producers” occasionally come through the store to sell their crops. Other local products offered by the small food market include Mills River Creamery, according to Rodriguez.
Milk sold at the store comes from “local cows. It’s a huge farm out in that area.”
Rodriguez commented on the business history.
“This whole place used to be Farside Farms, but they sold the place to me and Andy. We still carry a lot of their products, especially eggs.”
True to his word, much of the refrigerated milk and eggs on offer do come from Farside Farms. The store is open from ten to six Monday through Friday, ten to five on Saturday and closed Sunday.