It’s finally here! Opening day for the Union County Farmers Market is this Saturday, June 2! Come on out from 7am to 1pm for the freshest foods that Blairsville-Union County has to offer. This market provides local farmers, both big and small, with a place to sell their goods and supports a sustainable regional food system that helps small family farms stay in business, protects land from development, and provides all of us with fresh, local food. Check out this great video about the Farmers Market and be sure to come on out to 148 Old Smokey Rd Saturdays from 7am to 1pm and Tuesdays from 2pm to 6pm for the finest home grown and handmade food and goods around!
We may be nearing the end of the season, but there are still a few weeks left to experience the Union County Farmers Market! Check out this awesome video about our fabulous Farmers Market:
Upcoming events at the Union County Farmers Market:
September 19th – Beans, Greens & Cornbread
September 23rd – Butternut Creek Vegetable contest
September 30th – Celebrate Youth & Agriculture
October 7th – Blue Ridge Sweetness
October 17th – Simply Soup Night
October 21st – Biscuits & Jam
October 28th – Pumpkin Carving Contest
This weekend, we are celebrating a truly historic and exciting time for our area, and nobody knows how to celebrate better than the fine folks of Blairsville-Union County! There are going to be activities all over the county to keep you and your family busy all weekend long. Here’s a quick rundown of just a few of the special events happening this weekend:
Friday, August 18
Start your day at the Union County Farmers Market for Trash & Treasures and end your evening by enjoying the old-time mountain music of Butternut Creek and Friends playing at 7pm at the Historic Courthouse on the Square. There is NO admission charge for this evening of old-time mountain music, Celtic and English folk songs, contemporary folk tunes, standards, and blues, but voluntary donations to the maintenance fund are always welcomed and appreciated.
Saturday, August 19
Fun continues Saturday morning at the Farmers Market with the Honey Bee Jubilee from 7am-1pm. Saturday evening there is an outdoor Corner Concert on the Square featuring the Tom Floyd Band.
Sunday, August 20th
A special Astronomy Night event will be held at the Union County Fine Arts Center at 3pm featuring junior Astronomer David Hearn. Mr. Hearn will be providing a well-rounded scientific overview to educate and prepare you for everything you will experience on Monday during the Eclipse. Admission is $3 per person or $1 with a Union County School ID. Tickets are available at the Blairsville-Union County Chamber of Commerce.
The Blairsville Eclipse Experience is presented by North Georgia Technical College – Blairsville Campus in partnership with the Blairsville-Union County Chamber of Commerce. To learn more about the eclipse and to locate viewing parties, please go to www.VisitBlairsvilleGA.com/solar-eclipse-1017 for up to date information.
‘Twas the month before Christmas, and all through the town
People were shopping and running around
The smart ones bought local, and others online
There were some amazing hot deals from the Chamber you see
Some are 50% off and some are Buy One, Get One Free!
Hometown Holiday Shopping is just before Thanksgiving
With 31 participating businesses, you’ll see how much you’re saving.
In early December there is a Stop and Shop at the Civic Center.
Get your coats and gloves out, because now it’s winter.
During that time, we are proud to say
The Kris Kringle Market will be under way.
From crafters and vendors and lots of live music,
enjoy a s’more, see Santa, it’s really therapeutic.
The Tour of Trees can be seen at the Union County Community Center
The doors are open 7 days a week so feel free to enter.
The Historical Courthouse has plenty to see
With an Open House, Christmas Parade and concerts for free!
Trees will be lit from Blairsville to Vogel
Christmas is simply a great time to be a Union County local.
Our favorite event of the year
is the Holly Jolly Christmas,
An event that is filled with cheer.
There will be games, refreshments and trees
but best of all is Mr. and Mrs. Claus
for all the big and little kids to see.
Festive and fun with savings galore
There’s even Caroling on the Square,
Blairsville-Union County has it all!
There is so much around you can’t even perceive it
Blairsville-Union County – Believe It!
Hometown Holiday Shopping – November 17th, 18th, & 19th
Three days of holiday shopping excitement and savings from your favorite Chamber member businesses! For more information, visit www.VisitBlairsvilleGa.com.
Tour of Trees – December 1-31, 9am-5pm, Union County Community Center
Over 30 beautifully decorated trees and wreaths by local businesses on display throughout the Union County Community Center.
Blairsville Stop and Shop – Friday December 2nd and Saturday December 3rd from 11am – 7pm at the Union County Civic Center.
There will be over 50 home-based business vendors there to cover all your shopping needs. SANTA CLAUS WILL BE THERE FRIDAY NIGHT FROM 5PM – 7PM. For more information, contact Sharon Penner at 770-789-2044.
Kris Kringle Market – Saturday, December 3rd from 10am-3pm at the Union County Farmers Market.
Enjoy a visit to the European Outdoor Holiday Market right here in the North Georgia Mountains! Music, Children’s Area, more than 60 Vendors with Produce, Crafts, Art, Handmade Gifts & Delicious Food Creations, Roast Chestnuts, Sing Carols, Sit on Santa’s Lap, Warm up by a Bonfire with S’mores. For more information, visit www.UCFarmersMarket.com
Christmas Parade/Open House/Pictures with Santa – Saturday, December 3rd, Downtown Blairsville.
Restored Butt-Mock House (1906) at the Mountain Life Museum Center open house from 11am-4pm. Included in the Open House will be the Payne Cabin (1861) which represents Union County life in the mid-1800’s. Complimentary refreshments will be served. Enjoy cookies, cakes and drinks! All of the exhibits at The Old Courthouse will be open during the day. Pictures with Santa are from 1-3 in the Historic Courthouse, the Christmas Parade with the arrival of Santa Claus is at 4pm, the Tree Lighting Ceremony on The Square to follow the parade.
Concerts at the Courthouse:
Friday, December 2nd – North Georgia Symphony
Friday, December 9th – Christmas Handbell Ringing with The Valley River Ringers
Friday, December 16th – Special Christmas Concert with W. Gordon Graff
For more information, visit www.UnionCountyHistory.org
Holly Jolly Christmas – Saturday, December 10th, 3pm-6pm, Union County Community Center.
Beautiful decorated trees, face painting, storytelling, children’s crafts, Santa Claus, and refreshments. For more information, visit www.VisitBlairsvilleGa.com
Christmas Tree Lighting at Vogel State Park – Saturday, December 10th, 4pm-7pm
Enjoy the tree lighting, caroling, hayrides, a bonfire, and Santa Clause!
Caroling on the Square – Tuesday, December 20th, 5:30pm-6:30pm. Downtown Blairsville.
Join us for some old-fashioned Christmas Caroling in downtown Blairsville. Sing with us or sit and enjoy the sounds of the season! For more information, visit www.downtownblairsville.com
For more ideas on winter activities and detailed local area information including dining, lodging, and upcoming event information please stop by The Welcome Center located in the Union County Community Center at 129 Union County Recreation Road, call 706-745-5789, email email@example.com or visit us online at www.VisitBlairsvilleGa.com.
Nothing says summertime like fruits and vegetables fresh from the field! You can find fresh produce and so much more at the The Union County Farmers Market! The season starts on June 4, 2016, and the market will be open Saturdays from 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and Tuesdays from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
The Union County Farmers Market got its start in 2007, when County Commissioner Lamar Paris organized a committee that would oversee the development of a market that would sell local produce and goods. The market would support the community’s farm to table efforts by providing community growers a place to sell their products.
Today, that dream is reality! All kinds of products are sold at the market by local farmers, artisans, beekeepers, bakers, potters, painters, and so much more. The market boasts that all of the goods on sale are “Homegrown and Handmade”, and that’s the truth! Everything is produced here in the Blairsville – Union County area.
All of the local produce available for purchase is guaranteed to be fresh, high quality, and full of flavor. The farmers market supports family farms, saves land from development, and offers patrons fresh, local food. Local restaurant The Sawmill Place supports the farm to table initiative by partnering with the Union County Farmers Market and using local produce in its menu items and recipes.
Come by and see for yourself, Saturdays and Tuesdays, at the Union County Farmers Market!
Autumn is my favorite season of the year. There are so many wonderful, fun, exciting ways to engage your five senses right here in Union County and enjoy experiences of which city folk can only dream! Here are a few of my suggestions for great autumn activities.
See – Take a ride along any of our scenic byways or mountain roads and delight in the explosion of autumn color – Richard Russell, GA 180, and US 129 South are a few of my favorites. This is a great time of year to make your way to the top of Brasstown Bald and see unmatched natural beauty. Finally, everyone will be able to enjoy the many scarecrows around town as part of our Scarecrow-Ville event.
Touch – Why not take a trip to an alpaca farm and pet these lovable creatures? You’ll find a great selection of alpaca fiber clothing and accessories to keep you warm as the temperature drops. How about Southern Tree Plantation with their petting zoo and pumpkin patch?
Taste – This will be your last chance to pick up fresh, local produce at the Union County Farmers Market to make your own perfect autumn meal. Contact the Chamber for a list of old time general stores where you’ll find the perfect ingredients to complete your recipe. Or if you are like me and prefer someone else do the cooking, try one of our many delicious restaurants including our newest Farm To Table restaurant, The Sawmill Place. Stock up on Sorghum Syrup to enhance your morning biscuit or make your way to our local winery or craft beer shop for a sip of the season.
Smell – Stop by a local retailer and pick up your favorite scented candle. The smell of apple or pumpkin pie will lift your mood. Step foot into one of our local bakeries and inhale autumn yumminess!
Hear – This is a great time for music in the mountains. Visit one of our many upcoming festivals – the Indian Summer Festival in Suches, the Sorghum Festival at Meeks Park, and the Fall Hoedown at Vogel State Park. There are concerts each Friday night at the Historic Courthouse on the square or check out our online events calendar for local music events around town.
Be sure to pick up a copy of the North Georgia Farm Trail guide in the Chamber of Commerce/Welcome Center and explore all of the agritourism sites in the area. This is the perfect time of year to get up, get out, and get happy!
For additional shopping, dining, lodging, and attraction information, contact the Blairsville-Union County Chamber of Commerce at 706-745-5789, online at wwwVisitBlairsvilleGA.com, or me directly at President@BlairsvilleChamber.com.