by Luke Osteen
A good barometer for the start of the Summer Season on the Plateau is the opening Saturday of the Highlands Marketplace.
The 2019 Marketplace launches on Saturday, May 25. Like every one of its Saturday incarnations through the end of October, it’ll be staged from 8:00 A.M. until 12:30 P.M. in Kelsey-Hutchinson Founders Park.
Local farmers will be offering the first fruits of their fields and you’ll find fresh eggs from contented chickens, honey, and a full spectrum of fresh flowers harvested on the Plateau.
There’s also a dizzying selection of fresh-baked pastries and breads. Look for canned goods, jams and jellies, and herbal teas and tisanes.
This is also a place to visit if you’re seeking handmade soaps and essential oils, and homemade salves that are crafted using formulas that date back hundreds of years.
The Highlands-Cashiers Plateau has long nurtured a vibrant community of artists and crafters and the Marketplace represents a prime opportunity to sample the best that’s created here – woodcrafts, knitted pieces, fine art, and handcrafted jewelry.
But just as important as all the foods, all the treats, all the goods, is the sense of community that forms the bedrock of this entry on the town’s social calendar. This is where Highlanders gather. Stories are told, gossip is exchanged, and jokes are swapped. People of all ages and all social standings stroll through and weigh their purchases. If you don’t spend part of your time talking with the vendors and artisans, well, you’re not getting your money’s worth.