Sunday, June 5, 2011

Knoxville area farmer's markets

It's that lovely time of year again--homegrown tomatoes, fresh herbs and cucumbers are starting to show up at area farmer's markets. And it's a great thing to shop for produce from members of your community! I encourage you to not only scout out their goods, but to talk to them and ask questions about their produce, any methods they use to grow differently from the booth next to them, etc. You'd be surprised of all the secret growing goodies a farmer or gardener will share with a friendly neighbor. 

 Don't know where they set up? No worries, I've done the research for you. Here's a list of area farmer's markets and their times of operation:

~ Dandridge Farmers' Market, downtown at corner of Meeting and Gay streets, 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays.
~ Dixie Lee Farmers' Market, 12740 Kingston Pike at Renaissance Center, 9 a.m.-noon, Saturdays.
~ Fresh from the Earth Farmers' Market, Grove Center Shopping Center, Oak Ridge, 2 p.m. Mondays and Fridays.
~ Gatlinburg Farmers' Market, 705 E. Parkway in Alamo Steakhouse parking lot, 8-11:30 a.m. Saturdays.
~ Greeneville Farmers' Market, Greene County Fairgrounds, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays and 3 p.m. Wednesdays.
~ Lenoir City Farmers' Market, in front of Presstige Printing, 114 E. Broadway, 9 a.m.-noon Saturdays. (Opens June 18).
~ Loudon County Farmers' Market, Downtown Loudon behind Tic-Toc Ice Cream Parlor, 5-7 p.m. Thursday.
~ Norris Farmers' Market, Norris Commons, Mondays, 3-6 p.m.
~ Knoxville FARM Market, Laurel Church of Christ, 3457 Kingston Pike, 3-6 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays.
~University of Tennessee Farmers' Market, UT Gardens, 2431 Joe Johnson Drive, 4-7 p.m. Wednesdays.
~ Market Square Farmers' Market, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesdays.
~ Maryville Farmers' Market, 9 a.m. Saturdays at Church Avenue, and 3:30-6:30 p.m. Wednesdays at New Providence Presbyterian Church, W. Broadway.
~ New Harvest Park Farmers' Market, 4700 New Harvest Park, 3-6 p.m. Thursdays.
~ Oak Ridge FARM Market, Jackson Square at Georgia Avenue, 8 a.m.-noon Saturdays and 3-6 p.m. Wednesdays.
~ Seymour Farmers' Market, First Baptist Church of Seymour, 11621 Chapman Highway, 7-11 a.m. Saturdays.