It has begun!! The farmers market season officially opens in Knoxville tomorrow! I hope you all are as excited as I am. I love, love, love our farmers market on Market Square in the heart of our sweet little downtown. In Knoxville you can find the market open on Wednesdays and Saturdays. On Saturdays you will find more than just farmers, you can expect local craftsmen/women and yummy food trucks in addition to our local farmers. Cruze Farms dairy is always around with some yummy ice cream and/or homemade food. If you have not heard of this local dairy, look them up. Cruze farms has received national recognition in the last year. In addition, my favorite food truck in town, Savory and Sweet is always there. Oh man, I am so pumped.
In addition to the opportunity to buy local many farmers will also have CSAs to sign up for at the market.
CSA stands for Community-Supported Agriculture. Farmers will gather a set amount of produce, and some farms may even include items like local eggs or meat, and either provide a location for pick-up or they will deliver to your home on a schedule set by the farmer (once a week or every two weeks I would guess).
A CSA is a great way to get your farm fresh produce without visiting the market every week. This is especially helpful in the summer months when weekend travel is on the horizon.
Other Local TN markets:
Memphis: The market starts May 4th and operates every Saturday at Central Station, S. Front Street at GE Patterson in the Historic South Main District, Downtown Memphis.Nashville: The market is open 362 days a year and also has a number of ethnic restaurants to enjoy at 900 Rosa L Parks BlvdChattanooga: The market is open every Wednesday from 4-6pm at 325 East Main Street DowntownJohnson City: The market is every Wednesday and Saturday at 500 South Roan Street
Get out and enjoy your local produce this summer and meet your farmers!