The wait is over for those who love to browse Farmers Markets in Knoxville and Oak Ridge for the latest in local produce, honey, meat, fresh plants and flowers. The markets will open for the season in Knoxville on Friday, April 17 and in Oak Ridge on Saturday, April 18.
The Knoxville Farmers Market operates in the parking lot of the Laurel Church of Christ at the corner of Kingston Pike and Cherokee Boulevard. It operates from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. on Fridays and Tuesdays.
The Oak Ridge Market operates on Saturday mornings from 8 a.m. until noon, and on Wednesday evenings from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. The market is located on Broadway across from historic Jackson Square.
Still early in the growing season, market customers will find a variety of locally-grown produce such as green onions, spinach, lettuce, green garlic, red and white onions, turnips, radishes and asparagus.
Lilies, hydrangeas and several types of hostas are expected to be offered, in addition to other plant varieties.
Grass-fed meats include smoked sausage, bacon, free-range turkey and chicken. Plus, there will be free-range eggs and honey.
Shoppers can also find fresh baked goods such as breads, granola, muffins, cookies and scones at the markets.