It appears east Tennessee is on the leading edge of a bumper strawberry crop. That’s good news to shoppers at the Knoxville and Oak Ridge Farmers Markets.
Ernie Meadows of Mountain Meadows Farm reports a very healthy crop of strawberries on his Anderson County farm. If expected temperatures of 80 plus degrees come into play, the berries will ripen quickly for market. Meadows sold out of his first batch at the Knoxville Farmers Market on Tuesday.
Other farmers are seeing robust strawberry crops. Strawberries will be sweet and plentiful for fresh eating, pies, shortcakes and parfaits. It likely will be a great year to stock up for jams and jellies, too.
Find strawberries and other farm fresh produce at the Knoxville Farmers Market operating from 3 to 6 PM every Tuesday and Friday in the parking lot of the Laurel Church of Christ. Free parking and it’s easy to find at the corner of Kingston Pike and Cherokee Blvd. The Oak Ridge Market operates every Wednesday from 3 to 6 PM and every Saturday from 8 AM until noon across from historic Jackson Square.