When the farmer’s market season begins in mid April, there will be another location for shoppers to find locally-grown produce. The East Tennessee Association for Retail Marketing (FARM) will operate two market locations in Knoxville and will continue operating the Oak Ridge market.
“We are adding a west Knoxville location at Ebenezer and Westland Drive on Tuesdays,” says FARM President Kellye Wilson. “The market will officially open on Tuesday, April 16 at 3:00 p.m. in the parking lot of Ebenezer United Methodist Church.” Previously, the Tuesday market operated at the Laurel Church of Christ on Kingston Pike. “We will continue to operate the Friday farmers market at the Laurel location,” says Wilson. “We opted to move the Tuesday market since there are now mid-week markets downtown and on the UT campus. The new location will spread the markets across the community for better access to locally-grown products.”
FARM will launch the farmers market season on Friday, April 12 at 3:00 p.m. at the Laurel Church of Christ at 3457 Kingston Pike across from Cherokee Boulevard. Saturday, April 13, the Oak Ridge market will open at 8:00 a.m. across from historic Jackson Square. On Tuesday, April 16, the new Knoxville location will open at 3:00 p.m. at Ebenezer United Methodist Church at 1001 Ebenezer Road.
Typically, early produce includes lettuce, broccoli, garlic, carrots, onions, radishes alfalfa sprouts and asparagus. Farm fresh eggs are expected from a few farmers at the market and there may be a limited supply of local honey from the 2012 season.
Growers are also expected to offer a variety of plants for home gardening and landscaping. Fresh baked goods such as artisan breads, granola, muffins, cookies and scones will also be available from local bakers.