One way foodies can support Knoxville’s local businesses is to dine out at any of our unique, independently owned restaurants or roving food trucks. But that isn’t the only way to eat well and support our local food economy.
The kitchen pantry is at the hearth of your new home, and the perfect place from which to gather the family and nourish them with a home cooked meal at the end of the day, a freshly packed lunch for mid-day or a carefully squeezed juice blend for a great morning start. You can find ingredients at any local grocer, but why not put a little extra love into your meal and community by shopping one of the many Farmer’s Markets that can be found all week throughout East Tennessee?
When you care so much about the wellbeing of yourself, your friends, and family, then it makes sense that you might want to support the hands that grow the food feeding you. While Farm Stores like Three Rivers Market and Just Ripe are great options, one advantage of heading to the Farmer’s Market is the ability to connect with the growers themselves. So, we’ve put together a weekly round-up of the Spring 2015 market locations.
3 to 6 pm — Norris Farmers Market, Norris Commons, in front of Norris Middle School, 5 West Norris Road, Norris.
3 to 6 p.m. — Ebenezer Road Market, in the parking lot of Ebenezer United Methodist Church, 1001 Ebenezer Road, Knoxville.
11 am to 2 pm — Market Square Farmer’s Market, downtown Market Square, Knoxville.
3 to 6 pm — Oak Ridge Farmer’s Market at Historic Jackson Square, 281 Broadway Ave., Oak Ridge.
4 to 7 pm — UT Farmer’s Market at the UT Gardens on Neyland Ave., 2518 Jacob Drive, Knoxville.
3 to 6 pm — New Harvest Park, 4700 New Harvest Lane, Knoxville.
3 to 6 pm — Marble Springs Farmers Market, 1220 West Governor John Sevier Highway
3 to 6 pm — Lakeshore Park Market, near the Knox Youth Sports building, 5908 Lyons View Pike, Knoxville.
4 to 7 pm — Union County Farmer’s Market, 1009 Main Street beside the Arts Coop
8 am to Noon — Oak Ridge Farmer’s Market at Historic Jackson Square, 281 Broadway Ave., Oak Ridge.
9 am to Noon — Dixie Lee Farmer’s Market at Renaissance/Farragut, 12740 Kingston Pike, Knoxville.
9 am to 2 pm — Market Square Farmer’s Market, downtown Market Square, Knoxville.
Farmer’s Markets offer producer-only items, meaning everything sold at the market must be grown or made by the vendor. You can check your local market’s website for more information and special events, but generally these markets are where you’ll find sustainably produced grass-fed meat, hand-picked produce, farm fresh eggs, artisan bread and cheese, local honey, flowers and handmade crafts.
To find a market in an outlying county visit Pick Tennessee Products, and you can use the Local Food Guide to help find U-Pick, Farm Markets and actual Farms to visit. What’s your favorite community market?
Don’t have a home yet? I can’t help you find a home kitchen to call your own near any of these community markets! Call us at 865-257-0100.