Farmers Market

 

Media Day was a Tasty Treat at Media Day

Cannon Countians received a special treat last Saturday during the Market’s first Media Day. Recipes, goodies and other resources were provided by Amy Tavalin, TDA Farmers Marketing Specialist and Marketing Specialist, Wendy Sneed. Sara Steelman baked some biscuits and local producers supplied the toppings. Biscuits smothered with local honey, courtesy of the honey bees at Joe Patterson and a spoonful of plum jelly made by Irene Hollis was a tasty treat. What a way to start off the Market! We brought back another favorite, peppers on the half shell. Harold Underwood Anaheim and sweet peppers split in halve and stuffed with a cream cheese sausage/hamburger mixture, sprinkled with cheese and toasted in the oven with a little favoring with the Blue Porch selection of hot sauces. What a tasty treat, and a good snack for those visiting the Market. Along with promoting local vegetables, we wanted to highlight a few other local favorites. With help from the Tennessee Pork Producers, we used my son’s cooking skills to grill up a few pork chops for a tasty bite as well. The Tennessee Department of Agriculture, Tennessee Pork Produces and the Tennessee Beef Council provided a great selection of recipes, goodies and cooking facts for our taste sampling. I want to thank all of you that came out to support this year’s media day. Especially those that came to lend a helping hand; David and Diane Sneed, Davy Sneed, my wife Sara and son, what a team!

For those looking for locally grown farm fresh vegetables, drop by the Cannon County Farmers Market this Saturday, August 23rd for a great selection of fruits, vegetables and baked good including; beans (blue lake, Roma and half-runners), beets, butternut, cantaloupes, cucumbers, eggplant, fresh herbs, local honey, peppers (Anaheim, bell, banana, Poblano, cayenne, jalapeno, sweet banana), mint, okra, potatoes (Yukon, red Pontiac, cobblers and Kennebec), purple hull peas, sweet corn (peaches & cream and silver queen), squash (zucchini, patty pan and yellow), sweet corn, tomatoes (red, yellow and green), watermelons, assortment of squash. Irene Hollis has a great selection of homemade fried pies and assortment of jams, jellies and baked goods. Half Acre Farm offers shiitake mushrooms and organic cucumbers, tommy toe tomatoes, basil, salsa and pesto.

The Cannon County Farmers Market is located in the Farmers Pavilion at the Cannon County Arts Center (1424 John Bragg Hwy, Woodbury, TN 37190) every Saturday beginning at 6:00 A.M. Most Saturdays the market is open until noon or until the farm fresh fruits and vegetables have been sold. During the week, drop by the Market on Tuesdays and Thursday from 7A.M. until 11:00A.M for locally grown fruits and vegetable at the peak of freshness.

If you need more information concerning the market or would like to become a vendor, contact Bruce Steelman at the Cannon County Extension Office (563-2554), bsteelman@utk.edu or Cannoncountyfarmersmarket.com.