A Knoxville Saturday Morning at the Market Square Farmers’ Market

Spring Creek Farms, Market Square Farmers' Market, Knoxville, May 2013

Spring Creek Farms, Market Square Farmers’ Market, Knoxville, May 2013

The last two Saturday mornings have been beautiful and there’s really no better way to enjoy a beautiful morning than to stroll around the Market Square Farmers’ Market. Urban Woman and I love to get out of bed at the crack of dawn – around 8:30 at our place, drink a little coffee and stumble down in that direction. The music from the Old City Buskers and other musicians tells us we are nearing the square.

Old City Buskers at the Market Square Farmers' Market, Knoxville, May 2013

Old City Buskers at the Market Square Farmers’ Market, Knoxville, May 2013

This year’s version is heating up a bit with the addition of new crops each week. We haven’t quite gotten to the best of it, yet, since we are still waiting on peas and beans, squash and blueberries, corn and okra, and so on, but more is appearing all the time and the range of products offered which aren’t tied to a particular part of the season is one of the things that make Saturday mornings more fun.

Flour Head Bakery at the Market Square Farmers' Market, Knoxville, May 2013

Flour Head Bakery at the Market Square Farmers’ Market, Knoxville, May 2013

Napping Cat Flower Farm at the Market Square Farmers' Market, Knoxville, May 2013

Napping Cat Flower Farm at the Market Square Farmers’ Market, Knoxville, May 2013

Fresh breads have proliferated with Tomato Head’s Flour Head brand coming on pretty aggressively at markets around town. I still wish we had a full-time bakery downtown, but with the coming of Hot Bagel Company, we’ll move a step in that direction. The other kind of flower is also prevalent at the market with several vendors offering very pretty bouquets. We tend to get one most weeks during the summer.

Of course, many vendors offer non-food items from soaps to pottery, clothing to small furniture items. Many of the hand-made dresses and shirts are beautiful. Some of the apparel is manufactured from alpaca and other hair harvested from domesticated animals owned by the people making the scarves and other items. Newly made items sit alongside re-purposed items.

Market Square Farmers' Market, Knoxville, May 2013

Market Square Farmers’ Market, Knoxville, May 2013

Market Square Farmers' Market2, Knoxville, May 2013

Market Square Farmers’ Market, Knoxville, May 2013

We have been able to buy some food. Greens are coming in pretty strongly, potatoes and a few strawberries have appeared. Meats seem to be more routinely offered and, generally, it is of a high quality. Peppers by the Pepper Man whose name I’ve never gotten are always there. Honey is back after an absence and the farmers have brought the bees for good measure.

Girl at the Market Square Farmers' Market, Knoxville, May 2013

Girl at the Market Square Farmers’ Market, Knoxville, May 2013

Food trucks have proliferated and now line the eastern section of Union Avenue. I noticed Mr. Canteen was missing from this past Saturday and had it been there, I’m not sure where it would’ve gone. An absolutely perfect Saturday has us buying brunch or lunch from them and either a cup of coffee from Java on the corner or Jeff Scheafnocker in the green cart up by the Market Square Stage. Sometimes I just have to enjoy a Mexican coke from Steamboat and Urban Woman needs a fresh-squeezed lemonade.

Honey for Sale, Complete with Bees, Market Square Farmers' Market, Knoxville, May 2013

Honey for Sale, Complete with Bees, Market Square Farmers’ Market, Knoxville, May 2013

Bees at the Market Square Farmers' Market, Knoxville, May 2013

Bees at the Market Square Farmers’ Market, Knoxville, May 2013

Throw in people watching and it’s a pretty full morning. We finished this last one off with Greg Blankenship of Gregory’s Greenhouse. He’s generally by the stage with his Isuzu and a few hundred plants. We bought a beautiful hanging basket and talked to him about what he does. He’s the guy responsible for the beautiful flowers along the 100 block and several of the store-fronts on Market Square including Trio.

Gregory's Greenhouse at the Market Square Farmers' Market, Knoxville, May 2013

Gregory’s Greenhouse at the Market Square Farmers’ Market, Knoxville, May 2013

Greg Blankenship of Gregory's Greenhouse, Market Square Farmers' Market, Knoxville, May 2013

Greg Blankenship of Gregory’s Greenhouse, Market Square Farmers’ Market, Knoxville, May 2013

I learned a couple of interesting things from him: One was about Tree Gator’s of which the city seems to have found funding for a large number this spring. He said they do nothing for mature trees like the ones planted on Market Square even though the city has them there. He also pointed out the beds around the trees and how they are bare and generally devoid of color. He suggested pansies. I’d suggest the city hire him.

Hanging Flowers

Gregory’s Greenhouse Flowers from the Market Square Farmers’ Market, Knoxville, May 2013

So see, it’s nutritious, entertaining and even educational. And I didn’t even mention what a great place it is to run into friends. Given any choice at all, why would anyone would miss it? I’ll look for you there.

Comments

  1. I’m in love with the Farmer’s Market. We go with open minds, pick out what looks the best and then build our weekly meals around what we have found.

  2. Judith Meyer says:

    The pepper man is Jim Smith of Rushy Springs Farm. His peppers, powders and hot sauces are terrific.

  3. tthurman says:

    The tree gators go all the way out of the city if you follow Middlebrook Pike west bound, perhaps the county bought a bunch too! These are mostly around young trees, much like the ones on Summit Hill Drive.

  4. Very impressed with the Farmer’s Market at Market Square. We’ve been going to the Saturday morning Oak Ridge Market and had not been to the Market Square version since last year. Wow! So much more going on and with the added food trucks I had to remind myself we were still in Knoxville! Great job to all those involved in organizing it!

  5. Wish the Farmers Market could be a year round deal. I love Pike’s Place Market in Seattle.

  6. At this Saturday’s market I overheard a woman (obviously from out of town) exclaim, “I’m blown away by this!”

    Strawberries, lettuce, pastries, and the Old City Buskers blew me away too.

    • KnoxvilleUrbanGuy says:

      That’s interesting. We talked to some friends who said they’d told a west Knoxville family about it who had never heard of it. They came down Saturday, as well.

Speak Your Mind

*

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.