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Steve Mills

Farmer's Market, is it still around?

Posted Tuesday, July 6, 2010, at 5:45 PM
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  • I checked with the TN extension Service and they have not heard that it has opened up. This late in the year, it should be somewhere so what happened?

    The mystery continues.

    Any other Farmer's Markets in the area?

    -- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Jul 7, 2010, at 9:20 AM
  • Steve, I checked up at the Calsonic arena. There was 1 lone vendor in the pavillion under the blue water tower. She's hoping business will pick up soon as the crops come in. Apparently that is the farmer's market for the past few years, according to her. Anywho, I did get me some fresh squash, pattypans, and butternuts.. and enjoyed a pot of okra/maters/corn. Maybe Saturday will have a bigger selection. Check behind Handy Dandy under the big blue water tower early Wednesday and Saturday mornings.

    -- Posted by craftin_mom on Wed, Jul 7, 2010, at 1:10 PM
  • I don't think the web link in your original post is at all related to Shelbyville, Tenn. I think it refers to Shelbyville, Ill., which -- unlike us -- is located on a Route 128.

    -- Posted by Jicarney on Wed, Jul 7, 2010, at 1:19 PM
  • We just got this press release, by the way:

    Student Farmers' Market Set for Friday at MTSU

    (MURFREESBORO) -- The weekly student farmers' market will be held again Friday, July 9, from 1 until 3 p.m. in the MTSU Horticulture Center.

    Sweet corn, priced at $2 for six ears or $3.50 per dozen, will be available.

    Also, there will be yellow squash, crookneck squash, onions, cabbage, potatoes, zucchini, eggplant, tomatoes, cucumbers, bell peppers, Anaheim peppers, jalapeno peppers, Hungarian hot wax peppers, purple hull peas and snap beans.

    Some of the first cantaloupes of the season grown by the students will be available.

    Landscape plants also will be for sale, including Knockout roses, boxwoods, forsythia, monkey grass and much more. Gallon-size plants will be $3.

    Proceeds from the sale are used to benefit student by helping maintain the MTSU Farm Laboratories and the students' Plant and Soil Science Club. Daniel Messick, an agriscience major and environmental science minor from Shelbyville, serves as club president.

    -- Posted by Jicarney on Wed, Jul 7, 2010, at 2:48 PM
  • I'm not a big fan of the 'Boro. I'll drive Nashville or Huntsville any day over M'boro. Their prices seem reasonable, tho.

    Since our Farmer's Market isn't in full swing yet, could we get a list of people selling on roadside? Not names or anything like that, but where people set up to sell. I know a couple vendors used to set up just below the square in the parking lot at the red light. Any others?

    -- Posted by craftin_mom on Wed, Jul 7, 2010, at 5:23 PM
  • The was a guy set up at the old Burger King last summer, is he back?

    -- Posted by Sharon22 on Wed, Jul 7, 2010, at 6:58 PM
  • Shelbyville, IL. What are they doing in Tennessee? Thanks for the catch John. I wondered about the Route 128, but not enough to check it out. I still don't see any mention on the site, so did you find it by looking for Route 128?

    Crops should be in for more than one farmer. Many of us in the garden club have been eating our produce for a while. My corn is finishing up and if the rain does not start coming I won't plant any more.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Jul 7, 2010, at 7:58 PM
  • Let's try this link. http://www.agriculture.state.tn.us/Marketing.asp?qstring=MKT#mid At least it is in Tennessee but I do not see any market in Bedford County listed. Several in Coffee County.

    Some farmers used to set up in Wartrace on Saturday mornings, but I do not know if they are still doing it. Town Hall should know.

    It is late to set one up, but we have some property in downtown Bell Buckle. I'll see if the town would mind.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Jul 7, 2010, at 8:03 PM
  • There is almost always a couple vehicles selling produce just off the square down from the old bank that is now the city office.Behind Regions Bank.

    -- Posted by Cindy Munsey on Wed, Jul 7, 2010, at 8:25 PM
  • My husband bought some corn and blackberries from the guy by the Regions bank - they were really good. Usually, I go to the Nashville Farmer's Market since I can never find anything here in town.

    -- Posted by cfrich on Thu, Jul 8, 2010, at 9:37 PM
  • Why do you suppose the activity is so fractured and not centralized for impact and convenience of buyers?

    -- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Jul 9, 2010, at 6:44 AM
  • I'd love to see the FM get more activity. I've enjoyed the few booths I've visited around town. I'd rather give business locally than to corporate bigwigs who really don't care about what's going into our bodies. I'd rather eat veggies grown here in Bedford County than try to guess just how long my bananas have sat in a preservation gas chamber in a warehouse.

    I didn't know this until yesterday, and I'm willing to bet that alot of other moms don't know either, but you can use WIC vouchers at Farmer's Markets. July and August only tho. Great way to feed your babies good quality food that you pretty much know what's in it and how fresh it is.

    -- Posted by craftin_mom on Sat, Jul 10, 2010, at 6:52 AM
  • Speaking of WIC vouchers, it seems to me someone told me this week that the farmer's Market has to be recognized by the State or ?? before they can be used, so please don't fuss at any local individual stands who don't or can't accept them.

    If it was mentioned here in the blog already, my apologies. I did not see it in a quick review and I can not remember where or how I heard the other comment, but keep it in mind as a possibility.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Sat, Jul 10, 2010, at 11:24 AM
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