Crabtree Farms 14th Annual Spring Plant Sale And Festival Is April 11 & 12

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

The 14th Annual Spring Plant Sale and Festival at Crabtree Farms will be held Friday, April 11 and Saturday, April 12 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Sunday, April 13 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free and open to the public, Crabtree Farms’ Spring Plant Sale and Festival will once again offer gardeners healthy, sustainably-grown fruit, vegetable, flower, and herb plant starts for their spring and summer gardens. Guests can enjoy gardening workshops (free of charge), live music, food, and hand crafted items from local artisans. 

Crabtree Farms’ greenhouse manager, Mike Barron, grows and propagates the more than 100 varieties of plants found at the sale with help from community volunteers. Specific plant varieties are tested on Crabtree’s Urban Farm to ensure that the plants are well suited to grow in the Chattanooga region. 

Vegetables for Sale include:  Over 15 varieties of tomatoes including “Sungold” and “Cherokee Purple”

Flowers for Sale include: “Firecracker” Sunflower, Marigolds, and several varieties of Rudbeckia and Zinnias

Herbs for Sale include: Basil, Cilantro, Rosemary, Thyme, and Oregano

Fruits for Sale include: “Brown Turkey” Fig, Strawberries, Raspberries, and several varieties of Blueberries 

The workshop schedule is as follows:

Saturday:

  • 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.: Companion Planting, with Crabtree Farms’ Sara McIntyre
  • 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.: Mushroom Growing, with Crabtree Farms’ Andrea Jaeger
  • 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.: Container Gardening, with Joel Tippens of Fair Share Urban Growers
  • 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.: Herbs and Their Uses, with Ivana Patterson of Lavender ‘N’ Rust Herb Farm 

Sunday:

  • 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.: “Brown Leaves to Black Gold,” Composting with Master Gardener, Bud Hines
  • 12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.: Kids’ Yoga (ages 3-6), with Melanie Mayo of St. Nicholas School
  • 12:30 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.: Kids’ Yoga (ages 7-12), with Melanie Mayo of St. Nicholas School
  • 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.: “Origin of Marshmallows,” with CeCe McDermott of 423 Balm 

Hand-crafted gifts and garden goodies will be available from festival vendors, including specialty herb varieties and herbal products fromDown to Earth Farm, lip balm and candles from 423 Balm, and handmade cutting boards from Roughly Speaking. Local non-profit, Fair Share will also sell plants and have their demonstration “Truck Farm” set up all weekend for folks to explore. On Saturday, enjoy live music from Clark Williams of Big Kitty, Farmer Jim Everette, and local hammered dulcimer player Rick Davis. The Lazenby Family Band will be performing on Sunday. 

A Kid’s Activity Corner offering face painting and farm games will be available for families to enjoy throughout the weekend. As a special treat, Chattanooga’s very own Bookmark Fairy will be joining the fun; sharing her favorite children’s stories on Saturday and Sunday. 

Amidst the festivities on Sunday, Crabtree Farms will host a ‘Local Brunch on the Farm’ to celebrate the release of the Spring/Summer Edition of the TasteBuds Local Food Guide. In the spirit of TasteBuds, the menu will highlight the unique flavors of the Chattanooga region, and will feature options provided by local restaurants 212 Market and Bluegrass Grill. Free copies of the new TasteBuds Local Food Guidewill be available all three days of the Plant Sale. 

Crabtree accepts cash, Visa or Master Card, check, and SNAP (edible plants only).


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