Brainerd Farmers Market Re-opens At Grace Episcopal This Saturday

Friday, May 02, 2014

The Brainerd Community Farmers Market, on the parking lot of Grace Episcopal Church, 20 Belvoir Ave., will re-open this Saturday. Cooking demonstrations, crafts, and delicious food will be on hand, and a new vendor, Laurel Mountain Farm, will be offering "hen and chicks" plants especially for Mothers’ Day gifts.

The Market is held from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. on Saturdays from May 3 through December 20, 2014. Local Farmers will present fresh naturally grown produce, farm fresh eggs, dairy and meat products.

Bakers will present delicious artisan breads, sweets and pastries, and fine artists, musicians and craftsmen round out the festive market.

The Brainerd Community Farmers Market accepts EBT/ SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) Card purchases. In addition the market also accepts cash, credit and debit card purchases. Grace Episcopal matches EBT/SNAP food purchases at the Brainerd Community Farmers' Market on the first Saturday of each month. Outreach for this program is made possible through a grant from the Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga. SNAP recipients may bring their Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) cards to the farmers market and obtain tokens which may be used to purchase fresh, local produce, dairy products, meat products, honey, preserves, baked goods, plants used to produce food at home and much more.

All gardeners, farmers, greener-uppers, and those interested are invited to celebrate Earth Day (late) and the seasonal opening of the Market (timely) with a potluck meal in the Pavilion around 12:30 p.m. You bring it, we eat it. We will also divide perennials in the original butterfly garden afterwards, and give away whatever we dig up. These are tough, full sun perennials and include many native plants. 

EpiscoPALS will meet in the Merritt Room on Thursday, May 8, 1:30 p.m., to hear speaker Judith Patterson-Benn speak, enjoy refreshments and good company, and take in sufficient measures of laughter and loving-kindness to tide you over until the picnic in July (details TBA). This will be the last "regular meeting" until August.

"A Celebration of the Hands," will be a silent auction on Saturday, May 10 at Grace Episcopal Church. A broad selection of local artists not only have donated their work to be auctioned but will be available to share their work and insights with Chattanooga art lovers. Auction goers will be able to visit with the artists and bid on their work while enjoying wine, heavy hors d’oeuvres, and the music of local singer Andrew Chauncey.

Items to be auctioned include paintings, sculpture, photography, pottery, fabric arts, and art lessons. Donors include Lyn Martin, Rob Mitchell, Keith Stubbs, Rebecca Williams, Dick McGee, Jim Milburn, Anne Curtis, Marian Heintz, Sandra Babb, Becky Braddock, Don Ludwig, Pat Milburn, Cathy Stone, Gerry and Joy Jones, Bobbie Crow, Patricia King, Peggy Jennings, Lorri Kelly, Sherry Hullander, Virginia Skipper, Irma Jerzog, Carolyn Cannon, Jim Curtis, Marge Shirilla, Paul Thomas, Janice Rowland, Frank Swanson, Lolly Durant, Janice Kennedy, Nancy Sienknecht, Linda Sue Longfield-Smith, Jean Whisenant, and Becki Jordan.

The evening begins at 6 p.m. and runs through 9 p.m., with bidding ending at 8 p.m. There is a $25 admission charge, which covers two glasses of wine and heavy hors d’oeuvres. Tickets may be purchased on Sunday morning after either service and at breakfast; they are also available through the bookstore during the week.

There will be an Inquirers’ Class for adults, beginning on Sunday, May 11 with an informational/"what to expect" session at 9:30 a.m. in the Merritt Room. The class will meet May 11, 18, 25, and June 8 and 15. If you’re interested in taking part, contact Susan Butler at sbutler@saygrace.net.


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