The Brainerd Community Farmers Market and the city of Chattanooga celebrate local farms and eating local foods with the TasteBuds 10% Challange and Double EBT/SNAP Dollars. Located across from Bi-Lo on Brainerd Road at 20 Belvoir Ave., the Brainerd Community Farmers' Market brings farm fresh local produce, meats, and dairy products to the Brainerd Community each Saturday.
The Saturday market highlights include special guests Chattanooga Mayor Berke, City Council Rep. Carol Berz and TasteBuds magazine's Andrea Jeager. Chattanooga's Mayor Berke will speak at 11 a.m.
The Brainerd Community Farmers Market is held from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. on Saturdays from May 3-Dec. 20. Local farmers present their freshly harvested, naturally grown produce, farm fresh eggs, dairy and meat products. Bakers will present artisan breads, sweets and pastries, and fine artists, musicians and craftsmen round out the festive market.
The Brainerd Community Farmers Market also invites Chattanoogans to take the TasteBuds 10% Challenge. The TasteBuds 10% Challenge encourages Chattanoogans to pledge to spend 10% of their total food budget on foods grown within 100 miles of Chattanooga. Not only will participants taste the difference, they will be supporting the local economy and our family farms, said officials.
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 Church 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 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.