Celebrate National Farmers Market Week At A Local Farmers Market Near You

Thursday, July 31, 2014

On almost any given day in the Chattanooga region, farmers are convening in pre-determined locations, setting up their pop-up tents, and unloading boxes of farm-fresh items, including produce, meat, eggs, and even fresh-cut flowers. For one hour, or even up to five, these farmers markets enable hungry throngs of Chattanoogans to by-pass the grocery store and purchase freshly harvested, locally grown foods directly from the person or family who grew or raised them.

“Farmers markets provide a unique opportunity for city-folk to meet real-life farmers,” said Andrea Jaeger, programs coordinator of Crabtree Farms. “These markets help connect us directly to the people who grow our food and enable us to have more control over our food choices.”

A visit to a farmers market allows customers to ask farmers about their growing practices and access a wide variety of freshly harvested items. Local farmers grow many common items found in produce isles of grocery stores, but sometimes they bring unfamiliar items that commercial retailers are unable to stock, such as Paw Paws, kohlrabi, unique varieties of heirloom tomatoes or Lacinato kale. This variety changes with the season, and farmers market regulars eagerly anticipate what will appear each week and stock up on their favorite items when they become available.

Selling their products directly to customers at farmers markets allows farmers to receive the true value of their goods. A small percentage of what they make may be paid to keep the farmers market in operation, but the farmer is able to keep the vast majority of the income. This means that the customer’s food dollars go directly back into the pocket of the farmer instead of a middle man. 

Aug. 3-9 marks the 15th annual National Farmers Market Week (NFMW). The USDA created NFMW as a celebration of all the farmers markets across the United States. Chattanoogans can be part of the celebration by shopping at one of the 16 local farmers markets that unite farmers and customers each week. A complete listing of market locations and hours can be found in the TasteBuds Local Food Guide available at Crabtree Farms, or online at www.growchattanooga.org/foodguide. Many of the listed markets also accept Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, making local food more accessible to all Chattanoogans.

For more information about local farmers markets, call 423 493-9155, x13 or email ajaeger@crabtreefarms.org.

ATHENS FARMERS MARKET
106 South Jackson Street, Athens TN

cpatterson@cityofathenstn.com

Tues, Thurs, Sat 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

423-744-2707

BATTLEFIELD FARMERS’ MARKET

10052 Hwy 27 N, Rock Spring GA

battlefieldfmkt.org

bfmanager@battlefieldfmkt.org

Wed 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., Sat 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

706-638-7366

(Accepts SNAP)

BRADLEY COUNTY FARMERS MARKET
3110 Peerless Road, Cleveland TN
Tues, Thurs, Sat 7:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

423-728-7001

BRAINERD FARMERS MARKET

20 Belvoir Avenue, Chattanooga TN

423-580-6281

brainerdmarket@gmail.com

Sat 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

404-245-3682

(Accepts SNAP)

CHATTANOOGA MARKET

1829 Carter Street, Chattanooga TN
chattanoogamarket.com

help@chattanoogamarket.org

Sun 11 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Wed 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

423-648-2496

CUMBERLAND FARMERS MARKET

39 Ball Park Road, Sewanee TN

sewanee.locallygrown.net

cumberlandfm@gmail.com

Pick up Tues 4:30 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.

931-592-3399

(Accepts SNAP)

DOWNTOWN DALTON SATURDAY MARKET

245 North Thorton Street, Dalton GA

downtowndalton.com

veronica@downtowndalton.com

Sat 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

706-278-3332

(Accepts SNAP)

FARM TO TABLE MARKET

200 North Hamilton Street, Dalton GA

downtowndalton.com

veronica@downtowndalton.com

Thurs 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. (September only)

706-278-3332

(Accepts SNAP)

LOOKOUT FARMERS MARKET

1300 Lula Lake Road, Lookout Mountain GA Thurs 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

900 N. Sanctuary Road, Chattanooga TN
Tues 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. (May- Oct)

3917 St. Elmo Avenue, Chattanooga TN 
Fri 4:00-7:00 p.m.

lookouthomestead@gmail.com

423-838-9804

(Accepts SNAP)

MAIN STREET FARMERS’ MARKET

325 East Main Street, Chattanooga TN

mainstfarmersmarket.com

mainstfarmersmarket@gmail.com

Wed 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. (Nov-March 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.)

MENTONE FARMERS MARKET

6139 Alabama Highway 117, Mentone AL

mountainmarket.org

harrietbt@boonlink.net

Sat 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

256-845-1213

(Accepts SNAP)

OOLTEWAH FARMERS’ MARKET
5829 Main Street, Ooltewah TN
ooltewahnursery.com/farmers-market
ofm@ooltewahnursery.com
Thurs 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

SIGNAL MOUNTAIN FARMERS’ MARKET

2815 Anderson Pike, Signal Mountain TN

signalfarmersmarket@gmail.com

Thurs 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

423-902-8023

SOUTH CUMBERLAND FOOD HUB

13912 Highway 41, Tracy City TN

rootedhere.locallygrown.net

rootedhere@locallygrown.net

ST. ALBAN’S HIXSON MARKET

7514 Hixson Pike, Soddy Daisy TN

stalbansepiscopal.net/farmersmarket.asp

stalbansmarket@gmail.com

Sat 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

423-842-6303

TRENTON FARMERS’ MARKET

Veterans Park, Trenton GA

trentonmarketvendors@gmail.com

Sat 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

423-987-0039


Wizard Needs Food Badly: Horror Night At The Wilderness Outdoor Movie Theater

When summer hits, there’s one place for certain that Lionel and I can be found: the drive-in! After moving to Chattanooga, we were immediately on the lookout for a new spot to park the car, set up the lawn chairs, and watch some films. Lucky for us, the Wilderness Outdoor Movie Theater was just around the corner! Located in Trenton, Ga, about a 20-minute drive from downtown ... (click for more)

The Chef And His Wife Celebrate New Location With Ribbon Cutting

The Chef and his Wife will celebrate its new location with a ribbon cutting on Friday June 17, at 10:30 a.m. at 6849 Prestige Lane in Hixson.  The Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce will coordinate this event.  The Chef and his Wife is a food service model built on three concepts: fully prepared home made meals, a daily “HOTT” (“healthy one time through”) ... (click for more)

Fire Destroys Highway 58 BBQ

A fire destroyed a barbeque restaurant on Highway 58 on Friday afternoon.   Chattanooga firefighters were dispatched to the Highway 58 BBQ around 6 p.m. The business is located at 4921 Highway 58. Though the business was housed in a small building, the flames and smoke could be seen from a long distance away.  Captain Teri Rose with Quint 6 said the ... (click for more)

2nd Independent Candidate May Be On Walker County Ballot

A second Independent candidate may be on the ballot for sole commissioner of Walker County in the election on Nov. 8. Perry D. Lamb, Jr. has been working toward collecting the necessary 1,640 signatures of registered voters on a petition. His campaign said he is close to the goal. Incumbent Bebe Heiskell is running an an Independent. Election officials said since she was ... (click for more)

Improvements Needed At Entrance To Wilcox Tunnel

I am writing this letter to bring to your attention to a city traffic issue that needs to be addressed immediately, the sooner the better. I can see no large cost factor.   Recently, while as a concerned citizen, removing trash and litter from the entry/exit area of the Wilcox Tunnel on the side that runs into Chamberlain Avenue, I fully realized that this area could ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Looking For A Wife

Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, is a really cool place. I tried to buy a huge mounted buffalo head in an antique store there one time until I found out the shipping charges were four times what the head was worth. But suddenly my rapt attention is riveted on Coeur d'Alene again because a dazzling social experiment is taking place this very moment at a plush resort in north Idaho. Several ... (click for more)