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Jonesborough Farmers Market opens May 5

Look for more produce and variety than ever when the Jonesborough Farmers Market opens for the season on Saturday, May 5.
“We have added several new vendors and I expect our biggest season ever in terms of number of vendors at the market,” said Karen Childress, market manager. “Last year we opened with 23 vendors and I am sure we will top that.”
New to the market this year are four produce vendors, including a USDA certified organic grower.
The variety of produce available will change each week with only locally-grown produce sold at the market.
Opening day produce vendors will have several varieties of lettuce, salad mix, kale, mustard and Florida broadleaf greens, radishes, bunching onions, baby bok choi, fresh and dried shiitake mushrooms, Earlyglow strawberries, diakon radish and sunflower microgreens, watercress, mint and leeks.
More local meats will be available this year, too.
Every week, lamb cuts and pork sausage from Clover Creek Farm and specialty sausage, pork loin and other cuts from Sentelle’s Homemade Sausage will be at the market.
Grass fed beef from Shiny C Farm will be available twice per month.
Seven vendors will offer fresh eggs in a variety of colors — brown, white, blue, green, and duck eggs, too.
Baked goods range from salt risen breads, sweet breads and fried pies from Mountain View Bakery to handmade crusty sourdough, multigrain loaf bread, sweet and savory croissants from Good Fork Farm to cupcakes of all kinds from The Crazy Cupcake.
Two coffee vendors will be on hand, too, to meet the breakfast needs of those visiting the market.
In addition to the new offerings, returning vendors will offer goat cheeses including feta and Colby, honey, gluten-free pet treats, chili powders and rubs, plants such as petunia baskets, flower starts, day lilies, succulent gardens, herbs, heirloom tomato plants and pepper plants.
Select crafts include pottery, regional photography, alpaca fleece yarns and rovings, soaps, and handcrafted wooden cuttingboards and kitchen items.
The market will have weekly live music, as well as continue two popular programs that began last year — a token system that allows customers to pay with credit, debit and EBT cards, and a weekly prize drawing for market spending money. For the prize drawing, customers can enter their names each week for a chance at two $25 gift certificates to spend at the market the next week.
“Last summer’s season was our biggest ever in terms of vendors and customers. And we actually never closed,” Childress said. “When the Saturday market ended, our online ordering system started up, and continued every week from November to last week. We had more online customers than ever. More and more people are really interested in supporting locally grown food, and that’s what we’re all about.”
The market is open Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon beside the downtown courthouse. To sign up for weekly emails with details about what’s at the market each week, visit www.jonesborough.locallygrown.net. For more information, call Childress at 753-4744 or email [email protected]