By SERINA MARSHALL
Even though the last day of Jonesborough Farmers Market summer season ended a few weeks ago, there were more vendors that showed up in front of Boone Street Market to sell their products this past Saturday.
The new Fall & Holiday Market at Boone Street Market will take place every weekend in November from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., (except the Saturday after Thanksgiving) and then the first three Saturdays in December.
“There will be some of the same vendors that were here this past weekend, but also others that have signed up as well,” said David Phillips, Boone Street Market Manager.
The market brought some new faces to its holiday event.
“We began selling our products at the Johnson City Farmer’s Market in 2018,” said local grower Tiffany Stanley. “We have grown since then and this is our first year at the Jonesborough market.”
Stanley grows and sells anything from green, orange, yellow and purple bell peppers to jalapenos and eggplant, as well as a variety of spices.
“The hottest pepper we sell is the Carolina reaper. It is currently on record as the hottest pepper in the world,” she said. “But I know there are hotter ones, like dragon’s breath.”
All of the products sold at the market are locally grown or made by farmers and artisans.
“The poultry we sell is all pasture raised. Our farming practices are based on the principles of regenerative agriculture – feeding the soil to restore soil organic matter and biodiversity, so the soil can provide for the crops and livestock raised on it,” said Tim Spann of SLAP (Sustainable Livestock and Produce) Farms. “This is our first year doing the farmers market.”
SLAP is a family farm in Greeneville that is advertised as all natural, using no GMO’s, synthetic pesticides or fertilizers.
“Our poultry and eggs are raised on the pasture with nothing but the finest non-GMO feed and Tennessee fresh air and sunshine,” Spann said.
At the market, it isn’t only vegetables and meat that is brought to sell. You will also find artistic pieces from locals.
“We have lavender up and down our driveway. We have around 200 lavender plants,” farmer and owner of Hope Farms and Studio, Steve Mallory said. “You will find vegetables on our farm too.” Mallory and his wife, Becky Hope, have been working together for six years to create their product. “I also grow indigo, marigolds and walnuts. My wife then uses those to dye fabric to make scarves and hand kerchiefs,” Mallory said. “It is an ancient form of tie-dye called shibori. It originated in Japan.”
Mallory also has pieces for quilts that can be dyed.
“We found that fabric power plants cause a great deal of pollution; that’s when we decided we wanted to do this organically,” Mallory said.
Each of the farmers and artisans that attend the Market, bring with them various products that are all local and found right here in the region.
“We have really enjoyed being here and being a part of this opportunity to showcase our items,” Stanley said.