JONESBOROUGH, Tenn. – The Jonesborough Farmers Market has kicked off its 10th season 8 a.m. to noon on Courthouse Square in historic downtown Jonesborough.
The market offers fresh eggs, beef, chicken, pork, goat cheese, baked goods, produce (both traditional and chemical free), ready-to-eat foods, plants, pet treats, and select garden and kitchen-related crafts.
The Jonesborough Farmers Market was founded in 2008 as the areas first producer-only market, and it is still required that all items at the market are locally grown or made, and sold directly by the producer.
Additional seating space and offering a variety of breakfast options are new this year. Dona Eva Becerra, known for her authentic tamales, offers breakfast burritos. Pat Lynch of Farmhouse Gallery has baked goods; DNA catering creates two fresh breakfast offerings each week, one sweet and one savory, and each featuring one or more ingredients from the market. The Corner Cup offers their fresh-brewed, local-blend coffee and other drinks.
Other activities this year include a weekly 5K training run that is coordinated with Jonesborough Parks & Recreation. Called the "Free Range Runners,” any interested runners can meet 8:30 a.m. at the market information booth each Saturday for a free fun-run along either a 1-mile or a 3-mile course. In September, a timed 5K will be offered along the route.
Activities for children have always been popular at the market, and this year they will be available every week. These activities are possible through gracious partnerships with the numerous volunteers and organizations.
Since the first season, weekly live music has been a popular attraction at the market. Music starts 9 a.m. each week.
Other new features begin later in the summer. They include chef demonstrations; "Healthy Eating Tours" of the market to provide customers with a guided tour to meet farmers and learn about how to use fresh produce in a healthy diet; “Go Fetch Run” activities for dog owners and their pets; and Appalachian Sustainable Development’s Rooted in Appalachia Roadshow which bring their special events to highlight local food June 17.
For more information, visit www.jonesborough.locallygrown.net.
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