‘Buy fresh, buy local’


From left: Tony Hyatt, Debbie Frost, Virginia Witt, Martha Roberts, Janet Dooley, and others are ready to help at the Blount County Farmer’s Market. -Johnny Roberts

From left: Tony Hyatt, Debbie Frost, Virginia Witt, Martha Roberts, Janet Dooley, and others are ready to help at the Blount County Farmer’s Market. -Johnny Roberts

When you think fresh and local produce, one thing comes to mind – the Blount County Farmer’s Market. Vendors kicked off another season of showcasing fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as other homemade items for sale, on June 1.

The Blount County Farmer’s Market is a state-sanctioned endeavor that allows folks to “buy fresh, buy local” and support the area’s thriving agricultural community while meeting and visiting with the actual farmers. Selling privileges at the Blount County Farmer’s Market are extended to all producers and growers or their agents that have a bona fide grower’s permit.

Ten-year-plus vendor Janet Dooley said the market only offers local homegrown produce for sale, and there are currently plenty of options to choose from. Additional produce will be added as the summer agricultural season continues. Dooley, who sells homemade goods including fried pies, said that while large amounts of rainfall early on, and then the lack of rain, initially hurt growers, they have been working hard to produce a wide variety of fruits and vegetables for consumers.

As in previous years, the vendors will be set up on the south side of the Blount County-Oneonta Agri-Business Center from 7 p.m. until 1 p.m. each Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from now until October.

On July 13, the market will host the Second Annual Vegetable Festival from 8 a.m. until noon. The event will offer prize giveaways, free tomato sandwiches, and many other fun activities for everyone, all while boosting sales. Dooley said, “This year’s event is expected to be bigger and better. It is just a fun day.” She encourages everyone to mark their calendars for this family, fun-filled event.

If you are in the market for blueberries, blackberries, cucumbers, tomatoes, onions, a wide variety of peppers, baked goods, honey, and much more, do not delay and get to the Blount County Farmer’s Market. Be sure to get there early for the best selection. For more information, visit the Blount County Farmer’s Market Facebook page or call the Agri-Business Center at 205-274- 8839.