Calling all harvesters and produce lovers! The farmer’s market at the Blount County-Oneonta Agri- Business Center has extended its days of operation for the summer. Now, every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 7 a.m. until 1 p.m., you can purchase or sell your favorite homemade, homegrown, and handpicked fruits, vegetables, honey, jams, and more. Shopping at the farmer’s market is a great way to support the area’s growing agricultural community.
It is free to ‘set up shop,’ but make sure you get there early to get a good spot. Selling privileges are extended to all producers that hold a genuine growers permit. All merchants must have a permit in order to sell their products at the market. The occupancy rate at the moment is 20-25 vendors, but grows and diminishes with the harvest.The farmer’s market is jam-packed with homemade and homegrown produce, but there is more. Jerry Gibbs of Jerry Gibbs Farms sells his ‘Mt. Ebell’s Best’ raw honey in a beautiful display – a handcrafted cedar wood sign sitting atop a handcrafted, stained wooden table. Buddy Hendrix, 90, of Birmingham – who played Mickey Mouse at The Alabama Theatre from 1939 to 1943, until he was drafted for World War II – drew the sign in Old English letters and signed the bottom, ‘Mickey Mouse 1939-1943.’ Hendrix’s son routed out the sign, and Gibbs painted and stained it. The end result is very attractive and catches customers’ eyes, not to mention it has a beautiful back-story. You never know what you’ll find at the farmer’s market.