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While Mother Nature Seems Confused, Our Vendors Are Ready!


As we begin our new week and prepare to open the online market, we have some thoughts to share with you all. This wild Spring weather will challenge us, but we will push onward. Our GFM online and physical market customers want fresh produce and locally-produced crafts. Our participating growers and crafters are dedicated to delivering on your expectations!

More Wacky Weather From Mother Nature

Flashback about one month ago and we posted a blog on this very site talking about Mother Nature’s wild tricks. Spring one day, Winter the next, Spring again, ooops— here’s Winter. Well sadly my friends, we’ve been duped again. Just about an hour prior to my writing this update, I let the dog out only to get pelted by sleet and freezing rain.

Alas, despite the whims of Mother Nature, our potatoes, luffas, garlic, swiss chard and more are already in the ground. So, we’re hoping and praying we get back to warm weather and stay with it until market opening day on May 12th.

*is the wild weather affecting your Spring garden plans? Feel free to share your story with us. Email: greenevillefarmersmarket@gmail.com and, with your permission, we’ll share your story with our customers in the weeks to come.

Our market customers are awaiting your talent, craft, or produce!

We touched on this last week, but it is still on our hearts. When you see the joy of a farmer’s market customer coming up to your table and smiling as they exchange their hard-earned money for the produce you’ve sweated and toiled to produce on your land, it’s a glorious feeling. Farmer’s markets create win-win situations.

Our question for you is this: What good, skill, or service are you holding back from the Greenville community? We’re actively seeking new vendors, crafters, and teachers who can provide workshops at our market this year. Please, reach out to Judy Shelton @ 552-3023 if you have any questions about becoming a vendor, or about providing a workshop this season.

Is your small garden producing an excess of some crop every season? Are you spending a lot of time canning, preserving and drying your excess? Well, our market customers might be eagerly searching for that crop you produce. If you don’t step up and become a vendor, they may never get what they’re after. Help us bring an abundance and a variety to our wonderful Greeneville fresh produce buyers this season.

Become a vendor on our online market today as well!


We wish you all the best this week and Spring gets back on her feet and tries to stand tall against the last blows of Winter. Are your crops in the ground? Are you taking all the steps required to ensure a plentiful and abundant harvest this year? Get out there sow, so that you may reap in season!

Greenville Farmer's Market is Back and Better Than Ever At Our New Doak House Museum Location!



Come out to the scenic, serene and historic setting at the Doak House Museum, conveniently located on Erwin Hwy in Tusculum. This season’s opening day is Saturday, May 12th. Come explore our wide assortment of vendors’ offerings every Saturday from 9am until 1pm. Our exciting produce selection and excellent hand-crafted goods will be available every week, all Summer long, through the month of October.

Check out our great new location!

We’ve chosen the Doak House for our new location due to the wonderful, natural setting, easy and free parking and for the great space it provides our vendors and shoppers. As many of you know, The Doak House Museum is a historic landmark in Greene County. To learn more about the Doak House’s interesting history, click here.

We’ve got much in store for you this year

You’ll want to visit the Greenville Farmer’s Market every Saturday all season long, as the vendor assortment and offerings will change from each week to the next. Expect a delicious and nutritious selection of seasonal produce, vendors offering hand-made craft goods, baked goods, and the work of local visual artists.

We’re looking for additional vendors. Come sell your wares!

All we require of our vendors is their commitment to selling only self-produced produce, crafts, and goods. Please, no resellers!
There is no garden too small.

Our shoppers love locally grown produce, and you just might have that one crop nobody else is offering. You can sign up to be a vendor via our online vendor application (click here). We’re currently accepting applications for year-round as well as special event vendors. For more information about becoming a vendor, please call Judy Shelton @ 552-3023. Vendors must provide their own tents, tables, table coverings / skirts, chairs and trash receptacles.

The Greenville Farmers Market is excited to continue in its 24 years, with our greatest shopping experience ever, thanks to our new location at the Doak House Museum. You’ll find our location very easily accessible from the Downtown Greenville area. Simply take Old Tusculum Rd. to Erwin Hwy, turn right and look for the Doak House on your right. We hope to see you all out there every Saturday, all Summer long!

Rural Resources


SPOTLIGHT VENDOR
“RURAL RESOURCES”

Rural Resources Farm is on a former tobacco farm where we now practice sustainable methods to ensure this land for future generations of farmers. We practice organic farming methods, and only use antibiotics as needed and prescribed by the vet. We are a local non-profit connecting farms, food, and families through educational experiences. One of those educational experiences is our Farm and Food Teen Training Program that works with at-risk low income youth from around the county that have food security issues to help improve their food choices and availability. We do this through an intensive 4 year program where teens progress through different levels of food production. In year 1 the teens learn garden and livestock managements with the opportunity of having a home garden. The second year, the teens work with local chefs to learn how to cook fresh food in a healthy manner and use different kitchen equipment from standard home equipment to commercial. During the year, teens also cater meals in the community to reinforce skills they have learned and pick up some job skills. The 3rd and 4th year our teens learn about business development, planning, and implementation. Through this program, pigs have become the teens main livestock learning opportunity.

Heritage hogs are becoming very popular to grow on pastures again as farmers begin to think more about sustainable practices. *Rural Resources Farm and Food Teen Training Program *have been raising a heritage hog, hereford, over the past 10 years. The teens have been producing a few each year for meat production and have begun selling the meat to help cover expenses. The pastured pork program has allowed at-risk low income teens to learn about animal husbandry and business practices. They have spent time learning about rotational grazing practices and the use of cover crops to feed our little herd. The hogs have allowed the teens a hand on experience on farming and food security. Beyond this learning, the teens have learned responsibility, life skills, communication skills, business planning and implementation, and customer service. This project allows us many opportunities to support our mission of connecting farms, food, and families. Beyond just raising the pork for sale, a few piglets in the stock each year are gifted to teens for them to raise for meat to help support their families’ food needs. Purchasing our pork is supporting not only a local farm, but a mission that is making an impact in our community to help educate youth about their food and to impact those who are food insecure.

You can find our products on line at http//gfm.locallygrown.net
You will also find us at several local Farmers Markets throughout the season with our products.

COMING SOON !


Physical Market Opening Soon

OPENING DATE: MAY 12
TIME: 9 AM TO 1 PM.
WHERE: DOAK HOUSE MUSEUM
LOCATED AT: TUSCULUM COLLEGE
ADDRESS: 690 ERWIN HWY.
TUSCULUM, TN. 37745
PHONE: 423-552-3023

Open for the week


The Online Market is now open for the week.

Check out all our goodies available here online.

Our physical market opens May 12. Don’t forget we have moved to The Doak House Museum for the physical market.

It’s a beautiful locations, under the trees. We are all excited and are looking forward to seeing all of you again.

Sincerely,
Vendors, Board and Volunteers

Fooled You Didn't I ?


Yep, Mother Nature fooled us again. Thoughts of Spring were dancing through my head.

She even had me thinking I could rush right out and plant a huge garden.

And Today, yea, she had me excited, thinking “I might get to go sledding after all”

Yea, Thanks Lady. We are confused enough without out all this, Spring, Winter, Spring, Winter…watch them run…lol

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WE’VE MOVED

GREENEVILLE FARMERS MARKET
HAS MOVED**

OPENING DATE: MAY 12
TIME: 9 AM TO 1 PM.
WHERE: DOAK HOUSE MUSEUM
LOCATED AT: TUSCULUM COLLEGE
ADDRESS: 690 ERWIN HWY.
TUSCULUM, TN. 37745
PHONE: 423-552-3023

Seeds 2 Substance


SPOTLIGHT VENDOR OF THE WEEK
“Seeds·2·Substance”

Grown by Jack
Providing LOCALLY GROWN (east TN) and great tasting:
Greens
Lettuces
Speciality Herbs & Spices
Microgreens
VISION – To provide fresh, locally grown produce utilizing sustainable Hydroponics & Aquaponics aqua farming technologies
Aquaculture, the growing of fish, and
Hydroponics, the growing of plants in water.
Fish waste is filtered and natural bacteria turn it into a usable fertilizer for the plants.
Plants then uptake that fertilizer and clean the water for the fish.
This cycle repeats, creating a recirculating system where fish and plants thrive together.
Seeds·2·Substance is currently:
Utilizing a 1,500 sq ft climate controlled greenhouse.
Producing approximately 500 units of produce weekly
Jointly working with ETSU MBA students (Christie Michals, Megan Cutshaw, and Maya Roselius) along with ETSU Professors (Craig Turner and Bill Heise) to understand market demand:

Online website www.seeds2substance.com
Also selling at gfm.locallygrown.net
New Vendor with Greeneville Farmers Market, May to October
Customers (e.g., chefs, farmer markets, grocers)
Product portfolio needs of customers
Seasonal changes in desired portfolio
Building additional avenues for Customer to Seeds·2·Substance to meet their year-around needs*s

SPOTLIGHT VENDOR OF THE WEEK


SPOTLIGHT VENDOR OF THE WEEK
“Buzzard Roost Creations”

Buzzard Roost Creations is a family owned business that produces hand crafted and hand framed art, owned and operated by Judy and Raymond Tolman.

An author as well as artist, Buzzard Roost Creations is offering “The Family at Serpientes,” the first of the Serpent Trilogy, a fictional book about a young girl from Camp Creek, Tennessee who finds herself in New Mexico as a member of a family of historical detectives. Several books are currently being published such as a non- fiction book, “Southwestern Meanderings,” a non-fictional book about the Southwest and Explorations into the Lost State of Franklin, is currently being published by Sunstone Publishing of Santa Fe, New Mexico. Judy was born and raised in Greene county Tennessee. A graduate of Greeneville High School she attended college at Carson Neuman and ETSU. After teaching Special Education for several years she became a Regional Consultant for SRA-McGraw Hill. She now takes care of the required business operations. Raymond, who is the author as well as an artist, grew up in New Mexico where he taught science for several years before moving to East Tennessee. During his youth in New Mexico, he was an avid hiker, hunter, speleologist and river runner which has had a profound impact on his writing and art.

SPOTLIGHT VENDOR OF THE WEEK


 
 

SPOTLIGHT VENDOR OF THE WEEK

 “Buzzard Roost Creations”

 

Buzzard Roost Creations is a family owned business that produces hand crafted and hand framed art, owned and operated by Judy and Raymond Tolman.

 

 

An author as well as artist, Buzzard Roost Creations is offering “The Family at Serpientes,” the first of the Serpent Trilogy, a fictional book about a young girl from Camp Creek, Tennessee who finds herself in New Mexico as a member of a family of historical detectives. Several books are currently being published such as a non- fiction book, “Southwestern Meanderings,” a non-fictional book about the Southwest and Explorations into the Lost State of Franklin, is currently being published by Sunstone Publishing of Santa Fe, New Mexico.

 

 

Judy was born and raised in Greene county Tennessee. A graduate of Greeneville High School she attended college at Carson Neuman and ETSU. After teaching Special Education for several years she became a Regional Consultant for SRA-McGraw Hill. She now takes care of the required business operations. Raymond, who is the author as well as an artist, grew up in New Mexico where he taught science for several years before moving to East Tennessee. During his youth in New Mexico, he was an avid hiker, hunter, speleologist and river runner which has had a profound impact on his writing and art.