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Market opening with yard sale
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The Farmers Market pavilion may be rented for all types of functions, like this recent Farm to Table event. Contact the city of McMinnville at 931-473-1212.
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The Market officially opens today, but do not expect an abundance of fruit and vegetables just yet. You can expect friendly folks selling yard sale items from their vendor booths today only.

With springtime officially arriving today  some folks are thinking about gathering seeds for spring planting. Some have the urge to plant a vegetable garden in hopes of reaping an early harvest. According to The Old Farmer’s 2019 Almanac,” the last frost for the Nashville area will be April 12.

Plans are being made for the opening of the Warren County Farmers Market, which is set for April 6.  

“I’m not sure how many products will be for sale at that time,” said Farmers Market president Mark Santucci. “With the wet spring we are experiencing, we may have a few cold weather crops, but have just found out we have a vendor that assures us he will have greenhouse lettuce and maybe some tomatoes. We will also have some frozen chicken and beef, and maybe some vegetable and flowering plants.” 

The market board recently decided to bring back the opening day yard sale, which they haven’t done in several years. 

“I personally don’t remember a yard sale day, but this first day is the perfect time, since we are low on supply items,” said Santucci. “Needless to say, it can be interesting and fun and we hope everyone will stop by.” 

Santucci encourages anyone interested in selling at the market to get in touch with him to register and become a market member. This means filling out an application and paying a $15 yearly fee. Applications are available at the Warren County Extension office, or can be obtained from Santucci. His contact number is 931-247-7191. 

There will be a change in market hours starting this season. The market is open on Saturday, 7 a.m. – 1 p.m. starting in April; and Wednesday, 7 a.m. – 1 p.m. starting in May.  

They are currently in search of a market manager, with interested people to contact Santucci. Duties of the manager includes signing in slots for vendors, and generally taking care of things happening at the market, including answering questions and planning events.  

The mission of the Farmers Market group is to provide an avenue for local farmers to market their product to area consumers. To promote quality produce through guidelines established by the board of directors. 

Along with Santucci, other officers are: Robert Mullican, vice president and Ginger Wanamaker, secretary-treasurer. Board members are Leonard Keel, Brent Bain, John Adam Turner, Lee Allen Turner and David Kelly.  

The McMinnville Farmers Market Pavilion is located downtown at 100 Market Street, and is owned by the City of McMinnville/Parks and Recreation. The facility is available for rental and can be reserved by calling 931-473-1212. Rental grants the use of the restrooms, concession room and the pavilion.