Saturday was Watermelon Day at the Farmers Market. People were happy as fresh, farm-grown watermelons were everywhere and ripe, juicy pieces were free for sampling.
As 10 -year-old Caden Stubblefield said, with his mouth full, “You can’t have summer without watermelon!” He added with a sad face, “Summer’s almost over though.”
For the first time, live music was being played for Farmers Market patrons and vendors. Tanner Hillis and Trey Binkley were entertaining the crowd with their guitar playing and singing.
Pamela Bartholomew and Wendy Sneed were on hand from the Tennessee Department of Agriculture encouraging everyone to ‘Pick Tennessee Products’ first.
Market goers could register for a free basket of made in Tennessee products including Bush’s Beans, Fritos, GooGoo Clusters, Little Debbies, Pringles and Martha White flour.
Free recipe cards were being handed out detailing how to cook healthy using farm-grown fruits and vegetables. “Most people are three to four generations removed from farms and that means many are also three or four generations from the kitchen. Our recipe cards help everyday consumers who want to eat fresh farm grown products including meats, fruits and vegetables while they eat healthy,” said Batholomew.
“There are 120 Farmers Markets in Tennessee. We encourage everyone to shop at your Farmers Market. By shopping here, you support local farmers and the local economy. The community comes together. The Farmers Market offers a great time and great food to everyone,” Bartholomew said.
Janice Bowling, 16th District State Senate Candidate said, “This is one of the best Farmers markets I have been to. This is my second trip to this one in two weeks. People who don’t come here need to start.” Bowling is President of Tennessee Backroads Heritage which promotes Tennessee agritourism.
“We have a huge turn-out today. I’m so glad we have this great crowd.” said Main Street McMinnville Executive Director Carla King.
Visit PickTnProducts.org to find produce, farmers markets, pick-your-own farms, seasonal recipes, agritourism attractions and events, wineries, agricultural fairs, greenhouse and nursery products, and more.
Visit www.warrentnfarmersmarket.org for more information about our local Farmers Market located downtown by the water tower.