Free watermelon slices, live entertainment, and fresh produce will all be in abundant supply this Saturday morning at the Farmers Market.
The annual Watermelon Day will have a new twist this year with The Big Woman Band performing from 9 a.m. to noon, while free watermelon slices will be given away all morning from 6 a.m. to noon.
“We usually carve up anywhere from 20 to 30 watermelons,” said Farmers Market president J.B. Brown. “Some people come just to eat watermelon and that’s fine with us. The live entertainment will be a first. We’re trying to do some different things and this is one of them. So we’ll see how it works out and it might be something we end up doing monthly.”
The Tennessee Department of Agriculture will also be in attendance this Saturday to check out Farmers Market festivities and promote the local market on more of a statewide level.
“We’re honored because we’re only one of five markets in the state selected by the Department of Agriculture,” said Brown. “They have requested a table and will have a booth set up.”
As for the produce, Brown says the Farmers Market is overflowing with tomatoes, okra, squash and zucchini. There is still some corn available and apples are beginning to appear.
“I can’t believe how good the quality of our produce has been considering it’s been a horrible growing season,” said Brown. “I monitor everything for quality and overall it’s been excellent.”
In addition to free watermelon, local recipe books will be given away this Saturday.
The Farmers Market is located in downtown McMinnville by the water tower.