Market Square Farmers' Market opens in downtown Knoxville

Market Square Farmers' Market opens in downtown Knoxville

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Wednesday kicked off the Market Square Farmers' Market for the year. Wednesday kicked off the Market Square Farmers' Market for the year.
"The weather's not been cooperating too well for the crops out in the field. In 75 degree weather, everything starts to go real well, and then it drops to 38, and then it withers," said Richard Harbin of Cedarside Farms. "The weather's not been cooperating too well for the crops out in the field. In 75 degree weather, everything starts to go real well, and then it drops to 38, and then it withers," said Richard Harbin of Cedarside Farms.
"It's been a long winter. We've got a lot of overcrowding in the greenhouse because people are afraid to plant," said Erica Lambert of Dixie Lee Greenhouse. "It's been a long winter. We've got a lot of overcrowding in the greenhouse because people are afraid to plant," said Erica Lambert of Dixie Lee Greenhouse.

By HAYLEY HARMON
6 News Anchor/Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Opening day of the Market Square Farmers' Market kicked off Wednesday with ideal weather.

Local vendors gathered in downtown Knoxville to showcase products ranging from fresh produce, like eggs and herbs, to bread, baked goods, coffee and crafts.

"They just have things that you just can't find at another store, things you can't just go to the big box store and get," said Pat Fitch of Knoxville, who was shopping at the Farmers' Market.

Lots of locally grown, farm fresh produce was up for grabs, but after a dismal winter and spring filled with its fair share of cold snaps, farmers say so far their crops are a little bit smaller than last year.

"The weather's not been cooperating too well for the crops out in the field. In 75 degree weather, everything starts to go real well, and then it drops to 38, and then it withers," said Richard Harbin of Cedarside Farms.

Harbin says some of their crops are now growing at least two weeks behind schedule, while others, like plums, he lost altogether.

But for local greenhouses selling at the Farmers' Market, the weather had the opposite effect. They have almost double the merchandise this time around.

"Perennials, annuals, vegetables, herbs. I have a lot more right now. I have two booths when I normally only have one," said Erica Lambert of Dixie Lee Greenhouse.

Lambert says customers had been too afraid to buy during the past up-and-down forecast.

"It's been a long winter. We've got a lot of overcrowding in the greenhouse because people are afraid to plant," said Lambert.

No matter what problems they've encountered, vendors say they are just glad the farmers' market is back open, considering the profits they turn here make up a significant portion of the sales they make all year long.

"I'd say probably 80%," said Harbin.

The Market Square Farmers' Market is open every Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Saturdays from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.

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