Concrete poured for Farmers Market
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Those attending last week's Market, had the opportunity to see concrete being poured for the facility which will be the future home of the Cannon County Farmers Market. It was exciting to see the concrete truck roll in and watch the Preston Brothers, well David busy laying the foundation for the building. While the initial thought was planted two years ago, the reality of a permanent home is in reach this season.

The Cannon County Farmers Market is the path to your garden favorites. Green tomatoes for the southern favorite "fried green tomatoes" and red ripe and yellow tomatoes for a wide range delectable summer recipes. Green beans, okra and sweet corn will be good supply again next week. Okra, being a tropical plant has been delayed due to the rainy, cloudy and unseasonal cool conditions. The Market still has freshly dug potatoes and a wide array of sweet and hot peppers. Several of the producers have large quantities available for those needing vegetables to preserve. 

Last week's highlights included the pickled beets of Mr. Thurman, a combination of sugar, water and vinegar goodness. The load of silver queen sweet corn provided by the Martin family and friends. Along with the buzz of the construction, it was great to see the fellowship between family and friends. Mrs. Peggy Miller loaded up on purple hull peas, I'm sure Jim helped in the shelling along with quality control after they were cooked.
For those looking for locally grown farm fresh vegetables, drop by the Cannon County Farmers Market this Saturday, August 10th for a great selection of fruits, vegetables and baked good including; beans (blue lake, Roma and half-runners), butternut, cantaloupes, cucumbers, eggplant, fresh herbs, peppers (Anaheim, bell, banana, Poblano, cayenne, jalapeno, sweet banana), okra, potatoes (Irish new potatoes), purple hull peas, sweet corn (peaches & cream and silver queen), squash (zucchini and yellow), sweet corn, tomatoes (red, yellow and green), watermelons, assortment of squash. Irene Hollis and Lindsey Parsley have a great selection of homemade fried pies and assortment of jams, jellies and baked goods. Half Acre Farm offers raw salsa, spicy dill pickles, pesto and organic cucumbers, squash, bell peppers and Roma and beefsteak tomatoes. They continue to feature pickled pepperoncini, *chicken salad and *pimento cheese salad. (*provided by Blue Porch Restaurant)

The Cannon County Farmers Market is located at the Arts Center of Cannon County every Saturday beginning at 6:00 A.M. Most Saturdays the market is open until noon or until the farm fresh fruits and vegetables have been sold. Best way to get the best selection is to come early! Local businesses supporting the Cannon County Farmer's Market, includes; Osborn's Piggy Wiggly, Save a Lot and the Blue Porch. We appreciate their support for utilizing locally grown, farm fresh items.

For help with freezing or canning tips, contact Carla Bush at the Cannon County Extension Office at 563-2554. If you need more information concerning the market or would like to become a vendor, contact Bruce Steelman at the Cannon County Extension Office (563-2554), bsteelman@utk.edu or Cannoncountyfarmersmarket.com. The Cannon County Farmers Market specializes in bringing farm fresh, vine ripen fruits and vegetables from the farm to your dinner table.

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