Main Street Farmers Market Celebrates 5th Season With Spring-A-Ma-Jig

Friday, April 12, 2013 - by Bonnie Baranowski

The Main St. Farmers Market, at 325 East Main Street, hosted a special market day, the “Spring-A-Ma-Jig”, on Wednesday. The food and fun were all free for attendees. Walter Bates of Hoe Hop Valley Farm served up grilled market-sourced sliders on Niedlov’s buns, and the soon-to-open Farmer’s Daughter Café provided a slaw made with Fall Creek Farms cabbage and beets, potato salad with Fall Creek potatoes and handmade green tomato relish, hibiscus and Sequatchie Cove rosemary tea, and Sequatchie Cove lemongrass tea for market customers.

Country-folk crooners Letty and Georgia mesmerized listeners with their versions of songs like “Angel from Montgomery”, and Bill Scarborough, Walter Bates and Pete Boubel later took the stage for fun renditions of “This Land is Your Land” and “I’m My Own Grandpa”.  Kids and adults alike took time out to learn more about the soil, and plant seeds which they were able to take home with them to sprout.

“MSFM is excited to begin its fifth year of service to the Chattanooga area.  Customers have come to trust that food purchased at MSFM is grown responsibly and sustainably by local farmers.  Importantly, MSFM is more than just a market - it is a place where both farmers and consumers come together to have fun and to form meaningful relationships.”  said Robin Fazio, MSFM board president and co-owner of Sonrisa Farms

The Main St. Farmers Market (MSFM) first opened in 2009 to offer Chattanoogans a source for sustainably produced food. The market is farmer and consumer run, and offers cheese, bread, meat, coffee, herbs and whole wheat flour in addition to seasonal produce. The MSFM is unique among Chattanooga farmers markets because the vendors produce food that has been grown or raised free of all synthetic chemicals.  Farmers are only allowed to sell food they have personally grown, and must farm within a 75 mile radius of Chattanooga.  MSFM operates all year long, from 4-6pm April to November and 4-5 pm December through March.

More information can be found at www.mainstfarmersmarket.com.     


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