By Kathryn Engle
For the Mountain Advocate
The Knox County Farmers’ Market is about to begin its third market season. The market will meet every Thursday from 5-8 p.m. at the Knox County Cooperative Extension parking lot at 215 Treuhaft Boulevard beginning on May 26. Turn off of 25 E at the Shell Station on old Tremco Road.
This year, the KCFM will also host special Saturday markets on June 4, July 2, Aug. 6 and Sept. 3 downtown at the Mitchell’s Market parking lot from noon to 3 p.m.
The Knox County Farmers’ Market offers a variety of fresh local fruits and vegetables, prepared foods, honey, crafts, soaps and cosmetics, and much more. Throughout the season, there will be special events, activities for kids, raffles, games and local entertainment.
The market accepts cash, credit, debit cards and SNAP/EBT cards (food stamps). This year the market also accepts WIC vouchers and Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition program vouchers. A limited number of WIC Vouchers are now available for WIC recipients at the Knox County Health Department. Bring these vouchers to the market and use them to redeem free produce. A limited number of Farmers’ Market Senior Vouchers will be available to senior citizens over the age of 60 meeting certain eligibility requirements beginning June 1 at the Knox County Health Department.
This year, in partnership with Community Farm Alliance, the Knox County Farmers’ Market will DOUBLE the value of SNAP/EBT, WIC, and Senior Voucher purchases! Come to the information booth at the market use your SNAP/EBT, WIC, and Senior Vouchers and get DOUBLE your money!
The Knox County Farmers’ Market is always looking for new vendors. Farmers, prepared food vendors, gardeners, crafters, local businesses and nonprofit organizations are welcome to participate in the market. Farmers’ Market wishes to thank its returning vendors for making its first two years a success.
Individuals and businesses interested in becoming vendors can visit www.knoxcountymarket.com. Hard copies of the vendor application forms are also available at the Knox County Extension Office.
More information is available on the Farmers’ Market Facebook page or you can e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.