Knox Country Farmers’ Market opening soon

By Andrew Powell

For the Mountain Advocate

Photo by Bobbie Poynter Grant and Judy Baker of Baker’s Farm at the Laurel Branch of Stinking Creek show off their produce and homemade sorghum at the Knox County Farmers’ Market last fall.
Photo by Bobbie Poynter
Grant and Judy Baker of Baker’s Farm at the Laurel Branch of Stinking Creek show off their produce and homemade sorghum at the Knox County Farmers’ Market last fall.

The spring Kentucky air will soon bring the start of the second season of the Knox County Farmers’ Market.

The Knox County Farmers’ Market Board of Directors has announced the market will open for the season on May 7. In addition, a new location for the market has been announced for the 2015 season. The market will move to the Knox County Cooperative Extension Office from its former location at the Paul Baker Law Office. The Extension Office is located at 215 Treuhaft Boulevard, just off of Hwy 25E.

The market will be open every Thursday from 5-8 p.m. and run continuously until Oct. 1.

“We didn’t know what to expect last year with it being our first year, but we could not have been happier with the results,” said Grant Baker, Farmers’ Market Board President. “We fully expect this year to be even better with more vendors, more products and more opportunity to share our local food economy with people throughout the region.”

The Farmers’ Market will host a grand opening celebration on May 21. The Blue Crawdads, a local jazz-blues band, will be performing. Other special events will be planned throughout the season.

As the 2015 season gets underway, the City of Barbourville, and its partners, will help further develop the community program with assistance from a Local Foods, Local Places grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission. Barbourville was one of 26 communities selected from 316 applicants for the program. The program provides technical support to integrate local food systems into community economic development action plans.

Barbourville was selected to the program based on plans to develop the Knox County Farmers’ Market into a permanent facility for local gardeners, farmers, entrepreneurs and consumers to interact and promote the agricultural and economic wellness of the community. The Local Foods, Local Places program will provide a team of agricultural, transportation, environmental, health and economic experts to strengthen and develop the community initiative.

Union College is a primary partner in the Farmers’ Market as well as other agricultural-based programs being developed in the community. Union College recently submitted a Seeds of Change grant to help improve the Barbourville Community Garden and expand upon agriculture programs offered in the Knox County area.

The Knox County Farmers’ Market is the result of a partnership between Union College, Lend-A-Hand, Grow Appalachia, Knox County Health Department, Spread the Health Appalachia, Barbourville Tourism and many community volunteers that help to host and organize the weekly market.

You can learn more by following them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/knoxcountyfarmersmarket.

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