Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

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June 4, 2010

Farmers' Market holds grand opening Saturday

CROSSVILLE — There is nothing like homegrown southern food and the local farmers' market is the perfect place to get the ingredients. Every year since the 1970s the Cumberland County Farmers' Market has opened its gates to the public and June 5 will mark its annual grand opening.

The market is off 70 North at the corner of Livingston Road. Open to anyone, all produce is grown from local gardens of all sizes.

The market is open from 6 a.m. to noon every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Each year, vendors sell their products as they come into season. Fruits, vegetables and crafts are just a few of the things you'll find. At Carl Taylor's booth he sells seeds, birdhouses and more. Others sell flowers, lettuce, beans and other produce.

Taylor, vendor since the 1970s, said, "The market was set up because local farmers wanted to cut out the middle man. We weren't making any money so the government helped set up this market."

Established by C. Evan Looney, the market has since moved from First United Methodist Church to its current location on county-owned property.

Cumberland County Farmer's Market President Clinton VanDorn said, "Each vendor must pay a $2 stall fee and all gardens are inspected by our committee to guarantee a homegrown local product."

Vendors must be residents of Cumberland County to set up booths but are allowed to sell their products in other places.

Vendor Carol Mccurry said, "I help my nephew by sitting with his booth. He grows everything we sell and it's great to have a place to help him. He also sells eggs to friends and neighbors."

The grand opening is part of what will become monthly events held by the Farmers' Market group.

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