Saturday, I went to the local Farmer’s Market with Julie. She is a regular and she introduced me to some of her friends and acquaintances as we were making the rounds. One gentleman I met was Warren Sharp – one of the original Sharps of Sharps Chapel! He said his mother lives across the street from him and used to be an elementary teacher and taught in a two-room school house at Sharps Chapel.
As far as vendors, there were about five or six. I didn’t really need anything, but I ended up buying fresh okra anyway as I could not find it at the grocery store. (I simply microwave the uncut pods and eat them with my fingers holding them by the stems.)
If you want to (or need to) walk, there is a formal “walking group” there that starts around 8:30 am. They have a booth set up. Just stop by and let them know you are interested. They have a short and long course – so pick what you are most comfortable with. We took trash bags and picked up trash as we walked. You wouldn’t believe the trash! We really made a difference.
There was only one vendor with sweet corn and this was his last batch for the season. He had only planted 5 acres. He said he plans to expand his crop next year, as he was selling out early each week.
I took the time to ask him about trouble I was having with my pumpkin plants that I had sowed — they were not producing fruit. The blooms appeared to have a fuzzy mold on them and wilted and died. He immediately knew what the problem was – a tiny worm, which I later researched to learn that it is most probably the larvae of the cucumber beetle.
Other vendors had tomatoes, green peppers, okra, cucumbers, leaf lettuce, zucchini, yellow squash, and green beans. One vendor was selling homemade Adirondack chairs and another one some art. A food vendor was selling fried bologna sandwiches and pulled pork sandwiches.
The photo above shows the food stand for Seven Springs Farm. The woman on the left is Donna, the owner. I learned that she is originally from Bellbrook Ohio, which is adjacent to our Ohio home in Beavercreek. Donna said their Seven Springs Farm, is a 500 acre farm! Located at 1474 Highway 61 East Maynardville, TN 37807 (865-803-0281), they grow the following: Blueberries, Muscadines, Pumpkins, Decorative Gourds, Sweet Corn, Green Beans, Tomatoes, Yellow Squash, Zucchini, Bell Peppers, Cucumbers, Herbs, Okra, Winter Squash, Sweet Potatoes, Beets, Turnips, Cabbage, Greens, and Lettuce.
If you “like” them on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/SevenSpringsFarm), then you’ll get updates on what is in season so you can plan ahead before you go. Donna attends three farmer’s markets: Thurs, Friday, and Saturday. This Saturday Farmer’s Market at Union County High School is the closest one for Sharps Chapel.