Farmers market season underway at three sites
by GREG KAYLOR, Banner Staff Writer
Jun 07, 2013 | 1399 views | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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THERE WERE SOME fresh locally grown vegetables to be had at the first week of the First Street Square Farmers Market Thursday. The event is held weekly on Thursdays.
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Vendors were few for the first day of the First Street Square MainStreet Cleveland Farmers Market, but things will pick up, according to Sharon Marr, executive director of MainStreet.

The Peerless Road Farmers Market officially opens Saturday.

“Crops are just now beginning to come in. We expected it to be a little slow, but those vendors who did come out had some beautiful produce,” Marr said.

Fresh garden-grown vegetables are beginning to come into season and area farmers’ markets have begun to open including the Peerless Road Farmers Market operated by the Bradley County UT Agriculture Extension Office and the Bradley County Farmers Market North located on Urbane Road, as well as the First Street Square market.

“This is our fifth season and we are looking forward to this year with many area vendors bringing their homegrown, local foods,” Marr said.

The First Street Square market began in the parking lot at the Museum Center at Five Points. It opens each Thursday at 4 p.m.

Bradley County Farmers Market North will also be in operation with vendors from the local area. The market opens at 7 a.m. and is open until vendors decide to close the business day.

The market is open every day except Sunday.

It is located near the Senior Center and the Urbane Road Sports Complex.

The UT Ag-Extension Center operates the Peerless Road Farmers Market. Reconstruction and expansion of the cannery will delay the opening of the cannery; however, area farmers have been selling early crops and will be selling their fruits and vegetables Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 7 a.m. until about 2 p.m.