Explore Fresh at the Farmers Market

Farmers Market Fresh Program Assistant, Allison Campbell, sharing a weekly recipe sample with Emmagayle and Jennagrace Maloe at Union County Farmers Market

The pantry is empty and the refrigerator is bare, time to shop for groceries. As you drive to your favorite grocery store, you know the routine. Enter the store, grab a buggy, and browse aisles upon aisles of products. After your cart is full and all items are checked off your list, you will head for the front to pay, hoping of course, to find the shortest and fastest checkout.

But, what happens when you change things up? What happens when you decide to shop a different venue, for instance the local farmers market? Well, in such a case, your traditional understanding of what it means to grocery shop has to change.
According to Dr. Christopher Sneed, Extension Specialist with The University of Tennessee Extension, the way consumers shop for food is based on a set of conditioned responses. “These conditioned responses guide consumers telling them ‘how’ to shop. In addition, the conditioned responses help consumers process information and make decisions during the shopping experience.” When you shop at new or different retail venues such as a farmers market, your conditioned responses may no longer work. Thus, you must rethink how you shop.

To help you make these shifts in thinking and to help you make the most of the farmers market shopping experience, Sneed offers the following suggestions:
1. Arrive early, but not too early. For the best selection, be sure to arrive early to the farmers market. However, do not arrive too early. Many farmers’ markets have strict start times. Vendors may not be able to sell to you before the market officially opens.
2. Bring a bag. It is a good plan to bring a bag or basket with you to the market. Unlike, a grocery store, many vendors do not provide bags for your items.
3. Have fun! Farmers’ markets are social, festive events. Take time to talk with your fellow shoppers and the vendors selling your food. Who knows? You may just learn a new way to prepare your favorite fruit or vegetable.
4. Bring a cooler preferably one with wheels. Using a cooler helps protect your perishable items (cheeses, meats, dairy products) while you shop. In addition, a cooler will help you get these items home safely.
5. Talk to the vendors. Unlike the grocery store, farmers’ markets allow you the opportunity to talk – in most cases – to the person who grew the food you are purchasing. Use this opportunity to your advantage, and ask away.
6. Be prepared for choices – lots of them. At the farmers’ market, you may find more than one variety of the fruits or vegetables you are needing. Making a decision among all these choices can be overwhelming. To help, talk with the vendors and the other shoppers. Both can help you make a selection that best meets your food needs.
7. Ask questions. Don’t assume that all the foods at your farmers’ market are organic, grown in your community, or even grown by the vendor selling them. Markets have very different rules governing the types of items that can be sold. Asking the vendor is the best way to find out the information you need.
8. Seek out the information booth. Almost all markets have an information booth where you can ask questions about the market. The information booth is a great place to start if you plan to use your SNAP benefits. The information booth can walk you through the process of how to use your SNAP benefits at the market.

So, grab your favorite shopping bag and head out the door. A different, and fun, shopping experience is waiting for you. It is important to support our local farmers, crafters, and vendors; Union County Farmers Market makes that easy! On Saturday’s through October 5, 2019, stop by the market at Wilson Park where you will find a variety of produce and meat vendors, honey, eggs, crafts, food trucks, music, children’s activities and so much more.

This year at the market here is Maynardville, the University of Tennessee Extension Union County is providing a booth where demonstrations, recipes, and research-bases advice on best practices on selecting, preparing, and storing some favorite summertime finds is available. This is a part of the Farmers Market Fresh Program. The best part of the program is that each person who stops by the booth receives a recipe card to go along with the sample of the demonstration. At the end of the season, consumers could have an entire collection of recipes all featuring items fresh from the farmers’ market.

This summer the Farmers Market Fresh Program Assistant is Maynardville native Allison Campbell. She interactively invites market visitors to actively try the fresh recipes and encourages them to purchase the fresh ingredients from the vendors. Be sure to stop by her booth and taste one of the delicious fresh recipes she has prepared on your next trip to the market.

Adults are not the only ones who learn from the Farmers Market Fresh Program. Children enjoy a sample of the food as well, and they are able to participate in a weekly children’s challenge. Through the challenge, children are able to learn more about the fruits and vegetables their families purchase, prepare, and taste at home. They even have the chance to take home prizes that will help them cook at home with their families! The primary objective of Farmers Market Fresh is to encourage limited-resource families to increase fresh fruit and vegetable consumption through farmers markets.

Allison Campbell, Farmers Market Fresh Program Assistant at Union County Farmers Market 2019

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Obituary

Carolyn Marcum

Carolyn Marcum, passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, September 17, 2019 surrounded by loved ones. Preceded in death by Daddy Rev. Leon Dawson, Momma Mabel Dawson, brother Doyle, and husband Dalvis Marcum. Survived by sons Tony (Brenda), Robbie (Christy), daughter Tammy, 9 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, sister Loretta Foster. Family will receive friends 6:00-8:00pm Friday, September 20, 2019, at Redemption Harvest Church with service to follow, Rev. Jody Darden and Rev. Randy Carver officiating.

Hampton McMahan

Hampton McMahan, age 94 of Maynardville, TN, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, September 17, 2019. He was a WWII Army Veteran and received a Purple Heart for his outstanding service to his country. Preceded in death by wife Laura McMahan; parents Reverend Harvey and Easter McMahan; brothers Pete Hayes and Hubert McMahan; sister Meryl Ward.

John Franklin Chesher

John Franklin Chesher, age 77, passed away September 16, 2019. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War serving in the US Army. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. John enjoyed fishing, always had a good humor about him, was tough as nails and had a huge heart. He loved his “Pete” with all his heart.

John is preceded in death by his mother Mattie Ethel Chesher; three brothers; and mother-in-law Iona Webb.

Rev. Ruben and Belinda Wilson

Rev. Ruben Wilson-age 76 and Belinda Wilson-age 58 of Blaine passed away suddenly Tuesday morning, September 10, 2019 as the result of an automobile accident.

The families would like to express their love and gratitude for the outpouring of love and support shown to our families.

Upon the request of Rev. Ruben and Belinda, there will be no services. Arrangements by Cooke-Campbell Mortuary, Maynardville.

Sara Elizabeth Dixon Kitts

Sara Elizabeth Dixon Kitts – 37 of Maynardville, born April 28, 1982 passed away Wednesday, September 11, 2019. She was a member of Alder Springs Missionary Baptist Church.

She is preceded in death by sister, Nancy Lynne Dixon; grandparents, William “Bud” Jones and Charles and Opal Dixon. Sara is survived by son, Carson Kitts; parents, James “Len” and Ann Dixon; sister, Jamie Dixon Delph; brothers, Andy (Sherri) Dixon and Scott Dixon; grandmother, Georgia Jones; special niece and nephews, Abygale Dixon, Hunter and Eli Delph; and several uncles, aunts and cousins.

Dana Lynn Bryson

Dana Lynn Bryson – November 7, 1957 – September 11, 2019 of Knoxville, departed Wednesday morning, losing her battle with cancer. During her time with us she lived, worked and played in Knoxville, Kansas City, Cleveland, Ohio, Washington D C and Atlanta. She graduated from Shawnee Mission High School in Kansas and Georgia State University. Her varied interest included dance, theatre, debate, politics, genealogy, knitting and film history.

Dustin "Cotton" Earl Bates

Dustin “Cotton” Earl Bates, age 27 of Strawberry Plains, passed away on September 7, 2019. Dustin was a beloved son, grandson, uncle and soon to be father. Preceded in death by his grandparents, Eddie and Wanda Bates and grandfather, Clifford Hensley. He is survived and will be greatly missed by his parents, Charles “Chad” Bates and Misty Hobbs; stepfather, Jesse Hobbs; sister, McKenzie Bates; brothers, Peyton Bates and Lee Hobbs; grandparents, Jerry and Polly Holt; grandmother, Barbara Hensley; nephew, Maverick Dylan Townsend; several aunts, uncles, cousins and great friends.

E. LaVerne Wilkerson

E. LaVerne Wilkerson age 91 of Knoxville, Tennessee was received into the presence of her Lord Jesus on Sunday, September 8, 2019 as she peacefully slept. She was a member of Salem Baptist Church.

Welcoming her into the Kingdom are parents Winfred and Iva Nunn; sister Wanda Nunn; daughters Kathy Wilkerson Rowden and Cindy Wilkerson Bryant; and grandson Dennis Carson Wilkerson Jr.

Corum Henderson Wolfenbarger

C.H. Wolfenbarger-age 86, was born in Washburn, Tennessee on July 7th, 1933 and passed away September 1st, 2019 in White Lake, Michigan. Beloved, he rose to heaven surrounded by his loving family. He was attentively cared for by his son, Jim Wolfenbarger and family after suffering a stroke in 2002 causing a slow decline of dementia. He celebrated Christmas and spent the winters with his daughter, Sherry Wolfenbarger Cagan and family in California.

Sandra C. Kitts Thomas

Sandra Carol Kitts Thomas-age 60 of Maynardville went home to be with the Lord Monday morning, September 2, 2019 at Select Specialty Hospital in North Knoxville Medical Center. She was a long-time member of Grace Baptist Church. She was born January 31, 1959 the daughter of the late Rev. Ted and Welmia Kitts, also preceded in death by sister, Mary Kitts.

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