A Visit to the Downtown Farmers Market Before the Storms Arrived on Friday night.

I was running late to meet friends for lunch so there was no time to waste on Friday at the downtown Sevierville farmers market. With only 40 minutes to see as much as possible, I made my way from the parking lot on Main Street to the gazebo area. Follow along and see what was there last Friday, July 20.

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I had never seen so many cars and traffic in downtown Sevierville this summer so it was good to see people out and about.

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If you park near the courthouse then you can pass through the arcade at the Victoria Mall and then exit near the Henderson’s produce tent. This is one of my favorite stops.

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The downtown Sevierville farmers market on Fridays offers a great place for family outings. This sweet family captures that idea in one photo.

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Kyle Grainger, reporter and weather anchor for WVLT-TV, shops at another vendor. Knowing that storms were on the way that evening, the vendor and I asked about the weather timeline. Kyle replied that it would be stormy and that the television station had recommended that he pack an overnight bag in order to cover the weather throughout the early morning hours. It did turn out to be quite a stormy night!

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I always enjoy visiting the UT Ag Extension tent because they are so friendly, offer samples, give you a free recipe, and sometimes a freebie! I felt good when one of the ladies knew of this blog and said that a relative in Ohio reads it sometimes. So cool!

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 Apple salsa with a little jalapeño kick. I will make this!

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This is the nicest lady! She also makes quilts from t-shirts. I got some specifics from her for a future project because I am ready to finally get rid of T-shirts, but don’t want to throw them away. Some are from Spain, London, Australia, and New Zealand so they are sentimental favorites. This will allow me to keep the memories, but also allow more closet space. Take a look at the craftwork under her arms in the photo above. Those are remnants from T-shirt projects in the past. Looks like we know what kind of shirts they come from!

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I bought the medium glazed cashews to take as a hostess gift on Saturday at a cabi Fall ’18 collection launch. The friends at the party found them to be a favorite treat at that gathering. I talked to the vendor and he is headed for California this week.

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Other customers agree that the glazed pecans are great.

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I need to avoid sugar, but still admired the cinnamon buns from this vendor.

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Foodie pastry heaven!

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Wildflour Bakehouse offers cakes made to order and cookies as well. Check out her book for ideas and prices. I liked the chocolate cakes pictured above.

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 I was so happy to see Snowbird Mountain Farm again and made another purchase. Great  gourmet coffee!

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You can buy lunch from Doug Shanks and keep shopping!

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There is always a crowd and beautiful things to see at Sevier Blumen.

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I had to leave for lunch before I had a chance to wander over to the gazebo to see a wood turning demonstration. Luckily, I caught a Facebook Live feed by the Sevierville Commons Arts Council while I was in the restaurant. From that, I caught a couple of screenshots of these Unicoi County crafters. Here is one screenshot of Bill Collison at work.

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Here is a screenshot of Tina Collison. Check the front page of the Sevierville Mountain Press Sunday edition to see a story on these two crafters.

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Taking a last look before heading to lunch with friends. The Sevier County Courthouse clock tower in the background is a nice photo reference.

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Healthy Balance is a great lunch stop after visiting the market. I met Janice, Anita, and Elaine for a leisurely lunch. The turkey avocado sandwich grilled is perfection. We highly recommend this lunch spot!

There is another farmers market downtown in just a few days. It is a great way for you, and your family, to get out and about in Sevierville. See you there!

 

Sevierville Commons Farmers Market and Movie Night Downtown: June 15th, 2018

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I rushed up Court Avenue and then to the gazebo area in order to connect with the farmers market last Friday.  On my way home from a HIIT class, there were only a few minutes to spend there, but fresh produce was calling my name. As it turned out, I would return downtown at dusk to see what was going on with the Sevierville Commons sponsored movie. It was a busy day in downtown Sevierville so follow along to see what was bringing people downtown from morning to evening.

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Tomatoes are in! Love the summertime for this reason. Hendersons always has good ones.

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Danish and bagels for the sweet tooth. She often sells out by noon so get there early.

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This cute little game on sale by one vendor was a bargain! I will get some next week —if there are any left.

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We were able to sample one of the small Cherokee Purple tomatoes from this vendor; consequently, I took several home. Lots of flavor in a small package.

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This is on my dining room table right now. Hard to pass up a bouquet from Sevier Blumen.

Around 8:30 p.m. it was almost dusk so I decided to go by and see the crowd for the outdoor movie. The selection for the evening was the “Lion King.”

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We have no drive-in movie theaters in the county, but this was  almost the next best thing. What a nice evening to sit outside to watch a movie with family and friends almost within the shadow of the courthouse.

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Snacks were available for sale from the Relay For Life of Sevier County group. They said that they had sold out of certain things by the time that I got there so get there early next time!

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There was a very good turnout for this movie. Thanks to Sevierville Commons for the opportunity to enjoy something free downtown with families.

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I found some precious, hand-made items for sale at this table sponsored the Orbit Village Project. The figures of zebras, giraffes, and other African animals fit perfectly into the “Lion King” theme. I bought a giraffe figure that will sit on my desk to collect mail.

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I have heard of the Orbit Village Project before and enjoyed looking at the information boards. What a wonderful work it is for everyone involved.

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Finally, darkness settled and it was time for the show. Everyone seemed to settle in.

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And then the magic began…

First Visit to Downtown Sevierville Farmers Market 2018 (and a sneak peek at Rocking the Commons)

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It was my first visit to the Farmers Market in downtown Sevierville this year.  I was running late so it was a quick tour around for me this time. Many of your favorite vendors were there. Follow me to take a quick tour here.

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The first reason I go to the market is for fresh produce so Henderson’s is hard to beat.

IMG_3378 2The lady who sells bread and fresh bagels is back. These are amazing!

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One of my favorite vendors is back with the handmade figurines. Remember last year when she designed some cat and dog figurines for me to give as gifts? She has a few new things for the holidays, so check them out next week.

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I am avoiding sugar right now, but imagine these products are wonderful on a morning biscuit. She also does the T-shirt quilts so ask her about them if you are interested.

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This lady is one of the friendliest vendors on Friday so go say “hello.” She had some ‘special helpers’ too. Everyone needs soaps and scrubs and hers are so reasonably priced.

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I asked about the charcoal ingredient and she replied that it was good for problem skin and complexions. It helps remove toxins too.

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These little cakes were so light. The sweet potato butter adds the moisture. Sounds so good!

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I got close to the end of the market time so I didn’t really run into a lot of people. Will try to be earlier next week. Next, I crossed the street to see a sneak peek of the Rocking the Commons event, sponsored by the Sevierville Arts Commons.

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These rockers are gorgeous! They will be auctioned off today at 4:00.

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Go Vols !

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Each rocker is one of a kind. Collector’s item!

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Some lucky people will have a one of a kind rocking chair to enjoy on the porch this summer. See you downtown and out and about in Sevierville. 

 

Rainy Farmers Market Day, But There Was More Going On Downtown

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The first hour of the farmers market was good because there was no rain. I drove up and the streets were packed with cars. But several minutes later, the rain began to fall. After a quick ‘sweep’ through the market, there more things going on downtown. Here is what I found…

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First, I found a good parking space on the street in the middle of everything. This photo proves that I have, at one time, been successful at parallel parking.

 

I knew that I didn’t have time to waste because it had already started raining. First stop was the Henderson’s booth to check out the produce. It is a beautiful collection of vegetables, especially ‘peaches and cream’ corn. Summer is officially here! Pictured above is Andrea Wilson, a local artist. She has a gallery on Bruce Street and a member of the Sevierville Commons Art Council.

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I always say hello to our friends at the animal figurine booth. It is a favorite here.

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I ran into Leslie Strader and her husband Jeremy. They found a treasure at this booth and are ready for the holiday week.

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This is the wreath that they bought. There was one left as I passed by. I could kick myself for not getting it now. Buyers remorse!

These flowers are from Sevier Blumen. They also sell in downtown Knoxville at Market Square. Find them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Sevierblumen/

Finally got two Dahlias!

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Love the arrangement on this table and the patriotic decor. I need more time to shop at this booth. The rain was picking up at this point so I hurried down the street to Courthouse Donuts.

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It was time for a coffee and to process pictures on my IPhone; however, the day wasn’t over yet.

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First, I noticed that the Sevierville Commons Arts Council was arranging paintings for a new artist. The next Art Happening will take place in July. They told me that it would be on Thursday, July 13th. Look for more news from them soon and make plans to attend in two weeks. Follow the Sevierville Commons Art Council on Facebook. Here is a link to their page.

https://www.facebook.com/CommonsArtsCouncil/

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This is the best table in Courthouse Donuts so I usually try to get it when it is available. The big windows and natural light are hard to beat. I saw our friend Larry walking by and he joined us for coffee. Elaine and Melinda were soon to follow. As we sat there and caught up with each other, we noticed there were quite a few vehicles driving by from the local TV stations. We wondered which court case was being heard today?

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Two people can easily share a grilled pimento cheese sandwich, potato salad, and a taste of the doughnut bread pudding from Courthouse Donuts. Unreal!

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Chicken salad is always right.

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We knew that something was going on in the courthouse because all three news channels were present.

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Then, we ran into Kyle Grainger, from Channel 8 WVLT. He told us that the prosecutors had dropped the charges against the two juveniles accused of the deadly wildfires in Gatlinburg last year. We were sort of amazed and and thought about waiting around to see if we saw anyone leaving the courthouse, but decided not to hang around. It has been the lead news story for the rest of the day. Certainly, it brings back some very bad memories for us in Sevier County.

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I ran into a city worker who helps keep the landscaping so pretty and told him that it had never looked better. He said that sometimes they go downtown about 4:00 a.m. to water and care for the plants. This gives them time to work, then get out before the town comes to life in the morning.

After purging some closets this week, I took some donations down to Treasures of the Heart. There are new things there since my last visit. Look how pretty!

It was a quick visit to the farmers market due to the rain, and I was kind of disappointed, but it turned out to be quite a day after all. You never know who, or what, you will run into when you are out and about in Sevierville. 

Have a wonderful July 4th holiday!

Downtown Sevierville Farmers Market: June 23, 2017

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Fortunately, tropical storm Cindy posed little problem for the downtown Sevierville farmers market on Friday. Other than a strong breeze at times, the weather was great and the sun was shining. Here is how my visit went at the market.

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The downtown landscaping is beautiful! They are really doing a good job and it is a sight for the eyes.

It is always a pleasure to see this flower seller at the market.

These soaps smelled so good! They also had infused olive oils.

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I love these sunglasses! You can see your reflection in them too.

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Artist, Chuck Ottolini, and helpers, are shopping for fresh produce.

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There was a crowd around Henderson’s produce tent. They always have good things. I often stop at their store during the summer.

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Wondering where to begin!

The pastry booth has a variety of things. The caramel brownie pictured above is very rich and could be shared among 4 people. She sold out of bagels before I arrived at the booth; however, it is good to see brisk sales in the farmers market.

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Alex Johnson buying produce to take home.

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Sevierville Commons members, Jim McGill, and Sophia Conerly, are happy to see a busy market day.

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You can buy pretty little bouquets for the table at the Sevierville farmers market.

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This reminded me of the wonderful pineapples in the Dominican Republic a few weeks ago.

I finally ordered a lemonade from the hot dog vendor booth. I had wanted one for a year. You can order lemonade with sugar or Splenda. He had an interesting technique of shaking it with the entire lemon in the container. I am going to try that at home some time.

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It was one of the best lemonades that I have ever had. I’ll get a large next time. So good!

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A gust of wind caught a couple of tents on the east side and caused several moments of excitement. People rushed to help so it was OK. Maybe it was the last of tropical storm Cindy passing through the market on her way up the coast.

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I enjoyed talking to these vendors, a husband and wife who used to live in Florida, but retired here to the Wears Valley area.

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Ernie was an executive chef in West Palm Beach, Florida. He worked as a dietary manager in diverse settings such as hospitals, nursing homes, and restaurants. At first, post-retirement, they were traveling in a motor home. Soon, they found a real estate agent and moved to the Walden’s Creek area. When I asked about retirement and the products that you see on the table, Ernie replied that he wasn’t ready to quit everything yet. He said that cooking was never a job to him. In fact, he always felt a satisfaction seeing someone smile after eating something that he had prepared. This couple was so friendly. Ask him some recipe questions the next time you visit the market!

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As I walked back to my car through the arcade, I realized that I missed the ‘make-and-take’ sessions by the Sevierville Commons Arts Council that we had enjoyed since last year. They had received a grant that enabled them to offer the sessions during the farmers market.  The grant has since been used and there are no remaining funds at this time; however, a business or organization could help sponsor some ‘make-it-and-take-it’ sessions in the future. If you are interested then contact the Sevierville Commons Arts Council at their website. Here is a link https://www.seviervillecommonsartscouncil.org

The ‘make-and-take’ sessions by the Sevierville Commons Arts Council were wildly popular with young and old. Families and children loved to do them. I found myself doing several, like the ‘church doll’ that I gave my niece yesterday. It was great fun to have someone at the sessions coaching you through the process and then being able to take it home as your own. Fingers crossed that they come back soon. In the meantime, I will try to visit some art galleries and stores downtown. Support your local artists! They are helping with the Renaissance of downtown now.

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This is a good shortcut to the courthouse and the parking lot across from the bank.

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See you next Friday at the downtown farmers market when we are out and about in Sevierville.