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Renaissance Farmers Market reopens Saturday

Dixie Lee Farmers Market will be re-opening for its second season at Renaissance | Farragut Saturday, April 25.

“Last year was really good ... it stayed busy all year round,” founder Ginger Cannon said.

The Farmers Market plans to have nine produce vendors, including two certified organic; two permanent craft vendors and two meat vendors this year.

“We have everybody we had [last] year except for the organic meat vendor,” Cannon said.

“And we’re getting four pretty large produce vendors.

“The crafts will come a little later in the year, except for one or two of our permanent vendors,” she added.

Cannon said the vegetable and produce season could have a late start too.

“It’s a strange season this year because of the weather. There are many farmers who put a lot of their produce out in March and April, but the rain has really prevented people from getting it in,” Cannon said.

Strawberries are estimated to start coming in the first weeks of May, as will lettuce and greens.

“The really deep vegetable season will probably start in late-May to June,” Cannon said.

The Farmers Market also will have a few logistical changes: the Market will be set in front of Seasons Cafe and Mojos Rock Shoppe instead of in front of Webster’s Deli.

“We did that specifically because we can block it off. There will be no cars moving through it this year,” Cannon said.

In addition, guests to the Market will not be allowed to bring pets, a request from the state of Tennessee for sanitation reasons.

“Much to our regret, but for sanitation ... pets won’t be allowed,” Cannon said.

The Farmers Market will participate in Renaissance’s inaugural Renaissance Festival, to be held Saturday, May 2, as well as other special days yet to be determined.

“I don’t know all the dates yet, but we are going to have a summer festival, a fall harvest festival, and we’re thinking about ... having a dress-up day [on Halloween],” Cannon said.

The Farmers Market season will run from Saturday, April 25, to Saturday, Oct. 31.

“We are taking special requests on our e-mails from people who are looking for specific types of vegetables and stuff,” Cannon said.

“Last year, we had some people ask for specific peppers, and now I’ve got a farmer looking at that.

“We’ve got farmers who are just willing to try anything,” she added.

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