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Farmer’s Market resumes

Dixie Lee Farmer’s Market, the popular Saturday destination, resumed Saturday, May 1.

Jeff and Virginia “Ginger” Cannon, who started the Farmer’s Market in 2008, have about 45 vendors scheduled to rotate in each week’s 24-space capacity.

“You’ve got your produce vendors, then we have two bakeries: VG’s and First Family Bakery. We have cheese from Locust Grove Farm on a weekly basis,” Jeff said.

“We have plant vendors: ornamental plants and a new vendor this year that’s going to be selling edible landscaping plants, like blueberries. Their thing is ‘you can eat your yard,’” he laughed.

Vegetable seedlings will be available for the first few weeks of the market.

Champion Daylilies, off McFee Road, will have a booth, as will “anchor vendors” such as Crosswinds, Colvin Family Farm, Mountain Meadows and Mayfield Farms.

Other vendors will offer everything from salsa makers to honey vendors, soap and candle makers to jewelry vendors. One vendor will even sell homemade dog treats. Customer favorites such as Stony Clay Station pottery will return.

Homestead Beef will offer grass-fed beef without hormones, Jeff said, and the Market will have vendors who sell eggs and dairy as well.

“We’re actually going to have organic milk, that’s the real-deal milk … un-pasteurized, straight-from-the cow milk. I’m really excited about that,” Ginger said.

The Farmer’s Market is held from 9 a.m. to noon every Saturday at Renaissance | Farragut, the 12700 to 12800 block of Kingston Pike. The 2010 season of Dixie Lee Farmer’s Market will extend every Saturday from May 1 to Oct. 30.

Ginger said the Market likely will have more crafters early in the season, then run heavy on produce vendors as farmers begin a heavier harvest.

“The first part of the season is light, it’s greens and fruits and berries and things like that. But in June coming into July, we’ll have less crafters because we’ve got to make room for the produce,” Ginger said.

But early produce, such as strawberries, should hit the Market in the first weeks of May, depending on weather.

The first level of parking at Renaissance will be closed to vehicular traffic; vendors will sell from tents, tables and pick-up trucks in that lot.

Parking is available in the upper levels of Renaissance.

The Cannons have asked that shoppers not bring pets to the Market.

“It’s one of the only times the community can get together and mingle,” Ginger said.

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