Wednesday, May 16, 2012
The Signal Mountain Farmers Market is returning to Bachman Community Center for its second year starting May 17 with double the number of vendors set to attend, according to market manager Alison Hoffmann.
The market will continue to be held Thursdays beginning at 4 p.m. Due to popular demand, hours have been extended half an hour until 6:30 p.m.
“It will be a great community event,” said Hoffmann. “Myself and some of the vendors have worked really hard to make it grow.”
She said they hope to have music at future markets when it can be arranged.
Chef demonstrations are another new addition to this year’s market, with Kenyatta Ashford, executive chef at Black Creek Club, displaying his skills May 17. Gaining Ground will be in attendance May 24 and will be handing out copies of its new seasonal cookbook with recipes from local farmers and residents, said Hoffmann.
The market will have an increased focus on educating the community about local foods, with an information booth manned by Crabtree Farms and a children’s activity table planned as well.
Sequatchie Cove Farms and Sequatchie Cove Creamery, which offer beef, lamb, pork and Cumberland cheese, will be at the market May 17 and will provide information on how to preorder packages of Sequatchie Cove meat to be picked up at a later market date, said Hoffmann.
New Signal Mountain participants include Signal Mountain Apiary, Mountain Top Farm and Bear Paw Farm, all of which will be offering eggs and produce. Other new vendors this year are Chickamauga’s New Dawn Farms, Simpler Times Farm of Flat Top Mountain and Advent Home Farm, a Southern Adventist boys’ home in Calhoun, Ga.