Soddy-Daisy introduces weekly farmers market

A new weekly farmers market is happening in Soddy-Daisy Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon, and the six pavilions located in front of Poe’s Tavern are available for citizens to use for free to sell homegrown and handmade items during the market.

“It has to be homemade or homegrown,” Vice Mayor Rick Nunley stressed of the acceptable merchandise. “We don’t want any yard sales or flea market stuff.”

Home gardens are beginning to sprout fresh produce, and many people are looking for a place to get rid of their extra veggies, he said.

“Most people who have gardens have more than they can use themselves,” said Nunley.

The pavilions are also an ideal place to sell homemade jams, baked goods and other creations such as wooden birdhouses, he said.

Pavilions are available on a first-come, first-served basis and feature electricity, water and picnic tables.

The market will be held from May-October each year.

“We just think it’s something good for the community,” Mayor Janice Cagle said of the farmers market. “We saw this as a purpose for the grassy area with the pavilions from the beginning.”

When all the pavilions are in use, Cagle said people are welcome to set up their own tents and tables.