North Shore gains farmers market

Fresh, healthful food is now more accessible to residents of the North Shore thanks to the advent of the Northside Farmers’ Market in the Northside Presbyterian Church parking lot Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

“We felt like there was not one that really served this community, and we knew we had a really strong interest,” said Leslie Morris, market manager. “We also wanted to help small farmers who need to have an opportunity to meet and sell to consumers directly.”

The market started May 3 with 10 vendors, with others set to join later in the season. By June Morris said she expects to have close to 20 vendors.

Market vendors include Mountain Song Farm of Mentone, Ala., which raises Berkshire pork, an heirloom pork prized by many finer restaurants. Teddy Gentry of Fort Payne, Ala., will bring grass-fed beef to market.

Several vendors hailing from Signal Mountain will be at the market, including Mayfly Coffee and Walden Farm.

Brown Dirt Farm of Dayton, Tenn., will have a variety of seasonal veggies. Sand Mountain’s Providence Mountain Farm and the 175-year-old Jones Farm will be in attendance, in addition to local craft dog treat company Barley Bones.

“It’s a blend of old family farms and younger couples who decided farming was the way they wanted to live,” Morris said of the vendors. “It’s neat to have that blend.”

While the market is currently open until 1 p.m., she said she is considering extending the hours.

“We’re just feeling our way to see,” she said. “We’ve had so much interest, we want to make sure we have enough fruits and veggies that everyone gets what they would like.”

Morris said the market was made possible by sponsors such as Mountain Song Farm, Northside Presbyterian and Julie Darling Donuts.