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Main Street Market Provides Fresh Farm Food on Wednesdays

May 17, 2010

Every Wednesday between 4 and 6PM, Several area farms gather to supply locally grown, sustainable food at the Main Street Farmers’ Market on Main Street between Broad and Market Streets on the Southside.    The market season has just begun and with the Summer still ahead, local shoppers will have plenty of freshly-picked produce grown close to nature and close to home.

Main Street Farmers’ Market is, “Seeking to provide area small farms with a profitable direct marketing opportunity while providing citizens of the Chattanooga community with a wide variety of fresh & locally produced foods.”

The number of participating farms has grown to 23 this season, says Manager, Padgett Arnold and includes among others:

Alexanna, Clover Wreath, Crabtree, Sequatchie Cove, William’s Island, Irie Hilltop, River Ridge, Sale Creek Honey, Signal Mountain and Dancing Fern Nursery.

Niedlov’s Breadworks and Link 41 also provide breads and pork for Wednesday’s Market.

Padgett Arnold has been a farmer for 10 years with Sequatchie Cove Farms and was a vendor for the Main Street Market before taking over the post of Market Manager this season.    She’s excited about the growth the Main Street Market has seen since it opened last year.   

Ann Tindell Keener grew up at Sequatchie Cove farm and writes about how to prepare meals from locally grown meats and produce on her blog.

And, Sequatchie Cove farms is opening a Cheese Creamery!

Sequatchie Cove says, “This is the birth of our Farmstead Cheese.”


Sale Creek Honey’s Beekeeper, Eddie McKenzie has been keeping bees for 36 years.    He attests to honey’s nutritional and medicinal values, as so many before him have.

Here’s a quote from honey-health.com about the food that bees make:

The Bible (both the Old and New Testaments), the Talmud, the Koran, the sacred books of India, China, Persia and Egypt, all speak of honey in laudatory terms, as a food, beverage and medicine.

Reporting: Monessa Guilfoil

Listen to both vendors and shoppers from the Main Street Farmer’s Market:



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