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Fresh from the farm in downtown Johnson City

Robert Houk • Aug 22, 2019 at 12:00 AM

Faye Peterson was happy to find plenty of corn, okra and green beans still for sale Wednesday morning at the Johnson City Farmers Market.

The Johnson City resident and her mother, Clara Holoway, left the Pavilion in Founders Park with their favorite fresh fruits and vegetables, a haul that included blackberries, cucumbers and radishes.

“We shop here every Wednesday,” Peterson said. “The pickings are better earlier in the season, but things looked pretty good today or we wouldn’t have bought all that we did.”

Bill Archer, Johnson City, said he was having no problems finding what he wanted as he picked out cucumbers and bell peppers from a vendor at the market.

“It all looks pretty good, better than what you’d find at the grocery store,” he said. “The prices are good, and I’m thankful the farmers market is here.”

Doug Smith, the father of one of the owners of Possum Hollow Farm, said business was good that morning for several varieties of the Carter County farm’s jams and breads. 

“Our most popular breads are the blueberry and the chocolate and banana,” Smith said.

Smith said Possum Hollow Farm has more than 7,000 followers who keep up with it on social media.

“That’s how they know which farmers market we will be selling at on that day,” he said.

Vendors said with summer ending soon, harvested crops will soon be shifting to autumn squash, pumpkins and other fall favorites.

Kendal Groner found business to still be brisk Wednesday for the hummus and salsa made from the vegetables she and her partner Matt Nice grow on their Hollow Stone Organic Farm in Piney Flats.

Groner, who traded a career in journalism for organic farming, said the Johnson City market is one of the area farmers markets she will be frequenting until the season ends in the fall.

The Johnson City Farmers Market is open 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays through October at the Pavilion at Founders Park, South Commerce Street.

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