It’s Tuesday! And that means the Halls Farmers Market will be open from 3-6 in the Elder’s Ace Hardware parking lot on Maynardville Pike. This fourth edition should be the best yet as many veggies and fruits are coming into season.
Last Tuesday, May 25, I walked through the market with Faye Nelson Heydasch, photographer and member of the Halls Crossroads Women’s League, sponsor of the market. We knew many of the vendors, and there were plenty of customers.
One reason is the ease of access. There is no long walk to the market, and it’s all flat ground. The Women’s League is sponsoring the market as a community service. There is no charge to vendors or customers (except for what you buy).
Meet the Johnson family, fifth generation farmers, selling plants they started on their porch. The grandmother is Kathy Johnson, a baker of bread. She takes orders and delivers on Tuesdays at the market, so you’ve got to plan ahead. With Kathy are Aiden Patterson, a rising fifth grader at Brickey-McCloud, and his cousin, Sunday Johnson, a rising third grader at Halls Elementary. The kids were having a blast, pouring lemonade and selling plants. Sunday kept the money in a pouch around her waist.
Angela King Fortner of Daisy King Farm was in the corner booth. She said the farm is located behind Gibbs High School. You can see her items here.
Joe Neely had gobs of woodworking items, including bird houses, some furniture and carved serving trays. Joe’s wife, Sammie Neely, helped him with overflow customers (more than one).