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News Release

For Immediate Release — May 8, 2012

UT Partners with Community and Student Growers to Offer Farmers Market on Wednesdays Beginning May 16


The UT Farmers Market at the UT Gardens will offer locally grown fruits and vegetables as well as family activities every Wednesday through October beginning May 16.

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These patrons enjoyed a previous Farmers Market at the UT Gardens. This year's market will open Wednesday, May 16, 2012, at the gardens’ location on the UT Institute of Agriculture campus off Neyland Drive in Knoxville. The market will continue through October every Wednesday from 4 - 7 p.m. Local produce, music, food, crafts and children’s activities will be featured each week.

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – A Farmers Market will open Wednesday, May 16, 2012, at the University of Tennessee Gardens and will continue through October every Wednesday from 4 - 7 p.m. Local produce, music, food, crafts and children’s activities will be featured each week at the gardens’ location on the UT Institute of Agriculture campus off Neyland Drive.

At the opening market on May 16, Boogertown Gap will perform, and the UT Recycling Center will offer recycling games with prizes.

“The market offers hands-on, direct marketing experience to students who are interested in becoming small farmers, explained Annette Wszelaki, assistant professor in the UT Department of Plant Sciences and UT Extension vegetable specialist. “The student slogan for the market is ‘Growing a Healthy University’ and this year we intend to grow a healthy university not only with fresh, local food, but through educational events and entertainment that strengthen campus and community interactions.”

Some of the participating partners include Mountain Meadows Farm, Greenbriar, Grassy Creek Soaps, Cruze Dairy, Kira’s Kids, VG’s Bakery, Neubert Springs Farm, Clear Springs Farm, as well as the UT Harvest Market booth, where the produce is grown and sold by UT students interested in becoming growers.  Fresh seasonal produce such as strawberries, lettuce, broccoli, onions, beets and spinach will be available at the opening market.  Blueberry plants, fresh cut flowers, milk, goat cheese, eggs, baked goods, artisan crafts and more will also be offered throughout the season.

The UT Culinary Institute will be offering cooking demonstrations and members of UT Extension and community organizations will be providing information on gardening, food preservation and food safety.

The UT Farmers Market is presented by the UT Organic and Sustainable Crop Production Program and the UT Gardens. For more information and to keep up with new information, see Facebook “UT Farmers Market”. For information on being a participating vendor, musician, or offering an educational booth see http://vegetables.tennessee.edu/ or contact Fiona McAnally at fmcanall@utk.edu or 865-806-1557.

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Contacts:

Fiona McAnally, 865-806-1557, fmcanall@utk.edu

Annette Wszelaki, 865-974-8332, awszelak@utk.edu