What can you expect on Opening Weekend at Chattanooga Market? With 2 full days to shop, enjoy, eat and mingle you can be sure you’re going to have a great time. What some folks may not realize, is that April is early for produce, and Mother Nature’s rains have created a little bit of havoc. Our farmers sell, and our patrons buy “in season”; we are a producer-only Market. So, here are some helpful tips on fresh finds and other fun to be had on Opening Weekend:
Top 5 Things You Shouldn’t Miss
1. The Blood Assurance Blood Drive: Board the Blood Brigade to donate and get a free Market t-shirt! Want to make a reservation? Sign up online. Knock this good deed out first, then go treat yourself to a delicious treat or cold beverage (rumor has it there will be Bloody Mary’s).
2. Enjoy some of the best food truck eateries on the new food court patio (with additional tables and umbrellas, too). Don’t worry, your favorites from years past will be there too, but we’ve got some newbies coming (Clumpie’s Ice Cream to name one) and we’ve opened up a whole new food court patio on the Southside of the pavilion.
3. It’s planting time! Freedom Tree Farms will have fruit bearing trees and bushes that will produce blueberries, blackberries and raspberries THIS summer. Don’t miss a new addition: The Goji Berry Plant. High in antioxidents and other nutrients – it’s the new “superfood”. Signal Mountain Farms will have their annual sunflower plantings, as well as heirloom tomato plants – wouldn’t it be great to grow your own? White City Produce will have many vegetable plantings as well, but don’t miss their herb plants, they are seasonal. Lettuces are going to be your freshest bet. Several farms will have lettuce bowls for purchase, but if you haven’t tried Lee and Gordon Green’s hydroponics lettuces, you’ve been needlessly suffering through bagged lettuce all winter long.
4. The Opening Weekend live music will get you in the mood. Chattanooga’s own Sweet Georgia Sound takes the stage most of Saturday for several sets, playing their swing music and other favorites. Don’t be afraid to loosen up and dance a bit. Sunday showcases singers/songwriter’s on the EPB Stage. You won’t want to miss Naked Blue at 12:30 and Jennifer Daniels at 2pm.
5. Check out the local art scene at Chattanooga Market. We’ve been approving new artists and craftsmen to join us over the winter break. There’s a ton of talent out there, and about 50 new vendors have recently come aboard. Wood turned bowls, mixed media artists, quilters, and food artists as well. Don’t worry, you’ll still recognize more than a few faces!