BRISTOL, Tenn. — Fresh produce, plants and meats filled the farmers market in downtown Bristol on Saturday.
The State Street Farmer’s Market celebrated opening day for the 2019 season from 8 a.m. to noon. The market featured a wide array of springtime farm staples, including plant seedlings, greens and spring onions.
Several area farms, including Fleenor Livestock, Worsham Spring Farm and Bendale Farms, sold a variety of meats for the 14th annual market kickoff. Peaceful Valley Farm in Washington County, Virginia, brought dozens of farm-fresh eggs to the market.
“We had a great day at the opening of the Bristol farmers market, and are sold out of eggs for the day,” Peaceful Valley Farm wrote on its Facebook page following the event. “Come see us again next Saturday morning.”
Worsham Spring, which also sets up at the farmers market in Abingdon, said they had a great day. The farm sells a variety of items, including ribs, sausage, bacon, butt roast, brats, loins, bellies and chops.
The market appeared to be a success on Saturday as many vendors were either low or out of products by closing time.
The market on State Street is open every Saturday morning, rain or shine.
Mike Musick, Bristol, Tennessee’s recreation superintendent, who organizes the market, suggests visitors bring questions.
“One of the neatest parts of the farmers market is the opportunity to meet and develop a relationship with the actual farmers. Ask how they grow, produce or prepare the products they have for sale.”
Guests can also often place orders for future needs.
Vendors at the Bristol and Abingdon markets take cash, but some accept credit cards and SNAP.