A Seed Was Planted

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author// tony-gross





Two years ago, Glenna Butts, owner of Ewe & Company in downtown Kingston Springs, said, “Hey, this town needs a farmers market.” The city’s parking lot seemed a good spot for it, but that space was part of a long-term lease with CSX that didn’t allow multiple uses for the lot.

Kingston Springs Farmers Market Beginnings
About that time, we were looking for a use for the land the city acquired after the Great Flood of 2010, next to the middle school, where three homes were lost. Given what occurred there, the logical choice was to turn it into a city park. My wife, Joy, and I put our heads together with Marie Spafford at Community Bank & Trust; we had found our place for a Kingston Springs farmers market.

Kingston Springs is a very creative place. We have artists, musicians, craftspeople of all types in addition to farmers, bee keepers, canners, and bakers. In thinking about a farmers market, it quickly became obvious that it need to be a farmers AND artisans market. Last year, in the spring of 2014, the Kingston Springs Farmers and Artisans Market became a reality.

Serving in city government, it is really important to me that the market be a gathering spot, a place where neighbors and friends could meet, spend time together, and get to know each other better. In addition to enhancing a sense of community, the market makes fresh, healthy, locally grown food available and helps educate kids about where food comes from. Hand-made and natural products also add to the well-being of people and contribute to the economic base of our area.

In this, the market’s second year, we’ve nearly doubled the number of market days: the second and fourth Saturdays of each month from May 23 through October 10. Starting at 8:00 a.m. and running until noon, you can shop for everything from beans to bread, tomatoes to tie-dye shirts, lettuce to leather belts, corn to hand-made cutting boards. Most of last year’s vendors are returning, and some new ones are joining us. As vendors confirmed, they will be listed here. And there will be live music, too.

We are especially looking to add growers of produce, so if you know of someone who might like to locally grown goods at the market, please let us know.

The Kingston Springs Farmers & Artisans Market represents the best in our town. It has turned a place that was the site of destruction and tragedy for so many of our neighbors into a vibrant, growing, gathering-place for the whole community, the same one that pulled together to help each other in the flood.

Please take a look around this website; we built it for you. Share your ideas, give your feedback. And, we’ll see you at the market!

P.S. To follow the market on Facebook, click here.

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