By Kristina Smith / Staff Writer
Knox County residents now have their own Farmers’ Market to visit with the opening of the Knox County Farmers’ Market on Thursday.
The Farmers’ Market, located on Old 25E between Rite Aid and Little Caesar’s Pizza, will be open every Thursday through the end of October from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Union College will play a big role in the development of the Farmers’ Market. Partnering with the college will be Lend A Hand, Grow Appalachia, the Knox County Health Department, Spread the Health Appalachia, Barbourville Tourism and other members of the community.
In a press release sent out Friday, Union College President Marcia Hawkins expressed her excitement for the opening of the market.
“The Knox County Farmers’ Market is a wonderful project focused on our local food economy. Union is proud to be involved in this community wide effort to increase availability of fresh produce and support local farmers,” Hawkins said.
Kathryn Engle, of Lend A Hand and Grow Appalachia, also shared Hawkins’ excitement.
“I’m really excited about the Farmers’ Market starting in Knox County. Lots of great people and organizations have worked hard getting this off the ground,” Engle said.
Members of the Knox County Farmers’ Market include: Belinda Pritchard of the Knox County Health Department, community members Mary Beth Jewell and Tabitha Hoffman, Kathryn Engle of Lend A Hand and Grow Appalachia, Lend A Hand interns Laura Brookshire and Hannah Bingham, and Meghann Gaunt Chesnut and Monica Clouse of Union College.
TRI-COUNTY FARMERS’ MARKETS
Laurel: Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays
7 a.m. to noon at the corner of Main Street and Dixie Street in London
Whitley: Saturdays, 8 a.m. to noon at the Ag Extension Pavilion off Interstate 75 exit 15
Williamsburg: Wednesdays 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Main Street
Corbin: Tuesdays 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Main Street in downtown
Knox: Thursdays, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Old 25E between Rite Aid and Little Caesar’s Pizza