5 of My Favorite Things at the Oak Ridge Winter Farmers Market
You may know that Oak Ridge has a wonderful summer farmers market in Jackson Square, but many folks are surprised to hear we have a thriving, indoor Winter Farmers Market as well. It meets indoors at St. Mary’s Catholic School gym, Saturdays 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., December through February (closed Dec. 24 & 31).
Our 44 vendors must make, bake or grow what they sell.
“What grows in the winter?” you might ask. OK, maybe you don’t, but I hear that question nearly every day!
Well, in Tennessee, our average winter temperatures are in the mid-40s, and drop below freezing only a few days at a time, typically. That means, with modern farming techniques like hydroponics and high tunnels, skilled farmers can extend the season for cool-weather crops well into January and February.
Plus in addition to farmers, we have several bakers, artisan crafters and a few food trucks serving brunch and lunch as well!
The market has a free Kids Club, too. Children’s who attend 5 times and get their passport punched will receive a $5 token to spend in the market. And the market accepts cash, credit/debit and EBT cards.
So, since I’m on a kick with the number five, here’s my list of Market: