By Mary Beth Jewell

Mother Nature was smiling last Thursday as temperatures soared, the sun shined and eleven Knox County Farmer's Market (KCFM) vendors set up their display tables to kick off the sixth season of the KCFM and their second season under the Knox County Extension pavilion. Tables were loaded with fresh produce, home processed baked goods and foods, honey, starter plants, hanging baskets of ferns and flowers as well as hand crafted items.

Customers were smiling too, as they flocked to the market from 4 to 7 pm and eagerly shopped for fresh, local lettuce, kale, kohlrabi, radishes, green onions, sorghum cookies and popcorn and baked apple turn-overs they have been eagerly waiting to buy. Happy shoppers left with armloads of hanging flower baskets and decorative yard items to spruce up their homes for spring and crocheted baby Easter dresses and small gifts of jewelry, goats' milk soaps and lotions and other hand crafted items to tuck into Easter baskets.

Gardeners anxious to start their own spring gardens purchased starter plants that included strawberries, cabbage, a variety of tomato plants, lettuce, pansies, marigolds and lantana. The KCFM will be held every Thursday until October 31 from 4-7 pm. Look for weekly market updates on their Facebook page.

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