DEFM organizers see growth for second year

Published 11:42 pm Friday, September 21, 2018

What started as a dream has blossomed into reality for volunteers involved with the Downtown Elizabethton Farmers Market.

After its inaugural run in 2017, excitement was at a fever pitch for this year’s installment of the market. With a new location and added selection of vendors, the 2018 season will officially come to a close on Tuesday, Sept. 25, from 4 to 7 p.m. in the grassy area near the Elizabethton Fire Department across from City Hall.

It has been an exciting, but busy two years, according to DEFM Manager Donica Krebs.

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“The market has grown its vendor and customer base since opening in May of 2017,” Krebs told the Elizabethton Star. “We would like to thank the Elizabethton community for its continued support.”

To build on the word of thanks, Krebs and organizers are closing out the season with a “bang” with a variety of resources.

Krebs said there will be a large turnout of farmers, bakers and artisan crafts. A wide selection of refreshments and food will also be available from Pizzaria of Elizabethton, Tri-A-Bite food truck and Mason Joe Coffee truck. Krebs also encouraged attendees to stop by to pose with a farmer or scarecrow at the Harvest Photo Booth or to stop by for live music.

“We will also be choosing the winners for our season raffle,” the manager said. “Customers can expect to find a wide assortment of seasonal produce, USDA pasture raised meats, fall squashes and pumpkins, baked goods with gluten free options, local honey, eggs, jams, and other goodies.”

But as this year winds down, Krebs added the DEFM is already eyeing on how to improve the experience for next year. This year was the first time the market was held near the fire department instead of just the First Christian Church parking lot. Church officials also allowed the market to set up in their gym on days of inclement weather.

“It is our passion to connect the community to fresh, healthy, locally sourced food,” Krebs said. “The decision to shop local is one that positively impacts participants at every level. It supports the local farmer and their family, your health, environmental waste reduction, economic development, and so much more.”

Krebs added that anyone wanting to participate as more than a customer can apply for volunteer positions to the DEFM Board of Advisors. Email for more info.

Further information on the market can be found by visiting the Downtown Elizabethton Farmers Market Facebook page.