NASHVILLE -- Calendars and story books are filled with quaint pictures of school buses matched with autumn leaves and campfire scenes, but on Saturday, Aug. 16 the Cannon County Farmers Market in Woodbury will prove what every Tennessean ought to know: school may be back in session, but summer is far from over. August is actually the peak month for all types of produce, and the market will host a Pick Tennessee Products media day to show off its booths running over with the best of the summer season.
“When people head back to school, they often have the mindset that fall is here and miss the very best produce of the year,” Amy Tavalin, Pick Tennessee Products farmers market specialist with the Tennessee Department of Agriculture said. “This has been an especially mild, productive year for Tennessee farmers, and some crops that might in other years have wilted from excessive summer are still going strong. We’re trying to remind people that fresh, local produce will be here until our first hard freeze sometime in October.
“Cannon County’s market is a great example of the kind of variety now available from Tennessee’s popular farmers markets. Besides the traditional tomatoes, sweet corn, peppers, melons and beans of every hue, visitors to the Woodbury market are likely to find shitake mushrooms, maple syrup, herbs, nuts, honey, meat and eggs—all locally produced.”