By Emma Culp, Staff Writer —
Local Chattanoogans anticipate the opening of the Chattanooga Market as the summer season approaches on Sat. April 28 and Sun. April 29.
Chattanooga is home to the largest outdoor farmers market in the region hosting vendors from over 50 different farms and is highly awaited for by vendors and locals looking to participate in the community event.
The market is held at the First Tennessee Pavilion next to Finley Stadium where thousands of people each Sunday travel to interact with vendors and purchase unique produce and handmade items.
Marketing and Communications Assistant for the market Brittney Combs is excited to see the turnout this season as the opening day approaches.
“Everyone likes to shop local,” said Combs. “We have about five to eight thousand that come to the market.”
Throughout the season, the market is held every Sunday but owners have allowed for the opening weekend to be held Saturday and Sunday to kick off the exciting event and expect to host several thousands of people over the two day period. The Chattanooga Market allows small businesses to expand and network as well as meet their future customers and form relationships with locals and visitors of the city.
The market host a variety of different vendors who sell produce, meats, cheese and special breads prepared fresh for customers. Customers also come to marvel at the incredible work of artist and jewelry makers selling their creations. In addition, there are various photography, apparel and home goods sections allowing customers to fulfill their shopping needs all in one place.
Unlike some markets, the vendors at each stand are the creators of the items allowing customers to interact and get to know the maker of their product and ask questions they may have.
“All of our vendors are the people who hand made the products so you get to talk to the farmer or artist,” said Combs. “I think a lot of our customers like that unique aspect of it.”
In addition to the vendors, live music will be hosted for customers to enjoy as the stroll through the market with family and friends as well as food trucks available for a mid-day meal.
Customers have the opportunities to learn about charities such as Erlanger Foundation, Collegedale Tomorrow Foundation, Chambliss Children’s Home and Chattanooga Food Bank who will be present at the market.
“I think this market has impacted the community as well as cities around Chattanooga very greatly,” said Combs.
The opening day of the market will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday April 28 and Sunday April 29. There is no charge for admission.
For more information, visit http://publicmarkets.us/chattanooga/.