Every other Wednesday my friend Maria and I go to the Amish Mennonite farm in Englewood, TN to get fresh produce at their farmers market. This is a very inserting place to visit and I would love to share with you a little bit about this community market.
We start our day early because it is about an hour and fifteen minute drive to Englewood from Knoxville and you want to be there when it opens to get the best picks. We take Hwy 411 the whole way there and it is a boring drive, mostly farmland the whole way and hardly any businesses. You will see a sign that Farmers Market on the right about an hour into the drive. At the second traffic light in town turn right and follow the homemade signs that lead the way to the farm. You will be on a narrow road and you must go slow due to horse and buggy also use that road for travel. Once you reach the farm there is a small stand set up where the women sale their breads. Behind that stand is a small pond where they go swimming (fully clothed in long dresses) I could not image how heavy that must be but interesting to see. You continue your drive up the drive way and on the right is another small stand where the milk, eggs, and cheese is sold. There is a small cooler and you help yourself. You pay by putting your money in a wooded box; I guess they have a lot of trust in people. Drive about 100 feet more you will arrive at their produce building.
The building is simple but nicely built. It is built mostly of wood and is very open to let the air flow. On the right side of building you may see farmers bringing in produce via horse and buggy, so the produce is always fresh and just picked. As you enter the store there is a sign on the outside that says you should be properly dressed. They ask that you don’t wear strap tops or low cut shirts out of respect. We always wear tee shirts and longer shorts, no big deal. You enter the store and they have rows and rows of produce, anything you want (that is in season) they should have it. They even have canned goods like honey, jams, and dill pickles. Outside on the deck, they have picnic tables for sale and also plants for your garden. You can also pick up homemade lye soaps or homemade brooms or if you are market for farm animals they have a bulletin board that advertises chickens for $2.00 or kittens for $5.00. The workers there are always nice and helpful. The prices are great and we always end up spending more than we plan. Here are some pictures from this week’s trip.
They obviously have no phone or electric so there is no computerized checkout. They have an old fashioned cash register and they have most of the prices memorized. They only take cash for obvious reasons so stop at a ATM beforehand.
I didn’t take pictures of the market because I didn’t think it would be proper but it looks a lot like the photos below.