Anyone who lives in Knoxville will tell you that the place to be on Saturdays from spring to fall is the Market Square Farmers Market. Boasting everything from local produce to food trucks to some of the best looking handmade pottery you've ever seen, the farmers market is the place to see and be seen.
While I delight in giving my patronage to some of my favorite local vendors, the most fascinating aspect to me is the social side of things. People dress up, meet their friends, and make a whole outing of a simple trip to Market Square. Sure, Saturday nights are buzzing downtown when all the students arrive back to UT. But the farmers market is the place to be and I'm sticking to that.
Although I'd like to say that I make a grocery list and buy vegetables and fruits each week, the things that usually catch my eye aren't always produce. I find it hard to resist picking up an arrangement from Sevier Blumen each week. It's also the perfect place to pick up some natural and organic beauty products. Finally, now that I'm a bit more settled into a home for longer than a few months, I've also been adding pottery to my collection. The Smokies are known for some truly beautiful pieces and the wildflower arrangement vase I picked up from Benjamin at Stony Clay Station is no exception.
Just glancing at the vendor list makes my heart swell with pride for my little city. Don't just take my word for it, though! Knoxville is such a cool place to take a day trip. The town motto might as well be "Come on down, y'all. We'd love to have you."