The Blountville Farmers Market is offering a Farm to Fork Dinner august 29th at 6:30pm. The Mayor of the county is allowing us to close the street in front of the courthouse so we can put a long white table in the street for an open air 6 course dinner. We plan to have a cello player and fiddler player for live music. The Blountville Farmer’s market will be providing all the food and the Culinary Arts class at Sullivan Central High School will be preparing the dinner for guest to enjoy. Menu Items include Fried Green Tomato, Sugared Ginger Pork Wonton, Rosemary, Almond Goat Milk Sorbet, Shepard’s Pie with Peaches-N-Cream corn Succotash and Peach Compote served in a Almond Lace bowl with homemade vanilla Ice cream. Other menu items will be included in this 6 course dinner as well. We are opening the Rutledge House and Olé Derry Inn for guest to learn more about our history. Tickets are $50 per person. All proceeds go back to Central High School and the Blountville Market. Contact the Sullivan County TSU/UT Extension Office for more info and to buy tickets: 423-279-2723.
The other fun thing that we are participating in is Farmers’ Market Fresh. Sullivan county is one of 7 counties in this pilot program offering samples of recipes at the Farmer’s Market, these recipes include Corn Relish, Peach Parfait, Blueberry Smoothie, Broccoli Salad, Tri-Pepper Salad, Green bean salad, Apple Salad, and Summer Squash Rotini, Cantaloupe salad, and other summertime favorites. During the Farmer’s market we are offering incentives including market tote bags, insulated bags, measuring cups, measuring spoons, colanders, cutting boards, and other incentives and prizes for kids. The focus of this program is to get more people to eat locally grown fruits and vegetables. Also focusing on SNAP recipient’s to use the EBT card at the market and helping WIC recipients to use their vouchers at the markets. The Bristol State street market received a grant to where SNAP recipients receive 2 for 1 on their dollar up to 20 dollars. So if you spend 20$ on your EBT card you receive 40 dollars’ worth of Tokens to shop at the market, and also if you spend 7$ on your EBT card you receive 14$ worth of Tokens to use at the market. So far, the program has been well received at the markets and everyone has really enjoyed the recipes and recipe cards.