The Boone Street Market has been a year round source for local groceries for close to two years, but has recently expanded opportunities for community members to try prepared food made from local ingredients. They’ve hired a new part-time chef, Seelye Coombs who prepares To-Go Meals, for folks who want to eat local but who don’t have time to cook. Seelye uses seasonal ingredients from the store to make salads, soups, sandwiches and other delicious meals. He’s also expanded the market’s ability to offer catered meals for events. Vegan, vegetarian and gluten free options are usually available.
When Seelye’s not preparing something tasty in the market’s commercial kitchen, community members are welcome to rent it for $10 per hour to prepare larger quantities of food at home or for sale at the market or farmers market. The kitchen has a large stove that can be used for cooking, canning or baking.
The parent organization for both Boone St and the Jonesborough Farmers Market, Jonesborough Locally Grown, is preparing to host their 5th Annual Farm to Table Dinner. Tickets sold out the day they went on sale, and over 200 guests will be in attendance. The dinner will be hosted at a long family style table set down the middle of Main St in Jonesborough. More information about the dinner and this year’s menu can be found here.
Since the dinner sells out so quickly, Boone Street has created a series of smaller events called the 100 Mile Dinner that usually host 35-50 attendees. The dinners are prepared by volunteers, sometimes professional chefs and sometimes enthusiastic home cooks. The dinners are usually hosted in the market, but occasionally they partner with local farms to offer a very scenic dining experience.
For more information about upcoming events, kitchen rental or anything else, call the market at 423-753-4722..