Old time trading

Seymour Farmers Market offers produce, plants and crafts through mid-October
Jun. 16, 2013 @ 09:01 AM

Although local residents often frequent the Seymour Farmers Market for its array of fresh, locally-grown produce, that certainly isn’t the only thing visitors will find.

From vegetables and plants to woodwork and painted artwork, it seems the market has a little something for everyone.

Located in the lower parking lot of First Baptist Church, the market has a variety of gardeners, crafters and artists.

Seymour resident and vendor Cheryl Morgan collects sedum plants. Recently she came up with a creative potting idea — men’s boots. “It’s fun and different, and I thought it’d be a good Father’s Day idea,” she said.

Morgan, who also has a store on ETSY called Smoky Mist Garden, said she gets her planting boots from all sorts of places. “I pick them up at yard sales, and family members give them to me. I tell people not to leave their boots outside too long,” she said.

Since many of the boots are steel-toed, Morgan explained that drilling holes in them for water to drain posed a problem. “It didn’t work very well, so I started putting gravel on the bottom,” she said.  “I have a video on Youtube that teaches how to do it.”

Lisa Miller, who lives in Knoxville but grew up in Sevier County, said this is the first year she signed up to be a vendor. Miller grows and sells black magic and Jack’s giants elephant ears.

“I started growing them in my spare bedroom in February, and then finished growing them in the greenhouse,” Miller said. “I’m pleased with the way they grew.”

Local artist Melanie Fetterolf said she was a shopper at the market before she became a vendor. “I used to shop here all the time,” she said.

While Fetterolf has sold her artwork at the market before, she said this is the first year she has been able to do so in June. While the craft season only ran from August through mid-October in prior years,  the vendor- regulated organization recently chose to allow crafters to set up for the length of the season.

Fetterolf is a watercolor artist who paints a variety of scenes and images, some of them local. She offers original artwork, prints, cards, and bookmarks.

“It’s a great price point,” she said. “Most people have a few dollars that they don’t mind spending on artwork,” she said.

The open-air market will be open each Saturday from 7-11 a.m. until Oct. 12.

For more information about the Seymour Farmers Market, visit seymourfarmersmarket.org.

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