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Green events this weekend


Photo by Margaret M Hoff

This weekend, be sure to check out all the green events happening in the Knoxville area: The Market Square Farmers’ Market on Saturday has a new vendor, Red Barn Gardens, who will be bringing local orange and purple carrots, eggplant, garlic and flowers. Also on Saturday the Ijams Center is offering a free class on how to attract more butterflies to the garden. Erin’s Meadow Herb Farm is offering a free class on how to harvest your herbs and preserve them for winter as well as a class on “Salsas for Every Season” offered for a nominal fee. Also on Saturday is the ninth annual “Neighborhood Bike Ride” for folks of all ages, starting at 9 a.m. on Gay Street in Knoxville – after the eleven mile ride, there is free pizza for all participants. On Saturday and Sunday, Yee-Haw Industries is having its “Handmade Autumn Trunk Show 2009” which features locally crafted house-wares, apparel, accessories as well as recycled stationary, belt buckles and tire planters. On Sunday, there is a “To the Source” Farm Tour, which will include viewing Highland’s apple orchard as they transition it into an organic orchard, then off to Happy Harvest Farm to meet some chickens and sheep, and finally to Martha Snyder’s farm to stroll in the fields and meet her cows. There are plenty of fun, green things to do this weekend – be sure to get out and enjoy them.

Market Square Farmers' Market
Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
May 2-November 21, 2009

This Saturday is the Red Barn Gardens third week at the Market Square Farmers’ Market. Red Barn Gardens, located in Crossville, Tennessee, uses sustainable, organic and biodynamic farming practices to grow healthy, fresh, nutritious food. The wide varieties of plants they grow, many of which are heirlooms, have been selected for exceptional flavor and are harvested at their peak. In addition to vegetables and melons, they grow a wide variety of fresh herbs, salad greens, and orange and purple carrots, garlic, eggplant, onions, beans and flowers. Remember, there is only a couple more months of this wonderful Farmers’ Market – the season ends November 21, 2009.

Ijams Visitor Center
Living Clean & Green! Butterflies are Free
Saturday, September 19 at 1 p.m.

Living Clean & Green! Butterflies are Free. Butterflies are the flying jewels of the garden. Come learn how to attract butterflies to your garden. Create or improve your butterfly habitat with tips and tricks gleaned from years of trial and error. Workshop led by educator Peg Beute and it is free. To register, call Sheila at 577-4717, ext. 10.

Erin’s Meadow Herb Farm
Store Up the Herbal Harvest, Saturday September 19, at 1 p.m.
Salsa for Every Season, Saturday, September 19, 10:30 a.m.

Salsa for Every Season: learn how to create tasty salsas from a wide range of fruits, vegetables and herbs. These salsas are colorful and delicious and are not just for chips and crackers, they are also great toppings for grilled meats, sandwiches or as side dishes. Tasty samples and recipes included. The class is taught by Gina Hileman, and will be $25 for each person.

Store Up the Herbal Harvest: learn the best ways to harvest, preserve and store your herbs for winter use. Drying methods, freezing, herbal vinegars and oils will be taught and discussed.

Ninth Annual Neighborhood Bike Ride
Saturday, September 19, 9 a.m.
East Tennessee History Center

Free bike safety checks start at 9 a.m. and the ride leaves at 10 a.m. The riders will meet behind the East Tennessee History Center at 601 South Gay Street, Knoxville. This is a beginner, family-friendly ride, and is less than 11 miles long. Helmets are required, but no registration is required.  Pizza will be provided for participants after the ride. More information is available at or by calling 215-3815. This event is free and open to all ages.

Yee-Haw Industries
Handmade Autumn Trunk Show 2009
Saturday, September 19, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Sunday, September 20, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The Handmade Autumn Trunk Show 2009 will be held at Yee-Haw Industries on 409 South Gay Street in Knoxville. It will feature locally crafted house-wares, apparel and accessories from local and regional vendors, recycled stationery, belt buckles and tire planters as well as apparel, bags, scarves, soap, art and more.

To the Source Farm Tour, Market Square Farmers’ Market
Sunday, September 20, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Learn more about where your food comes from by visiting the farm where it is grown. The next to last farm tour for the 2009 season will visit 3 farms in New Market. The first stop will be the Highlander Research & Education Center's newly acquired apple orchard that is being transitioned from a traditional orchard into an organic one. The second stop is J.D. Dimick's Happy Harvest Farm, to visit some sheep and chickens and talk about the joys and challenges of a young family farm. The last stop is at Martha Snyder's farm to meet her cows and stroll in the fields. Transportation is included, reservations are required, and the cost is $20 per person (children under 5 are free). Contact Charlotte at


  • Margaret Lautenbafch 5 years ago

    I see your picture, a bike on a beach??? Is that sand I see there in waves?

  • Dena E. Bolton/Nashville Gardening Examiner 5 years ago

    Sounds like everyone had a great time this past weekend! Wish I could have been there.