With the opening of the Mt. Juliet Farmer’s Market last month, there’s now even more reason to enjoy all the freshness it has to offer.
The market’s hours at Charlie Daniels Park were extended recently to allow even more people to take advantage.
This is the market's second year, and city parks spokesperson C.J. Kiekens said the word is spreading.
"We think it will be even busier this year; the excitement is growing," said Kiekens.
Though the market reopened May 1, park officials just expanded hours of operation because local fruits and vegetables are in season now.
The market pavilion is open Tuesdays from 7 a.m. until 2 p.m.; Thursdays and Saturdays from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.; and Fridays from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m.
Kiekens said a dozen venders signed up to sell their goods. In the next few weeks the market will brim with a large variety of homegrown fruits and vegetables.
"We have some local bee keepers, and they sell fresh honey," said Kiekens.
Also for sale are jams, jellies and baked goods such as pies, pastries and bread.
"It's all locally grown and produced within 100 miles of the city," Kiekens said.
There are eight vender spots under the pavilion, however, venders rotate, and the city will accept more vender applications.
It's $25 for a year.
Kiekens said the city allows the vendors to determine when the market will shut down for the winter season.
"But, we usually plan for mid-November," she said.
City officials said the market stays true to its hours of operation, rain or shine.