The Portland Farmers Market is open for the season and is located in the city parking lot near the gazebo. This is the third year that Lisa Davis has organized the market held each Thursday beginning at 3:30 p.m.

The market opened with a brief gathering of those in attendance with Mayor Mike Callis offering a prayer. It has become a good place to meet with old friends as customers go from vendor to vendor.

Currently, the farmers are featuring vegetables that can be planted early such as tomatoes, squash, green onions, radishes and lettuce. The Brian Cottontown Farm features large and small bouquets of flowers each week along with their vegetables.

Hargis Wade Farm and David Ragland’s Family Traditions Farm are always favorites featuring fresh vegetables. NatureworksTn features heirloom plants and produce. Laurel Mountain Farms sells bakery and farm goods.

Many people stop at J’s Meats and More and Byrd’s Berkshire meat vendors to purchase various meat products. Other vendors feature kettle corn, shaved ice and food items. Little White House Apothecary features bath and body products as well as household products.

Davis said, “When the fruit farmers join us, it will range from 13 to 16 (vendors) each week. We have some new artisan vendors. All of our farmers are from our original market and are the best.”

The market will continue on Thursdays until August 31.

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