A Day at the Dixie Classic Fair Farmer’s Market

A typical Saturday morning for me involves sleeping in, since it tends to be my only personal “recovery day” from the hustle and bustle of the preceding week. However, it’s the Saturday before Mother’s Day and I’m a mission to complete my gift giving for my mom, grandma and aunt. Forget the mall or the local big box store – I’m heading to the Dixie Classic Fair Farmer’s Market. I figure that at least one of the vendors has something that would make a perfect gift; maybe something as simple as fresh cut flowers, which would wrap up my gift giving endeavor.

I arrive at the Farmer’s Market around 11:00am, which is nice for folks like me who do not particularly enjoy waking up at the crack of dawn. It is open every Saturday throughout the year from 6:00 am to 1:00 pm. It is conveniently located at the Dixie Classic Fairgrounds,  The easiest way to enter is to use the entrance on 27th Street. The signage is well marked, so you can’t miss it.

Farmer's Market Signage

Signage2

Once you arrive, there is no right or wrong way to navigate the Farmer’s Market, just enter through one of the large, open doorways.

Building

The aisles are filled with a variety of vendors offering all sorts of goodies. Today, the growers/vendors has so much to choose from including: apples, potted plants, baked goods, cut flowers, and vegetables – just to name a few.

Plants

Bakery Items

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Fresh Flowers

Bird House

Rug

Normally my trip to the Farmer’s Market is to purchase fruits and vegetables to supplement my grocery shopping; however, this trip was just a bit different due to my gift giving mission. I did find fresh cut flowers, but after checking out the selection of goodies, I settled on purchasing a variety of baked goods and using them to create a basket of sweet assortments of sugary goodness for the important ladies in my life.

Pottery

I absolutely love the one-on-one personal interactions that occur at the Farmer’s Market.  I enjoy talking with others, so this is right up my alley. On this particular visit, I had the pleasure of speaking with one of the local pottery vendors about him and his wives’ inspiration for their handcrafted art. They told me about their travels and how each particular trip inspires their work and how they craft each piece to reflect their travels.  It’s pretty cool to have an experience to sell along with a product. So, if you have a chance to visit the Farmer’s Market, be sure to allow time of chitchat. Be conscious that some vendors are more talkative than others, but simply consider that part of the experience.

Booth Signage

The other personal touch offered is that each vendor has signage on the wall behind his or her booth. I enjoy the fact that local vendors proudly endorse their own product by connecting with their name.

Overall, it was a pretty successful day at the Dixie Classic Fair Farmer’s Market. I returned home with Mother’s Day gifts, tomato plants, squash plants and a couple of apples. It’s always a fun experience because you never know what you might find.

To plan your visit and learn more about the Dixie Classic Fair Farmer’s Market, be sure to visit their official website. Also be sure to Like their Facebook page – it features upcoming special events, vendor information and photos from the market.

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