Johnson City residents Glen Moore and Theresa Leonard, right, shop for bargains at the Town of Unicoi Farmers Market and Community Yard Sale. (Erwin Record Staff Photo by Richard Rourk)

By Richard Rourk

The Town of Unicoi Farmers Market and Community Yard Sale officially kicked off the 2019 season on May 28. The weekly event, which runs every Tuesday from 8 a.m until 1 p.m., is located at the Town of Unicoi Visitor’s Center, 106 Unicoi Village Place.

The Erwin Record visited the Town of Unicoi Farmers Market and Community Yard Sale on June 4 and found several options for one-of-a-kind handmade gifts. Pat Lynch had a table set up with numerous homemade bread loaves, granola bars, and several dessert options. Theresa Leonard was on hand selling custom made knitted bags that could be used in several different ways.

“I’m going to be out here every Tuesday,” Leonard said.

Some of Leonard’s handmade knitted designs include wallets, purses, grocery bags, beach bags, laundry bags and nursing bags among other bags.

Robin Lynch was on hand giving blacksmithing demonstrations. Some of Lynch’s offerings include one-of-a-kind iron hooks that can be used to hang plants, birdhouses and more. Lynch also makes handmade fire pit pokers and curtain rods.

Town of Unicoi Mayor Johnny Lynch and Vice Mayor Doug Hopson were on hand during Tuesday’s event.

“This is only the second week,” Hopson said. “The crowds will continue to grow as crops come in.”

Lynch agreed.

“It will pick up as the gardens come in,” Lynch said. “We should have some lettuce up here soon.”

The yard sale and farmers market will continue each Tuesday until October.

“We want to provide people a place to shop, eat and gather on a weekly basis,” said Town of Unicoi Communications and Programs Director Ashley Shelton. “By combining the two events we’re hoping to broaden the audience and offer both vendors and visitors a more diverse experience.”

The market will include fresh fruits, vegetables, and baked goods, as well as local craft vendors, trade-craft demonstrators and yard sale bargains. The Tanasi Art Gallery, located inside the Tourist Information Center, will also be open each week and offers a great escape from the heat.

Picnic tables will be set up so visitors can browse the booths, grab some fresh food then sit back to enjoy the summer weather while eating lunch on the hill.

“I can’t wait to grab some fresh veggies and have lunch with my buddies while enjoying the beautiful views from the Visitors’ Center,” said Lynch. “I think this will really help bring the community together and provide both local growers and residents with a solid outlet for their products.”

Vendor pricing is based on category with farm products, prepared food and handmade crafts requiring a $5 annual market fee. Yard sale booths and demonstration spaces are free, but an application must still be submitted.

For more information or to become a vendor, please email ​recreationaide@unicoitn.net​ or contact Patricia Bennett at 735-0517.

Vendor applications are available online at ​unicoitn.net​ under the event tab. For updates, please follow the Town of Unicoi on Facebook.