[caption id="attachment_889" align="alignleft" ]Gatlinburg Farmers Market, visit Gatlinburg, TN Enjoy the best of Gatlinburg's local produce and crafts.[/caption]

Hurry to the Gatlinburg Farmers Market open Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the Alamo Steakhouse parking lot at 705 East Parkway. It remains open each Saturday through October 12. Enjoy produce, baked goods, plants, eggs, buttermilk, jams, jellies, honey and much more. You'll also get to learn how to make beauty and bath products from essential oils and herbs.

There is a good cross-section of vendors, even a charcoal drawing artist. Purchasing produce and locally made items at the farmers market supports local growers and craftspeople who take pride in growing and creating quality products.

Some of the delectable items sold at the Farmers Market would be great to take on a picnic. We recently put together a checklist of Gatlinburg specialty foods that would work great for picnics. A hike is also a fun way to see the Smoky Mountains scenery on your way to your picnic spot, and we've got you covered with our two recent posts on hiking in Gatlinburg and hiking safety. If you don't have time to read these posts, the main takeaway that we hope you'll heed is about being careful around black bears. Since black bears are prevalent in this area, it's very important not to feed them or leave food around. To reduce the chance that you'll run into a bear, it's a good idea to keep food in closed containers and to monitor children at all times.

Sometimes it's fun to imagine other uses for some of the food that you'll see at venues like the Farmers Market. Apples grown in Gatlinburg are a tasty and versatile fruit, and this area is known for so many amazing foods created with apples, including apple pancakes and apple wine. Speaking of wine, if you are interested in finding out more about the variety of wines made in this area, we have a quick Gatlinburg winery guide for you here.

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