It’s Turkey Time

Franklin Farmers Market 5th annual Pardoning of the Turkey set for Saturday

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The Franklin Farmers Market annual Pardoning of the Turkey will be held Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019 at 10 a.m., sponsored by Walker Chevrolet.

The event, which is celebrating it’s fifth anniversary, is fun, family-oriented and features Danny, a turkey from Earth’s Advocates Research Farm. Children will be delighted to meet and pet the Royal Palm Heritage breed turkey that will be pardoned by Tennessee Commissioner of Agriculture Dr. Charlie Hatcher. 

Children are invited to download a coloring sheet from the website and write a letter to Hatcher asking him to grant amnesty to Danny for Thanksgiving. There will also be a coloring tent set up for children visiting the market who want to color and write a letter on Danny’s behalf, along with free face painting. Kids can also enjoy trampoline jumping provided by market sponsor Springfree Trampoline. 

Chef Michael Martin of Southfork Catering will cook up samples of roasted sweet potatoes from Delvin Farms and turnip greens from Kirkview Farm. Don’t miss the new cornbread donut from Ellie’s Old Fashioned Doughnuts.

The November farmers market is full of beautiful produce you may not know is still in season, just in time for Thanksgiving. Nov. 23 is the perfect time to buy sweet potatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, leafy greens, radishes, turnips, pumpkins, winter squashes and more. Some farmers will still have cherry tomatoes available to go with the lettuce.

Bring children to the market as attendees give thanks to the farmers who teach where food is grown, and enjoy the wonderful celebration of Pardoning of the Turkey.

The Franklin Farmers Market is open year round with winter hours of 9 a.m. to noon. It's located at 230 Franklin Road behind The Factory at Franklin.

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