published Thursday, July 4th, 2013

Chattanooga Market vendors to offer special peach products — July 7

Fresh peaches from FlatTop Mountain Farm are displayed in baskets Sunday at the Chattanooga Market.
Fresh peaches from FlatTop Mountain Farm are displayed in baskets Sunday at the Chattanooga Market.
Photo by John Rawlston /Chattanooga Times Free Press.


What: Peach Festival at Chattanooga Market

When: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, July 7

Where: First Tennessee Pavilion, 1829 Reggie White Blvd.

Admission: Free

Phone: 423-648-2496


•12:30 p.m. - Michael Jacobs

• 2 p.m. - Jessica Campbell

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    Payton Hazelrig bags fresh peaches from Hazelrig Orchards in Cleveland, Ala., at the Chattanooga Market.
    Photo by John Rawlston /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

It's all about peaches this Sunday, July 7, when Chattanooga Market hosts its annual Peach Festival in First Tennessee Pavilion.

To celebrate the start of summer's crop, many of the market's 150 vendors will incorporate peach tastes or scents into their products. Shoppers will find peach pies, peach salsa, jars of peaches ready for pie fillings as well as peach-scented lotions and candles.

Among the farmers bringing peaches fresh from their orchards to the market will be Hazelrig Orchards and Watsonia Farms.

Watsonia Farms brings its organic peaches from South Carolina, says market spokeswoman Melissa Siragusa.

"They go to the Atlanta farmers market on Saturday, then come here on Sunday."

"With last spring's rain, produce has been a little late this year," she says, "but right now there is a pretty healthy selection of produce: blueberries, blackberries, still some strawberries and plenty of lettuces and cucumbers."

She adds that produce is in addition to fresh beef, eggs and a variety of cheeses.

Entertaining shoppers Sunday afternoon as they browse the vendors' booths will be Nashville singer/songwriters Michael Jacobs and Jessica Campbell.

Jacobs' debut CD, "Sacred Nation," received the 2003 Native American Music Award for Best Independent Recording. His follow-up CD, "They Come Dancing," received another nomination in 2004. This third CD, "The Journey," received the 2006 Indian Summer Music Awards.

His latest album, "The Art of Peace," is a blend of roots rock, pop and folk with American Indian influences.

Campbell is a native of North Carolina, where she grew up "drinking lots of Cheerwine and Sun Drop," she says. She performed everywhere from church to rodeos to ballgames before graduating from Middle Tennessee State University.

She landed jobs singing song demos, performing at Dollywood, leading music at church and touring while continuing to write her own music.

One of her songs was cut by Gordon Mote, a two-time Academy of Country Music Awards' Piano Player of the Year. She has also had her music played on ABC's "Ugly Betty."

She'll be playing music from her new album, "Great Escape."

Contact staff writer Susan Pierce at or 423-757-6284.

about Susan Pierce...

Susan Palmer Pierce is a reporter and columnist in the Life department. She began her journalism career as a summer employee 1972 for the News Free Press, typing bridal announcements and photo captions. She became a full-time employee in 1980, working her way up to feature writer, then special sections editor, then Lifestyle editor in 1995 until the merge of the NFP and Times in 1999. She was honored with the 2007 Chattanooga Woman of ...

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