Here are just some of the great events coming up in our community. If you know of an important, educational, or entertaining event that would appeal to co-op customers and is related to our work promoting healthier community, healthier environment, and healthier people, please email us and let us know the details.
May 3rd, Blackthorn Club – Jonesborough, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm – Coach Phil Fulmer will be the special guest beekeeper at this event where proceeds will support pollinator friendly habitat in the Jonesborough area. Fulmer will join us to talk about bees, life and football as you enjoy honey-laden hors d’oerves and a special cocktail. An array of honey samples from the local area will be available for tasting. And a special beer brewed using Coach’s honey will be released in his honor during the event by Johnson City Brewing. For more information visit their Facebook page.
May 5th, UT Extension Sullivan County, 9 am – 11 am – Come be introduced to plants growing wild and in our gardens that can be made into products to heal, protect regenerate, and make our skin more comfortable. This class will set you up for many years of self-care, gift-making for loved ones, and value-added market products. We will sniff and sample several skin care products made locally. Handouts will be provided including herb spotlights and basic recipes. This class will lead us into the afternoon Fine-Tuning Salves for Market class! For more information visit their website.
May 5th, UT Extension Sullivan County, 12 pm – 3 pm – Beloved Native American instructor, Cindi Quay, shares her traditional teachings and years of experience in herbal products business, Cindi’s Sacred Garden. We will dive deeper into making salves for topical application, fine-tuning issues we may have encountered along the way. Everyone will leave with a freshly made jar of salve as well as ample handouts of selected plants and salve recipes. This class will guide you in: plant suggestions products to create, & raising the quality of your herbal-product business. For more information visit their website.
May 6th, Mill & Mine, 10 am – 5 pm – This fair, sponsored by Three Rivers Market, brings creators out of their studios to celebrate all things artsy, crafted, and most importantly retropolitan. Each vendor is chosen exclusively after a juried event. They are then curated based on one-of-a-kind products, creativity, and retropolitan swagger. For more information visit their website.
May 18th – 20th, Seven Springs Retreat Center in Maryville, TN – Led by teachers in the 3HO and IKYTA traditions, this specially curated and intimate yoga festival is family friendly and features gifted practitioners, master healing artists, musicians and a focus on cleansing and bringing the community together in health, joy, celebration and peaceful prayer. Three Rivers Market is sponsoring this festival which will provide vegetarian meals. In addition to yoga, other activities include: camping, drumming around a fire circle, chanting sacred music, and healing classes. For more information visit our website.
June 8 – 10, Sequatchie Valley Institute – Whitwell, TN – Since 1999, thinkers, practitioners, dreamers, and eaters have gathered at Sequatchie Valley Institute for the annual Food for Life event near Chattanooga, TN. Sandor Katz will be the keynote speaker and instructor, whose books you can find at Three Rivers Market. He is the award-winning author of such titles as “The Art of Fermentation” and “Wild Fermentation,” books which comprehensively and thoughtfully cover numerous forms of food preservation. Demonstrations and workshops will cover the following: Shiitake Log Cultivation, Methods of brewing – meads, wine, and liqueurs, Many types of fermentation, Other food preservation methods, Cooking with wood, Edible and medicinal plant walks, Tours of our hand-built solar homes, and much more. There is also an immersive outdoor children’s program. For more information visit their Facebook page.
June 22nd, 7 pm – 9 pm, Knoxville Botanic Garden and Arboretum – The Sixth Annual Summer Solstice Dinner features local food, local brews, local music and friends! Enjoy a night under the stars and a delicious meal made from fresh ingredients from the garden’s own Center for Urban Agriculture. This celebration of local agriculture is sponsored by Three Rivers Market. The proceeds of this dinner will benefit the Center for Urban Agriculture at the Knoxville Botanical Garden and Arboretum. Dedicated to the garden’s mission of “Growing Gardens, Honoring History, Cultivating Community”, the Center for Urban Agriculture helps people grow food for themselves and others. For more information visit their website or Facebook page.
July 13 – 15, Beattyville, KY – Come out to Whippoorwill for an experience that just may change your life. Have you been considering a pivot to a new way of living? Are you looking for encouragement, ideas, and companionship for the road ahead? The goal of the Whippoorwill Festival is to promote sustainable living in Appalachia by sharing earth-friendly living skills with one another in a joyful, healthy, family-friendly atmosphere. Join us as we celebrate Appalachian Heritage and traditions while helping to build community resilience in the face of climate change and an uncertain energy future. We’ll have over 60 workshops teaching a wide range of skills, a great music lineup, great food and vendors, nighttime star gazing with a telescope, and games! Come join us, you’ll be so glad you did. For more information visit their Facebook page.