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The new layout and entrance gives vendors similar exposure to Mountain Market patrons.

PHOTOS BY WAYNE TIDWELL

 

Mountain Market opens season at site on Steve Tate

By Wayne Tidwell, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Mountain Market of Marble Hill had a “soft” opening Saturday, May 6 on Steve Tate Road near Big Canoe with about a dozen vendors where the Destination Market was located.

Larry Ruff, who will be running the Saturday morning food and crafts market, said vendors for the market are carefully chosen.

“Vendors will be limited to the top tier so that there will be consistency every Saturday,” Ruff said, “and will include local farm produce, seafood, pizza, woodworking, crafts, bread, etc.”

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Vickie White shows off her Paws pizza at the Mountain Market marketplace.

Not all of the vendors were available for the cool, wet Saturday morning opening but there will eventually be about 25 vendors, according to Ruff. A new site configuration gives all the vendors similar exposure to the customer traffic with a rectangular layout and entrance that guides visitors to the center of the layout.

The site of the Mountain Market first opened in 2012 as the Village Festival organized by the late Ann Young who was big Canoe’s marketing vice president. It had almost 50 vendors in 2013. It closed and has opened as the Destination before opening again as the Mountain Marketplace.

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Deanna Fitz and son Travis offer tastes of Save the Day seasonings.

Despite the cool temperatures and wet grounds from several days of rain, the traffic was brisk and the air smelled of smoked barbecue pork from a new competition BBQ team.

The market will be open Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. till 12:30 p.m.

The season for Mountain Market will be through October 28.

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