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The temperatures and the competition are both heating up! Welcome to July at TRFM!

The Sixth Annual
 Tomato Sandwich Taste Off

Our sixth annual Tomato Sandwich Taste-off Returns July 27th!

 

The competition will be fierce as nine local restaurant chefs compete for the title for THE BEST TOMATO SANDWICH! Our judge this year is a big star, well-known for their taste in top-notch tomato sandwiches!

It's you!

$10.00 buys you a vote, a drink, and a generous sampling platter of all nine culinary wonders!  Our region boasts some of the best tomato crops in the country, so it is no wonder that crowds come by the hundreds to sample local restaurant renditions of the southern staple.   

Travelers Rest Farmers Market is a 501C3 non-profit organization. All proceeds will go to further our work in providing a central hub to connect local farmers, craftsmen, artisans, and entrepreneurs to our community.   

Pre-sale tickets go live July 13th! Secure your spot before we sell out, and keep up to date with the details as the day gets closer on our Facebook event page.

 
Follow the event page on Facebook for updates!
Ms. Lillian’s Louisiana Pies and Spices

 In order to create a recipe, Miss Lillian "became a chemist" and spent a month baking pies and tasting them to see if she could figure out how to give a recipe to others for them to recreate. "I ate a lot of pie," she laughs. "My mentor told me, the generation we live in today just won't bake! You've got to be versatile to make things for those who will bake and for those who won't."

Miss Lillian is a fourth generation baker. She first learned the cook-by-taste method from her great-grandmother in Louisiana.

 Miss Lillian's business is named, SheDez Enterprises, after her two children, Shelitha and Desmon. After losing her daughter to cancer in 2006, Miss Lillian swore she would never bake again, but "People just kept asking!" So in 2007, she left her career at Michelin's corporate offices and began pursuing her pie business full time. She aims to honor her daughter's spirit by helping others. Whether it’s hiring college students who need the extra cash or just having people over on a weeknight to peel apples, or creating her spices so busy moms can bake too, Miss Lillian loves to help others. And she'd love to meet you at TRFM! 

Nood Clean

Some businesses are inherited from father to son. At Nood Clean, things worked a little differently for Jim and his son. 

Jim took the business on in 2016 had begun it the year before. Jim's grandson was born with serious skin allergies, and the family struggled to find laundry soaps they could use. They were bewildered to discover that the US puts almost no regulations on what ingretients soap manufacturers can use in their detergents. Jim decided to do better for his grandson, ad that's how Nood Clean was born. Jim doesn't boast any secret family recipe for his lye-based castile soaps. Jim's favorite scent is honeysuckle, but his wife's is plumeria and she generally does most of the laundry at their house. "I invest my time in creating soap similar to the way that the farmers invest in planting or the artisans at Ballew Woodworks make toys and such. I enjoy the collaboration of people making necessities [at TRFM]." Jim has sold out his soaps at two different markets already this season and he keeps bringing more!

Providence Farm

Donald and Colleen Snow’s journey with Providence Farms started with an unusual phone call. Colleen remembers getting the call from her husband,  

“I think I want to own some cows.” He bought their first three cows off Craigslist. They were first generation farmers with no money and no land, but they had a dream of someday hosting a farm that not only provided locally raised food but a haven for ministry workers to reconnect with nature.

They shuffled their 100 cows, 200 pigs, and 500 chickens between their four leased properties in Anderson County. Enters Dr. William Walker, a "retired" farmer with the care of 450-acres looming before him. The match couldn't have been more fitting as, Donald, a willing and capable proprietor, stepped under the mentorship of a seasoned veteran farmer and friend. 2019 brought the official collaboration of Waker Century Farm land and Providence Farms. Colleen and Mrs. Walker have teamed up to open the Walker Century Farms Market in Anderson It is open Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 2-6. 

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