Perfect Provisions for a Romantic Mountain Getaway
This week we are in the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. Our family owns 4 cabins on the top of a ridge near the peak of Cove Mountain. We rent them out year round, to families who are visiting the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. Now, it is our turn to do some maintenance on the cabins and enjoy them for a few days, ourselves.
Our flight touched down in Knoxville, TN and we got our rental car and headed straight for a natural market we heard about from our brother and sister-in-law. Anxious to provision our mountain cabin with healthy food, we were excited to shop at this new store.
We couldn’t believe our eyes, a sign in the window said “pasture-raised meats.”
On previous trips, we would always lament the unavailability of healthy food. We did find bison and raw cheese in a gourmet supermarket, once, but that was about it.
The Market in Maryville consists of 5 unique businesses under one roof. Ciao, is a deli counter, that sells sandwiches, snacks and grass-fed hot dogs with sauerkraut and coleslaw, which we couldn’t resist trying. We took our dogs in a bowl, forgoing the bun since we are low carb eaters. Out of this world, good, too!
Then there is the Blue Moon Fish Company with a wonderful array of seafood, including crawdads and local mountain trout.
Laurel Creek Farm has bison, grass fed meats, bacon in their meat counter. Since we have a camp grill at the cabin, we couldn’t resist buying one of each type of steak, filet mignon, ny strip, bison rib eye! We also bought bison ground beef to make cheeseburgers.
This morning, we are in the cabin, cooking Laurel Farms lamb sausage and pasture-raised eggs we bought in the Oak Park Grocery section of The Market.
On the third Thursday of every month at 7pm, The Market does a tasting event, The Taste of The Market. Might be worth planning your trip to the Smokies and your flight landing time in Knoxville to coincide with the event!
The Knoxville airport is just minutes away from the market. Our cabins are 45 minutes from the Knoxville airport.
The Market staff was very helpful and we bought all the groceries we needed for our entire trip!
The other items we purchased:
Temple Oranges (if you haven’t tried these they are very flavorful), apples, garlic, onion, coarse black pepper, Cruze Farm non-homogenized, grass fed milk (pasteurized by the farm), amish butter, asparagus, organic spinach, brussels sprouts, applewood smoked bacon, country bacon, summer sausage, ground lamb to make sausage, smoked cheese, Sweetwater Valley Farm raw cheese.
Call the Market at Washington and High Streets, Maryville, TN for information about store hours, tastings, classes and events 865-980-7711.
Visit our website, awesomemountainvacations.com to learn more about taking a family trip to the Smokies.