Abingdon Farmers’ Market, Abingdon, VA

This is my favorite local market.   It meets twice a week, Saturday mornings from 7 am to noon and Tuesday afternoons from 3 pm to 6 pm.  You can find plenty of fresh seasonal fruits, vegetables and herbs, seedlings for your garden, fresh breads and pastries, jams, salsas, coffees, homemade soaps, jewelry, flowers, and sometimes art.  Many of the vendors offer organic fare and Saturdays usually feature some sort of entertainment. Arrive early for the best of the best.  Parking is no problem.

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Cafe Lola, Johnson City, TN

by Danielle Bussone

Cafe Lola is a charming little bistro and wine bar.  The owners, Tara and Hunter, named this quaint little restaurant after one of their twin daughters, Lola.  They also own our favorite Thai restaurant in Johnson City called Jade’s Market and Eatery, named after their other daughter, Jade.

Tara is a lovely, willow-thin genial young woman who is willing to do whatever it takes to offer her customers a satisfying meal.  Hunter is an energetic, affable young man who will make you feel right at home.   (more…)

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Babylon, Johnson City, TN

by Danielle Bussone




Rich and I discovered this restaurant a few years ago, when we were still unenlightened carnivores.  Adopting a whole foods plant-based lifestyle dramatically reduced the number of decent restaurants we could enjoy.  Babylon is a friendly family owned mediterranean restaurant. We had to include this as our first post for Veggin’ Out and About.  Babylon is not fancy but the food is delicious.  Friday is the best day to go as most of the specials then are vegan.



On Fridays they serve eggplant and potato stew and vegetables stuffed with a tasty tomato-rice concoction. Most days one can purchase a vegan lentil stew, Falafel (fried vegetable balls), and eggplant salad with pickles, Tabouleh (parsley, tomato and bulgur salad) and hummus (pureed chickpeas with spices).  Everything is served with generous portions of flatbread, which is wonderful.


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