Light Rain Brings Cooler Farmers Market

East Nashville Farmers MarketOur East Nashville farmers market is going strong!  Yesterday’s market was a bit damp, but that didn’t stop us.  In fact, the rain offered us all a chance to cool off after temps that reached near 90 degrees here in Nashville.

We always have a nice variety of local produce baked goods and other fresh food related products for our market customers.  Yesterday was no exception.  Fresh farm local produce offerings included sugar snap peas, summer squash, wheat grass, kale varieties, lettuces, strawberries, swiss chard, zucchini, carrots, peaches, pecans, broccoli, cabbage and much more.

Certified organically grown squash, zucchini and green onions from Delvin Farms

Certified organically grown squash, zucchini and green onions from Delvin Farms

Our other vendors shared their specialty made granola, salsa and hummus. We also had milk from Hatcher Family Dairy, cheese and goat milk products on hand. And our new meat vendor Triple L Ranch had beef, chicken and sausage from their all natural beef farm. There were also fresh herbs and starter plants for folks to take home.

Sound too good to be true?  Be sure to check out our photo gallery to see what we had at yesterday’s market and who was there.  A big thanks to all our vendors and customers who came out on an East Nashville rainy day!

Farm goat cheese from Noble Springs Dairy

Farm goat cheese from Noble Springs Dairy

We look forward to seeing you at our East Nashville Farmers Market next week.  Remember not to let a little rain spoil all the fun!

Market In Full Swing at Shelby Park

East Nashville Farmers MarketWow!!! We want to say thank you to everyone that supported our Grand Opening Celebration this past Wednesday.  What a warm welcome to our new location and a great kick-off for the East Nashville Farmers Market Season.  The children and adults alike enjoyed the petting zoo, face painting and seed planting activity.  We appreciate all of the positive feedback and hope to continue to be an event destination for you each week throughout the summer. Be sure to follow this link to our website to view the wonderful photos from the festival. You just might spot yourself or a neighbor! 

If you’ve missed us so far, don’t despair. There are 23 more weeks to join in on the fun!  Remember, the fun continues tomorrow with live music from The Farmer and Adele.  Be sure to come hungry and grab a snack from our on-site food trucks including the Bare Naked Bagel, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream, Primm Spring’s Lemonade, Loco Donuts, and Jay’s Chicago.  

Find a list of our participating farmers and vendors here

Awesome Grilled Green Onions

Grilled what?

Grilled what?

I thought I would post a recipe for an item that often gets overlooked at the farmers market. This is a simple addition to the grill that tastes great. You can steam the onions by placing them in foil and sealing it or grill them directly using a grilling screen or rack made especially for vegetables and other small objects. I recommend staying away from the foil and love the grilled taste.

Grilled Green Onions

Ingredients:
12 green onions, rinsed, ends trimmed
6 spring garlic greens (or 3 cloves of garlic, chopped in half)
3 tbsp sunflower, olive, or melted butter
A few shakes of smoked paprika
Salt and ground pepper to taste

Instructions:
Place onions and garlic with oil in a bowl and work the oil over the greens to cover. Preheat grill to medium-low heat. Place greens on a grilling rack. Grill until tender, around 10 minutes.

OR

Cut a sheet of aluminum foil to about 12 by 15 inches. Arrange the greens side by side in the center of the foil sheet. Keeping the green onions flat, fold the foil to make a sealed cooking pouch. Place the foil packet on the preheated grill away from the main heat source. Allow the green onions to steam 5 to 7 minutes. After removing from grill, sprinkle with smoked paprika. Salt and pepper to taste.
Makes around 4 servings.

Opening Day Market Celebration Rescheduled for May 21st, 2014

Our new location in beautiful Shelby Park next to the children's playground next to the baseball diamonds

Our new location in beautiful Shelby Park next to the children’s playground next to the baseball diamonds

It’s Market Time Again!!!  We are excited to report that we had a very nice turn out for the very first market day of the season at the East Nashville Farmers Market.  Although it was a bit wet outside we enjoyed serving your families and a chance to splash in the puddles.

Be sure to stop by on May 21st to catch all of the Grand Opening Activities that were postponed due to the inclement weather.  We will have face painting, a farm animal petting zoo, live music from Johnny Campbell & the Bluegrass Drifters, yoga, a seed planting activity from Plant the Seed, food trucks, ice cream and much, more.

We look forward to seeing all of your friendly faces with us again this week.  Our local vendors are ready to serve the needs of your families with their bushels of fresh produce (including fresh strawberries), specialty food items (pimento cheese, salsa, honey), baked goods, dairy items, grass-fed beef, and more.  It is also a great time to pick up some plants and compost if you want to grow your own herbs and tomatoes.
See you there!

EVENTS
Come and join us for our rescheduled Opening Market Celebration at our New Location in Shelby Park, Wednesday, May 21st.

This weekly producers only market is a great place to find locally sourced foods from grass fed meats to organically raised produce, fresh pastured eggs, artisan craft cheese to honey.  The market will be open from 3:30-7pm and feature hourly giveaways, food trucks, a barnyard petting zoo, yoga, face painting, free seed planting activity, CSA sign-ups and live music!  Fun for all ages!  SNAP/EBT Accepted.  Leashed dogs are welcome.

This week’s music will be provided by Johnny Campbell and the Bluegrass Drifters.

To find our new market location in Shelby Park take Shelby Ave directly into the park once you cross 20th Street. Follow the winding road down the hill to the lake and turn right. Continue until you pass the Old Timers baseball field and must turn left onto Davidson St. You are now driving along the Cumberland river, just pass the baseball field on the left you will find our farmers market on the left next to the children’s play ground. The photo below is the location.

Grand Opening Market Celebration – May 14th

East Nashville Farmers Market Opening Day Celebration Wednesday, May 14th 3:30pm -7pm

Our new location in beautiful Shelby Park

Our new location in beautiful Shelby Park next to the children’s playground near the baseball fields

In our 8th season we have over 35 market vendors! Every vendor at the market is the person who grows the local farm produce, raises the animal, bakes the bread, makes the cheese, or creates the artisan crafts. You can be assured that your purchases are supporting small family farms while giving back to your local economy and community.  We invite you to ask questions and learn more about the local producers at our market. Come each week to meet your local farmer and stay to meet your neighbors & enjoy the live music. This local one-shop shopping venue will run every Wednesday from May 14 -Oct. 29 from 3:30pm-7pm.  This week we will feature a petting zoo, live bee demonstration, children’s activities, live music, food trucks and much more. We are proud to once again offer SNAP/EBT benefits allowing everyone access to healthy food.  If you have any questions about the market, the farmers, or how EBT works please visit us at the market information booth in the center of the market. We will see you Wednesday! To find our new market location in Shelby Park take Shelby Ave directly into the park once you cross 20th Street. Follow the winding road down the hill to the lake and turn right. Continue until you pass the Old Timers baseball field and must turn left onto Davidson St. You are now driving along the Cumberland river, just pass the baseball field on the left you will find our farmers market on the left next to the children’s play ground. The photo below is the location.