Donna Frost & The Ukeabilly Upstarts formed in spring of 2014. Donna has been playing ukulele during her acoustic shows for several years & had been writing some ukulele songs. She came up with the word “ukeabilly” for her music, meaning ukulele combined with rockabilly, roots, etc. Donna and longtime friend Robert Tigert put together a duo performing Donna’s original ukulele music and began playing shows around Nashville. They were well received and decided they would record an EP which soon became a CD, called “Ukeabilly Mama” which will be released in summer of 2014. They had so much fun recording the album, they decided to take the band out and play this music live. Their first official show as a band was at Douglas Corner Cafe on June 5, 2014 at a CMA Week event. The response was fantastic and there will be more shows coming in the weeks ahead! We’ll keep the info posted here. Band members are: Donna Frost, ukulele & vocals; Robert Tigert, bass & vocals; Jim Alderman, accordion & vocals; Chris Higgins, drums; Ed Zinkiewicz, spoons and vocals; Michael Mishaw, keyboards and cajon, Paul Olson, cajon.
They will be joining us at the East Nashville Farmers Market on Wednesday, July 2, 2014 from 4pm-6:30pm.
It is honey harvest season in Middle Tennessee right now. Beekeepers across the state have been patiently and painstakingly tending to their hives all spring and early summer to finally enjoy the fruits of their labor; the honey harvest. By far the most important flower in this area for honey production is white clover and most honey that is collected at this time of year is a “wildflower” mixture consisting of primarily clover honey. Honey has different flavors or bouquets and can be very similar to wine in that it pulls the flavor profiles from the plants which it is harvested (by the bees). When buying locally at your farmers market, many different flavors of honey can be found.
One of our favorite farm vendors at the market, who always has the widest selection of honey year round, is Ed Johnson Honey Farm. Described by their customers as some of the best tasting honey around, the Johnson’s have been producing honey for three generations. Ed Johnson was raised to be a beekeeper. His grandfather brought the first bees to their Goodlettsville farm in 1918. Johnson’s Bee Farm supplies honey all over the southern United States. Ed Johnson and his children, Robert Johnson and Paula Johnson Morton, have consulted and helped farmers start bee hives for their farms all over the state of Tennessee. With the passing of Mr. Johnson in February, his son Robert continues the tradition of the Johnson Honey Farm.
Thurman Harris has sold Johnson honey at the East Nashville Farmers market since it started at the Turnip Truck eight years ago. Thurman sells clover and wild flower honey, bee pollen and honey sticks; Sourwood honey is available seasonally.
Raw vs. Pasteurized Honey
Most of the honey sold in stores has been heated and pasteurized. This processing destroys many of the enzymes and beneficial compounds that make raw honey so nutritious. Pasteurized honey will be clear and viscous. Raw honey has not been treated with heat; it is often more buttery, solid and opaque than pasteurized honey and often contains “cappings,” or small pieces of beeswax. It is completely left in its natural state and therefore contains pollen, enzymes, antioxidants and many other beneficial compounds. Honey you find at the ENFM is typically raw honey that has been filtered once or twice and bottled for sale. It will contain local pollen and enzymes.
Did you know it takes an estimated 250-500 years for a disposable diaper to decompose? YUCK! For you moms and dads to-be, there is a much greener solution. Smile, Mommy! is a cloth diaper service that picks up, launders and delivers cloth diapers to your home. They’ll be teaching a free workshop on the basics of cloth diapering for interested parents fed up with disposables. They’ll discuss pros and cons of all the different product options on the market. You’ll learn how to change and wash cloth diapers. Email email@example.com to register. Better for the Earth, better for your baby.
Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to tour the Noble Springs Diary. I was joined by two very excited little boys, my nephews, Reece (age 9) and Eric (age 4), and my sister Laura.
The farm is owned and operated by Dustin and Justyne Noble on 230 picturesque acres in Williamson County. They have about 150 goats and 40 of them are kids (baby goats).
Our tour started off with a quick introduction and then we went down a mowed path past 2 ponds to see Justyne’s two horses, Sassy & Snow. The were hiding in the cool shade of the trees. They came to visit and we all had an opportunity to pet them and offer them some grain.
Next we took quick visit of the chickens that they also raise on the farm. They have about 50 chickens on site. The eggs they collect are used by the family and sold at local farmers markets.
This was followed by an opportunity to get up close to all of the new kids on the farm. Many of them are still being raised on a bottle.
Finally we were able to tour the barn and milking areas. We were also able to see where the milk is processed and bottled right there on site. The milking room can accommodate 12 goats at one time. The dairy is currently milking twice a day.
After the tour was complete, we were given an opportunity to sample the many flavors of goat cheese that they have available. Throughout the summer they will also feature limited-run, flavor of the week cheeses such as strawberry and ranch.
In addition to their wonderful cheeses, Noble Springs also offer a variety of other goat milk products including, milk, yogurt, fudge & soap. Their products can be found at the East Nashville Farmers Market, as well as, restaurants and stores in the greater Nashville area.
Remember, that you don’t need to be a kid to enjoy the fun at Noble Springs Dairy. It is an amazing opportunity to learn about your locally raised food. Schedule a tour for yourself by visiting www.noblespringsdairy.com, or call (615) 481-9546 to find out where to buy the products.
If you can’t wait for a private tour, then join them at the farm this Saturday, June 22, 2014 for FARM FEST. This is a concert to benefit the Land Trust of Tennessee with live music from Austin Moody. Crepe Diem Food Truck and Legato Gelato will be serving food and snacks for those interested in grabbing a bite to eat. Turtle Anarchy Brewery will be there handing out free samples of their local brews. Of course there will be a Noble Springs Dairy sampling table too! The best part is there is no admission and there is only $10 suggested donation per car load.Fun starts at 3pm and goes until 6pm. There will be plenty of space to relax and enjoy the music. Bring chairs or blankets to sit on.
Come out to the East Nashville Farmers Market to get your fresh ingredients for this wonderful summer recipe.
- 2 cups Fresh Tomatoes, Chopped (Roma Preferred)
- 3 cloves Garlic, Finely Minced (may Add More Or Less To Taste)
- 1 Tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 1 Tablespoon Balsamic Vinegar
- ½ cups Basil, Chopped
- Kosher Salt And Fresh Cracked Pepper To Taste
- 1 whole French Baguette, Sliced On The Diagonal, 3/4 Inch Thick
- 1 clove Garlic, Peeled And Sliced In Half
- Goat Cheese, To Taste
In a medium mixing bowl, add chopped tomatoes, finely minced garlic, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and basil together. The longer they sit, the better it will be. Make a few hours ahead or overnight. Add kosher salt and pepper to taste.
Toast baguettes on a cookie sheet just until slightly browned. Rub halved garlic clove over the toasted side to infuse bread with flavor. Spread with goat cheese to taste. Spoon tomato mixture on top of the bread and serve. Also goes well with pasta.
Recipe from TastyKitchen.com
Kali Yuga Yoga student instructors will lead these 1-hour beginner based practices each week highlighting some of the basic yoga poses, and how to perform them safely and effectively. These classes are great for the weekend warrior looking to add some flexibility to compliment an already active lifestyle or the desk jockey who needs a mid-week break. All levels and abilities welcome.
WHEN: 5:30 pm
COST: FREE and open to the public
CHILDREN: Children welcome, but must be supervised if not focused enough to participate. Family friendly.
DOGS: Dogs are welcome, but must be supervised, non-distractive and on-leash.
WHAT TO BRING:
– Yoga mat or large towel
– Comfortable cool clothes that allow movement
– Hand towel (if you get sweaty)
– Bug Spray (expect ants and mosquitos)
RAIN OR SHINE:
We intend to hold classes in sunshine and in shade, but if it happens to be raining pretty hard all morning or day, please check our Facebook one hour before class to find out about possible cancellations.
We are delighted to have so many new patrons supporting our weekly Wednesday Market. Here are a few tips we suggest that may help make your visit as successful as possible.
One: We highly recommend that shoppers go green by bringing their own bags and baskets. This small act has big pay-offs for our environment by reducing waste.
Two: Bring a cooler. The East Nashville Market hosts more than just fruit and vegetable farmers. You may find meats, milk, cheese, yogurt, hummus, or other items that require refrigeration. By bringing a cooler, you can keep fresh foods cold until you head home at the end of the day.
Three: Bring Cash and Small Bills. If you forget, or run out of cash, don’t worry! Bank debit cards are accepted by the market in exchange for tokens to be used at vendor booths. Some vendors accept checks or credit cards. We’ll exchange your swipe for wooden market tokens at the information booth. Tokens can be used at any booth and are valid all season long.
Some of our East Nashville Customers know that a CSA program is “Where It’s At”. CSA’s are in full swing now and can be purchased at several of our farmer vendors at the market including Delvin Farms, Paradise Produce, Green Door Gourmet and Flying “S” Farms.
A Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program is a great way to help support a local farmer and enjoy the bounty that comes off the farm all season. Customers sign up and purchase a “share” at the beginning of the season and receive a box of produce weekly or bi weekly from spring to late fall. Your dollars help the farmers get started in the season when the expenses are high and also guarantee sale of the vegetables that are grown on the farm. You will be eating seasonally and likely trying new vegetables such as heirloom fingerling potatoes, kohlrabi, fennel, red Russian kale and so many more that our farmers add every year.