The Old School Farm from Bells Bend Tennessee

old school farmThe Old School Farm in Bells Bend, TN, is an exceptional new non-profit that provides sustainably-grown fruits, flowers, vegetables, and herbs while simultaneously serving as an employment opportunity and job-training facility for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Co-founder Rowan Millar, along with his business partner Susan Richardson, formed MillarRich, LLC, a community-based employment services company in the Nashville area. This fully-functioning farm is an extension of their company that produces fresh, local food using organic methods. Therefore, by purchasing Old School Farm produce and herbs at the East Nashville Farmers Market, you are supporting a successful model for agricultural job-training and placement for individuals with disabilities.

east nashville marketLocated ten minutes outside of Nashville, the Old School Farm consists of nine acres and a recently-renovated brick schoolhouse built in 1936. The schoolhouse provides a community and fundraising event space and will eventually contain a full certified kitchen and farm café open to the community. The farm broke ground in January of 2013 with an acre in vegetable production and a temporary greenhouse where they began all of the farm’s fruit and vegetable seedlings. Now the budding farm provides their own 20 week CSA program to the public and consists of almost a full two acres in production, an apple orchard, chicken house for egg production, farm office, and a new 900 square-feet permanent greenhouse — all designed and built together by the farm’s managers, job coaches, and employees.

bells bend tn“We’re providing sustainable jobs through sustainable agriculture,” Rowan says. Originally from northern Ireland, the entrepreneur has been a member of the Nashville community since 2000. He and Susan formed their job-placement company MillarRich, LLC, with the goal of bolstering the independence of individuals with disabilities within their own communities. In Tennessee, what better choice than to set this model in place through agriculture? Employees work alongside job coaches to learn skills and participate in a number of farm activities, including fence-building, greenhouse construction, animal husbandry, farm planning, maintenance, and more. It is where the livelihoods of under-served members of our community are improved and a setting to form friendships with their coworkers is provided.

nashville farmers market“We should have over 40 varieties of fruits, vegetables, and herbs in the field for this season,” says Ben Brown, one of the two farm managers. He and his co-manager, Rachel Stubbs, both have backgrounds in agriculture and work together for form Rowan’s “team awesome.” Rachel is a Nashville native who studied Biology, Ecology, and Conservation at the University of Washington at Seattle, where she ran the student farm. She was brought on by Rowan as one of the original farm managers, and still plays an important role both in the field and behind-the-scenes. Ben Brown studied Sustainable Agriculture at Sterling College in Vermont and moved to Nashville to work for Old School Farm. The two plus job coach David Scott and employee Josh can be found helping customers, smiling, and having fun together at the East Nashville Farmers Market.

The Old School Farm is rolling through their second season this year with no slowing-down to the infrastructure they are laying in sight. In addition to purchasing their fresh farm eggs and produce or joining their CSA, donation opportunities to assist them in growing their farm and community are available as well. Simply visit their booth at the East Nashville Farmers Market and learn more about how you can participate to assist individuals with disabilities gain sustainable jobs through sustainable agriculture.

New Root Vegetables Now at Market

Fresh picked beets from Green Door Gourmet

Fresh picked beets from Green Door Gourmet

This week at the East Nashville Farmers Market, an array of freshly-harvested root vegetables make their debut, along with lots more seasonal spring fruits and veggies grown by our local farmers. The Jones Press food truck will be returning to offer kid-friendly and vegetarian dinner options for our East Nashville families. We are also excited to announce the return of cheese to our market with Lost River Creamery and their raw milk goudas. Our musical guest will be the lovely Lillie Syracuse singing her set of country, blues, and rock ‘n’ roll. So grab a blanket and your favorite people, because this week will be a great week for local food, spring produce, and neighborhood fun. You can view pictures from last week to see what produce we now have in market.

First thing’s first — let’s talk produce! Last week, we saw the premier of some new and interesting seasonal veggetables at our market, and among them our favorite — spring root vegetables! Green Door Gourmet brought a multi-colored display of bright orange carrots, red baby beets, spring onions, and snow white Hakurei turnips — all fresh, crisp and sugar sweet. Kohlrabi was also a fairly-unusual new addition, and we saw the first of the spring sugar-snap and snow peas. Visit the Green Door Gourmet booth this week for all the delicious seasonal vegetables, and keep an eye out for the possibility of fennel to arrive, too! — a light anise-flavored vegetable that can be eaten raw or cooked.

Fresh harvested greens from Delvin Farms

Fresh harvested greens from Delvin Farms

Old School Farm will have another load of beautiful farm greens from the field this week, including mustard, tatsoi, turnip, and chard. Flying S Farms and Delvin Farms will have more bushels of freshly-picked spinach and kales for your salads, stir-fries, smoothies, pies, and more. Local strawberries are still available and arriving fresh from the farms , so get down to the farmers market this week and grab a quart (or bucket) while you still can.

Secondly, we’re thrilled to announce the addition of Kentucky artisan cheese-makers Scott and Angie Harris of Lost River Creamery to our list of East Nashville Farmers Market vendors for the 2015 season. These lost river creamery fresh, small-batch goudas are made by hand in Russellville, Kentucky, with hormone and antibiotic-free raw milk from Grave Family Dairy, and aged in underground caves for a minimum of 90 days. The 9 month aged Logan is so nutty and flavorful, the Harris family has a difficult time keeping up with demand. So stop by their booth and sample one of these excellent artisan cheeses. You’ll want one to take home for your weekend omelet or cheese plate.

laurel mountain farmsOur newest local meat vendor, Laurel Mountain Farms, had mouths watering last week from the smell of their seasoned pork steaks that were sizzling on the grill and sampled out to our market shoppers. These locally-raised steaks are pre-seasoned and can be thrown in a skillet or on a grill for a super-quick and easy meal. So visit their booth this week and sample a smoky bite. We bet you will be taking home Laurel Mountain steaks or chops in your shopping bag.

Finally, we are happy as always to have the fiery, rhinestone-clad Lillie Syracuse performing a set of country, blues, and rock ‘n’ roll for our farmers market guests this week. And in case you forgot, the East Nashville Farmers Market has your Wednesday night dinner covered with The Jones Press food truck and their ever-popular paninis. These yummy pressed sandwiches do sell fast, so arrive early and claim your spot on the lawn. It will be a great spring day, folks, so grab your shopping bags and (as always) your blanket and we’ll see you at Shelby Park!
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Peaches and More Local Food Arrive at Farmers Market!

peach truckThis week at the East Nashville Farmers Market, we’re excited to announce the arrival of peaches and much more local food! That’s right, folks, The Peach Truck will be making its seasonal debut at the East Nashville farmers market this Wednesday, May 20, 2015. Plus, spinach and possibly beets are being added to the list of seasonal veggies being produced by our local farmers, and gorgeous spring strawberries are still available. We’re also excited to announce our newest artisan cheese-maker, Lost River Creamery, bringing aged raw-milk goudas from Russelville, Kentucky. So grab a shopping bag, a blanket, and a friend, and get the local-food love while you can.

Last week, we threw one heck-of-a Grand Opening Festival at the East Nashville Farmers Market, and we have you all to thank— our awesome market shoppers! Our musical guest, Mary Bragg, sent chill bumps through the thoroughfare with her powerful vocals, and The Jones Press and Bao Down food trucks kept our hungry crowds fed. Kids enjoyed spending time with the Reptile Guy and his Burmese pythons and gardening activities with Plant the Seed. The weather was gorgeous and the strawberries were fragrant and plentiful, picked fresh from the fields! It was a heck of a good time and we would like to thank each and every one of you for joining us in support of our local farmers, artisans, and food vendors. We’re off to a great start!

farmers marketSo let’s get right to the chase and talk about local spring produce at the East Nashville Farmers Market. Last week, we saw beautiful strawberries from Oak Grove Farms, Green Door Gourmet, Kelly’s Berry Farm, and Delvin Farms. These farmers will be bringing even more beautiful berries to the East Nashville Farmers Market this week, so come buy a flat for canning preserves or freezing if you haven’t.

You might have heard the rumor already, but we’re here to say it’s true! The Peach Truck will be making its seasonal debut this week at the East Nashville Farmers Market and we can’t wait to celebrate! Not only will they have peaches, but yummy bags of freshly-harvested pecans, too, so come on out and taste the freshness.

spring lettucesLovely spring lettuces were specifically spotted at the Oak Grove Farms booth last week. We’re told that they will be bringing some fresh spinach and possibly beets this week, so get there early to be the first to taste the best of what spring has to offer. Delvin Farms will kick-off their summer CSA and there are more slots available, folks, so check with Hank at the Delvin booth. They will also continue to supply gorgeous varieties of kale and chard. Green Door Gourmet will have their tasty mix of arugula and mizuna lettuces, radishes, plus the sweet and crisp ‘Hakurei’ salad turnips that everyone is raving about! Old School Farm, one of our newer farms, will have their usual lovely display of herbs—chamomile, mint, lavender, and more. Plus, some lovely kales and radishes. Stay tuned for even more quality to come from these newbies!

fresh herbsSpeaking of herbs, Slocal will have all the culinary and exotic fresh herbs this week, including different varieties of basils and mints, the not-so-easy-to-find sorrel, tansy, bee balm, and much more. Slocal will also have flats of tomato and pepper seedlings for sale, herb seedlings, plus fresh herb teas on tap, kombucha, and a jun tea.

We’ve got a delicious new cheese vendor, folks. Scott Harris from Lost River Creamery in Russelville, Kentucky, will be bringing his aged raw-milk goudas, including his 9-month aged favorite, the Logan. Samples are available and will be going fast!

baked breadsNow, onto to our breads and baked goods. Catherine at Flying “S” Farms will be bringing an extra batch of her homemade sourdough bread for our market shoppers, and Tammy at Sweet Daisy Jane’s will have a fresh batch of her most popular seasonal strawberry bread made from Kelly’s Berry Farm strawberries. Kaylee and Bethany from Eat Like Kings will have rosemary and smoked paprika spiced pecans and their outstanding chocolate chip cookies that have become a real hit at the market.

One of our new soap, salves, and cosmetics producers, Kathleen from Rainwater Farms, will have an all-natural bug spray made with essential oils of eucalyptus and rose geranium—just in time for mosquito season! And Tracy from Botanical Harmony will have a fresh recipe of all-natural liquid hand soap and the usual multi-colored farm eggs. Plus, duck eggs per request.

East Nashville Farmers MarketIf anyone is in the mood for a little spice and sass, the Creole Diva, Ms. Lynn (and her trusty side-kick “The Duke”), will be serving hot and homey Creole staples to our hungry market shoppers, plus a watermelon jelly that is “a little taste of summer in a jar,” according to the Diva herself. And if anyone wants to transport themselves to New Orleans this week, she’ll also have a homemade beignet mix that will surely go fast.
Last week, Laurel Mountain Farms tempted taste buds with barbecued pork chop samples fresh off the grill, and if this week is anything like last week, you’ll want to find a place in line fast! Our market shoppers don’t mind waiting for the quality this new meat vendor is supplying. Also, Triple L Ranch will be selling their award-winning Hereford steaks, as well, among other favorites such as bacon, ox tails, and more.
And as always, we’ve got dinner covered! Bao Down and Jones Press Food Trucks with kid-friendly menu items, such as grilled cheese and chicken Panini will be returning and so will Bradley’s Curbside Creamery for dessert.

Finally, we’re excited to announce our musical guest this week: a group of young, up-and-coming bluegrass musicians, all under the age of 18—Someday Soon. Come out and support these musical prodigies as they fill the air with tasty tunes. So see you on the lawn this Wednesday, everybody!

Tennessee Flaugnarde with Local Strawberries and Wildflower Honey

tennessee flaugnardeIf you’re like me, you enjoy the taste of seasonal local strawberries in their purest form—picked warm and fresh from the field and eaten straight out of the container purchased from a local farmer at the East Nashville Farmers Market. Their natural sweetness and supple texture set them worlds apart from the flavorless, bred-to-ship California varieties found in commercial grocery stores, making this ruby red fruit a regional delicacy. Yet, sometimes the qualities of our local strawberries can be degraded by the mounds of sugar and gelatin found in many Southern dessert recipes. Therefore, when I bring home a quart of these rare gems, I look for simple recipes with ingredients that compliment my berries, not degrade or overpower them, so their natural flavors shine through.

farm eggsOne fruit dessert that is light enough for my taste is a flaugnarde (FLOWN-niard), also referred to as a clafoutis (klah-foo-TEE). These berry-studded custards are local desserts from the rural Limousin region of France, the difference being which fruit is used in each: a clafoutis is traditionally baked with only black cherries, whereas a flaugnarde can be prepared with a variety of different fruits. How appropriate, I thought, to take such a classic French provincial dessert that showcases seasonal berries and make it sparkle with the flavors of Tennessee. With that in mind, I created a comforting yet light flaugnarde recipe containing 3 main ingredients produced by our local farmers and available at the East Nashville Farmers Market: strawberries, wildflower honey, and fresh farm eggs. I also opted to bake this dessert in my grandmother’s cast-iron skillet, but a buttered gratin or casserole dish, or even a cake or pie pan will work just as well.

strawberriesTo begin, I slathered my skillet with a small knob of butter and lightly dusted it with flour to prevent any sticking. I selected a quart of ripe strawberries from one of the local farmers at the East Nashville market, trimmed off the calyx and any soft spots, and rinsed them with a shower of cool water. Delvin Farms, Kelley’s Berry Farm, Green Door Gourmet, and Oak Grove Farm all have beautifully fragrant, plump, ripe berries for sale at the East Nashville market. Let your strawberries drain in a colander or on a dish towel while you mix the rest of your ingredients.

farmers marketNext, I poured 1 1/2 cup of whole milk (any type of milk will work fine, or try a milk/cream combo for a richer texture) into a mixing bowl and added 1/4 teaspoon salt and 2 teaspoons vanilla extract (or 1 scraped vanilla bean would be lovely if you have it on hand).

To the milk, I added 3 heaping tablespoons of Delvin Farms wildflower honey to give my flaugnarde just a hint of regional sweetness and depth of flavor. This honey is made by bees that pollinate crops on the Delvins’ certified organic farm, and is harvested and extracted on the farm by the Delvins themselves. It has a bright taste with notes of floral and citrus that compliment the flavors of strawberry and vanilla nicely.

Next, I cracked 3 beautifully colored farm eggs raised on the Botanical Harmony farm into my bowl. These eggs are laid by different breeds of local, free-range chickens. They have beautiful deep orange yolks that, when whisked into the milk and honey, added a lovely apricot glow to my batter. After the eggs are fully incorporated, I whisked in half a cup of all-purpose flour to give my custard a little substance and lift.

strawberry creamOnce my batter was fully combined, I diced my strawberries and added them to the skillet. Then, I poured the mixture on top and put the cast-iron into a preheated 350 degree oven for about 40-45 minutes. (Using my 12-inch cast-iron skillet created a thinner custard. For a thicker flaugnarde, bake in a 9-inch pan or pie plate.)

After 45 minutes, I removed a bubbling, fragrant, eggy fruit custard from my oven. The edges were perfectly golden brown and pulling away from the sides of my skillet, and the baked strawberry aroma filled the rooms of my home. This dessert can be served sliced after it cools down to room temperature, or scooped bubbling and hot fresh out of the oven. It also makes barely-sweet, delicious breakfast. In France, it is traditionally sprinkled with a dusting of powdered sugar. It can also be topped with a curl of vanilla ice cream. But since we’re in Tennessee, I drizzled my slice with an extra ribbon of Delvin Farms wildflower honey and enjoyed it on my back porch to the sounds of my favorite bluegrass band. Bon appétit, y’all.

Tennessee Flaugnarde

2 cups diced local Tennessee strawberries
1 1/2 cup whole milk
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 teasoons pure vanilla extract or seeds of 1 vanilla bean
3 tablespoons wildflower honey
3 farm eggs
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
butter for coating skillet
powdered sugar for dusting (optional)

Grand Opening Market Festival Announcement: May 13th, 2015

After such a successful soft opening last week, the East Nashville Farmers Market is enthusiastic to announce our Grand Opening Market Festival this Wednesday, May 13th, 2015!! Bring the little ones for some fun kid’s activities and enjoy kid-friendly food options from our returning food truck, The Jones Press. Participate in our hourly-giveaways for a chance to win a basket of farmers market goods, and relax to the sweet sounds of our soulful musical guest, Mary Bragg. And let us not forget all the local spring produce harvested fresh off the farm, including Tennessee organic strawberries, that will be awaiting your arrival!! So grab your favorite quilt and pack a basket, everybody, because you won’t want to miss this special springtime event.Opening.blanket

We’re all thinking about it, so let’s get right down to it: strawberries are at the peak of their season this week and will be lining the tables at our Grand Opening Market Festival. This sweet seasonal favorite cannot be found in your commercial grocery store, so taste the flavor of local strawberries before it’s too late. Last week, our families bought quarts of red berries that were devoured on picnic blankets before any could make the trip home. This week, we expect everyone to grab a quart, or even a flat, to take home for canning, freezing, or homemade pie-making. And other fresh produce, such as spring lettuces, kales, radishes, and more, will be available for sautés and salads, too.

Last week, we loved seeing all your little ones on the lawn enjoying scoops of ice cream from Bradley’s Curbside Creamery, because there’s nothing quite like a good ol’ chocolaty grin. To continue this traditional, ice cream will be back for our festival! Plus, old-school floats, shakes, and malts that are hand-stirred by the cool dudes from Moovers and Shakers food truck–Nashville’s first mobile soda parlor.

opening.jonespress For dinner, we’ve got something to please every eater–kids, vegetarians, carnivores, you name it. Last week, Riffs Fine Street Food knocked the sandals off our market shoppers with their Asian-inspired cuisine. This week, we’re continuing the Asian flavor with our favorite little bus, the Bao Down bus, serving the soft, steaming Chinese-style street buns that we all crave and enjoy. And since those grilled cheese and savory pesto chicken panini from The Jones Press were such a yummy, gooey, kid-friendly hit last week, we’ve invited them back this week for our Grand Opening Festival. So take Wednesday night dinner off your to-do list, folks, because the East Nashville Farmers Market has got you covered!

Reptile GuyAfter dinner, let the kids expand their agricultural minds by participating in one of our activities with Plant The Seed, Nashville’s educational non-profit program that promotes outdoor learning through community and school gardens. We’ll also have our favorite Queen Bee, Carol Hagan the Bee Lady, with one of her closed observational honey bee hives for kids of all ages to see. The playground will be open as always for big-time kid fun, and the Tractor Man will drive one of his shiny antique tractors to our farmers market for photo opportunities. The Reptile Guy pays a visit as well which is a great photo opportunity for everyone.

One of our favorite attractions last week at the ENFM was hearing the lively bluegrass tunes of Bradford Lee Folk and Company. We love the sounds of their fiddle, stand-up bass, guitars, and harmonies. This week, we are equally proud and thrilled to announce Mary Bragg as our special musical guest. Mary’s musical styling and song writing artistry are melodically exhibited through her powerful yet sweetly-smooth vocals. She and her acoustic guitar will be serenading our grassy lawn from 4pm to 6:30pm.Opening.band

And finally, our market photographer will be joining us to snap photos of our Grand Opening Festival 2015 memories in the making, so bring your pups and other favorite friends for the chance to see them featured in our weekly market photo gallery. We are eager to celebrate this exciting new season with you and hope to see your strawberry-stained smiles at the Grand Opening Festival!opening.firefighters

Mary Bragg Plays Grand Opening Festival

We are so excited to announce our very own Nashville singer/songwriter and 2015 Telluride Troubadour Mary Bragg as our special musical guest for our Grand Opening Festival on May 13, 2015. Mary is an award-winning artist whose vocals and musical styling draw comparisons to Folk and Americana greats such as Norah Jones and Patty Griffin. Her latest album, “Edge of This Town” serves-up haunting yet powerful melodies and lyrics sung through a heart-wrenching soulful voice. Not only is Mary an award-winning recording artist, but she is also one of our dedicated volunteers at our East Nashville Farmers Market.Mary.Bragg

Originally from south Georgia, Mary moved to East Nashville in December of 2013 after ten years in New York City where she became widely-acclaimed in the Brooklyn Americana scene. After her relocation South, she immediately began shopping at the East Nashville Farmers Market and joined the Delvin CSA program. Every week, Mary arrived to retrieve her box of local fruits and vegetables, and eventually began working as an ENFM volunteer.

“I love the market for its entrepreneurial spirit–and of course for the local produce!” she says. “Each of the vendors’ passion for what they do keeps me coming back every week.” She goes on to describe why she likes participating in our community market through volunteer work. “It’s my small way of giving back to something that brings me a lot of joy.”

Last year, Mary won the inaugural BandPage/Zoo Labs Music Residency Contest, which enabled her to create her latest album, “Edge of This Town” at Zoo Labs Studios in Oakland, California. She has been busy with tours and co-writes ever since, and recently was accepted into the world-renowned circle of songwriters at The Bluebird Cafe. But when she isn’t touring, recording, or making huge strides in the Nashville music community, she is at the East Nashville Farmers Market helping customers connect with local farmers and food.

Mary is often found at the information booth answering questions and helping market shoppers, and also at the live music tent where she uses her expertise to set-up equipment. But this Wednesday, Mary Bragg will not be serving her community as a volunteer, but gracing our neighbors and market shoppers with her classically trained voice and deeply moving melodies. Every week, this gracious songbird brings so much joy to the East Nashville market, and we are happy we can share her immense talent and giving spirit with you, our market shoppers.

 

No 9 Farms creates Farm Oasis in the Woods

Stephanie and Brian Oaks of No 9 Farms, along with their two children Tyler and Abigail, work together on their family farm to produce organic locally-grown herbs, berries, seasonal fruits and vegetables, and value-added products such as high-mineral seasoned salts and hand-crafted teas. Their 40 acre farm in Ashland City, TN, is flourishing into its second year and ever-evolving with added farm products available for every season. No. 9 Farms also provides organic gardening and seasonal cooking classes for members of the community to take a break from the city and learn more about farm living. The Oaks are dedicated to a nutrition-focused, sustainable lifestyle that is reflected in their products, and possess a tenacity for perseverance and hard work that makes the impossible possible.No9farms

In 2007, the family left their home in Seattle, WA, and bought a house in East Nashville where they quickly became a part of the community. They installed an edible backyard landscape, began growing food themselves, and purchased fresh local produce at the East Nashville Farmers Market. “Walking to the market every week was a big highlight for us as a family,” says Stephanie.  “We could purchase what we didn’t grow ourselves, and we really enjoyed it.” But as the kids became teenagers and the family began running out of space, Brian and Stephanie began to shift their focus from East Nashville to outside the city. “We wanted to teach our kids how to work,” she says, so the family purchased land in Ashland City in 2013.

It began as 40 acres of predominately woodland area, yet it was transformed into cultivatable land through Stephanie and Brian’s perseverance and hard work. “We really laid the infrastructure the first year,” says Stephanie. The couple cleared acres while slowly improving the soil and built a low-energy sustainable home with the help of members from the community. Through their first year, the Oaks’ farm slowly took shape, and by the second year, No. 9 Farms introduced pick-your-own berries,  gardening classes in the field, and cooking classes in their certified kitchen.

Arriving at No. 9 Farms today is like happening upon a farm oasis in the woods, with a sparkling creek running along its border that serves as cool respite for the family after a hot day in the field. A rasp of guinea fowl beside a wood-crafted hen house greets you as well as a greenhouse full of seedlings surrounded by rows of berries and herbs. The Oaks harvest fresh, organic parsley, fennel, dill, and a variety of basils, and sell them at the East Nashville Farmers Market as well as local tea companies and breweries. Customers are also welcomed at the farm by reservation to pick-up customized boxes of organic herbs, seasonal produce, and farm eggs.

No 9 farms butternut    “We wanted to create a place where people could come and make memories with their families away from the city,” says Stephanie. For her, the goal for No. 9 Farms was to educate—to teach the benefits of organic farming, living, and seasonal and healthy cooking to her community. This drive came from a personal place for Stephanie that influenced and shaped the family’s lifestyle and diet for years to come.

When her son was young, Stephanie was told what every mother dreads to hear—that Tyler was suffering from a fatal sickness that he likely could not survive. She became resolute—she would not accept that nothing could be done for her son and became staunchly committed to his recovery. She poured over research and studied naturopathic healing. A healthy diet with a holistic approach was the medicine and treatment she chose for her son, and within a few years, Tyler made a full recovery.

Today, as the family forages ahead into new journeys, they remain dedicated to a balanced lifestyle that is heavily focused on nutrition, hard work, and sustainability. “Abigail loves to work in the greenhouse and Tyler loves to build things,” Stephanie says with a smile. Although Brian travels for work as a musician and producer, he plays a very active role on the farm when he is home. “I just cut stuff and move stuff with the tractor,” he jokes.

The hand-crafted teas and finely-ground seasoned salts they produce are not only culinary specialties but nutritional favorites of the entire family. High-mineral sea salts and pink Himalayan salts are finely-ground with farm herbs to perfectly accompany jars of organic kernels of popping corn. The popular Rosemary Popcorn Salt is inspired from Abigail’s love for the snack, but also look for their next creation­­—a Carolina Reaper pepper salt—created for Brian’s love for spicy food. Herbs are harvested and dried on the farm and hand-blended to make teas meant for boosting immunities and calming moods. All of these beneficial value-added products can be purchased at the East Nashville Farmers Market or through Etsy.

As Tyler and Abigail get older and No. 9 Farms moves through its third season, Stephanie continues to dedicate herself to a life that matters to her most: hard work, healthy living, love and family—the life of a farmer. In the past, the Oaks were one of our East Nashville neighbors, walking to the market to enjoy their community. Today, having them join The East Nashville Farmers Market as one of our vendors is a special sort of homecoming for everyone involved. “It’s neat for the kids and us to be back growing things for our community and seeing all the farmers again, ” she admits. We whole-heartily agree.

For more info on their farm, visit No. 9 FB page.