This 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!
So 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.
Lovely 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!
Speaking 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!
Now, 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.
If 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!