Tables of "Just Picked" local summer produce right from Tennessee Farms

Tables of “Just Picked” local summer produce right from Tennessee Farms

Spicy hot peppers and summer sweet corn arrive at the East Nashville Farmers Market this week, joining a bevy of heirloom tomatoes, okra, eggplants, cucumbers, kales, and more. Plus, plenty of luscious blackberries, blueberries, and peaches for homemade preserves, cobblers, and pies. Our musical guest this week will be the fiery Lillie Syracuse playing her country and rock n roll blues. Enjoy the music on the lawn with dinner from one of our local food trucks. And don’t forget the fresh teas, lemonades, and ice cream available to cool you from the heat, because this Wednesday is going to be one sweet and spicy market!

Mountains of sweet corn pile high at Oak Grove Farms market booth

Mountains of sweet corn pile high at Oak Grove Farms market booth

First thing’s first, folks, let’s talk sweet corn! Nothing says summer more than a smoky, charred ear of corn fresh from the grill or a pot of freshly-creamed kernels bubbling on your stove. Our farmers grow the sweetest varieties available in Tennessee and bring them fresh from the field to you, our market shoppers. Find mountains of corn at the Oak Grove Farms and Delvin Farms booths. For extra flavor, pair your sweet corn with the many varieties of sweet and hot peppers available at the East Nashville Farmers Market, and you could make some delicious summer meals, like this Five Pepper Southern Cornbread recipe.

 

Varieties of hot peppers are found at market

Varieties of hot peppers are found at market

Don’t forget the other summer fruits and vegetables that are available at our farmers market. Heirloom slicing tomatoes , flat Italian ‘Roma’ green beans, squashes and cucumbers will be at the Oak Grove Farms booth. Find sugary sweet and tiny tomato varieties for snacking and salad bowls at Old School Farm (hyperlink to farmer profile). Plus, Green Door Gourmet is still going strong with impeccable greens and aromatic staples such as carrots and parsley. And Kelly’s Berries will have all the blueberries and blackberries you need for anti-oxidant packed smoothies and snacks.

 

Herbs and sweet grape tomatoes from Old School Farm

Herbs and sweet grape tomatoes from Old School Farm

Finally, we’d like to mention a particularly zesty item that has made its annual debut at the East Nashville Farmers Market: Kirchner Kickles—Pickles with a Kick (hyperlink to blog)! Jami and Russell Kirchner of Slocal Foods prepare these small-batch local pickles with organic Delvin Farms cucumbers every year. So add a jar to your shopping list this week, because once the cuke season is over, these spicy dills will be gone until next summer.

See you guys at the market!

Kirchner Kickles--Pickles with a Kick!

Kirchner Kickles–Pickles with a Kick!

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