Summer fun means grilling out, picnics, camping and fun. You can find everything you need for summer meals from our local farmers. Grab some summer squash for grilling to go along with locally raised meat from one of our meat farmers, Tavalin Tails Farm or Triple L Ranch.
The Peach Truck will be at the market through the middle of July. Peach season came early this year, so grab them while you can!
Summer wouldn’t be complete without delicious berries from Kelley’s Berry Farm!
Every Wednesday from now until the end of October you will find your farmers and bakers in Shelby Park from 3:30-7:00pm. For 6 months out of the year you can buy your cheese, bread, meat and veggies locally grown!
Summer is here! Come picnic in the park and shop local!
Grand Opening Fun May 17th
Join us on May 17th from 3:30-7:00pm for live music, face painting and a petting zoo!
Plan to picnic for dinner with one of our food trucks and shop local for your weekly groceries.
Honey from one of our local farmers at the East Nashville Farmers Market is pure and natural! It is much more than a sweetener. Honey is known for its healing properties and health benefits, and local honey is used to cure many ailments! Most of the honey sold in stores has been heated and pasturized, which is a process that destroys many of the enzymes and beneficial compounds that make raw honey so nutritious. Regular honey often looks clear and syrupy. 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 that researchers are just beginning to learn about.
Raw Honey from Flying S Farms
Vitamins and Minerals
The nutrient content of raw honey varies, but a 1-ounce serving contains very small amounts of folate as well as vitamins B2, C, B6, B5 and B3. Minerals including calcium, copper, iodine, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorous, potassium, selenium, sodium and zinc can also be found in raw honey in small amounts.
Honey can be used as medicine. It has anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, and antiseptic properties. For this reason it can be applied topically to treat burns, as researchers at the University of Auckland in New Zealand describe in a 2008 study.
Honey has also been found to be especially useful in treating upper respiratory infections. A study at Penn State College of Medicine in 2007 found that a small dose of buckwheat honey was more effective than an over-the-counter cough treatment for children. Many cough medicines for this reason contain honey!
Raw Honey from Delvin Farms, Certified Organic
You can find honey at the East Nashville Farmers Market all season long from Johnson’s Honey, and limited amounts from Flying S Farms and Delvin Farms when they “rob” the hives on their vegetable farms. For more information about the healing properties of honey, talk to Mr. Thurman Harris of Johnson’s Honey at the East Nashville Farmers Market!
The East Nashville Farmers Market Fall Fest was a hit! The petting zoo, pumpkin painting and face painting were popular with kids of all ages. New this year was the market piñata! Children lined up to hit it big with prizes from our local farmers at the market.
The petting zoo was filled with lovable farm animals for “city” children to pet and hug, and the adults had a great time with these animals, too!
A popular event every year is the pumpkin and face painting. As parents shopped from our local farmers, children created masterpieces to begin the fall decoration at home.
The Fall Fest is over, but the market will continue for another month! Come out and get local pumpkins, mums and more to decorate your homes, and get local leafy greens, winter squashes,bread, meat and cheese for your meals. We’ll see you this week in Shelby Park at the East Nashville Farmers Market!
The Annual East Nashville Farmers Market Fall Fest is this Wednesday, September 21st and we are looking forward to our best one yet! Our vendors will be having a decorating contest to make things even more festive! There will be pumpkin painting for the kids, a piñata with prizes from each one of our vendors, a tea demonstration from High Garden Tea for the adults and more activities for the kids!
Come enjoy live music and food from our food trucks while you shop with our local farmers!
Produce from our local farmers at the East Nashville Farmers Market in the fall is a wonderful mixture of the best of summer and the best of the cooler weather. Green onions, radishes, lettuces and leafy greens are back, and the summer vegetables of tomatoes, bell peppers, melons, green beans and squash are still hanging on! Now is the perfect time to get in the last of your canning and freezing for the winter.
Winter squashes are back in season- butternut, spaghetti squash and pumpkins. Try them roasted with onions and eggplant for a superb side dish on these cooler nights. Add some ground lamb from one of our meat vendors for a main dish.
Summer squash is still around and now is the time to scoop it up and make the most of it! Pictured here is zephyr squash, a creamy mild flavored squash that is delicious when paired with eggplant and onions in a simple stir fry or grilled simply on its own.
The stars of summer produce in the fall are bell peppers. The hot days and cool nights allow for peppers to show their “true”colors, and now is the time to make yummy fajitas or stuffed bell peppers.
Apples and pears are available at the market now, grown locally from several of our farmers. Don’t let the “spots on your apples” scare you away- that simply means they haven’t been sprayed with harmful pesticides. Take a cloth to “shine” them up and a lot of times the spots disappear!
We hope you enjoy the produce of fall at the East Nashville Market as much as we do. Don’t forget to mark your calendars for the Fall Fest on September 21st from 3:30-7:00pm in Shelby Park.
Mark your calendars for the annual East Nashville Farmers Market Fall Fest September 21!
The weather is cooling off at night and summer is making its farewell. In East Nashville, that means we’re getting ready for the annual Fall Fest! This year we will have kids activities, pumpkin painting, live music and more to go along with our already festive farmers market.
The Fall Fest is free, and all you have to do is show up, shop some to support our local farmers, and have fun!
In addition to live music, we will have special food trucks for your dinner, and plenty of entertainment for the whole family! Look for more information soon, and join us every Wednesday in Shelby Park 3:30-7:00pm until the end of October.
The best of the summer vegetables are at the market now, and soon it will be winter. What do these two things have in common? Freezing and preserving your farmers market purchases! I’m not one who loves to can or preserve fruits and vegetables, but I know that I will regret this in the winter. Therefore, I have recently started freezing my fruits and vegetables in less time than it takes to cook a meal! Here are some quick and easy tips for freezing the best of summer’s bounty, bell peppers, corn and tomatoes. All you need are freezer bags and a knife!
These are the easiest to freeze. All you have to do is wash the pepper, remove the core and seeds, dice or cut into strips, place it in a freezer bag, remove as much air as possible and seal it shut. That’s it! Seriously! This winter you can enjoy them in stir fry, chili or soups.
Some people make freezing corn a little more complicated than necessary. I’ve found that my corn does just as well if I don’t blanch it and use one of the following techniques:
ON THE COB: Shuck, wash and remove silks then place ears of corn onto clean kitchen towel(s) and let them dry. Finish drying them with a paper towel and wrap each individual ear in plastic wrap. Now you can store several ears in gallon ziplock bags and pull out one or two ears out at a time this winter.
CORN “OFF” THE COB: Shuck, silk and wash ears of corn. In a large bowl, hold ear of corn at an angle and using a really sharp knife cut kernels only in half all the way down. Now use the back on knife blade and scrape the cob. This will allow you to get the corn milk. Spoon into ziplock bags and do NOT add water. Place into freezer in freezer bags. Make sure the freezer bags are flat.
Peel and core. Place into freezer bags either whole or cut up to your liking. Do NOT add water; just get the air out and zip up. Another way I’ve done it is to blanch the tomatoes whole, remove the peel after blanching and placed them in a freezer bag. These are good for chili and soups in the winter.
Enjoy! It might take you an hour, but you’ll be glad to have corn, tomatoes and bell peppers this winter. Ask one of our farmers for a “canning or freezing” bulk price! We’ll see you at the market!
From August 7- August 13, Farmers Markets across the country will celebrate National Farmers Market Week. The impact of these farmer direct to consumer transactions have more impact than you would think on our local economy and farmland. Farmers Markets serve as an incubator for many businesses, positively influencing community health and increase access to fresh, nutritious food.
The East Nashville Farmers Market has certainly been the incubator for many of Nashville’s most popular businesses, as I discussed in last week’s blog.
But more than that, the East Nashville Farmers Market was the first market in Middle TN to accept SNAP market wide. This means customers, for the first time, were able to purchase from any vendor they chose with their SNAP/EBT. Now nearly every market accepts SNAP, and we are even more fortunate to have the “Double SNAP” program from Piedmont Gas that allows us to offer an additional $20 for customers to spend on fruits and vegetables!
Nationwide, the amount of SNAP benefits redeemed at farmers markets increased nearly 450% from 2009 ($4.2 million) to 2014 ($18.8 million) according to the Farmers Market Coalition. We are proud to start the movement in Nashville for markets to accept SNAP!
The East Nashville Farmers Market is also helping to preserve farmland. Farmers Market Coalition states: Between 2007 and 2012, America lost more than 95,000 mostly mid-sized family farms, while the average age of American farmers increased to nearly 60. Farmers market serve as business incubators that allow farmers, ranchers, and entrepreneurs to keep overheads low and test new products and markets.
Our market is home to many small family farms who depend on our market for their livelihood and our customers depend on them for their fresh, locally grown food. We are producers only market, meaning no resellers and only farmers, so you can be assured that your favorite farmer is the one who raises/makes/bakes the product you love!
Thank you for helping us to celebrate National Farmers Market Week, and thank you for supporting our farmers!