Local Honey from the East Nashville Farmers Market

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.

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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.

Topical Salve

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.

Cough Suppressant

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!

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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!

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Johnson’s Honey from Goodlettsville, TN

 

Fall Fest 2016

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.

dsc_0873The 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!

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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.

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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!

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East Nashville Market Annual Fall Fest September 21

ENFM.painting.pumpkinThe 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!

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Fall Produce at the East Nashville Market

dsc_0452Produce 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.

DSC_0419Winter 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.

DSC_0422Summer 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.

DSC_0361The 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.

DSC_0367Apples 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.

 

Fall Fest is Around the Corner!

Mark your calendars for the annual East Nashville Farmers Market Fall Fest September 21!

ENFM.tractor.kidThe 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.

ENFM.painting.pumpkinThe Fall Fest is free, and all you have to do is show up, shop some to support our local farmers, and have fun!

ENFM.livemusicbeastIn 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.

Easy Freezing Tips in Less Than an Hour!

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!

Bell Peppers

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.

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Corn

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.

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Tomatoes

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.

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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!

 

 

National Farmers Market Week 2016

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.

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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!

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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!

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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.

NFMW_Farmland-292x300Our 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!

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Thank you for helping us to celebrate National Farmers Market Week, and thank you for supporting our farmers!

 

 

 

What’s at the Market?

Next week we’ll celebrate National Farmers Market Week! We will be celebrating all things farmers market- artisan breads, juice, dog treats, pasta, flowers, tea, herbs, food trucks, cheese, meat and produce!

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Shopping at the farmers market is more than just the fun of connecting with your community. Many small businesses and family farms rely on farmers markets to get their businesses started and to keep them going! There are over 8,200 farmers markets in the United States, and recent research shows that small businesses such as bakeries rely on local markets to for a customer base, to try out new products on customers, to learn what customers want, and to connect with farmers who can supply them with ingredients. The same can be said about farmers- many farmers use farmers markets to connect with chefs who shop at markets for their restaurants and to form a customer base for CSA’s.

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The East Nashville Farmers Market began in 2007, and we have been the venue to help start many of Nashville’s best small businesses that now have their own brick and mortar or who sell at major stores such as Whole Foods and Kroger including: Juice.Nashville, Porter Rd Butcher, 8th and Roast, Soberdough, Papa C Pies, Chubby Bunny, Hummus Chick, Alfresco Pasta, Provence Bread, Noble Springs Dairy, Hatcher Dairy and Dozen Bakery. We may be forgetting a few who have started their business with us through the years, but we can assure you that they all hold a special place in our heart because we “knew them when..”

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We predict that there are many of our vendors with us today who will go on to open their own stores, or get into major retail chains that will propel them to be able to quit their full time jobs and be their own boss! The East Nashville Farmers Market and you as the customer play an important role in giving back to the local economy by shopping local and keeping your dollar in your community. Our artisan bakers and farmers rely on our market, not just to “try out products” on customers, but to make a living by bringing you the freshest, local food you can find!

Who is your favorite farmer or baker at the market? Would you rather see their products in major stores, or do like having them “all to yourself” at your local market? Let us know how the farmers market makes a difference in your world!

2nd Annual Pie Festival Winners!

The 2nd Annual Pie Festival was a tasty treat on an ordinary Wednesday in East Nashville. Customers enjoyed more summer produce with the local farmers at the market, while the community gathered to see who gets the bragging rights for winning the best tasting pie! Children were entertained with games, crafts and face painting while live music greeted customers who had dinner with one of our food trucks.

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We had 24 entries in the categories of savory and sweet. Thank you to our judges, Jill Melton of Edible Magazine, Laura Wilson of Nashville Grown and Rebecah Boynton, East Nashville Pie Festival Founder, and event coordinator at the Nashville Farmers Market. We know that they had a tough time tasting all those pies and the decision was not an easy one!

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Jill Melton, Rebecah Boynton and Laura Wilson were our 2nd Annual Pie Festival Judges

After many tastings, the winners were announced and the crowd was able to sample all the entries!

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Market customers were treated to free pie samples from all the pie entries

The winners in the Savory Pie Category are:

1st Place in Savory: Celeste Davidson for her Tomato Pie

2nd Place in Savory: Alain Treville for his Lamb Pie

3rd Place in Savory: Lynn Jones for her Zucchini Pie

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1st Place Savory Pie, Celeste Davidson with Tomato Pie

In the Sweet Pie Category, our winners were:

1st Place- Samika Cohen with her Lemon Chess Pie

2nd Place Tracy Treville with creme Brulee 

3rd Place Billie Ruth Brownell with Lemony Blueberry Crisp.

1st Place for Lemon Chess Pie, Samika Cohen

The East Nashville Farmers Market is every Wednesday from 3:30-7:00pm in Shelby Park from now until the end of October. You can find local farmers and bakers, food trucks, live music and fun for kids. Come out and meet the East Nashville community AND meet your farmer!

Pie Fest for the Win!

Get ready  East Nashville for the 2nd Annual Pie Festival and Bake-Off to be held July 20th at the East Nashville Farmers Market from 3:30-7:00pm.  You say that someone once told you that your chicken pot pie was better than anything they had ever tasted? Come prove it! If apple pie is your go-to dessert for potluck dinners, let the community decide if you get bragging rights!

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The East Nashville Pie Festival and Bake-Off is quickly becoming the event of the summer and you don’t want to miss it! Local celebrity judges will make their final decisions on who deserves the pie prize and market customers will be able to sample the pies after the winners have been announced at 6pm. There will be live music, food trucks, kids games and adult conversation- all while eating pie!

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There will be three categories for the contest: sweet, savory and hand pie. We know that Catherine of Flying S Farms makes an amazing hand pie. If you have one that you think can beat her’s, come on out and enter the contest! For contest rules and submission visit this link: Pie Festival

Besides the pie festival we have our weekly farmers market featuring local meat, produce and more from our farmers. Blueberries, blackberries, raspberries and melons are in season along with fresh sweet corn, peppers, eggplant and tomatoes! Come do your weekly shopping while you enjoy the ambience of a good ole American Pie Festival! We’ll see you this week from 3:30-7:00pm in Shelby Park.

 

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