Mark your calendars for the annual East Nashville Farmers Market Fall Fest September 27!
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 3:30-6:00pm until the end of October.
The 3rd annual East Nashville Farmers Market Pie Festival was held on Wednesday, July 19th at the East Nashville Farmers Market. The weatherman had called for a record heat day, but loyal customers flooded Shelby Park for the tastiest market of the year- Pie Fest. Kids enjoyed face painting and games and parents enjoyed the live music, food trucks and locally grown food.
Our celebrity judges were in for a real treat as they tasted homemade pies from all over Nashville. Special thanks to our judges:
Jill Melton, Edible Magazine
Rebecca Boyton, Nashville Farmers Market
Jack Silverman, Writer, Nashville Scene
Categories for the Pie Fest included sweet, savory and hand pies. Each pie was lovingly hand crafted and extra points were given if they used local ingredients.
The big winner of the day was Deep South Pies owner, Debbie Kandrach who won 3 ribbons! Debbie won 1st place overall for her famous strawberry hand pie, 2nd place on her savory tomato basil hand pie and 1st place in the hand pie division for her organic strawberry hand pie.
Pie Fest Winners:
1st– Debbie Kandrach, Strawberry Hand Pie
2nd– Alexa LeBouef, Deep Dish Apple Pie
3rd– Kita Williams, Peach Cobbler
Pie Fest Hand Pie Division Winners:
1st Place- Debbie Kandrach, Strawberry
2nd Place- Debbie Kandrach, Tomato Basil
3rd Place- Amy Kurlan- Strawberry, Peach and Rubharb
The East Nashville Farmers Market takes place every Wednesday, May- October from 3:30-7:00pm in Shelby Park, 1500 Davidson Street.
The East Nashville Farmers Market is excited to present our 3rd annual Pie Festival on July 19th, 2017.
The East Nashville Pie Festival and Bake-Off will be held at the East Nashville Farmers Market on Wednesday, July 19th, 2017, from 3:30 to 7 pm. We are located in beautiful Shelby Park by the Cumberland River beside the playground.
3:30 p.m. – market opens and festival begins
3:30 to 4 p.m. – pie registration at judges table (pies cannot be submitted past 4pm)
4 to 5 p.m. – tasting and judging
5 to 5:30 p.m. – scores will be tallied
6 p.m. – winners will be announced
6 to 7 p.m. – pie sampling
7 p.m. – market closes
We will have three categories of pies this year:
Hand Pie (think apple, peach filled or an empanada)
Pre-registration and pie submission
Pre-registration is necessary! We need to know your pie is coming to reserve your spot. To pre-register, send an email to email@example.com and include the following information:
Age group (17 and under or 18 and above)
Whether you are a professional baker, amateur, or culinary student
Pie category (sweet, savory or hand pie)
Name of your pie with a brief description
Pies are to be submitted at the registration tent between 3:30 and 4pm at the East Nashville Farmers Market. Pies will not be accepted after 4 p.m.
Please note that after your pie has been judged, it will be portioned and displayed for sampling for our market shoppers, along with a copy of your ingredient list and recipe.
If you are submitting a pie in a personal dish or stand, make sure your name is taped on the bottom of your dish so you can retrieve it after the event.
Each pie must be pre-registered online and submitted with four copies of a full ingredient list, including title of pie, for each judge.
Each ingredient list should include the name of the farmer/vendor/artisan whose produce or product was used in the pie
Please, no store-bought pie crusts or fillings.
Please consider the summer temperatures. No ice-box, cream, or other pies that require refrigeration
Shelf-stable pies, only
Bakers are encouraged to use East Nashville Farmers Market ingredients provided by our local farmers and vendors, so please visit our market to purchase your ingredients in advance!
Pies will be judged on appearance, crust, filling, overall taste, and use of market ingredients.
Do’s and Don’ts for all event attendees
Do plan to purchase fresh farm food, freshly-baked breads, iced beverages, farm eggs, flowers, herbs, cosmetics, and more from our market farmers, vendors, and artisans.
Do come prepared with coolers for items you wish to keep cool, like cheeses and locally-raised meat.
Do bring a blanket and relax on the lawn in front of the live band.
Do enjoy dinner with your family provided by our vendors and local food trucks.
Do utilize extended parking areas around Shelby Park (i.e., by the train trestle near Shelby Bottoms)
Please, no smoking on market grounds due to crowd volume and children.
Please, no alcohol allowed. Alcohol is not permitted in Shelby Park.
Please, no parking in non-designated areas in the park.
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.