Fall Festival 2015!

The Autumnal Equinox is upon us, folks, so come out and celebrate with local farmers and seasonal produce at our Fall Festival 2015, sponsored by The Silly Goose. On September 23, 2015, mosey on down to Shelby Park for fun fit for all ages including plenty o’ kids’ activities and a seasonal chef demonstration by Roderick Bailey, executive chef and owner of The Silly Goose. The Basement East will present a special musical line-up, and we’ll host some of Nashville’s best food trucks serving vegetarian and kid-friendly dinner options for our hungry shoppers. So bring the family to celebrate the arrival of fall with your local farmers at the East Nashville Farmers Market Fall Festival 2015.

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Bring the littles to touch-a-tractor at the ENFM Fall Festival September 23, 2015, from 3:30 to 7pm.

Last year at our Fall Festival, kid’s enjoyed fun agricultural activities like painting pumpkins and taking pictures with mom and dad on an authentic antique tractor. This year, the tractor is back! —along with the petting zoo and other engaging activities for our younger market shoppers to enjoy. So bring your littles for some family fun at the Fall Festival 2015 in Shelby Park.

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Kids enjoyed painting pumpkins and other activities at the ENFM Fall Festival 2014.

We are honored to have one of our favorite East Nashville restaurants, The Silly Goose, sponsor our Fall Festival 2015 this year. The Silly Goose is a hot-spot known for creative menus and locally-sourced meats and produce. You can find executive chef and owner Roderick Bailey at chef’s tent at the East Nashville Farmers Market Fall Festival sampling a seasonal culinary creation that you won’t want to miss, so be sure to stop by and taste what this local chef is cookin’.

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Our local farms, like Green Door Gourmet, display their seasonal, autumnal bounty at the ENFM Fall Festival.

Finally, our 2015 market sponsor, The Basement East, will present a dynamite musical line-up with 5 local talents including Beau James, Austin James, Alana Sweetwater, Jake Anderson, and Shawn Conerton. Music will start promptly at 3:30pm and will continue until the end of the festival, so bring your blanket and your dancin’ shoes to celebrate the cooler weather and seasonal flavors this year at our farmers’ market Fall Festival 2015.

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We are thrilled to have The Basement East return to present the live music at the East Nashville Farmers Market Fall Festival 2015.

Perfect Weather in the Park This Week!

The East Nashville Farmers Market is the place to experience fresh, local food and perfect weather in the park this week. Located in scenic Shelby Park along the beautiful Cumberland River, our market is a destination spot for neighbors to gather on picnic blankets and enjoy fresh produce and local food from our farmers, vendors, and food trucks. Our special musical guests will be the outstanding young talents Someday Soon Bluegrass, and we are thrilled to welcome back executive chef Hrant Arakelian of Holland House Bar and Refuge and Butchertown Hall as our featured chef this week! So grab an extra-large picnic blanket (and an appetite to match) and enjoy fresh local food and perfect weather in the park this week.

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The East Nashville Farmers Market is the place to experience perfect family picnics and perfect weather this week.

First thing’s first, friends, let’s talk produce! Flying S Farm will be displaying an array of beautiful hot and sweet peppers along with their delicious jams, jellies, and freshly-baked breads. Green Door Gourmet will be setting-up baskets of heirloom eggplant, squashes, perfectly-picked okra, greens, and more, and Delvin Farms will host a new crop of sweet corn, plus kale, cherry tomatoes, and fingerling potatoes at their booth. We’ll have perfect produce AND perfect weather in the park this week, for sure.

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Freshly-harvested rainbow chard from Green Door Gourmet is just one of the many types of greens you can find at their ENFM booth.

Joining us to celebrate such perfect weather in the park this week will be executive chef Hrant Arakelian of Holland House Bar and Refuge and Butchertown Hall to give the last chef demo of the summer. We’re not sure what chef Arakelian will have up his chef coat sleeves, but considering the outstanding demonstration he gave at our Tomato Throwdown 2015, we’re confident he will wow our market crowds once again. You can find him and his seasonal culinary creation at the chef demo tent this Wednesday.

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Endless Meal-Planning Possibilities This Week!!

As we transition into fall, we’re finding endless meal-planning possibilities at the East Nashville Farmers Market! Our local farmers are bringing plenty of fresh produce including green beans, eggplant, peppers, fall squashes, new batches of tomatoes and zucchini, and much more! Our special musical guest will be the beloved Lillie Syracuse dazzling our crowds with her rockin’ country blues that you don’t want to miss. We’ll have the best local food trucks serving vegetarian and kid-friendly dinner options for our families on the lawn. Or, grab a package of fresh Nicoletto’s pasta, some specialty mushrooms, and a fresh Porter House Bistro Baguette, and you’ll find endless meal-planning possibilities for your Wednesday night dinner from the East Nashville Farmers Market.

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First things’ first, folks let’s talk about all the wonderful food our farmers and artisan vendors will be bringing to market this week. Green Door Gourmet will have their usual array of gorgeous heirloom tomatoes, plus freshly picked bulbs of garlic and bunches of parsley—perfect to pair with Nicoletto’s locally-made fresh pastas.

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Delvin Farms will be bringing their freshly-made salsas in Mild, Medium, and Fire Hot, plus mounds of crisp ‘Blue Lake’ green beans and heirloom fingerling potatoes. And Flying S Farm will have baskets of gorgeous peppers in all colors and heat levels. There really is endless meal-planning possibilities this week with all the fresh food available at our market.

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Speaking of Flying S Farms, if you haven’t tried a loaf of Catherine Simmon’s famous friendship bread, you really have been missing out! This sweet sourdough bread comes in many flavors, such as traditional Vanilla-Cinnamon and the decadent Triple Chocolate made with Ghirardelli chocolate chips, chocolate pudding, and dark cocoa. You’ll form instant friendships with your neighbors on the lawn once you bag a loaf or two of Catherine’s freshly-baked sweet bread. So see you all enjoying fresh local food this week at the East Nashville Farmers market!

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Flying S Farm Friendship Bread Builds Community

Flying S Farm Friendship Bread draws customers to the East Nashville Farmers Market while building lasting connections within the community. This traditional sweet bread begins with a 10 day sourdough starter that is made into freshly-baked loaves of cinnamon laced bread and traditionally gifted to friends so they may share in the bounty. Flying S Farm friendship bread is the only friendship-style bread at the East Nashville Farmers Market and is available in Vanilla-Cinnamon and decadent Triple Chocolate.

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Flying S Farm Friendship Bread is available in traditional Vanilla-Cinnamon, Triple Chocolate, Coconut and more.

Catherine Simmons of Flying S Farm has been baking breads, cookies, brownies and more in her licensed domestic kitchen for over a decade. Her wide customer base spreads across middle Tennessee and beyond, purchasing her famous baked-goods online and also at their market booths. She and her husband Ben Simmons began market farming 13 years ago and have built a strong following with numerous fans dedicated to the sweet and tangy Flying S Farm friendship bread, locally-grown produce, and other specialty items.

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Flying S Farm brings fresh-ly baked goodies to the East Nashville Farmers Market every Wednesday.

Flying S Farm friendship bread begins with a mixture of flour, sugar, and milk that is nurtured and cared-for for 10 days. Once the mixture has fermented, forming acids that produces the tangy sourdough flavor, the starter is then divided into portions— one portion is used to make the bread dough, one portion is reserved to produce the next batch, and the other portions are given to friends, along with a freshly-baked loaf, so they may begin their own homemade batch of friendship bread. This act of giving is intended to form connections and build community—just the sort of thing we like at the East Nashville Farmers Market.

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Catherine Simmons of Flying S Farm brings a rich display of freshly-baked breads to our market every week.

The traditional Vanilla-Cinnamon loaf is topped with sugar and makes a delicious breakfast bread, says Catherine. But it’s the Triple Chocolate, made with Ghirardelli chocolate chips, chocolate pudding, and dark cocoa that really impresses the crowds. “It’s not just sinful, it’s downright evil!” she says. Both loaves are freshly-baked and available for purchase in full and half sizes each week at the East Nashville Farmers Market. And of course, Catherine’s secret friendship bread starter is available for purchase, as well, but must be ordered ahead of time.

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Flying S Farm friendship breads is available in half and whole sizes.

Grab the Last Summer Watermelons

Only a few weeks of watermelon season left, folks, so come out this week and grab the last summer watermelons from your local farmers at the East Nashville Farmers Market. We’ll be cutting slices of organic ‘Crimson Sweet’ and organic seedless  Delvin Farms varities once again for you and the kids to sample. Our special musical guest will be country, blues, rock ‘n’ roll artist Kat Elfman. The best local food trucks will be present and serving both vegetarian and kid-friendly dinner options to our picnicking families on the grassy knoll. So wheel those little wagons on down to Shelby Park this week because it’s time to grab the last summer watermelons and enjoy some gorgeous late-summer weather!

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Our younger customers love sampling watermelon slices.

Last week at the East Nashville Farmers Market, you enjoyed sampling some of our most popular late-summer recipes, including our watermelon salad recipe with sweet peppers and feta. That recipe is now available on our recipe blog for you to try at home for family or dinner guests. It pairs perfectly with locally-raised meat such as grilled Quarter Springs chicken or Laurel Mountain Farms pork chops, or simply as a delicious light summer lunch.

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At last week’s East Nashville Farmers Market Tasting Tent, we sampled Watermelon Salad with Peppers and Feta, plus sweet slices of organic melon.

We’ve enjoyed sampling sweet watermelons for you and the kids all summer long, but now we’re seeing the end of watermelon season in sight, so we’re urging you to come out this week for one more sweet, juicy bite. We’ll have even more samples of ‘Crimson Sweet’ watermelon for you to taste before you grab the last summer watermelon this season. We’re also happy to carve your melons for you so you can enjoy them fresh from the farm on your picnic blankets with the kids.

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Our neighbors enjoy having a farmers’ market picnic with lood from local food trucks and locally-grown fruits and vegetables.

Finally, if you’ve over-indulged on sweet watermelon this summer and are looking for something heartier, our local farmers are still bringing plenty of late-summer produce to market, such as tomatoes, peppers, red and green okra, plus beans, garlic, potatoes, eggplant, and more. Freshly-baked breads from Flying “S” Farm and Porter House Bistro, plus small-batch artisan goudas from Lost River Creamery will be available. Whatever your grocery needs may be, the East Nashville Farmers Market is always here to fulfill. So see you all at market!

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Our shoppers enjoy late-summer varieties right now at the East Nashville Farmers Market.

Watermelon Salad with Peppers and Feta

The East Nashville Farmers Market is dedicated to creating fresh, seasonal recipes like this Watermelon Salad with Peppers and Feta using the best local ingredients provided by our farmers and vendors. During this time of year, watermelon is plentiful leaving many of us searching for delicious ways to enjoy it other than right off the rind or zipped into a fresh juice. This Watermelon Salad with Peppers, Mint, and Feta is not only sweet and tangy but slightly savory with just the right amount of kick to provide a well-balanced flavor profile that everyone can enjoy.

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This Watermelon Salad with Peppers and Feta begins with a dressing of freshly-squeezed lime and local honey.

To begin this Watermelon Salad with Peppers and Feta, start with fresh-squeezed lime juice and local honey whisked together with salt, black pepper, a splash of vinegar, and extra virgin olive oil to form a sweet and tangy honey-lime vinaigrette that serves as a foundation on which this late-summer salad is built. Next, add a handful of chopped fresh mint leaves to the vinaigrette and one de-seeded and minced jalapeno pepper if you prefer to add a kick to the backdrop of your meal. Then, chop and add whatever sweet peppers you like. I like poblano peppers or sweet Carmen available at the Green Door Gourmet booth.

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Seedless Delvin Farms watermelon is sliced and cubed.

Finally, remove the rind from a small to medium sized seedless watermelon and chop into small cubes. Toss the watermelon with the chopped sweet peppers, the minted honey-lime dressing, and crumbled feta cheese. Let marinate for 10 minutes before finishing with a fist full of toasted sliced almonds for crunch. This watermelon salad is perfect alongside grilled meats or as an afternoon snack. Enjoy!

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Toss watermelon, peppers, and feta with minted honey-lime dressing. Wait 10 minutes, garnish with almonds, and serve.

Watermelon Salad with Peppers and Feta

Dressing:

1/4-1/3 cup fresh-squeezed lime juice

2-3 tablespoons Johnson’s Wildflower or Clover Honey

1-2 teaspoons white or red wine vinegar

2-3 Tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

1 de-seeded jalapeno pepper, minced (optional)

1/4 cup chopped fresh mint

Salad:

4-5 cups cubed seedless Delvin Farms Watermelon

1/2 cup chopped peppers

2 oz feta cheese, crumbled

1/4 cup toasted sliced almonds

 

Peppers Have Pizzazz at the ENFM

Juicy bells, crispy sweet cubanelles, and devilishly hot jalapeno peppers have pizzazz this week at the East Nashville Farmers Market, and we’re whipping-up some tasty recipes for our customers to sample. Our live musical guest will be the returning favorite Farmer and Adele performing their set of Country Western Cowboy Swing and High Lonesome Sounds. Crankees mobile pizzeria will be serving piping hot pies to our families on the lawn, and the Shelby Park Picture Show debuts with “Big”, the first film of the season. So come for your weekly groceries, stay for great neighbors, then make a night of it with the Shelby Park Picture Show this week at the East Nashville Farmers Market.

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A peck of hot peppers have pizzazz at the East Nashville Farmers Market

First thing is first, folks, let’s talk about the pepper craze currently happening at our neighborhood farmers market. Late-August is ideal for producing a rainbow spread of peppers in all varieties from sweet bell and cubanelle peppers to spicy serranos and jalapenos. Peppers are great for stir-frying, stuffing, roasting, and pureeing into dips, salsas, and sofritos. Come to the East Nashville Farmers Market this week to taste some delicious recipes, because these locally-grown peppers have pizzazz and we are passionate about telling you!

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Warm hues of sweet snacking peppers have pizzazz at the East Nashville Farmers Market

After you’ve sampled some tasty pepper bites and shopped for your weekly groceries, why not make a full night of it and catch an outdoor movie with loved ones? The Shelby Park Picture Show is a movie-in-the-park event that begins after our farmers’ market jut a stone’s-throw over at the Old Timers Baseball Complex. The Picture Show kicks-off its opening night this Wednesday, August 26, 2015 at 7:30pm with the 1980’s classic “Big” starring Tom Hanks. A $5 donation that benefits our community through two nonprofit organizations, SANDLOTT and Friends of Shelby Park, is requested at the gate. So be sure to reserve your tickets now so you don’t miss the best outdoor movie experience in the Nashville area!

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Cooler Temperatures and Late-Summer Produce

Cooler temperatures and late-summer produce joins us at the East Nashville Farmers Market this week. The Steaming Goat and Bao Down food trucks will be offering vegetarian and kid-friendly dinner options for our families on the lawn, along with Moovers and Shakers mobile milkshake and soda parlor to satisfy a sweet tooth. We are ecstatic to welcome back a returning musical favorite, Someday Soon Bluegrass, to entertain our farmers market shoppers. So do not forget your blanket this week, folks, because you won’t want to miss the cooler temperatures and late-summer produce this week at the East Nashville Farmers Market.

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Cooler temperatures and a bounty of late-summer produces awaits our shoppers at the East Nashville Farmers Market

Last week, our market experienced much cooler temperatures for our summer melon sampler. We tasted ‘Crimson Sweet’ watermelon and juicy ripe cantaloupe until our farmers’ market stalls were completely cleaned-out of melons! This week, our local farmers will be bringing even more delicious melons for you to take home, plus a bounty of late-summer produce such as ‘Blue lake’ green beans, wax beans, both red and green okra, sweet and hot peppers, plenty of tomatoes, tons of herbs, and much, much more.

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Having a ball at the ENFM Summer Melon Sampler.

We are so proud of the live music at the East Nashville Farmers Market and are super excited to welcome back a returning favorite, Someday Soon Bluegrass. Their ensemble of guitar, mandolin, stand-up bass and fiddle has our market shoppers boogieing down with smiles on their faces. They are young group of talented brothers and sisters brings who bring an electrifying energy to our listeners on the lawn, so be sure to stop by the market this week to enjoy the experience!

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The talented young group, Someday Soon Bluegrass, at the East Nashville Farmers Market.

Sample Watermelon at Our Market This Week!

The East Nashville Farmers Market would like you to sample watermelon at our market this week! We will have loads of sweet organic watermelon and cantaloupe for you and the family to taste. Lillie Syracuse will be bringing her country blues tunes for you to enjoy on the lawn. Plus, plenty of food trucks to take care of Wednesday night dinner. So pack your blanket and your taste buds, because the weather isn’t the only thing that’s cooling-off at the East Nashville Farmers Market.

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Sweet organic local watermelon.

First thing’s first, let’s talk summer melons! It’s that time of year that has everyone excited to chill-out with a juicy bite of sweet Tennessee summer goodness. So come and sample watermelon at our market this week. You will more than likely be leaving with one or two melons for a weekend family treat.

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Heirloom tomato salad by chef Hrant Arakelian.

Next, let’s talk about the other summer produce you can find at the East Nashville Farmers Market. Last week, we were crazy for tomatoes! Chef Hrant Arakelian of Holland House Bar and Refuge and Butchertown Hall prepared local, seasonal tomato dishes for our shoppers to enjoy. Read all about which tomatoes won our Tomato Throwdown 2015. Also, take a look at our recipe for Savory Roasted Tomato Galette. You’ll be making savory, hearty tomato dishes for your family in no time.

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Our shoppers sampling delicious, local fare.

After you sample watermelon at our market this week, be sure to take a break on our grassy knoll to hear the country blues tunes of the rockin’ Lillie Syracuse. Then, snag a pressed seasonal sandwich from the Jones Press. We’re on the down-slope of summer, folks, so be sure not to miss this refreshing afternoon at the East Nashville Farmers Market!

Tomato Throwdown 2015 Winners

The East Nashville Farmers Market is proud to announce the Tomato Throwdown 2015 Winners. Last week, our market shoppers gathered around the tomato taste-off tent and sampled over 15 varieties of tomatoes — all grown by our local farmers. More than 100 ballots were cast for the tastiest tomato and the results are in! So without further ado, we’d like to give credit where credit is due.

Tomato Throwdown 2015 Winners

1st Place – Oak Grove Farms ‘Sun Sugar’

2nd Place – Oak Grove Farms ‘Brandywine’

3rd Place – Delvin Farm’s Campari

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Our Tomato Throwdown 2015 Crew: Carol Hagan, Matthew Honig, and Jackie Cole Contreras

Although Flying “S” Farm’s ‘Cherokee Purples’ and the Delvins’ organic cherries were not far behind, the 3rd place position goes to Delvin Farm’s Campari tomatoes with 10 votes. These juicy hybrids are known for their high sugar levels with low acidity. They are slightly larger than cherry varieties and are often found in commercial grocery stores “on the vine”. But, boy, did these local beauties put those commercial tomatoes to shame… Congrats to the Delvins!

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3rd Place Organic Campari Tomatoes grown by Delvin Farms

With 12 votes, the second place position goes to Oak Grove Farm’s classic ‘Brandywine’ heirloom. These large pink beefsteaks are known to be some of the best-tasting tomatoes around, and the vine can bear fruit that weighs up to 1.5 pounds. That’s a serious tomato, folks. Congrats to Zach Erhard of Oak Grove Farms!

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‘Brandywine’ heirlooms from Oak Grove Farms took 2nd Place at the ENFM Tomato Throwdown 2015

And finally, the 1st Place Position for Best Tasting Tomato at the Tomato Throwdown 2015 goes to Zach Erhard of Oak Grove Farm and his unstoppable snackable ‘Sun Sugar’. These award-winning yellow cherry hybrids earned 30 votes for Zach and their sugary sweetness. We can’t stop snacking on these sweet golden jewels at the East Nashville Farmers Market, and apparently, our customers can’t either. Congratulations to Zach for his 1st and 2nd Place wins!

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1st Place Winner of the ENFM Tomato Throwdown 2015, ‘Sun Sugar’ yellow cherries grown by Zach Erhard of Oak Grove Farms.

 

 

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