This week at the East Nashville Farmers Market, an array of freshly-harvested root vegetables make their debut, along with lots more seasonal spring fruits and veggies grown by our local farmers. The Jones Press food truck will be returning to offer kid-friendly and vegetarian dinner options for our East Nashville families. We are also excited to announce the return of cheese to our market with Lost River Creamery and their raw milk goudas. Our musical guest will be the lovely Lillie Syracuse singing her set of country, blues, and rock ‘n’ roll. So grab a blanket and your favorite people, because this week will be a great week for local food, spring produce, and neighborhood fun. You can view pictures from last week to see what produce we now have in market.
First thing’s first — let’s talk produce! Last week, we saw the premier of some new and interesting seasonal veggetables at our market, and among them our favorite — spring root vegetables! Green Door Gourmet brought a multi-colored display of bright orange carrots, red baby beets, spring onions, and snow white Hakurei turnips — all fresh, crisp and sugar sweet. Kohlrabi was also a fairly-unusual new addition, and we saw the first of the spring sugar-snap and snow peas. Visit the Green Door Gourmet booth this week for all the delicious seasonal vegetables, and keep an eye out for the possibility of fennel to arrive, too! — a light anise-flavored vegetable that can be eaten raw or cooked.
Old School Farm will have another load of beautiful farm greens from the field this week, including mustard, tatsoi, turnip, and chard. Flying S Farms and Delvin Farms will have more bushels of freshly-picked spinach and kales for your salads, stir-fries, smoothies, pies, and more. Local strawberries are still available and arriving fresh from the farms , so get down to the farmers market this week and grab a quart (or bucket) while you still can.
Secondly, we’re thrilled to announce the addition of Kentucky artisan cheese-makers Scott and Angie Harris of Lost River Creamery to our list of East Nashville Farmers Market vendors for the 2015 season. These fresh, small-batch goudas are made by hand in Russellville, Kentucky, with hormone and antibiotic-free raw milk from Grave Family Dairy, and aged in underground caves for a minimum of 90 days. The 9 month aged Logan is so nutty and flavorful, the Harris family has a difficult time keeping up with demand. So stop by their booth and sample one of these excellent artisan cheeses. You’ll want one to take home for your weekend omelet or cheese plate.
Our newest local meat vendor, Laurel Mountain Farms, had mouths watering last week from the smell of their seasoned pork steaks that were sizzling on the grill and sampled out to our market shoppers. These locally-raised steaks are pre-seasoned and can be thrown in a skillet or on a grill for a super-quick and easy meal. So visit their booth this week and sample a smoky bite. We bet you will be taking home Laurel Mountain steaks or chops in your shopping bag.
Finally, we are happy as always to have the fiery, rhinestone-clad Lillie Syracuse performing a set of country, blues, and rock ‘n’ roll for our farmers market guests this week. And in case you forgot, the East Nashville Farmers Market has your Wednesday night dinner covered with The Jones Press food truck and their ever-popular paninis. These yummy pressed sandwiches do sell fast, so arrive early and claim your spot on the lawn. It will be a great spring day, folks, so grab your shopping bags and (as always) your blanket and we’ll see you at Shelby Park!