Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to tour the Noble Springs Diary. I was joined by two very excited little boys, my nephews, Reece (age 9) and Eric (age 4), and my sister Laura.
The farm is owned and operated by Dustin and Justyne Noble on 230 picturesque acres in Williamson County. They have about 150 goats and 40 of them are kids (baby goats).
Our tour started off with a quick introduction and then we went down a mowed path past 2 ponds to see Justyne’s two horses, Sassy & Snow. The were hiding in the cool shade of the trees. They came to visit and we all had an opportunity to pet them and offer them some grain.
Next we took quick visit of the chickens that they also raise on the farm. They have about 50 chickens on site. The eggs they collect are used by the family and sold at local farmers markets.
This was followed by an opportunity to get up close to all of the new kids on the farm. Many of them are still being raised on a bottle.
Finally we were able to tour the barn and milking areas. We were also able to see where the milk is processed and bottled right there on site. The milking room can accommodate 12 goats at one time. The dairy is currently milking twice a day.
After the tour was complete, we were given an opportunity to sample the many flavors of goat cheese that they have available. Throughout the summer they will also feature limited-run, flavor of the week cheeses such as strawberry and ranch.
In addition to their wonderful cheeses, Noble Springs also offer a variety of other goat milk products including, milk, yogurt, fudge & soap. Their products can be found at the East Nashville Farmers Market, as well as, restaurants and stores in the greater Nashville area.
Remember, that you don’t need to be a kid to enjoy the fun at Noble Springs Dairy. It is an amazing opportunity to learn about your locally raised food. Schedule a tour for yourself by visiting www.noblespringsdairy.com, or call (615) 481-9546 to find out where to buy the products.
If you can’t wait for a private tour, then join them at the farm this Saturday, June 22, 2014 for FARM FEST. This is a concert to benefit the Land Trust of Tennessee with live music from Austin Moody. Crepe Diem Food Truck and Legato Gelato will be serving food and snacks for those interested in grabbing a bite to eat. Turtle Anarchy Brewery will be there handing out free samples of their local brews. Of course there will be a Noble Springs Dairy sampling table too! The best part is there is no admission and there is only $10 suggested donation per car load.Fun starts at 3pm and goes until 6pm. There will be plenty of space to relax and enjoy the music. Bring chairs or blankets to sit on.
We are delighted to have so many new patrons supporting our weekly Wednesday Market. Here are a few tips we suggest that may help make your visit as successful as possible.
One: We highly recommend that shoppers go green by bringing their own bags and baskets. This small act has big pay-offs for our environment by reducing waste.
Two: Bring a cooler. The East Nashville Market hosts more than just fruit and vegetable farmers. You may find meats, milk, cheese, yogurt, hummus, or other items that require refrigeration. By bringing a cooler, you can keep fresh foods cold until you head home at the end of the day.
Three: Bring Cash and Small Bills. If you forget, or run out of cash, don’t worry! Bank debit cards are accepted by the market in exchange for tokens to be used at vendor booths. Some vendors accept checks or credit cards. We’ll exchange your swipe for wooden market tokens at the information booth. Tokens can be used at any booth and are valid all season long.
Can you commit to cooking just one meal a week that is completely purchased at the market while supporting your local farmer? It’s simple.
You can buy local corn tortillas, onions, lettuce, ground beef, and cheese. Then top that with salsa for an easy quesadilla supper.
Or you could buy fresh berries or peaches, croissants, granola, jam or honey and finish with yogurt or cheese for a gourmet farmers market breakfast.
Of course, if cooking just isn’t your thing there is no reason to worry. You can also find plenty of prepared foods from our vendors and food trucks as well.
After you see how truly easy and delicious it can be, you will surely want to add more. Please share your results with us. Have fun!
We look forward to seeing you and your family on Wednesday.
Our East Nashville farmers market is going strong! Yesterday’s market was a bit damp, but that didn’t stop us. In fact, the rain offered us all a chance to cool off after temps that reached near 90 degrees here in Nashville.
We always have a nice variety of local produce baked goods and other fresh food related products for our market customers. Yesterday was no exception. Fresh farm local produce offerings included sugar snap peas, summer squash, wheat grass, kale varieties, lettuces, strawberries, swiss chard, zucchini, carrots, peaches, pecans, broccoli, cabbage and much more.
Our other vendors shared their specialty made granola, salsa and hummus. We also had milk from Hatcher Family Dairy, cheese and goat milk products on hand. And our new meat vendor Triple L Ranch had beef, chicken and sausage from their all natural beef farm. There were also fresh herbs and starter plants for folks to take home.
Sound too good to be true? Be sure to check out our photo gallery to see what we had at yesterday’s market and who was there. A big thanks to all our vendors and customers who came out on an East Nashville rainy day!
We look forward to seeing you at our East Nashville Farmers Market next week. Remember not to let a little rain spoil all the fun!
It’s Market Time Again!!! We are excited to report that we had a very nice turn out for the very first market day of the season at the East Nashville Farmers Market. Although it was a bit wet outside we enjoyed serving your families and a chance to splash in the puddles.
Be sure to stop by on May 21st to catch all of the Grand Opening Activities that were postponed due to the inclement weather. We will have face painting, a farm animal petting zoo, live music from Johnny Campbell & the Bluegrass Drifters, yoga, a seed planting activity from Plant the Seed, food trucks, ice cream and much, more.
We look forward to seeing all of your friendly faces with us again this week. Our local vendors are ready to serve the needs of your families with their bushels of fresh produce (including fresh strawberries), specialty food items (pimento cheese, salsa, honey), baked goods, dairy items, grass-fed beef, and more. It is also a great time to pick up some plants and compost if you want to grow your own herbs and tomatoes.
See you there!
Come and join us for our rescheduled Opening Market Celebration at our New Location in Shelby Park, Wednesday, May 21st.
This weekly producers only market is a great place to find locally sourced foods from grass fed meats to organically raised produce, fresh pastured eggs, artisan craft cheese to honey. The market will be open from 3:30-7pm and feature hourly giveaways, food trucks, a barnyard petting zoo, yoga, face painting, free seed planting activity, CSA sign-ups and live music! Fun for all ages! SNAP/EBT Accepted. Leashed dogs are welcome.
This week’s music will be provided by Johnny Campbell and the Bluegrass Drifters.
To find our new market location in Shelby Park take Shelby Ave directly into the park once you cross 20th Street. Follow the winding road down the hill to the lake and turn right. Continue until you pass the Old Timers baseball field and must turn left onto Davidson St. You are now driving along the Cumberland river, just pass the baseball field on the left you will find our farmers market on the left next to the children’s play ground. The photo below is the location.
East Nashville Farmers Market Opening Day Celebration Wednesday, May 14th 3:30pm -7pm
In our 8th season we have over 35 market vendors! Every vendor at the market is the person who grows the local farm produce, raises the animal, bakes the bread, makes the cheese, or creates the artisan crafts. You can be assured that your purchases are supporting small family farms while giving back to your local economy and community. We invite you to ask questions and learn more about the local producers at our market. Come each week to meet your local farmer and stay to meet your neighbors & enjoy the live music. This local one-shop shopping venue will run every Wednesday from May 14 -Oct. 29 from 3:30pm-7pm. This week we will feature a petting zoo, live bee demonstration, children’s activities, live music, food trucks and much more. We are proud to once again offer SNAP/EBT benefits allowing everyone access to healthy food. If you have any questions about the market, the farmers, or how EBT works please visit us at the market information booth in the center of the market. We will see you Wednesday! To find our new market location in Shelby Park take Shelby Ave directly into the park once you cross 20th Street. Follow the winding road down the hill to the lake and turn right. Continue until you pass the Old Timers baseball field and must turn left onto Davidson St. You are now driving along the Cumberland river, just pass the baseball field on the left you will find our farmers market on the left next to the children’s play ground. The photo below is the location.