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Summer’s Bounty: Sweet Corn and Tomatoes


The East Nashville Farmers Market is officially Fully-Loaded with Summer’s Bounty: Sweet corn and Tomatoes! We are excited to announce the East Nashville Farmers Market Tomato Throwdown will be held on August 5, 2015. Livefullhands musical guests, the Ukeabilly Upstarts, will be performing their country blues for our crowds. Local food trucks will be there for Wednesday night dinner, and cool treats, too, to survive summer heat. Also, Kelly Ann Monahan, founder of Sweetie Pie® Health & Harmony, will be visiting our farmers market this week to discuss her recipe e-book and clean eating tips with our market shoppers. Tomorrow is going to be a bustling summer market day!

Before we discuss the market goods, we’d like to announce the East Nashville Farmers Market Tomato Tomato Throwdown east nashvilleThrowdown on August 5, 2015, from 3:30 to 7pm. Tomato growers of East Nashville will unite with local farmers and judges to determine who has the tastiest tomatoes this side of the Cumberland. To enter and for information on how to pre-register, visit our Tomato Throwdown blog .

Time to talk fresh, local food at our farmers’ market. Peak summer produce season is upon us and we are fully-loaded with summer’s bounty! Our farmers’ trucks are arriving every week loaded-down with bushels of fruits and vegetables picked fresh from the field and brought straight to you, our market shoppers. The Tennessee sweet corn is tasting mighty sweet this summer. We love to microwave a few ears after a busy day at work and slice it off the cob into a Stark-Naked Tomato Corn Salad. There’s nothing finer than the pairing of sugar-sweet summer corn and juicy, ripe tomatoes.

Speaking of tomatoes, how about all the different heirloom varieties of tomatoes we have at the East Nashville Farmers Market? Wow! Zach Erhard of Oak Grove Farm will have a full spread of giant, fully ripe ENFM.heirloomstomsheirloom slicers, in addition to Catherine and Ben Simmons from Flying “S” Farm. Grab your sweet cherry tomatoes from Old School Farm, Delvin Farms, and Green Door Gourmet. Plus, don’t forget the loads of more summer produce, like peaches, blackberries, blueberries, eggplants, green beans, sweet and hot peppers, potatoes, squashes, herbs, and more.

Finally, we are pleased to welcome our market visitor this week, Kelly Ann Monahan, founder of Sweetie Pie® Health & Harmony. Kelly is an integrative nutrition coach who authored the recipe e-book Sweet Healthy Living…Delicious, Easy Recipes…Clean Eating Never Tasted So Good! Find her at one of our farmers’ market booths to discuss tips on healthy, clean eating and information about her recipe book.

Meet Bella Nashville Bakery, Local and Fresh Baked!

Fresh Baked Breads from Nashville Bella Bakery every Wednesday at the East Nashville Farmers Market

Fresh Baked Breads from Bella Nashville Bakery every Wednesday at the East Nashville Farmers Market

David Cuomo of Bella Nashville Bakery begins his work day while most of us are asleep, grinding organic heirloom wheat berries before the sun has thought to rise. As owner/operator of Bella Nashville Bakery, he believes this is how fresh baked bread begins— with an old-world approach using the purest ingredients. Each loaf, baguette, and bun is shaped by hand and pulled fresh out of the oven in his local East Nashville store. Locally-sourced produce and eggs, house-made pickles and condiments, and house-cured meats build every specialty sandwich. This dedication to ingredient integrity is why Bella Nashville Bakery has become the most sought-out spot for food-conscious Nashvillians, and one of the most popular vendors at the East Nashville Farmers Market for artisan breads and made-to-order sandwiches. And though it was his love for music that brought the Connecticut native to Tennessee, it is his talent for bread-making that has established his reputation as an exceptional baker and chef.

Like many of our food artisans at the market, Dave grew up with the cuisine of his heritage. “We were New Haven Italians,” he says. But with a military father, the family spent years bouncing around the States, and though the towns and regions were changing, they made sure to keep their Friday night traditions the same. “No matter where we were in the country, every Friday night was pizza night. Making pizzas as a family was how we stayed connected to our roots.”

An incredible breakfast bun, if you have not tried you are missing out!

An incredible breakfast bun, if you have not tried you are missing out!

During his teens, he worked at a few commercial pizza joints, but as he matured, he relocated to NYC where he discovered Anthony Mangieri’s wildly popular Una Pizza Napoletana in the East Village. This exposure to Mangieri’s food-purist philosophy first inspired Dave to master the skill himself. He began to research the art and science of making bread on his own. He studied the history, ancient techniques, and natural fermenting processes that occurred in kitchens long before store-bought ingredients existed. Whole grain wheat flour is house-milled—never bleached or adulterated—and yeast is naturally-harvested wild from the air. He experimented through trial and error to accomplish his ultimate goal—a dough that is crispy on the outside and soft on the inside.

Soon after his transition South, Dave was serving his perfected Neapolitan-style pizzas at the award-winning Patterson House. His next step would be the launch of his own pizzeria, Bella Nashville, in May of 2012. From that venture naturally sprung the East Nashville bakery addition in April of 2014.

All locally sourced and made fresh at market

All locally sourced and made fresh at market

Fast forward to one year later, and Bella Nashville Bakery is a successful indie establishment. Customers— both east and west—file in from the streets to order off a 25-ft chalkboard and tap their feet to Elvis Costello. The bakery offers three crusty loaves (a sourdough, a whole wheat desem, and a demi-baguette), a wheat sandwich loaf, and a breakfast bun. Loaves can be purchased whole, straight off the rack or sliced and bagged to take home. Specialty sandwiches come in 3 styles: breakfast, lunch, or a build-your own, all with locally-grown or house-made accouterments.

Fresh picked heirloom tomatoes

Fresh picked heirloom tomatoes

“We have a very large customer base from Europe,” says staff member Alyson Grench. “They’re used to fresh bread and the processes we use here.” Bo Arrington from the sandwich line says that it’s the whole-grain taste that sets Bella’s bread apart. “It’s got substance to it. It’s hardy—you can really taste the freshness of the grains. That’s why I love it and never feel bad about eating it.”

Bella Bakery became an addition to the East Nashville Farmers Market in 2014. Dave says he wanted to meet more of his community, and he certainly has. Adults and kids alike love visiting the “bella booth” to view the giant loaves and taste samples of their fresh breads. And during tomato season, he is a favorite purveyor of the local tomato sandwich, made with sourdough, fresh sliced heirlooms, and a homemade aioli. It’s so popular, you have to arrive early before he sells out.

In closing, Bella Nashville Bakery gives our customers the opportunity to purchase fresh, wholesome bread baked a mile from our market and enjoy seasonal sandwiches made with Tennessee farm ingredients. For all of us at the ENFM, that’s something very special. But for Dave, it’s just another day at the grind.

Mini Tomato Festival


Perhaps it should be called the “MANY” Tomato Festival. We are going to have all sorts of activities as we celebrate the week of the TOMATO!

3:30-7pm – Fun and Games at the SLOCAL Booth
3:30-7pm- Free Tomato Sampling and Taste Contest|
4pm, 5pm and 6pm- *Cooking Demo with Chelsea Hanson of City Pasta
4pm-7pm –*Free Children’s Art Projects: Light It Up! & Tomato Art Painting provided by Dee Wilcox of The Workroom
4pm-7pm- *Live Music Concert with Lillie Syracus
east nashville farmers market5:30 – Outdoor Yoga with Kali Yuga Yoga Instructors  

FRESH PRODUCE:Of Course, Tomatoes will be highlighted this week, but you don’t want to miss the harvest of great melons including Watermelon, Cantelopes and Honey Dew. We will also have Corn, Cucumbers, Squash, Eggplant, Garlic, Basil. Fingerling Potatoes, Okra, Peppers, Green Beans, Beets, Berries, Onions, and so much more!

FOOD TRUCKS: Riddim N Spice, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams & Pappy’s Mobile Cafe

Watermelon-Peach Salsa and Tomatoes


Recipe from Southern Living July 2011 Photo: Beth Dreiling Hontzas; Styling: Amy Burke

Come and get your fresh and local ingredients for this quick and easy recipe at the East Nashville Farmers market this Wednesday.

1/2 cup hot pepper jelly
1 tablespoon lime zest
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
2 cups seeded and diced fresh watermelon
1 cup peeled and diced fresh peaches
1/3 cup chopped fresh basil
1/3 cup chopped fresh chives
3 cups baby heirloom tomatoes, halved
Salt and freshly ground pepper
Garnish: fresh basil sprigs

Whisk together pepper jelly, lime zest and lime juice in a bowl; stir in watermelon and next 3 ingredients.  Season halved baby tomatoes with salt and freshly ground pepper to taste; spoon into cocktail glasses. Top with Salsa. Garnish, if desired.