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Green Door Gourmet

Green Door PhotoGreen Door Gourmet is a unique farm to fork venture that produces and provides local artisan foods and plants in a farm-cooperative community setting.

Sylvia Harrelson Ganier, the farm operator, brings years of farm and restaurant experience as well as a passion for food and education. Her background, growing up on a dairy farm in North Carolina, melds with her many years in the restaurant business, including being chef and owner of her former Nashville based establishment, CIBO. Personal attention is the main focus of Sylvia and the crew at Green Door Gourmet, and produces both high quality produce, and a positive experience for their patrons.

Green Door Gourmet is located within Hidden Valley Farm on River Road in Nashville, TN, less than 2 miles west of Interstate 40, and less than 10 minutes from downtown Nashville. Their close proximity provides ease of access for customers who crave experiencing the best of local fare but still with in the city limits.

Hidden Valley Farm also serves as the perfect spot for agri-tourism and special farm events. They have hosted events ranging from small picnics and receptions up to a BBQ for 1000 people!

Green Door Gourmet grows up to 80 varieties of herbs and flowers, and a wide assortment of fresh produce grown using natural methods which follow an organic holistic model. They harvest as close to customer-scheduled pick up as possible to maintain the integrity of our product. They do not sell anything that does not pass their own “taste tests.”

You can find them each week at the East Nashville Farmers Market.  Stop by and say hello and meet members of their dynamic crew working on the farm this season.  As them about their unique flower CSA and traditional CSA.

All Things Tomato Bake Sale

tomato pie 2Community Food Advocates is an East Nashville based non-profit with the mission to end hunger by creating a healthy, just, and sustainable food system. CFA is participating in the Tomato Art Festival on August 9th because it is a great way for us to meet and greet the thousands of Nashville neighbors that visit the festival and talk with them about our programs and mission. This year CFA is planning an All Things Tomato Bake Sale as part of our booth activities to serve as a way to draw in festival attendees and also to raise funds to support our work.

We’d love for you to be a part of this by baking or preparing something that can be sold to festival-goers! We ask that your food item be tomato-themed (past items have included such fare as Green Tomato Bundt Cake, Tomato-Goat Cheese Napoleons, Tomato-Basil Scones, Tomato Corn Muffins… you get the idea!), and that you prepare enough for 20 servings. It would also be much appreciated if you could individually wrap the servings. Lastly, if you home bake your item (i.e. not baked in a commercial kitchen) please write “Home Baked” on the label.

To register please complete this form.  If you have questions, please contact Erin Hargrove at erin@communityfoodadvocates.org or 615-385-2286 x 221.

Meet the Farmers of Flying S Farm

flying s farmsFlying S Farms is owned and operated by Ben and Catherine Simmons.  The name, Flying S Farms, came from a family history of flying and reaching for the highest standards so that they may provide you with the best produce possible.  The farm was started in 2003 through a strong desire to produce clean, healthy food through good stewardship and farming practices.

They have a 6 acre natural sustainable farm located in Woodbury, Tennessee.  They offer a wide variety of heirloom and non-GMO hybrid produce. The Simmons Family is dedicated to growing tasty, gourmet vegetables and herbs for families that understand that eating wholesome, nutrient-dense food is the foundation for good health and well-being.

Flying S Farms is also committed to creating a healthy environment. They use cover crops to build soil productivity and practice integrated pest management control. They also use foliar fertilizers that are made with food grade products to promote the growth of their crops. The Simmons Family believes that healthy soil produces healthy plants, which therefore produces healthy people.

Catherine, also known as “The Baking Farmer,” offers many wonderful breads and baked goods. Their kitchen is a licensed facility and operates year round.  They are delighted to offer delicious soups, breads and more for any of your special events.  Her baked goods are certainly not to be missed!!!

Come to East Nashville Farmers Market each Wednesday to shake hands with Ben and Catherine Simmons. Meet your farmer and eat local!

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.