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Peaches and More Local Food Arrive at Farmers Market!

peach truckThis week at the East Nashville Farmers Market, we’re excited to announce the arrival of peaches and much more local food! That’s right, folks, The Peach Truck will be making its seasonal debut at the East Nashville farmers market this Wednesday, May 20, 2015. Plus, spinach and possibly beets are being added to the list of seasonal veggies being produced by our local farmers, and gorgeous spring strawberries are still available. We’re also excited to announce our newest artisan cheese-maker, Lost River Creamery, bringing aged raw-milk goudas from Russelville, Kentucky. So grab a shopping bag, a blanket, and a friend, and get the local-food love while you can.

Last week, we threw one heck-of-a Grand Opening Festival at the East Nashville Farmers Market, and we have you all to thank— our awesome market shoppers! Our musical guest, Mary Bragg, sent chill bumps through the thoroughfare with her powerful vocals, and The Jones Press and Bao Down food trucks kept our hungry crowds fed. Kids enjoyed spending time with the Reptile Guy and his Burmese pythons and gardening activities with Plant the Seed. The weather was gorgeous and the strawberries were fragrant and plentiful, picked fresh from the fields! It was a heck of a good time and we would like to thank each and every one of you for joining us in support of our local farmers, artisans, and food vendors. We’re off to a great start!

farmers marketSo let’s get right to the chase and talk about local spring produce at the East Nashville Farmers Market. Last week, we saw beautiful strawberries from Oak Grove Farms, Green Door Gourmet, Kelly’s Berry Farm, and Delvin Farms. These farmers will be bringing even more beautiful berries to the East Nashville Farmers Market this week, so come buy a flat for canning preserves or freezing if you haven’t.

You might have heard the rumor already, but we’re here to say it’s true! The Peach Truck will be making its seasonal debut this week at the East Nashville Farmers Market and we can’t wait to celebrate! Not only will they have peaches, but yummy bags of freshly-harvested pecans, too, so come on out and taste the freshness.

spring lettucesLovely spring lettuces were specifically spotted at the Oak Grove Farms booth last week. We’re told that they will be bringing some fresh spinach and possibly beets this week, so get there early to be the first to taste the best of what spring has to offer. Delvin Farms will kick-off their summer CSA and there are more slots available, folks, so check with Hank at the Delvin booth. They will also continue to supply gorgeous varieties of kale and chard. Green Door Gourmet will have their tasty mix of arugula and mizuna lettuces, radishes, plus the sweet and crisp ‘Hakurei’ salad turnips that everyone is raving about! Old School Farm, one of our newer farms, will have their usual lovely display of herbs—chamomile, mint, lavender, and more. Plus, some lovely kales and radishes. Stay tuned for even more quality to come from these newbies!

fresh herbsSpeaking of herbs, Slocal will have all the culinary and exotic fresh herbs this week, including different varieties of basils and mints, the not-so-easy-to-find sorrel, tansy, bee balm, and much more. Slocal will also have flats of tomato and pepper seedlings for sale, herb seedlings, plus fresh herb teas on tap, kombucha, and a jun tea.

We’ve got a delicious new cheese vendor, folks. Scott Harris from Lost River Creamery in Russelville, Kentucky, will be bringing his aged raw-milk goudas, including his 9-month aged favorite, the Logan. Samples are available and will be going fast!

baked breadsNow, onto to our breads and baked goods. Catherine at Flying “S” Farms will be bringing an extra batch of her homemade sourdough bread for our market shoppers, and Tammy at Sweet Daisy Jane’s will have a fresh batch of her most popular seasonal strawberry bread made from Kelly’s Berry Farm strawberries. Kaylee and Bethany from Eat Like Kings will have rosemary and smoked paprika spiced pecans and their outstanding chocolate chip cookies that have become a real hit at the market.

One of our new soap, salves, and cosmetics producers, Kathleen from Rainwater Farms, will have an all-natural bug spray made with essential oils of eucalyptus and rose geranium—just in time for mosquito season! And Tracy from Botanical Harmony will have a fresh recipe of all-natural liquid hand soap and the usual multi-colored farm eggs. Plus, duck eggs per request.

East Nashville Farmers MarketIf anyone is in the mood for a little spice and sass, the Creole Diva, Ms. Lynn (and her trusty side-kick “The Duke”), will be serving hot and homey Creole staples to our hungry market shoppers, plus a watermelon jelly that is “a little taste of summer in a jar,” according to the Diva herself. And if anyone wants to transport themselves to New Orleans this week, she’ll also have a homemade beignet mix that will surely go fast.
Last week, Laurel Mountain Farms tempted taste buds with barbecued pork chop samples fresh off the grill, and if this week is anything like last week, you’ll want to find a place in line fast! Our market shoppers don’t mind waiting for the quality this new meat vendor is supplying. Also, Triple L Ranch will be selling their award-winning Hereford steaks, as well, among other favorites such as bacon, ox tails, and more.
And as always, we’ve got dinner covered! Bao Down and Jones Press Food Trucks with kid-friendly menu items, such as grilled cheese and chicken Panini will be returning and so will Bradley’s Curbside Creamery for dessert.

Finally, we’re excited to announce our musical guest this week: a group of young, up-and-coming bluegrass musicians, all under the age of 18—Someday Soon. Come out and support these musical prodigies as they fill the air with tasty tunes. So see you on the lawn this Wednesday, everybody!

Tennessee Flaugnarde with Local Strawberries and Wildflower Honey

tennessee flaugnardeIf you’re like me, you enjoy the taste of seasonal local strawberries in their purest form—picked warm and fresh from the field and eaten straight out of the container purchased from a local farmer at the East Nashville Farmers Market. Their natural sweetness and supple texture set them worlds apart from the flavorless, bred-to-ship California varieties found in commercial grocery stores, making this ruby red fruit a regional delicacy. Yet, sometimes the qualities of our local strawberries can be degraded by the mounds of sugar and gelatin found in many Southern dessert recipes. Therefore, when I bring home a quart of these rare gems, I look for simple recipes with ingredients that compliment my berries, not degrade or overpower them, so their natural flavors shine through.

farm eggsOne fruit dessert that is light enough for my taste is a flaugnarde (FLOWN-niard), also referred to as a clafoutis (klah-foo-TEE). These berry-studded custards are local desserts from the rural Limousin region of France, the difference being which fruit is used in each: a clafoutis is traditionally baked with only black cherries, whereas a flaugnarde can be prepared with a variety of different fruits. How appropriate, I thought, to take such a classic French provincial dessert that showcases seasonal berries and make it sparkle with the flavors of Tennessee. With that in mind, I created a comforting yet light flaugnarde recipe containing 3 main ingredients produced by our local farmers and available at the East Nashville Farmers Market: strawberries, wildflower honey, and fresh farm eggs. I also opted to bake this dessert in my grandmother’s cast-iron skillet, but a buttered gratin or casserole dish, or even a cake or pie pan will work just as well.

strawberriesTo begin, I slathered my skillet with a small knob of butter and lightly dusted it with flour to prevent any sticking. I selected a quart of ripe strawberries from one of the local farmers at the East Nashville market, trimmed off the calyx and any soft spots, and rinsed them with a shower of cool water. Delvin Farms, Kelley’s Berry Farm, Green Door Gourmet, and Oak Grove Farm all have beautifully fragrant, plump, ripe berries for sale at the East Nashville market. Let your strawberries drain in a colander or on a dish towel while you mix the rest of your ingredients.

farmers marketNext, I poured 1 1/2 cup of whole milk (any type of milk will work fine, or try a milk/cream combo for a richer texture) into a mixing bowl and added 1/4 teaspoon salt and 2 teaspoons vanilla extract (or 1 scraped vanilla bean would be lovely if you have it on hand).

To the milk, I added 3 heaping tablespoons of Delvin Farms wildflower honey to give my flaugnarde just a hint of regional sweetness and depth of flavor. This honey is made by bees that pollinate crops on the Delvins’ certified organic farm, and is harvested and extracted on the farm by the Delvins themselves. It has a bright taste with notes of floral and citrus that compliment the flavors of strawberry and vanilla nicely.

Next, I cracked 3 beautifully colored farm eggs raised on the Botanical Harmony farm into my bowl. These eggs are laid by different breeds of local, free-range chickens. They have beautiful deep orange yolks that, when whisked into the milk and honey, added a lovely apricot glow to my batter. After the eggs are fully incorporated, I whisked in half a cup of all-purpose flour to give my custard a little substance and lift.

strawberry creamOnce my batter was fully combined, I diced my strawberries and added them to the skillet. Then, I poured the mixture on top and put the cast-iron into a preheated 350 degree oven for about 40-45 minutes. (Using my 12-inch cast-iron skillet created a thinner custard. For a thicker flaugnarde, bake in a 9-inch pan or pie plate.)

After 45 minutes, I removed a bubbling, fragrant, eggy fruit custard from my oven. The edges were perfectly golden brown and pulling away from the sides of my skillet, and the baked strawberry aroma filled the rooms of my home. This dessert can be served sliced after it cools down to room temperature, or scooped bubbling and hot fresh out of the oven. It also makes barely-sweet, delicious breakfast. In France, it is traditionally sprinkled with a dusting of powdered sugar. It can also be topped with a curl of vanilla ice cream. But since we’re in Tennessee, I drizzled my slice with an extra ribbon of Delvin Farms wildflower honey and enjoyed it on my back porch to the sounds of my favorite bluegrass band. Bon appétit, y’all.

Tennessee Flaugnarde

2 cups diced local Tennessee strawberries
1 1/2 cup whole milk
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 teasoons pure vanilla extract or seeds of 1 vanilla bean
3 tablespoons wildflower honey
3 farm eggs
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
butter for coating skillet
powdered sugar for dusting (optional)

Grand Opening Market Festival Announcement: May 13th, 2015

After such a successful soft opening last week, the East Nashville Farmers Market is enthusiastic to announce our Grand Opening Market Festival this Wednesday, May 13th, 2015!! Bring the little ones for some fun kid’s activities and enjoy kid-friendly food options from our returning food truck, The Jones Press. Participate in our hourly-giveaways for a chance to win a basket of farmers market goods, and relax to the sweet sounds of our soulful musical guest, Mary Bragg. And let us not forget all the local spring produce harvested fresh off the farm, including Tennessee organic strawberries, that will be awaiting your arrival!! So grab your favorite quilt and pack a basket, everybody, because you won’t want to miss this special springtime event.Opening.blanket

We’re all thinking about it, so let’s get right down to it: strawberries are at the peak of their season this week and will be lining the tables at our Grand Opening Market Festival. This sweet seasonal favorite cannot be found in your commercial grocery store, so taste the flavor of local strawberries before it’s too late. Last week, our families bought quarts of red berries that were devoured on picnic blankets before any could make the trip home. This week, we expect everyone to grab a quart, or even a flat, to take home for canning, freezing, or homemade pie-making. And other fresh produce, such as spring lettuces, kales, radishes, and more, will be available for sautés and salads, too.

Last week, we loved seeing all your little ones on the lawn enjoying scoops of ice cream from Bradley’s Curbside Creamery, because there’s nothing quite like a good ol’ chocolaty grin. To continue this traditional, ice cream will be back for our festival! Plus, old-school floats, shakes, and malts that are hand-stirred by the cool dudes from Moovers and Shakers food truck–Nashville’s first mobile soda parlor.

opening.jonespress For dinner, we’ve got something to please every eater–kids, vegetarians, carnivores, you name it. Last week, Riffs Fine Street Food knocked the sandals off our market shoppers with their Asian-inspired cuisine. This week, we’re continuing the Asian flavor with our favorite little bus, the Bao Down bus, serving the soft, steaming Chinese-style street buns that we all crave and enjoy. And since those grilled cheese and savory pesto chicken panini from The Jones Press were such a yummy, gooey, kid-friendly hit last week, we’ve invited them back this week for our Grand Opening Festival. So take Wednesday night dinner off your to-do list, folks, because the East Nashville Farmers Market has got you covered!

Reptile GuyAfter dinner, let the kids expand their agricultural minds by participating in one of our activities with Plant The Seed, Nashville’s educational non-profit program that promotes outdoor learning through community and school gardens. We’ll also have our favorite Queen Bee, Carol Hagan the Bee Lady, with one of her closed observational honey bee hives for kids of all ages to see. The playground will be open as always for big-time kid fun, and the Tractor Man will drive one of his shiny antique tractors to our farmers market for photo opportunities. The Reptile Guy pays a visit as well which is a great photo opportunity for everyone.

One of our favorite attractions last week at the ENFM was hearing the lively bluegrass tunes of Bradford Lee Folk and Company. We love the sounds of their fiddle, stand-up bass, guitars, and harmonies. This week, we are equally proud and thrilled to announce Mary Bragg as our special musical guest. Mary’s musical styling and song writing artistry are melodically exhibited through her powerful yet sweetly-smooth vocals. She and her acoustic guitar will be serenading our grassy lawn from 4pm to 6:30pm.Opening.band

And finally, our market photographer will be joining us to snap photos of our Grand Opening Festival 2015 memories in the making, so bring your pups and other favorite friends for the chance to see them featured in our weekly market photo gallery. We are eager to celebrate this exciting new season with you and hope to see your strawberry-stained smiles at the Grand Opening Festival!opening.firefighters

Farmers Market Opening Day, May 6th 2015

Families take in and enjoy a beautiful spring opening day

Families take in and enjoy a beautiful spring opening day

Spring has arrived and we’re excited to announce the opening of the East Nashville Farmers Market 2015 season on May 6th in beautiful Shelby Park—your weekly neighborhood destination for locally-grown produce and much more. This year, we are thrilled to be welcoming back so many of our farmers and vendors, but happy to announce some new additions to our 2015 line-up, too. Expect to find your spring fruit and vegetable favorites on opening day, such as fresh Tennessee strawberries, asparagus, broccoli, and kale. Farm eggs, artisan breads, freshly-made tortillas, local cheeses, and other market staples will be waiting, too. But also keep a keen eye out for new specialty items such as cultivated exotic mushrooms, locally-made kimchees, keifers, hand-made teas, and more. So pack a blanket and stay a while; you’ll want see the exciting things we have to offer this year.

A new bike, walk, running trail runs right next to our farmers market

A new bike, walk, running trail runs right next to our farmers market

Last season, Shelby Park underwent some infrastructural renovations, but now the construction is complete and the park is more accessible than ever. Our available parking has nearly doubled and newly-paved bike lanes and greenways make it easier and safer for bikes and baby-strollers to reach market grounds. “We’re very excited to be in the same location. It’s a beautiful, grassy area,” says market owner Hank Delvin of Delvin Farms. The park also offers numerous amenities, including a nature center, wildlife and river viewing opportunities, and 950 acres of preserved greenways, so feel free to plan ahead and make a day of it.

Cool off with great tasting ice cream!

Cool off with great tasting ice cream!

We had many requests for more prepared food last year, so this season we will host more food trucks, like Crankee’s Pizzeria and Deg Thai, and local food vendors, like Bella Nashville Bakery and the Creole Diva, that offer dinner options for families to enjoy, including more vegetarian options. Bring a blanket and relax on the grassy lawn at the center of all the action where you can have a market-picnic with your East Nashville neighbors or simply relax to the sounds of the live bands. “The East Nashville Farmers Market is a place where people come to shop for local produce, but also meet neighbors and farmers, too,” says market manager Maggie Odle. Kids especially enjoy local ice cream from Bradley’s curbside Creamery, playing with friends, and story-time on the lawn (and getting their photograph taken by our market photographer has become a popular feature on our website.)

Food tasting is a regular event at Wednesday market

Food tasting is a regular event at Wednesday market

Our new season of special events will include a number of local chef demonstrations and kids’ activities such as a summertime tomato taste-off and Halloween pumpkin painting. The East Nashville Farmers Market is an exciting venue for chef’s to inspire creative meals using local ingredients and for kids to explore new tastes, smells, and sounds that spark a curiosity for food at a young age. “We want to give kids the opportunity to learn at our market, and get them interested in agriculture and food systems,” says Maggie. The market is also adjacent to the park playground and multiple swing sets, so be sure to bring the little ones along for an active and wholesome good time.

In addition to our new events, chef demonstrations, and kids’ activities, we are thrilled to be welcoming new farmers and vendors to our 2015 line-up. “I am very excited to have new, young farmers this year,” says Hank Delvin. “We will also have additional farmers, like Kelly’s Berry Farm, that will join mid-season to supply the market with summer blueberries and blackberries, and other farmers that will be supplying fresh corn, so that’s awesome.” We will have returning favorites, like the Peach Truck and Paradise Produce, but also expect new specialty items at the East Nashville Market this year, including handmade keifer, fermented kimchees, and specialty mushrooms from Whispering Creek Mushrooms.

Fresh picked produce every Wednesday at market

Fresh picked produce every Wednesday at market

Finally, the Piedmont Natural Gas sponsored “Snap Back” program will be returning for another year at the East Nashville Farmers Market. This means that the market gives an extra $20 for fresh fruits and vegetables to every recipient who spends 20 of their SNAP dollars with us–a “buy-one, get-one” for up to 20 SNAP dollars, if you will. “We want to better serve our under-served communities by making fresh produce more available and accessible,” says Maggie Odle. Encouraging healthy choices in our community is one of our goals.”

The ENFM kicks-off this year on May 6th, and will run through October every Wednesday afternoon from 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. So bring your blanket and join the fun! We’re ready to see your familiar (and not-so familiar) faces once again.

Light Rain Brings Cooler Farmers Market

East Nashville Farmers MarketOur 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.

Certified organically grown squash, zucchini and green onions from Delvin Farms

Certified organically grown squash, zucchini and green onions from Delvin Farms

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!

Farm goat cheese from Noble Springs Dairy

Farm goat cheese from Noble Springs Dairy

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!

Opening Day Market Celebration Rescheduled for May 21st, 2014

Our new location in beautiful Shelby Park next to the children's playground next to the baseball diamonds

Our new location in beautiful Shelby Park next to the children’s playground next to the baseball diamonds

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!

EVENTS
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.