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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.

Mini Tomato Festival

MINI TOMATO FESTIVAL – August 6th

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!

FREE SPECIAL ACTIVITIES 
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

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.

Recipe: Tomato, Basil and Goat Cheese Bruschetta

bruchettaCome out to the East Nashville Farmers Market to get your fresh ingredients for this wonderful summer recipe.  

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups Fresh Tomatoes, Chopped (Roma Preferred)
  • 3 cloves Garlic, Finely Minced (may Add More Or Less To Taste)
  • 1 Tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 Tablespoon Balsamic Vinegar
  • ½ cups Basil, Chopped
  • Kosher Salt And Fresh Cracked Pepper To Taste
  • 1 whole French Baguette, Sliced On The Diagonal, 3/4 Inch Thick
  • 1 clove Garlic, Peeled And Sliced In Half
  • Goat Cheese, To Taste

Preparation

In a medium mixing bowl, add chopped tomatoes, finely minced garlic, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and basil together. The longer they sit, the better it will be. Make a few hours ahead or overnight. Add kosher salt and pepper to taste.

Toast baguettes on a cookie sheet just until slightly browned. Rub halved garlic clove over the toasted side to infuse bread with flavor. Spread with goat cheese to taste. Spoon tomato mixture on top of the bread and serve.  Also goes well with pasta.

Recipe from TastyKitchen.com

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.