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January 23, 2017

A Sunny Saturday Market to Buy Local Food

Nashville Farmers' Market shoppers enjoyed a sunny Saturday market day this past weekend as they shopped for fresh local food like winter vegetables, locally raised meats, farm eggs, freshly baked breads, artisan cheeses, and more. The warm temperatures and blue skies had farmers feeling extra spry, and Chef Sal Avila of Prima gave a cooking demonstration full of helpful tips. It was a lovely way to spend our Saturday watching families explore the Farm Sheds as sunny skies shone down on our most lovely Winter Market day.

The early morning began with lines at the JD Country Milk trailer as dedicated customers waited to take home fresh butters, yogurts, and chocolate milks to their families. Noble Springs Dairy was also in attendance with an impressive display of local handmade goat cheeses like feta, chevre, and aged goudas. And wouldn't you know, we topped a wad of fresh spinach from Sweeten Farms with dollops of Noble's cherry chevre, finished it with sweet pecans from Plano Produce, and enjoyed a lovely winter salad later on that day.

If a heartier meal is what your winter heart desires, take a tip from last Saturday's shoppers and shop for locally raised meat at market. Our Winter Market provides more than 6 local meat farmers for our visitors to choose from. Customers went home with grass-fed beef, pork, lamb, and free-range chicken, as well as homemade bone broths from Schrock's Family Farm and Bakery to sip and use in a myriad of interesting ways.

Finally, the sunny market day was made more complete with an entertaining cooking demonstration given by Prima executive chef, Sal Avila, in our Edible Kitchen. Chef Avila wowed crowds with his list of helpful cooking tips that paired with his savory Baked Rigatoni with Butternut Squash, Bacon, and Ricotta recipe that audience members sampled heartily after the show. Thank you to Delvin Farms for providing chef Avila with the organic butternut squash, and to KLD Farms for providing the local bacon! Find cooking demonstrations every first and third Saturday in the Edible Kitchen at the Nashville Farmers' Market.

Next Saturday, we hope you will join us for yet another proud Winter Market day! Expect to find more winter vegetables, like cabbages, carrots, greens, and kohlrabi, plus artisan cheeses, local dairy products, and fresh farm eggs. Plenty of roasts, steaks, chops, and chickens available for you meat lovers, too, and don't forget the bone broths for sipping and braising! So, we'll see you next Saturday and every Saturday for local fresh food found all year long at the Nashville Farmers' Market!