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June 30, 2016

Top Ten Fourth of July Scores at the Nashville Farmers’ Market

Top Ten Fourth of July Scores at the Nashville Farmers’ Market

The Nashville Farmers’ Market has everything you need for a farm-fresh Fourth of July celebration. This weekend our Farm Sheds are overflowing with summer fruits and vegetables, specials on locally raised meat, fresh milk , and more. Therefore, to make things easier for you, we’ve compiled a simple list of the top ten Fourth of July scores at the Nashville Farmers’ Market to make your shopping experience this holiday a breeze.

1)      Summer Berries. Impress your Fourth of July picnic guests with a Red, White, and Blueberry Pie. Blueberries and blackberries are available for such a short period, you shouldn’t miss your opportunity to make such a festive dessert. Flats are also available for freezing or making preserves.

2)      Peaches and Plums. Cobblers and crisps are a Fourth of July must, and Tennessee grown peaches and plums are filling our farm sheds. Find Pearson Farm Peaches here at The Peach Truck 7 days a week, and Tennessee peaches and red sugar plums at Hancock Family Farm stall this Saturday.

3)      Local Dairy Products. With all the fresh pies and cobblers you’ll be making this Fourth of July, you’ll need some homemade ice cream and whipped cream to accompany. JD Country Milk has the freshest dairy items made from pasture-raised dairy cows with no hormones of antibiotics. Find their milks, butters, yogurts, heavy creams, and buttermilks every Saturday morning at the Market.

4)      Summer Vegetables. Fresh squash for casseroles and summer cucumbers and tomatoes for salads are two summer sides perfect for Fourth of July picnics. Summer produce is at peak season and the Nashville Farmers’ Market is filled with local and regional produce 7 days a week!

5)      Fresh Herbs. There’s nothing that perks up a summer salad like fresh herbs. Get cilantro, basil, chives, and more from our hydroponic growers Smarter Gardens and KY Hydro Farm this Saturday.

6)      Fresh Peas, Beans, and Greens. Fourth of July is prime time for Southern staples like pots of greens, field peas, and green beans. Find fresh shelled peas and limas from Fisher’s Orchard this weekend, and greens with season meat at Plano Produce and Smiley’s Farm stalls.

7)      Fresh Breads and Baked Goods. Need an artisan loaf of bread for bruschetta or garlic toast? Grab freshly baked loaf from Village Bakery and Provisions or an already-made blueberry pie or peach cobbler at the Shrock’s market table this Saturday.

8)      Sweet Corn. There is nothing that says the Fourth of July like freshly harvested summer sweet corn. The Nashville Farmers’ Market has sweet corn 7 days a week. Grab a bushel for the grill, casseroles, salsas, or salads to make you Fourth of July a true summer celebration.

9)      Locally Raised Meats. Whether you’re grilling hamburgers, steaks, chicken, pork, or lamb, the Nashville Farmers’ Market has everything you need for your Fourth of July barbecue. Our market will host 4 local and regional meat farmers this Saturday to ensure your July 4th picnic has the most quality pasture-raised, naturally-raised, and grass-fed grilling experience you can get.

10)   Handmade Tobacco Stick Art. One-of-a-kind American Flag signs are available at our market to add pizzazz to your Fourth of July party. These signs are available at the White’s Family Farm booth and are handmade and painted by the White family themselves. They are made using authentic tobacco sticks that have a deep smoky aroma and a historical significance in Tennessee. Grab one or two for your Fourth of July celebration this weekend at the Nashville Farmers’ Market. 

June 30, 2016

Chef Margot McCormack Gives Demo at Nashville Farmers’ Market

This Saturday July 2nd, 2016, at the Nashville Farmers’ Market, Chef Margot McCormack gives two live demonstrations in the Edible Kitchen at 10 and 11am. McCormack is the chef/owner of Margot Café & Bar in East Nashville’s Five Points district, and has been a member of the Nashville Farmers’ Market Board since 2011. McCormack will demonstrate a Crispy Corn Salad using fresh summer produce supplied by farmers at the Nashville Farmers' Market.

 

At her restaurant, Chef McCormack is most known for her seasonal menus prepared with fresh ingredients sourced locally. This Saturday, McCormack will feature a dish in the Edible Kitchen that highlights summer favorites provided by local and regional farmers — sweet corn provided by Hancock Family Farm, tomatoes grown by Simon's Produce, and cucumbers from Athena's Harvest Farm. Chairs are available for audience members, and a handwritten recipe card and samples of the menu are offered after the demonstrations. 

 

The Edible Kitchen is sponsored by Edible Nashville abd features local chefs preparing simple meals with what's in season. Demos are held every first and third Saturday of the month at 10 and 11am at the Nashville Farmers' Market. Plenty of parking is available on weekends in surrounding state lots.

June 18, 2016

Peach Jam 2016 Wrap-Up

                                                            

Thousands of peaches were sold and snacked upon at the Nashville Farmers' Market 2nd Annual Peach Jam, leaving shoppers, farmers, and merchants feeling enthusiastic for the upcoming summer season. Peaches were shaken with sweet teas, baked into pies, served atop pizzas, and taken home by the boxful for jellies and jams. Children had their faces painted with peaches and hearts, and created peach-themed arts and crafts. All-in-all, it was a peach of a weekend, and the Nashville Farmers' Market was proud to host yet another festive success.

Festival highlights were  certainly aplenty, yet the favorite spot of market visitors was at the peach sampling table. Both adults and children savored bites of sweet summer peaches from states like Alabama, Georgia, and South Carolina, which allowed them to tailor their peach purchases to their particular taste. Participating peach farmers were Pearson Farm of Fort Valley, Georgia, Hal Hayes Farm of Chilton County, Alabama, and Fisher's Orchard of Greer, South Carolina.

Vegan chef Jess Rice gave two outstanding  demonstrations in the Edible Kitchen with her raw Peach, Bourbon, and Blackstrap Molasses Tart to an audience of more than 50 festival attendees and kids. The tart was as chocked-full of energy as it was flavor, and the crowd enjoyed hearty samples and received recipe cards to take home. The Edible Kitchen is sponsored by Edible Nashville and hosts a live demonstration at every monthly Market festival.

The Peachy Pastry Contest was another sweet success, hosting triple the number of participants than the recipe contest before. Contestants entered freshly baked creations with names like Peach Crunch, Peach Praline Skillet Pie, and Peach Cinnamon Rolls. And though the Judges had a difficult time choosing from the entries, it was Heather Mckaskle's Fresh Peach Tart with Vanilla Cardamom Cream that stole the peach gold. Congratulations to Heather — the Peachy Pastry Contest winner for 2016 — a find her  recipe featured in the next issue of Edible Nashville magazine.

The success of Peach Jam 2016 would not have been possible without the generous support of the event's sponsor, The Peach Truck, but also the Market's dedicated shoppers. Thank you to everyone who participated, supported their regional farmers, and purchased the best peaches grown in the Southeast. We'll see you next month for our Community Farm Day on July 16, 2016!

 

June 14, 2016

The Peach Truck Brings First Freestone Peaches to NFM

Beginning in the latter half of June, The Peach Truck begins its yearly "Freestone Tour" through Tennessee and surrounding states, distributing precious peaches to smaller towns that typically miss out on the summer's most beloved fruit. Stephen and Jessica Rose have been transporting the golden orbs from the 130-year-old Pearson Farm in Fort Valley, Georgia since 2012, and their passion for the perfect peach has yet to wane throughout the past four successful and bustling years.

Freestones, the variety of peach with flesh that releases freely from the pit, are the darlings of summer stone fruit that are the easiest for canning, freezing or to be jellied or jammed. The Peach Truck's freestones' ceremonious arrival is awaited with much anticipation for the dedicated peach purist, making mid-June a mark on the calendar that is counted down to much like Christmas morning.

We at the Nashville Farmers' Market are overjoyed that our market is set to receive the very first arrival of the freestone peaches in Nashville on June 17th, 2016, for our Peach Jam Night Market. Stephen and Jessica Rose will be sponsoring the Peach Jam for the second year in a row, and we are so very thankful for choosing our market for their first freestone drop.

"The Nashville Farmers' Market is our only location we set up at 7 Days a week," Stephen shared. "Serving the community Downtown each day is a huge honor for us. When we heard about The Peach Jam, we just knew we had to be a part. Any chance to celebrate the South's favorite fruit is something we want to be a part of, and this is no different. We are setting up two different booths on Saturday to make sure we can serve everyone well! Can't wait to see you there."

Come grab the first brown bags of the summer's Georgia freestone peaches at our Night Market this Friday from 5pm to 9, and the following morning on June 18th for the main festival from 10am until 2pm. 

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