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April 21, 2017

Volunteer with Fresh Savings!

As a Nashville Farmers' Market Fresh Savings Volunteer, volunteers will operate the Fresh Savings program and provide market information to customers visiting the Nashville Farmers' Market! 

The Fresh Savings program provides a unique opportunity for customers utilizing EBT cards (SNAP benefits) at the market to double their purchase of fresh fruits and vegetables. New volunteers will be trained when you show up for your shift. 

The Info booth will also be the hub for information at the market. Volunteers will assist customers with general inquiries and experience the lively atmosphere of a busy market day.

Sign up by clicking the link below! 

http://signup.com/go/bbwKBA

April 13, 2017

Peak Growing Season at the Nashville Farmers’ Market

We’re kicking off Peak Growing Season on May 6, 2017 with the sweetest event of the season—Strawberry Jubilee! But what is peak growing season at the Nashville Farmers’ Market? We’re here to explain.

Although our market is one of the few year-round, 7-day-a-week markets in the United States, the majority of our crops in Tennessee are harvested and ready to eat only six months out of the year (May through October). These months designate our peak growing season, and are the best months to visit the Nashville Farmers’ Market for the busiest, fullest market experience. (Tip: Saturdays are always the best days to visit the market!!)

Though strawberries and a few other cool-season crops begin arriving at the market in April, we kick-off peak growing season on the first Saturday in May with our annual Strawberry Jubilee. In May, more crops are being harvested from our farmers’ fields, such as turnips, beets, greens, lettuces, peaches, spring onions, and cool-season herbs.

 

June brings even more local fresh fruits and vegetables to th emarket, like blackberries, butter beans, and summer squash, but July is really when peak growing season reaches its height. Favorites arrive such as ‘Cherokee Purple’ and ‘Sun Gold’ tomatoes, silver queen and peaches-and-cream sweet corn, summer melons like cantaloupes and ‘Sugar Baby’ watermelons, plus peppers and blueberries.

Summer produce remains in our Farm Sheds through late September, and the arrival of October ushers in fall pumpkins and mums. Peak growing season at the Nashville Farmers’ Market officially ends with our annual Turnip Green Festival on November 4th this year, which is by far the most festive throw-down of the season.

During November through April, when most farmers’ markets in our area are closed, our Winter Market remains open, offering a mid-week pop-up market inside the Market House every Wednesday, and a more expansive farmers’ market experience every Saturday.  Our Saturday Winter Market features a limited amount of winter vegetables, freshly baked breads and desserts, family-owned dairy products, locally-raised steaks and chops, plus fresh farm eggs, artisans cheeses, and more. We hope you will visit us every Saturday throughout the year as we continue to support our local farmers and entrepreneurs.

 


April 11, 2017

April Gardening at Gardens of Babylon

April is the most wonderful time of year at Gardens of Babylon—the weather is beginning to warm, spring is in the air, and the garden center has exploded into a lush and colorful bloom. April is also the month the gardening itch strikes our shoppers, and Gardens of Babylon is where all the green thumbs go for stunning selections of plants and pottery. To help you in all your horticultural endeavors, we’ve compiled a list of April gardening tips to get a jump start on beautifying your yard and home this season.

Warm-Season Vegetable Plants and Annuals. We’re nearing our region’s final frost date of April 15th, so now is the time to purchase warm-season annual ornamentals and vegetables to put in the ground after any chance of late frost. The ornamental and vegetable crop section at Gardens of Babylon is really popping-off right now, and we’re most excited for the giant heirloom tomato plants and hanging petunia baskets.

Raised Garden Beds. Did you know the landscaping division of Gardens of Babylon can add raised cedar beds to your backyard this season? Have a heightened home for your vegetables and herbs this year. These raised beds come in many sizes, and will keep you from having to stoop too low this spring.

Cool-Season Crops.  It’s not too late to plant those cool-season crops in your garden like kale, collards, and Swill chard! Did you know Swiss chard will produce all summer long?

Fruit-Producing Shrubs. April is a great month to plant fruit-producing shrubs like raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, and more. That’s because they’re sturdy enough to withstand any late frosts April might bring. Find yours at Gardens of Babylon.

Hanging Baskets and Houseplants. Optimize your home’s atmosphere with gorgeous greenery for your porch, patios, and parlors. At Gardens of Babylon, you’ll find every color of calabrachoa, petunia, begonia, and the best deals on Boston and indoor ferns around.

 


April 4, 2017

Fresh Local Food and Spring Arrives at Market

An explosion of fresh, local food and spring weather arrived at market last Saturday. Many of our vendors sold out before noon, and Chef Kirstie Bidwell gave an outstanding cooking demo in the Edible Kitchen. And though the temperatures started off a bit on the chilly side, by the afternoon, the weather had warmed and the sun was shining high in the sky. It was a successful spring day, with special new merchants and plenty of fresh local food to satisfy happy shoppers who filled the Market House and Farm Sheds.

The morning began with the usual long lines of shoppers toting empty glass jugs to retrieve their weekly milk and dairy products from JD Country Milk. We’ve seen new arrivals from this family farm, such as drinkable yogurts in flavors like raspberry and peach. Find these tasty, probiotic treats this Saturday!

Brightside Bakeshop arrived to an awaiting crowd, and was mobbed all morning with hungry breakfast-cravers begging for their fresh brioche rolls. This one-woman operation begins baking at 3am before she brings these sweet and savory baked goods fresh to our shoppers. Try a Ham and Cheddar, Sausage and Cheddar, iced Cinnaroll, or the gooey Salted Caramel Pecan this Saturday. But arrive early, because these bakers were sold out by 11am!

The status of spring produce was quite impressive last Saturday, with Plano Produce boasting freshly-harvested bags of sweet spinach and rape greens. Cabbages were found piled high atop market tables, and dried peas and turnip greens went home with selections of cured season meats. However, the hydroponically-grown strawberries, heirloom tomatoes, and watercress from Kentucky hydro Farm really got us in the salad-making mood. Find all this fresh local produce, plus more arriving every week, on Saturdays at our market.

Finally, Kirstie Bidwell, executive chef of Old School Farm to Table, gave a delicious demo in the Edible Kitchen last Saturday with ingredients from our market. Chef Bidwell bruleed Noble Springs Dairy goat cheese, topped it with a KLD Farm bacon jam that our audience scooped up with homemade sweet potato chips to sample. The dish was so delectable, we paired it with an artisan cutting board from our new market merchant Ferrell & Co. for a snazzy photo op. Check it out!

We’ll see all you shoppers this Saturday for more fresh local food as spring arrives at the Nashville Farmers’ Market! We hope you’re excited as we are for the upcoming peak growing season and Strawberry Jubilee Celebration launching on May 6, 2017, 10am – 2pm.

 


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