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June 9, 2017

Top 5 Reasons to Visit the Nashville Farmers’ Market During CMA Music Fes

Stray away from the bustle of downtown this weekend and visit the Nashville Farmers’ Market during CMA Music Fest to experience the flavors of Tennessee. You’ll not only have the opportunity to dine in our Market House food hall featuring 15 locally owned restaurants with cuisines that span the glove, but also find the freshest seasonal produce grown by our local and regional farmers. So hop in a trolley, bus, Lyft, or B-Cycle, because you won’t want to miss the ultimate Nashville food destination while you’re in town!

1.       We have fans too!  In fact, our fans are official Big Ass Fans that keep the air moving in both of our Farm Sheds to keep you cool as a cucumber. Which we also have plenty of in our Farm Sheds, along with squash,  broccoli, cauliflower, peppers, greens, Brussels sprouts, herbs, Georgia peaches and gorgeous Cherokee Purple heirloom tomatoes.

2.       We have producers too! We’re all about producers, except instead of music, our producers are famous for their farm-fresh produce, beef,  poultry, pork, lamb, dairy, chees, baked goods, artisan foods, clothing and crafts.

3.       We’re international too! We have a global community of restaurants inside the Market House, representing Jamaica, France, Italy, Japan, China, Korea, India, El Salvador and Mexico, as well as New Orleans,  Tennessee BBQ and all-American burgers, fries, cupcakes and ice cream.  Not to mention local beer and local wine!

4.       We have souvenirs too! Take a piece of Nashville and Tennessee home with you from Batch inside the Market House and over 30 vintage, craft, arts and flea vendors outside in the Farm Sheds.

5.       The number one reason visitors and locals should the Nashville Farmers’ Market during CMA Music Fest: No lines, no charge and free parking!

The Nashville Farmer’s Market Farmer Market is open 8 am to 6 pm during CMA Music Fest and every other day of the year!

June 9, 2017

July Pie Baking Contest 2017

July is the best time to bake a homemade pie, with blackberries, blueberries, peaches, and tomatoes in season here in middle Tennessee. Therefore, we at the Nashville Farmers’ Market, and our July Pie Baking Contest sponsor, Local Table magazine, want you to show us your skills! Bake your best July pie using fresh farm ingredients from the market and enter it into our July Pie Contest at Community Farm Day on July 1st! Bring your entry to the July Pie Contest tent between noon and 12:30pm, and our judges will taste their way to the best. Winners will be announced at 1:30pm, and 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place ribbons will be distributed. For questions, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

June 6, 2017

June Gardening Guide from Gardens of Babylon

Summer is around the bend, and we’re excited to share the expert gardening tips from the staff at Gardens of Babylon to help guide you through all your June gardening queries. Whether you got an early jump on your garden this spring or you’re planting vegetables a bit late, not sure when to plant those cool-season herbs or curious what to add to your beds to keep unwanted insects at bay, we have the answers you need. So, grab your garden tools and your thinking cap, because you still have time to get out there, grow, and create!

Ornamentals to Plant Now. If you got a late start on adding beauty and color to your flower beds this spring, don’t sweat it!Asclepias spp. (a.k.a. milkweed), lantana, and other butterfly-attracting plants can still be planted in early June. These species love soil temperatures above 60 degrees F and will thrive with the recent warm weather. Fast-growing annuals such zinnias and Mexican sunflowers can still be directly sown in the garden for a harvest by mid-July. So don’t let the date deter you!

Fruits and Vegetables to Plant Now. Not only do annual ornamentals love the warm temperatures of June soil, but so do solanaceous summer crops like tomatoes and peppers. Find a hearty selection of large vegetable plants at Gardens of Babylon to ensure a healthy harvest by end of July. Also, June is the time to get those fall squashes in your garden. These varieties, like pumpkin, hubbard, and butternut, require a period of 80 to 120 days until they are ready to harvest. So get them in the ground now for an October/November bounty!

Manage Pests Biodynamically. Plant buckwheat seeds around vegetable gardens to attract beneficial insects which will keep down unwanted pests. Buckwheat will also attract pollinators which will increase vegetable yields. Find it in bulk at Gardens of Babylon.

Fertilize! June is a great time to apply a liquid fertilizer to vegetables and flowers to give them a boost. Whatever your plant may be, Gardens of Babylon has the right mix of nutrients in granular and liquid forms. Mixing in a few teaspoons of molasses to the fertilizer will give the plant carbohydrates essential to photosynthesis, as well. This leads to a healthier plant which is less susceptible to disease and pests.

Visit the expert staff at Gardens of Babylon 7 days a week from 8am-6pm for the largest selection of houseplants and pottery, plus perennials, annuals, fruit trees, and vegetable plants!