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July 31, 2017

EBT Benefits When Using SNAP

The Nashville Farmers’ Market understands that buying healthy food on a limited budget can be difficult. That’s why in 2016 we launched the Fresh Savings Program—because we wanted to make access to fresh healthy food easy for everyone at our farmers’ market. This year, in 2017, we've increased the amount we're giving back to our shoppers on SNAP from $10 to $20, because we want everyone's dinner table to be filled with food grown by our local and regional farmers. 

What is Fresh Savings?

Fresh Savings is a program that allows you to buy more fresh fruits and vegetables with your SNAP card at the Nashville Farmers’ Market, because we give you an extra $20 for every $20 you spend with one of our designated farmers.

How does Fresh Savings work?

Each customer can spend up to $20 on their SNAP card with every farmer at the Nashville Farmers’ Market who accepts EBT. Shoppers should save their receipts and bring them to the Fresh Savings booth on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to receive up to $20 back in Fresh Savings tokens. These tokens can be used to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables throughout the market season, however Fresh Savings tokens will expire when the market season is over.

When and where can you redeem your reciepts ?

The Fresh Savings tokens are given out at the Nashville Farmers’ Market information booth located between the two Farm Sheds under the white tent. Receipts are accepted every Wednesday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Here’s how it helps:

Fresh Savings allows our customers on SNAP to shop smarter and eat healthier. Eating a diet of fresh fruits and vegetables can encourage good health and avoid sickness, and encourage a better sense of well-being. Any customer on SNAP can access the Fresh Savings program at the Nashville Farmers’ Market during the days and time listed above.


July 20, 2017

Cooking Up Launches at Nashville Farmers’ Market

We’re excited to announce the launch of our new partnership with Cooking Up—a cooking class series in the Grow Local Kitchen that focuses on hands-on learning, developed to give back to the community. Cooking Up brings together families and friends for fun and positive cooking experiences designed to teach simple kitchen techniques, easy and healthy recipes, weekly food planning, and how to reduce food waste. Each class that you purchase, Cooking Up will give a free class to someone in need, and at the end of each class, the group will sit down and enjoy a meal together.

This class series will focus on the basics of cooking quick, healthy meals to save money and time. Participants will learn how to use seasonal ingredients and plan weekly meals to make smarter shopping choices and waste less. The goal is to simplify cooking to make eating at home easier and more pleasurable. In each class we will prepare a seasonal meal without a recipe to develop confidence and fearlessness in the kitchen. Each class in the series will build on the knowledge gained in previous classes.

Cooking Up classes are held in the Grow Local Kitchen at the Nashville Farmers' Market from 6 p.m. to 7:30. Learn more and register at 


July 11, 2017

5 Answers to Your Most Burning Peach Questions

If you haven’t already heard the news, The Peach Truck wrapped up their final weekend at the Nashville Farmers’ Market on Sunday, June7th, leaving many market shoppers embittered and bewildered.  But, wait! Why so sad, folks and friends? This is a time to celebrate, not mourn! To prove it to you, we’re here to answer your most burning peach season questions below, and we hope you come out to support your Tennessee peach farmers at the Peach Jam Night Market on Friday July 21st.

1)      Why did The Peach Truck leave the market so early?

The Peach Truck sells Georgia Peaches, and, simply put, the Georgia peach season of 2017 was severely damaged due to a warm winter and a late freeze.  Peaches prefer approximately 1,000 hours of temperatures below 45 degrees Celsius to produce the most productive crop, yet this season, the hours of chill fell short by almost half. Therefore, The Peach Truck delivered the most peaches that they could to our market shoppers, and we’re so very grateful they spent their 7th year with us at the Nashville Farmers’ Market.  

2)      Does this mean no more peaches at the Nashville Farmers’ Market?

Absolutely not! Grady Swafford of Swafford Farms will arrive with his crop of Tennessee peaches beginning the second week of July. South Carolina peaches are also in abundance since their late-peach-varieties were not damaged by the late March freeze. Find South Carolina peaches at the Southern Roots booth, our Peach Jam Night Market sponsor.

3)      When will Tennessee peaches arrive?

According to Grady Swafford of Swafford Farms, his peach varieties should arrive by Saturday, July 14th, weather permitting.

4)      Why aren’t there more TN peaches at markets around Nashville?

Very good question, folks. According to 5th generation farmer, Troy Smiley—the Nashville Farmers’ Markets’ most trusted source—Tennessee’s unpredictable weather makes peach profits not so pleasant in our region. “Our March and April are volatile, and our seasons are not as defined,” according to Smiley. “However, what makes our climate somewhat poor for peaches is what makes it great for crops like tobacco and tomatoes.” So, that’s a plus!

5)      What’s the best time of day to eat a peach?

We thought you’d never ask. Night time is the right time to celebrate the precious Tennessee peach at our Peach Jam Night Market, Friday, July 21, 2017, from 5 p.m. to 9! We’ll have a free table of peach samples, DJ’s spinning vinyl records sponsored by 909 Flats, cooking demos by The Loveless Café, and a special beer garden pop-up by our neighbors at Von Elrod’s Beer Garden & Sausage House.

July 10, 2017

Peach Jam Night Market Celebrates Tennessee Peaches

Peach Jam Night Market at the Nashville Farmers’ Market is your opportunity to celebrate the beginning of the Tennessee peach season with special cooking demos by The Loveless Café, a pop up beer garden inside the Market House by the highly anticipated Von Elrod’s Beer Garden & Sausage House, DJ’s Tim Hibbs and Brer Sunshine spinning vinyl records thanks to our neighbors at 909 Flats, free peach samples, kids’ activities, peachy cocktails, and lots more peachy fun.

We’ve moved our usual Peach Jam from a Saturday morning in June to a Friday night in July to include the late Tennessee peaches from our local Tennessee farmers. Therefore, this year shoppers can not only taste Tennessee peaches at the sample table, but purchase peaches produced right in Pikeville, Tenn. by Grady Swafford of Swafford Farms. Bring a wagon for easy toting or arrive early for nearby parking to make purchasing every quantity from baskets to bushel boxes for eating, freezing, and peach jam preserve-making a snap!

Peach Jam Night Market will also feature South Carolina peaches from Fisher’s Orchard, brought to you by our event sponsor, Southern Roots, as well as peachy-themed foods inside the Market House and under the Farm Sheds prepared by our food artisans and food trucks.

Von Elrod’s Beer Garden & Sausage House

Night Market Menu


Comes with choice of either Red Cabbage Slaw or Potato-Cucumber Salad

$6 Hot Dog – all-natural, all-beef, smoked in-house

$10 Fiorella – broccoli rabe & sharp provolone

$10 Bratwurst - sauerkraut & bearwalker brown mustard

$10 Angry Chicken - corn, tomato, avocado relish & buttermilk dill


$8 Greek Grain Salad - barley, olives, tomato, cucumber, arugula, feta, pepperoncini vinaigrette


$5 German Chocolate Cake – coconut pecan frosting


Night time is the right time to celebrate the Tennessee peach at the Peach Jam Night Market, Friday, July 21st, from 5 p.m. to 9. See you then!