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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.