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October 26, 2016

Harvest Celebration a Fantastic Fall Festival!

 

Last weekend, our Farm Sheds were bursting with color from the abundance of mums and locally grown heirloom pumpkins as we celebrated fall with our Halloween Night Market and Harvest Celebration. Market tables and stalls amply displayed fresh fall vegetables and newly arrived market treasures that shoppers carried home for their weekend menus, and kids in costumes were fully engaged in the pumpkin painting and caramel apple bar activities. It was a glorious, sunny day at our market, with happy, lively crowds, and we are deeply grateful that our community came out to celebrate the season with us.

The weekend kicked off with our Halloween Night Market, where shoppers had the opportunity to debut costumes early. Kids and families carved and painted pumpkins together, and took pictures next to our table of fiery jack-o-lanterns, while dancers gathered around for the soulful sounds of J.T. and the Something Special.

The next morning, our market was greeted with another day of pleasant weather for our fun-filled family friendly Harvest Celebration. Both kids and adults enjoyed the caramel apple bar with apples provided by Smiley's Produce, and the Country Music Hall or Fame's Musical Petting Zoo reported a record of 232 kids who enjoyed tapping and strumming on various instruments.

The Pumpkin Pastry Contest attracted creative entries from our market shoppers and vendors that included pumpkin muffins, pumpkin madeleines, pumpkin rolls, and pumpkin cinnamon rolls. Yet, it was the perfectly executed and fluffy Pumpkin Whoopie Pies made by Rhonda Davis who took home the Gold, and the authentically French Pumpkin Tart Tatine made by Caroline Gobert that won the runner up. Thank you to our judges, and all who participated!

Our Harvest Celebration was also a time of abounding fall vegetables and fruits like Tennessee sugar pears and muscadines. Lauren Palmer of Bloomsbury Farm displayed the freshest heads of Napa cabbage, as well as fall lettuces, sprouts, and kale varieties, and Plano Produce showcased their freshest turnip greens.

Speaking of turnip greens…the annual Turnip Green Festival sponsored by Smiley's Farm is back! On Saturday November 5th from 10 am until 2, join us as the Smiley's cook the World's Largest Pot of Turnip Greens and pass out samples with cornbread while supplies last. If you're a cornbread connoisseur, enter our Cornbread Cook-Off and win prizes and fame from the Nashville Farmers' Market. Live blues music and smoked barbecue will also be in the air for Turnip Green Festival, so we'll see you all on Saturday, November 5th at 10 am!

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