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June 18, 2016

Peach Jam 2016 Wrap-Up

                                                            

Thousands of peaches were sold and snacked upon at the Nashville Farmers' Market 2nd Annual Peach Jam, leaving shoppers, farmers, and merchants feeling enthusiastic for the upcoming summer season. Peaches were shaken with sweet teas, baked into pies, served atop pizzas, and taken home by the boxful for jellies and jams. Children had their faces painted with peaches and hearts, and created peach-themed arts and crafts. All-in-all, it was a peach of a weekend, and the Nashville Farmers' Market was proud to host yet another festive success.

Festival highlights were  certainly aplenty, yet the favorite spot of market visitors was at the peach sampling table. Both adults and children savored bites of sweet summer peaches from states like Alabama, Georgia, and South Carolina, which allowed them to tailor their peach purchases to their particular taste. Participating peach farmers were Pearson Farm of Fort Valley, Georgia, Hal Hayes Farm of Chilton County, Alabama, and Fisher's Orchard of Greer, South Carolina.

Vegan chef Jess Rice gave two outstanding  demonstrations in the Edible Kitchen with her raw Peach, Bourbon, and Blackstrap Molasses Tart to an audience of more than 50 festival attendees and kids. The tart was as chocked-full of energy as it was flavor, and the crowd enjoyed hearty samples and received recipe cards to take home. The Edible Kitchen is sponsored by Edible Nashville and hosts a live demonstration at every monthly Market festival.

The Peachy Pastry Contest was another sweet success, hosting triple the number of participants than the recipe contest before. Contestants entered freshly baked creations with names like Peach Crunch, Peach Praline Skillet Pie, and Peach Cinnamon Rolls. And though the Judges had a difficult time choosing from the entries, it was Heather Mckaskle's Fresh Peach Tart with Vanilla Cardamom Cream that stole the peach gold. Congratulations to Heather — the Peachy Pastry Contest winner for 2016 — a find her  recipe featured in the next issue of Edible Nashville magazine.

The success of Peach Jam 2016 would not have been possible without the generous support of the event's sponsor, The Peach Truck, but also the Market's dedicated shoppers. Thank you to everyone who participated, supported their regional farmers, and purchased the best peaches grown in the Southeast. We'll see you next month for our Community Farm Day on July 16, 2016!

 

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