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May 5, 2016

Peak Season at the Nashville Farmers’ Market

The Nashville Farmers' Market Strawberry Jubilee and Peak Season Celebration kicks off this Saturday May 7th at 10 a.m. But what does "peak season" actually mean? For a producer-only market like the Nashville Farmers' Market, a peak season celebration marks the beginning of Tennessee's growing season, when spring crops like strawberries and lettuces are mature enough to be harvested from the field. For shoppers at the Nashville Farmers' Market, the peak season means more fresh fruits, vegetables, and artisanal foods trickling into our farm sheds every week.

Moving into our second year as a producer-only market, we're expecting an abundant season of diverse flavors and seasonal produce from May through November. Our farm sheds will host 52 farmers throughout the season, along with 29 food artisans, 43 craft and flea merchants, and 5 local food trucks. This makes for a vibrant shopping experience for our visitors in search of fresh, seasonal fruits and vegetables, artisanal cheeses, freshly baked breads, locally raised meats, pastured eggs, milk and dairy items, and more.

This Saturday at the Strawberry Jubilee and Peak Season Celebration, our market is expecting the largest turnout of merchants under our farm sheds that we've seen so far this year. Come for the abundant sea of juicy red berries provided by more than ten local and regional farmers, like Conry Farms, Simon's Produce, Smiley's Farm, Swafford's Farm, and our sponsor Delvin Farms. Also look for the beginnings of tender spring vegetables from Bloomsbury Farms, like butter lettuces, arugula, Swiss chard, and kale. Plano Produce Farm will have its usual handmade sacks of crisp mixed greens, and partners Farley Farm and Araron Leid Farm with host some fresh spring onion and baby yellow squash and zucchini — perfect for a tender sauté.

In addition to spring produce, peak season will also boast a wide selection of locally raised meats and pastured eggs from Walnut Hill Farms, KLD Farm, TN Grass Fed, and more. Select a freshly made artisan goat cheese from Noble Springs Dairy, a cave-aged gouda from Lost River Creamery, or a nice sharp cheddar from Farm Country Cheese. Freshly baked breads, rolls, pies and desserts will be abounding at the Schrock Family Farm and Bakery, and don't forget to visit Monchita's Cobblers inside the Market House for one of her famous strawberry pies. It will be an abundant year during the Tennessee growing season, so join us this Saturday for the Strawberry Jubilee and Peak Season Celebration!

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