Fresh From the Farm
After a few hours of reading or listening to Michael Pollan, it’s hard not to do some soul searching about the way you eat. Our family has been working to incorporate more local farm fresh food in to our diet and I thought I would share some of my local faves.
There are a few neighborhood farmers markets sprinkled around Nashville proper. I frequent the East Nashville Farmer’s Market on Wednesday’s 3:30p-6:30p and a few of my favorite items to purchase are the milk from Hatcher Dairy (just tried the gelato last night and that was a religious experience) eggs from Henny Penny Farms, and the ground sausage from Peaceful Pastures. Delvin Farms delivers their CSA veggies here and there are lots of other stalls with veggies, fresh bread, coffee, soap, honey, candles etc..
West Nashville’s Farmer’s Market runs on Saturdays from 9am -12p and it’s located in the Sylvan/Richland Park area and is similar to East . Vandy Medical Center has just started one which is open on Thursday afternoons from 3p-6p.
There is also the Nashville Farmer’s Market located near downtown. Look for the “Tennessee Farm Fresh” logo from the stalls because some of the vendors are retailers. There are a number of local artisans as well selling cheese, breads, honey, etc… Saturdays are the best days to go. They also have a seasonality calendar which will give you an idea of what you should expect to find when you visit.
Gardening and CSA’s
For all you backyard gardening warriors, East Nashville now has a crop swap in case you have a bumper crop of squash and want to trade for tomatoes. I really love All Seasons Garden and Brewing for all your organic gardening needs.
Your bible for local farmers is the local table which comes in both print and web and has a list of farmers, CSA’s, seaonality calendar, and loads of other useful tidbits. For some recipe ideas, I like Harvest Eating it’s designed to help you work with crops that are in season.