There’s nothing better than an early Saturday morning field trip; it is the perfect way to start a day. When my friend, Brooks, invited me to go with her to the Franklin Farmers’ Market – way down yonder in Williamson County – I took the bait. I’d always heard it was better than the Nashville Farmers’ Market thus a little comparison shopping was in order. As I strolled up toward the Factory in Franklin, where the market is located, I stopped pretty much DEAD IN MY TRACKS amazed at the expanse of booths and vendors. Greeting me were about 40-50 vendors with everything from organic heirloom tomatoes to fresh baked muffins and breads. What really struck me was the variety of goods that were offered at THEIR market. There are the Amish families from Summertown, TN with homemade noodles. There are glycerin soaps by Carol of Serene Soaps in six varieties including fragrances ofmango-aloe, Frankincense & Myrrh and blue baby powder (made SWEETLY in the shape of a bear). Peaceful Pastures in Hickman, TN, comes loaded down with different varieties of breakfast sausage.
For a quick second, I thought I was in New York. The HUGE HIT was a man making custom bouquets for $5 with marigolds, sunflowers, snap dragons, sweet peas and MORE. The crowd milled around sampling all sorts of delights as a blue grass band played and kids danced in front. Whole Foods had a gigantic display of prepared foods to take or eat there. One farmer had blueberries which were so delicious because they had been picked that morning. Did I mention everyone brought their own baskets and recyclable bags? There’s hope for the planet if we can get an entire market of folks, in Middle Tennessee, to buy into then notion of bringing their own bags.
I grabbed a delicious cup of fresh coffee and a morning glory muffin made with carrot, coconut, raisins, and wheat flour and continued my stroll. Here is the million dollar question for you readers: why can’t Nashville get it right with the Downtown Farmer’s Market? I know they are trying hard to re-engineer the existing market, BUT I don’t want to buy a pair of tube socks and fake purse at the FARMER’S MARKET. I want to go with basket in hand and buy everything I need for the perfect dinner party. Flowers to dessert with some incredible goat cheese in between to make my favorite summer appetizer. Did I mention someone was selling a coconut cream cheese cake? YUM
I would love to hear your thoughts on bringing the Nashville Farmer’s market up to SPEED. Our input is important! Comment about how you would like to see the Nashville Farmer’s Market change and what you like about the Franklin Farmer’s Market! THANK YOU!
My Favorite Summer Appetizer
1 medium log of goat cheese
1/2 bunch of spring onions
1 cup of fresh peas or frozen will do
Enough cream cheese to soften and add flavor
Salt, pepper, and Beau Monde seasonings (optional)
Mix the cheeses, add spring onion and seasonings, fold in peas. Serve on baguette or cracker (adapted from Margot of Margot ‘s Cafe and Bar)
Area Farmers Markets:
Nashville Farmers’ Market
Open 7 days a week
The Franklin Farmer’s Market
Open Saturdays May thru October 8A-1PM
East Nashville Farmers’ Market
Wednesday 3:30P-6:30P @ the Turnip Truck
Nashville Farmers’ Market @ Vanderbilt Medical Center Plaza
Thursday 3P-6P in the summer