6/9/09

Nashville Farmers' Market

I love to visit the Nashville Farmer's Market.

Nashville Farmers Market collage

Don't these pictures look amazing!

There is something so wholesome about a Farmers' Market. They are so colorful, and they feel summery and healthy and, well, agrarian. I always want to buy more flowers than I could plant and more vegetables than I could cook!

Nashville has a really good one. Begun in 1828, the Nashville Farmers' Market today covers 16 acres across from the state capitol building and adjacent to the Bicentennial Mall. It is open everyday from 8am to 6pm.

If you are local or visiting Nashville, check out the web site for event listings (local chefs who come and give demonstrations, grill parties, The Ugly Tomato Festival), recipes, information about CSAs, and more.

If you buy some of that yellow squash, make this recipe. The coleus in the upper right picture is fast and easy growing with gorgeous rich colors. I bought two large flats for my front flower beds.

I love to take the kids and let them pick out vegetables for dinner that week and pick a peach or an apple to "eat right now." As a bonus, the Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park is right next door to the market and it's great fun for kids. The Rivers of Tennessee fountain is lovely to play in on a hot day and the trains run through the Mall on overhead rails, which delights my boys.

Do you shop your Farmers' Market? Does it make you want to wear loafers and a cotton print dress and an apron, like it does me?

8 comments:

Ellen Stewart (aka Ellie/El) said...

Oooh, our local markets (I'm too far from Chicago for their varied and richer ones) are so tepid compared to yours. Loved the pics, they've inspired me to go this weekend.

Coleous were my mom's faves. I'm wondering were they'd work on our little lot--townhouse living, not many options for planting, and most of our lot is in full sun...

Think, think, think.

Life As I Know It said...

I LOVE the farmer's markets. Our local one doesn't start until the end of June. We have a short growing season here ;)

Amy said...

Ellen - Coleus can do full sun, and Vinca does really well in full sun too. The color variety of coleus is so amazing. I planted a bunch of the deep wine/purple one year and lots of people who came to the house wanted to know what it was, it was so pretty!

Krystyn said...

Oh, this reminds me I need to go to ours...the food looks fabulous.

Ellen Stewart (aka Ellie/El) said...

Oh gosh, you can tell I wrote early this AM, after being awakened on my first summer break morning by garbage trucks, my spelling was deplorable!

Our landscaping crew tends to pull things out at random. Sigh. But, still, I think!

J.J. said...

I am new to your blog...ans those photos are awesome!!! Makes me hungry!

Burgh Baby said...

We go every single Friday all summer. I'll say it's for the cheap fresh vegetables and fruits, but it's for the funnel cake. LOVE!

crunchiemummy said...

Beautiful shots! I keep meaning to visit my town's local weekend farmer's market so I can get some shots like yours, but keep forgetting. Your post has me motivated to get out there!

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