I love to visit the Nashville Farmer's Market.
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?