There’s no doubt about it – y’all sure do love strawberries! This past Saturday was a quite literally a red letter day at the FFM. Our 3rd annual Strawberry Festival brought in droves of berry lovers. And the market was the place to be for all things strawberry. From strawberry cakes and jams to strawberry donuts, it was berry heaven.
And there was the ultimate treat – homemade strawberry shortcakes. They were deliciously decadent. The shortcakes were made by Karen Norton of Norton Family Farms and the strawberries for the shortcakes came from Delvin Farms, Kirkview Farm and the Kelley’s Berry Farm. To top it all off was the sweet dollop of cream from Hatcher Family Dairy. It really was a strawberry lover’s dream come true.
There was a lot of fun for the kids too, with the special Kids Game Zone. And of course, the Barnyard Petting Zoo was also a big hit.
And what would a festival be without a little competition going on? First off was the competition for the strawberriest vendor booth at the FFM. Our honorary judges were Najahe Sherman, News2 WKRN-TV Weekend News Anchor, Linda Moore, the First Lady of Franklin and wife of Mayor Ken Moore, Claire Crowell, Puckett’s Director of Operations, and Greg Brown, CEO of Ford –Lincoln of Franklin, the presenting Sponsor of the FFM’s Strawberry Festival. It was their job to decide who had the best strawberry spirit going on and the winner they picked was Giraffe Works Studio, followed by Carol’s Soaps and Barkers Market.
Then it was on to the big contest of the day – which farmer had the best tasting strawberries at the festival. It was a very tight, tasty-sweet competition. But when it was all over, Kelley’s Berry Farm walked off with the trophy.
Of course, all of the strawberries at the festival were fresh and sweet and before lunchtime. every last strawberry the farmers had brought to market had been snatched up and were gone. Like we said before, y’all sure do love strawberries!
To enjoy more of the Strawberry Festival you can see pictures of the day in our market Photo Gallery.