Using all local ingredients for this Tomato Sausage Pasta recipe delivers a festival of flavor each time I prepare this easy recipe. So as summer draws to a close, I am thinking of how fast the time goes when we have sweet, beautiful, vine ripe tomatoes, it always surprises me. And one of the dishes I love to make with Summer tomatoes is a quick and simple pasta dish with Italian sausages, tomatoes, garlic, basil and fresh pasta for this all local Tomato Sausage Pasta recipe. So this past weekend I picked up some fresh Casarecce pasta from Alfresco Pasta, a few red & yellow tomatoes from my friend Lauren at Bloomsbury Farm and delicious local sausages from Bill & LeeAnn Cherry at Bear Creek Farm. It was fantastic and truly captured the pure taste of Summer.
Summer Tomatoes with Sausage and Fresh Pasta
1 pound fresh Casarecce pasta
4 Italian sausages
2 pounds of vine ripe tomatoes, diced
4 garlic cloves, sliced thinly
fresh basil leaves
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
2oz. parmesan cheese
Heat an iron skillet over medium heat, when hot add the local sausages. Cook for 3-4 minutes on each side until cooked trough. Remove form the skillet and set aside. Pour off all but 1 tablespoon of the pork fat and then add the sliced garlic, crushed red pepper and some black pepper. Sauté for 1 minute then add the diced tomatoes and a pinch of salt. Cook the tomatoes for 2-3 minutes until the the sauce reduces a little bit and begins to thicken. Turn off the the heat and let rest while you cook the pasta.
Using local meats like this locally blended sausage from Bear Creek Farm delivers added local flavor!
Bring 3 quarts of water to a boil in a sauce pan, then add a pinch of salt and then the pasta. Cook for 4-5 minutes or until tender. Drain the pasta but reserve a 1/4 cup of the pasta cooking liquid. As the pasta cooks slice the sausages into 1/2 inch rounds, then add them to the skillet with the tomatoes. When the pasta is ready add it to the skillet with a little of the pasta water. Turn the skillet back on to medium heat and toss everything together until the sauce begins to coat the pasta and is warmed though, about 2 minutes. When the pasta is piping hot turn off the heat and serve in shallow bowls. Quickly chop the fresh basil and divide between each bowl, then grate the parmesan over the pasta a serve. Using all local ingredients from our farmers market will deliver more flavor and a new Tomato Sausage Pasta we hope you enjoy!
A few weeks ago we had the chance to cook up a Greek Summer Salad of local goodness at the Franklin Farmers Market for our monthly Chef Saturday. We featured eggplants, tomatoes, summer squash and cucumbers from Delvin Farms, Kirkview Farms and Bloomsbury Farms, plus goat cheese feta from Noble Springs. This recipe is a “snapshot” of summer so to speak, and captures the beautiful fresh flavors of the sun. It’s so simple you should try it this weekend!
Greek Summer Salad
1 large eggplant
2 summer squash
2 large ripe tomatoes
1 large red bell pepper
4oz. goat cheese feta
a few basil leaves
3 tbls virgin olive oil
1 lemon, juiced
sea salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste
Heat a large griddle pan or fire up the grill. Slice the eggplant into ½” rounds, season with a little salt and pepper and a little drizzle of the olive oil. Place them on the griddle or grill and cook for 2 minutes, then turn them over and cook for 2 more minutes or until the eggplant are slightly charred and soft in the middle. Set aside to cool. Peel the cucumber and slice in half and remove the seeds, then cut into strips and the dice cross-wise. Reserve to a large mixing bowl. Dice the squash, tomatoes and red bell pepper and add them to the bowl. Now dice the eggplant and add it to the bowl. Crumble the goat feta over the vegetables and then tear the basil leaves and add them, the remaining olive oil, the lemon juice to the bowl Season with a pinch of salt and the fresh ground pepper. Mix well and let sit for a few minutes to let the flavors develop. Serve as a side dish or as a flavorful base to grilled chicken or pork chops. We hope you agree this greek salad favorite reaches new heights with local farm ingredients. Enjoy!
Chief Deborah Faulkner of the Franklin Police Department
The Franklin Farmers Market hosted its first annual Hometown Hero Appreciation Day at the Labor Day weekend market this past Saturday, September 3rd. Franklin is a special and unique city with a strong community. We are blessed to live in a small “big” town in which we don’t have to worry about our safety and well-being. The Franklin Farmers Market recognized the City of Franklin Police Department for their service and protection to our great city. The City of Franklin Police not only serve and protect the citizens of Franklin, but also provide education and resources. We are especially appreciative to have Officer David direct our market traffic every Saturday with his great sense of humor and fancy dance moves!
Market customer Congressman Marsha Blackburn shares a few words
Hometown Hero Reception Appreciation for our Franklin Police
Police men and women were welcomed to a reception at the market with homemade snacks from our local farmers and bakers. Muffins were provided by Lucy’s Kitchen, donuts from Ellie’s Old Fashioned Doughnuts, sausage biscuits and biscotti from Norton Family Farm, watermelon from Delvin Farms and muffins and banana nut bread from Jones Mill Farm. Our local farmers are always ready to give back to our community, and no one hesitated when we asked them to provide baked goods for our reception! Leftover reception goodies were boxed up and delivered to the Police Department for the 2pm “roll call” so that all the city officers could enjoy our appreciation for their work.
Young boy expresses his appreciation for our Franklin Police Officers
Many customers were in attendance for the Hometown Hero Appreciation Day, and one little boy felt the call to personally give his thanks to the Chief of Police. His proud mother looked on as he took the microphone and expressed his gratitude. His words conveyed what we were all feeling and was a nice summation to the ceremony.
The Franklin community begins their Labor Day weekend shopping for local farm food.
The Franklin Farmers Market is held every Saturday from 8am-1pm behind the Factory in Franklin, TN. The market is a 15 yr old producers only market with the largest assembly of local farmers providing fresh farm food all year long each Saturday morning. Find us at 230 Franklin Road behind the Factory. Visit us online at www.franklinfarmersmarket.com or follow us on facebook, twitter and instagram for the latest market news.