Over 200 customers traveled ice covered roads to visit nine Farmers and Bakers for fresh local food. So many of our farmers and bakers could not get to market because of dangerous ice covered, and tree blocked roads. Our market farmers provided kale, spinach, sweet potatoes, red potatoes, butternut squash, apples, milk, eggs, beef, chicken, pork, lamb and honey. Our market bakers provided freshly baked breads, sweets, soups, jams, jellies and so much more. We have food serious customers who depend on our farmers for fresh food every Saturday. We are blessed to have the best assembly of local farmers in the state of Tennessee at the Franklin Farmers Market!
So many farmers tried to make it to market like Ralph of West Wind Farms, who could not get past downed trees blocking roads in and around Deer Lodge in East Tennessee. Brenda of Moonshadow Farm could only get a half mile from her farm before having to hit reverse and back all the way back to her farm. Carol and Daniel of Triple L Ranch could not get their delivery van up the hill from their barn in Franklin. So many stories of failed trips by our farmers trying to make market. We are blessed of no reports of accidents trying to get to market.
The main comments from our customers were “Happy to get out of our house after being trapped all week”. On such a cold, windy, icy, rainy day there were smiles from everyone. Danny of Ellie’s Old-Fashioned Doughnuts counted over 110 customers buying his tasty doughnuts. What a following of adults and children who must have some warm fresh made doughnuts each Saturday morning. Large quantities of the basics of milk, eggs and meats purchased at market today. Our nine farmers and bakers who made market today were able to supply large quantities of fresh food for local families.
Thank you to all our customers who depend on our market being open every Saturday of the year. We are blessed to live in Tennessee where so many local farmers provide the best local produce in our state. A big thanks to BB’s Gourmet Pretzel’s, Ellie’s Old-Fashioned Doughnuts, Flying S Farms, Hatcher Family Dairy, Johnson’s Honey Farm, Jones Mill Farm, Kirkview Farm, Pilgrims Produce and River Cottage Farm for braving treacherous ice covered roads to provide what our customers have grown to expect, Farm Fresh Food!