Monthly Archives: December 2015

Take Pictures with Santa this Saturday!

Santa in Frankin TNBring the kids to the Franklin Farmers Market this Saturday to take pictures with Santa while you shop for the freshest food brought to you by our local farmers. Cool season crops are in abundance for soups, stews, and sautés, and get your locally-raised roasts and briskets for your special holiday dinner. Celebrate the season by shopping local with our artisans for handmade gifts and stocking stuffers, or get your loved one the perfect work of art or handcrafted piece of furniture to place underneath the tree. This Saturday is the last market day before Christmas, so come to take pictures with Santa and get your shopping in, too, at the Franklin Farmers Market!

This Saturday is the final market day before Santa makes his journey Christmas night. And though he is very busy making toys for all the good little girls and boys, he has agreed to make a special trip to our farmers’ market so our younger shoppers can take pictures with Santa while you shop for locally-grown food and artisan gifts. Santa will be dressed in his full regalia, so bring the little ones in their holiday best and snap a few photos to share with family and friends.

After visiting with Mr. Claus, take a tour through our market booths to find the freshest vegetables available in Tennessee. You’ll find just-picked brussel sprouts to sauté with bacon or roast with pecans, giant heads of broccoli and cauliflower, bushels of candy-sweet sweet potatoes, baby bok choy, and so much more. We are certainly not short of locally-grown produce in December at our farmers’ market.

Local Farm Beef For your special holiday dinner, choose from every kind of protein imaginable. Our farmers provide our market with everything from lamb to pork to beef, bison, chicken, goat, and more. Select a sumptuous brisket from Bear Creek Farm to braise for Christmas dinner or bone-in ribeye steaks from River Cottage Farm to make your holiday dinner extra special.

After taking pictures with Santa, support your local makers, bakers, designers, and crafters by shopping for locally-made gifts! Our artisans offer a wide selection from the smallest pair of beautifully designed earrings to large handcrafted Adirondack chairs. Find stocking stuffers like handmade soaps, natural body care products and assorted jams and jellies. Or, celebrate the season with hand-poured holiday candles, apple cider, spiced loose tea, or handmade Christmas banners to hang on your wall. It will be a holiday extravaganza this Saturday, so don’t miss it! And don’t forget to take the kids’ pictures with Santa! He will be happy to see them whether they’ve been naughty or nice.


Locally Made Gifts for the Holidays

If you’re looking for unique, locally made gifts for your loved ones this holiday season, the Franklin Farmers Market is the place to go. Every Saturday, you’ll find the largest ensemble of Middle Tennessee’s finest artisans, crafters, makers, bakers, and designers who produce hand-crafted products with attention to detail. The Franklin Farmers Market is more than the place to purchase locally-grown produce, meats, cheeses, and baked breads for your holiday meals, but also one-of-a-kind works of art, leather goods, jewelry, accessories, home goods, and more.

Giving locally made gifts this holiday season not only bolsters our local economy and supports our local farmers and artisans, but also imparts a more personal, heartfelt feeling when your loved ones receive an original item made here in Tennessee. Read on to learn more about what can be found at our market every Saturday through the month of December.

Beautifully-crafted Woodworking (Cody’s Woodworking, Mark Alan Artisan Woods) Our skilled woodworkers craft original pieces from the most quality wood that make quality locally made gifts for the holidays.

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DSC_0883Original Works of Art (Art Vaults, Bebo Folk Art, Miniatures by Philip Crews, Tom the Furniture Guy) From quirky folk art, to miniature replications of historic homes, and hand-painted signs, you can find original works of art at the Franklin Farmers Market.

Locally-Designed Jewelry and Leather Accessories (Baya Designs, Michele Helders, N Harmony Jewelry, Rockin Robbin’s Ranch) Our jewelry designers specialize in handmade pieces that are stunning and unique.

Hand-Crafted Soaps and Body Care (Alchemy of Sol, Eco-diva, Firefly Essentials, Totty’s Bend Goat Farm Soap) Our soap and body care crafters put all-natural ingredients and care into each product.

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Gifts for Pets (Barker’s Market)The Barker’s Market produces 100% handcrafted pet apparel and all-natural pet treats from the finest locally sourced ingredients.

Home Goods (Antler’s, Intoxicating Aromas, Light Shine, Steve Farmer, V Pottery) Looking for a one-of-a-kind gift for the home? Our farmers’ market offers homemade candles, knives, handcrafted pottery, and more.

You can view many of our artisans’ locally made gifts by visiting our Handmade Artisan Gifts Photo Gallery. Learn more about our local Tennessee Artisans by visiting our Artisans webpage.

Roasted Cauliflower Steaks with Olives and Herbs

Numerous varieties of cool-season brassicas are in abundance right now at the Franklin Farmers Market, and in order to satisfy our cruciferous craving, we’ve prepared a marinated roasted cauliflower recipe that was inspired by Los Angeles-based chef Ben Ford. Cauliflower has an uncanny ability to take-on a multitude of flavors, and when roasted, its natural sugar caramelizes and creates a sweet, satisfying crunch. In fact, roasted cauliflower is one of our most popular cool-season dishes among our farmers and market customers, and we thoroughly believe this piquant variation is destined to please.


Orange ‘Cheddar’ variety and purple hued varieties with classic snow white cauliflower.

Cauliflower is at its peak during the fall months in Tennessee when our farmers are harvesting it fresh in the field. When cauliflower is grown locally and brought to straight to market, the flavor is clean and the vegetable maintains its turgidity and crunchiness. Beautiful heads of cauliflower can be found in classic snow-white, and also unique orange and purple-hued varieties peppered throughout our market stalls.


Roasted purple cauliflower steaks marinaded in Herban Market extra-virgin olive oil, olives, and herbs.

Cauliflower, like its cabbage and collard cousins, is particularly tasty bathed in bright tangy flavors. We think that’s why chef Ben Ford begins this roasted cauliflower recipe with a marinade of briny olives and tart lemon. A quality extra-virgin olive oil is the base for this marinade, and we like the wide selection available at Herban Market right here in Franklin. (tip: Herban Market has over 60 olive oils and balsamic vinegars ready to be sampled. If you’re curious about which olive oil would pair best with your roasted cauliflower, ask any of the knowledgeable members on staff to help you make the best selection.)


Beaverdam Creek Farm fresh garlic and fresh herbs from Bloomsbury Farm.

We chose fresh herbs from Bloomsbury Farm and garlic dug straight from the ground at Beaverdam Creek Farm. We also decided to slice our cauliflower heads into “steaks” instead of florets so that we could serve our marinated roasted cauliflower as either an entrée or side.


A high oven temperature is needed to produce efficiently caramelized edges on cauliflower. The sweetness plays with the briny tartness of the marinade, creating one of the most flavor-intense and palate-pleasing roasted cauliflower recipes our farmers’ market has tried. Bon appetite!

Roasted Cauliflower Steaks with Olives and Herbs (adapted from chef Ben Ford’s Roasted Cauliflower)

4-5 pounds Delvin Farms cauliflower (about 2 large), core intact, sliced into 1 1/2 inch steaks)
½ cup Herban Market extra-virgin olive oil
6 cloves of Beaverdam Creek Farm garlic, peeled whole clove
¼ cup capers
½ cup olives, lightly crushed and pitted
½  tablespoon fresh chopped Bloomsbury Farm thyme
2 tablespoon fresh rough chopped Bloomsbury Farm rosemary
1 lemon, large diced
1 teaspoon kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper


Create marinade for the cauliflower by combining thenextra-virgin  olive oil, garlic, capers, lemons, and olives in a saucepan, and heating it over low heat. Cook slowly for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally until everything has softened and broken down and is cooked. Mix in herbs and set aside. (tip: Loosen with a little extra olive oil if it’s too stiff. You want it easily fall off the spoon.)

Blanch cauliflower steaks in heavily salted boiling water for 3 minutes. Remove and let excess water drain. Cover cauliflower steaks with the marinade as they cool. Marinate for 1 hour.

Preheat the oven to 400°F. Place cauliflower steaks on foil-lined baking sheets and roast until a butter knife inserts easily into the center, about 30-35 minutes.