Blue skies and bright sunshine shone down on shoppers in search of local foods this past Saturday on one of our busiest and most beautiful winter market days we’ve seen. Customers dove into freshly baked breakfast muffins and biscuits while they shopped for locally raised meat and vegetables for their Super Bowl party spreads. Our food trucks and vendors were busy all morning with long lines of hungry families, and our farmers were giddy over the warmer weather and excited for the months to come. Visit our market photo gallery to view photos from the day.
Speaking of what’s to come, Mardi Gras is just around the corner, and our crowds were delighted to see the freshly baked King Cakes as big around as beach balls at the Jones Mil Farm booth last Saturday. The festive cakes were topped with a traditional glaze and a bright blast of multicolored sprinkles, and shoppers were excited to take the cake home to celebrate the cultural holiday with loved ones here in middle Tennessee.
Due to the recent warmish weather that our region has been experiencing, bins upon bins of young tender greens were back at our market last Saturday!! Norton Family Farms offered their famously fragrant arugula, and Paradise Produce hosted a selection of baby greens and lettuces like kale, mizuna, bok choy, and more. If we weren’t so afraid of jinxing ourselves, we might say that Spring is right around the corner… But until then, we’ll keep quiet and enjoy the fresh local foods and beautiful weather while it lasts.
Our winter market has also been the destination for shoppers to find the most quality cuts of locally raised meat this winter, and last Saturday was no exception. Customers shopped for Super Bowl briskets and steaks for grilling, pork chops for dinner, ground lamb, sausages, bison, and more. We foresee our shoppers preparing some delicious locally raised meals this week in their kitchens!
Next Saturday, we are expecting lots of shoppers with hearts in their eyes in search of the freshest and most quality local meats, cheeses, and produce for an exceptional Valentine’s meal. Our market will supply entrée options like lamb shanks, fresh pastas, shiitake mushrooms, filet mignons, lobster raviolis, and sides such as organic Brussels sprouts, sweet potatoes, squashes, red potatoes, and more local foods. Visit our market recipes for some delightful tasting local food creations. So see you all this Saturday, love birds, and have a wonderful week!