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Scarecrows Invade, Take over Franklin Farmers Market

Invasion of the ScarecrowsOn Saturday, October 22 the Franklin Farmers Market was taken over by hundreds of scarecrows at the annual Invasion of the Scarecrows sponsored by Ford Lincoln of Franklin. The market was transformed into a pumpkin patch of activities and scarecrows of all shapes and sizes decorated the market. Local farmers had their booths decorated from top to bottom with the best of fall decorations and each one tried to win the prize for best-dressed scarecrow and best-decorated booth.

There were fun activities for all ages including:
Free pumpkins from the pumpkin patch
Pumpkin Painting
Kids Coloring sheets
Pumpkin Weighing Contest
Kids Games

Kids really enjoyed getting a free pumpkin from our market “pumpkin patch” and painting the pumpkins with artistic flair. All the customers enjoyed seeing the local farmers dressed up in scarecrow costumes and market booths decked out in scarecrow decorations.

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The winners for the best-dressed scarecrow were:

1st place tie: Noble Springs Dairy Farm
2nd place: Red Cedar Bison
3rd place: Rocky Glade Farm

The winners for the best-decorated booth were:
1st place: Noble Springs Dairy Farm
2nd place: Red Cedar Bison
3rd place tie: Murphy Garden and Flying S Farms

Franklin Farmers Market

Community leaders once again came out to support the Franklin Farmers Market. Thank you to our contest judges: Jason Collins, Owner of Juice Bar, Aimee Punessen, Sr. Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer Franklin Synergy Bank, Amy Dismukes, Williamson County Extension Agent, Linda Childs, Membership and Development of the Heritage Foundation of Franklin and Ashley May Brown, Freelance Designer and Photographer in Franklin.
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The Invasion of the Scarecrows is a market favorite and for good reason. The colors, the pumpkins, beautiful weather and farmer participation make it a fun time for everyone! Besides the best-dressed scarecrow and best-decorated booth contest, we also gave customers the chance to guess the pumpkin weight and win a stack of pumpkins!

The winner of the guess the weight contest was Bill Gentry of Franklin.

The Franklin Farmers Market is open year round every Saturday from 8:00 am- 1:00 pm. The market is located at 230 Franklin Road behind the Factory.


Invasion of the Scarecrows Oct 22nd

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Invasion of the ScarecrowsThe Franklin Farmers Market will have its annual Invasion of the Scarecrows on Saturday, October 22nd sponsored by Ford Lincoln of Franklin. The market will be transformed into a pumpkin patch of activities. Our farmers will have their booths decorated from top to bottom with the best of fall decorations. Scarecrows will be taking over the market to bring you the freshest, locally grown produce, meats, cheeses and more!

Fall is a wonderful time of year to shop at the Franklin Farmers Market! Leafy greens such as kale, turnip greens, Swiss chard, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, lettuces, green beans, sweet potatoes and winter squashes are back at the market, but summer’s favorites are still hanging on including tomatoes, okra, summer squash, bell peppers and cucumbers. Beautiful locally grown pumpkins are available at the market and now it’s time to decorate!


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Come out to the Franklin Farmers Market on Saturday October 22 for the Invasion of the Scarecrows fun activities for all ages including free pumpkins from the pumpkin patch, pumpkin painting, coloring sheets and the chance to win the largest pumpkin in the county! The scarecrows and farmers will be ready for you!
The Franklin Farmers Market is every Saturday from 8:00 am- 1:00 pm. The market is located at 230 Franklin Road behind the Factory.

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Pan Seared Tri Tip with Farmers Market Vegetables


Tri Tip with Farmers Market Vegetables

On Saturday we found a great cut of Tri Tip with some late summer farmers market vegetables and newly arrived green beans. As we walked through the market we realized we were witnessing the bittersweet departure of summer and the coming of fall. We picked up a handful of bumper crop green beans from Paradise Produce as well as some Patty Pan squash, purple potatoes, green beans,baby kale & frisee. Triple L Ranch had a beautiful cut of Tri-Tip beef and we grabbed that too. This recipe may seem a bit long but every step is pretty easy, and it captures the moment of the season perfectly with fresh farmers market vegetables paired with local beef.

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Pan Seared Beef Tri Tip with Farmers Market Vegetables of Purple Potatoes, Green Beans, Squash and Bitter Greens with Honey – Cider Vinaigrette

Serves 4-6


2lbs Tri-Tip beef
1/4 lb Green Beans, with tips trimmed
1/4 lb Patty Pan squash, cut into quarters
1lbs purple potatoes
4oz baby kale
4oz frisee
2 tbl grapeseed oil
2 tsp sea salt, plus a pinch or 2
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp fresh ground black pepper, plus more for the greens

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Pre-heat the oven to 350F. Heat a cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Season the Tri-Tip with 1 tsp sea salt, paprika, garlic powder and black pepper. Drizzle over 1 t/l grapeseed oil and rub the spices into the beef. Sear the Tri-tip in the cast iron skillet for 2-3 minutes until a nice crust forms. Turn the Tri-Tip over, add the potatoes and then put the skillet in the oven. Roast for 4-5 minutes or until an instal-read thermometer reads 150F. Remove the beef to a platter to rest, and return the skillet with the potatoes to the oven and continue to cook until cooked through, about 10 minutes, while you prepare the other vegetables. Bring a 3 quart pot of water to a boil, add 1 tsp sea salt and then the green beans, boil for 3 minutes. While the green beans are boiling heat a sauté pan over medium heat and when hot add 1 tbl of grapeseed oil and the squash and sauté for 2-3 minutes. When the green beans are tender remove with tongs and add them to the sauté pan with the squash. Season with a pinch of sea salt and cook for 2 minutes, allowing the veggies to brown a little. When cooked through remove to a platter and reserve. Add the potatoes to the platter when ready. While the beef is resting toss the baby kale and the frisee with the vinaigrette and a little sea salt and fresh pepper. Then add to the platter. After the beef has rested long enough to relax, remove to a cutting board and cut into 1/4 inch slices, then layout onto the platter, then serve warm. Enjoy!

For the vinaigrette-

1 tbl honey, from Johnson’s Honey Farm
1 tbl olive oil
1 tbl apple cider vinegar
pinch of sea salt
a few grinds of fresh black pepper

In a small Mason jar combine all of the ingredients, close the top and shake vigorously . This will keep covered in the fridge for 2 weeks.

Chef Michael Martin
South Fork Catering Co.
South Fork Catering