Monthly Archives: March 2020

Coronavirus Update #2, Our Food Market Remains Open, Now Accepting Pre-Orders

Loyal Franklin Farmers Market Customers, 

We appreciate the support you have given our farmers during this trying time. In the new “normal” of social distancing, we ask our customers to do their part. Without this, the farmers market cannot maintain the safe environment needed. We feel that our open air market remains the safest shopping option for fresh produce, meats, cheese, bread, baked goods and milk.  Please do the following in order to continue to keep our market safe:

  • Maintain 6 ft away from others in line. We will remind you of this verbally and with signage.
  • Do not touch the products for sale, let the vendors handle all the product, they will bag and wrap it and hand it to you.
  • As much as we would like to visit with each other, we ask that everyone shop and head home to minimize the time of potential exposure.
  • Consider contacting your favorite vendor to pre-order. This is the safest and most efficient way. Below are vendors who are taking orders with their contact information. You can also contact your favorite vendor to inquire about home delivery options. 
  • If you have children, please leave them at  home if you are able in order to keep the number of people down and help expedite transactions. 
  • Our market as always had a no pet policy and we will continue to remind our customers that dogs and other animals are not allowed at our market for the health and safety of our customers and vendors. 
  • Consider using credit/debit cards instead of cash. 
  • Wash your hands frequently or use hand sanitizer. We have bathroom facilities in building #9 and hand sanitizers/wipes at the market. 

Finally, in response to recommendations, mandates and community needs changing almost daily due to COVID-19, Franklin Farmers Market vendors are increasing accessibility to fresh, local food in several ways: expanding pre-order capabilities, on farm pick-up and home delivery services. While Franklin Farmers Market has all intentions to continue with Saturday markets, we encourage everyone to take advantage of these options and continue to shop local. Below are the farms that are offering pre orders this weekend to be picked up at the market and information on how to order. Check with your favorite farmer to see if they will do home deliveries. 

  1. River Cottage Farm:  Taking preorders and invoicing and invoicing through the website www.rivercottagefarm.net and the direct link to the online store is https://rivercottagefarm.net/store-home/   or Email:  debbie@rivercottagefarm.net or Brayden orthodoxfarmer@gmail.com
  2. Galena Garlic: call (615) 707-9211 to place orders
  3. Fly Farm: contact through website: Theflyfarm.com or 615-390-2870 or 615-574-5611
  4. Paradise Produce: Will take plant pre orders through their website: paradiseproducefarm.com
  5. Jones Mill Farm: Please put “Franklin Farmers Market Order” in your subject line and send an email to popsstroud@aol.com or through Facebook Messenger: Jones Mill Farm and Commercial Kitchen. No orders can be taken after 3am on Saturday morning. 
  6. Tavalin Tails Farm Lamb- text or call 615-445-9354 or email tavalintails@gmail.com
  7. Tasty Good Eats   www.Facebook.com/GlutenFreeTastyGoodEats   Tel. 203-951-1449  E-mail: TastyGoodEats@gmail.com
  8. Moonshadow Farm-Non GMO Pastured Eggs Text 615-336-8994
  9. Possum Bottom Farms: people can text their order to 423-240-0064. They will need to know the customer’s name, mushroom or powder variety they want, and the fact that they want to pick it up at Franklin.
  10. Norton Family Farm taking preorders for produce, baked items and preserves if customers will call or text 931-446-4493.
  11. Remedy Bone Broth: Also offering home deliveries: shana@remedybonebroth.com or visit website www.remedybonebroth.com
  12. Wild Alaska Salmon and Seafood will be at this Saturday’s market, fully stocked with King and Sockeye Salmon, Pacific and Black Cod, Halibut, King Crab, Ahi Tuna, Rockfish, Jumbo Shrimp, Ground Salmon, Sea Scallops, Seafood Bisque, Gumbo and Clam Chowder. You can pre-order by emailing corbin@wildalaskasalmonandseafood.com
  13. Bear Creek Farm: leeann@bearcreekbeef.com
  14. Alfresco Pasta: to order, text or call 510-918-2148 or email: tubadon2@gmail.com
  15. Johnson’s Honey: call 615-337-0027

Don’t see your favorite farmer on this list? Use our website franklinfarmersmarket.com to search for vendor contact information and reach out to them! They may have missed market communication this week and will be glad to take pre-orders.

Thank you again for your support!

Amy Tavalin, Franklin Farmers Market Director

A Coronovirus Update, Our Food Market Remains Open

During this Coronavirus pandemic, we at the Franklin Farmers Market have had to evaluate the best way to keep our customers safe while providing fresh, local food to our community.  We care about the health of our customers and supporting our family farms and small businesses.  We will remain open on Saturdays from 9am-12pm in order to provide our community with locally grown produce, meats, milk, cheese, eggs, breads, prepared foods and so many of the other foods you’ve come to enjoy and depend on. Our farmers market is in an open-air environment with plenty of air movement. In addition, we are increasing the space between each vendor. We will have hand sanitizing wipes at the information booth and at each vendor booth. 

The Franklin Farmers Market is a safe source for our customers to secure healthy, fresh food for their families. Our farmers are continuing to work hard to harvest, wash and deliver produce, and our food vendors are cooking and baking extra for families to have nourishing, healthy food choices, direct from our farmers and bakers. 

The Franklin Farmers Market is the perfect place to stock up on healthy, organic vegetables. This time of year, customers can expect leafy greens such as lettuces, spinach, kale, collards, swiss chard, turnip greens and bok choy, along with carrots, beets, turnips, radishes, sweet potatoes, onions and garlic. Our food vendors will also have baked breads, donuts, gluten free prepared food, cobblers, pies, quiches, biscuits, pretzels, cheese spreads, crackers, cookies, muffins, soups, elderberry syrup, bone broth, canned goods including tomatoes, peppers, jams and jellies. Our farmers will have milk, cheese curds, cheddar cheese, goat cheese, goat milk, eggs, beef, lamb, chicken and pork and so much more! 

In addition to securing safe, healthy food at the Franklin Farmers Market, our customers can find soaps, natural hand sanitizers, CBD products, lotions, powders and essential oils. Our artisans will have artwork, dog collars, dog treats, t-shirts, knit hats and more! 

When it comes to being able to find healthy food, look no further than the Franklin Farmers Market. Our food has traveled less than 50 miles from the time of harvest or baking to delivery at the market. Very few people have handled the food that is locally grown or baked for our farmers market, and our vendors are required to practice safe food handling as mandated by the TN Department of Agriculture and FDA. Thank you for your continued support these past 18 years! We hope that you will continue to support our local farmers who are growing food for you and our community and we take pride in being able to serve you, our loyal farmers market customers. You can subscribe to our market newsletter or follow our market Facebook Page for weekly news and new food offerings.