Deb Ringing in the start of another great Market Saturday
You know that old saying about how time flies? It’s true. Even though autumn doesn’t start until late September, everyone considers Labor Day to be the end of summer. School’s back in session, there’s no more summer vacation and all of our favorite summer fruits and veggies are gone. But wait just a minute…that last part’s not true. There are still plenty of summer goodies at the Franklin Farmers Market.
Fresh Produce from Bloomsbury Farm
The proof is in the photos… Look at the beautiful produce from Bloomsbury Farm that was available at the market this past weekend.
Farm Fresh Green Beans from Kirkview Farm
There were lots of fresh veggies and fruits to choose from, like these green beans from Kirkview Farm or these sweet watermelons from Pilgrims Produce.
Heirloom Tomatoes from Evans Produce
Kirkview Farm Peaches
Okra, Onions and Garlic from Gardner Grove
Beaverdam Creek Farm Booth full of produce
Gardner Grove Heirloom Tomatoes
mAnd while it is almost the end of summer, the market keeps on going and going. There were a lot of people on Saturday, asking when the market would shut down for the winter. We don’t. The Franklin Farmers Market is open year-round, every Saturday. There are lots of good winter vegetables that our farmers grow too.
First Pumpkins of Fall 2013 King Farm
Bags of Apples from Kirkview Farm
Farm Fresh Sprouts from Bloomsbury Farm
So while summer may be flying by in a hurry, there are no worries about getting good local fresh foods. The Franklin Farmers Market has got what you want.
Ellie’s Old Fashioned Doughnuts
Fresh Baked Cookies and Scones from Dozen
Fresh Tomato Juices and Salsa from Delvin Farms
Tie Dye Garments from Pieceful World Clothing
Little Jimmy’s Italian Ices
However with the fall season, there is a peculiar occurrence takes place at the market. There’s a curious change in the way things normally are. Something odd happens and strange occupants suddenly overrun the market. So be forewarned… they are coming to the Franklin Farmers Market soon… very soon.
Farm Fresh Cumbers and Tomatoes from See Sun Vu Farm
It’s been a strange summer. Here we are in August, which is typically a dry and very hot month. But we’ve had plenty of rain and lows in the 50’s. Weird weather indeed, but on the flip side, it’s been good for the veggies. Right now, the Franklin Farmers Market is loaded with lots of great vegetables. You should have seen the pile of peppers at the Gardner’s Grove booth!
Multi-Colored Peppers from Gardener Grove Farm
Over 30 different varieties of Tomatoes
Beautiful Egg Plant coming in for 2013 from See Sun Vu Farm
A Great Summer for Cantaloupe from Kirkview Farm
This Mom teaching her son about Delvin Farms CSA fresh veggies
This year Watermelons are HUGE from Tim of Colbert Farm
And tomatoes were everywhere. Mr. Cecil’s tomatoes were hot items this past Saturday, along with green beans from the Colbert Farm and corn from the King Family Farm. Chicken for the grill was the big thing from River Cottage Farm. The Delvin Farm had cantaloupes that were huge (and sweet!) and of course, several of the farms had delicious watermelons.
So Very Fresh Green Beans from Kirkview Farm
Beautiful Potatoes and Melons from Colbert Farm
Fried Green Tomatoes anyone from Bloomsbury Farm
Beautiful Apples from Kirkview Farm
Wonderful Plums and Peaches from Kirkview Farm
Watermelon Festival is Next Weekend!
Speaking of watermelons, the market’s big Watermelon Festival is coming up this Saturday (August 24th) and it’s a big juicy day of fun for everyone. Besides delicious slices of watermelon to munch on, there are games and face painting for the kids, weird watermelon carvings and the two contests you don’t want to miss – the watermelon seed spitting challenge and the fastest watermelon eating competition.
The excitement is building, as you can see in this short youtube video from one of the potential competitors in the watermelon eating contest:
The seed spitting contest takes place at 10am, while the watermelon eating contest is at 11:30. If you’re up to the challenge, come by the market’s info booth Saturday morning to register. Don’t miss the Franklin Farmers Market Watermelon Festival, presented by the Williamson Herald and Southern Exposure Magazine!
Fresh Goat Cheese to Sample from Noble Springs Dairy Farm
Lots of Tomatoes from Rocky Glade Farm
Golden Melons from Beaverdam Creek Farm
Truck loads of Sweet Corn selling out fast from the King Family Farm
How many tomatoes do you think we had at the Franklin Farmers Market this past Saturday? We’re not sure either, but we could say it was an invasion, because there were tomatoes everywhere. Our Tennessee Farmers bring over 30 different varieties from red and yellow tomatoes, striped and purple tomatoes, big and small cherry tomatoes, including heirloom tomatoes and traditional favorites. Perfect for canning and making relish or just a good old BLT. We love this time of the year, because it’s not just the number of tomatoes that is so high, but all of the other summertime favorites of the garden are ripe and ready to eat.
Bloomsbury Farm Wheat Grass
Farm Fresh picked Peaches and Cream Corn
Farm Fresh Produce and Herbs from Rocky Glade Farm
AssortedTie Dyed Clothing from Pieceful World Clothing
Artisan Woods by Cody
Bags of purple hull peas and green beans were being snapped up at the market, along with okra and bell peppers. Those sweet juicy peaches from Kirkview Farm were also a big hit.
Sweet Peaches and Apples from Rainbow Hill Farm
Kirkview Farms Purple Hull Peas and Melons
Ice Cold Limeade and teas from Lucy’s Kitchen
It was a little hot on Saturday… Okay, it was just flat out hot and muggy. But it didn’t matter. Folks were drinking ice cold, fresh limeade from Lucy’s Kitchen or dipping spoons into sweet delicious gelato from Hatcher’s Dairy to stay cool. And you know what one of the best things is about coming to the market? Even though you know what’s ripe and ready to eat, there’s always something new to enjoy too. Like Delvin Farm’s organic hot & spicy tomato juice. Great for cooking and drinking! Or like Rainbow Hill Farm’s Concord grapes.
Organic Bloody Mary Mix from Delvin Farms organic tomatoes
Concord Grapes from Rainbow Hill Farm
Beautiful Watermelons from Bronnenberg Farm
Circle August 24th on your calendars, because that’s a big, sweet seed-spittin’ fun day at the farmers market. It’s the Franklin Farmers Market Watermelon Festival, presented by our friends at the Williamson Herald and Southern Exposure Magazine. You don’t want to miss the watermelon seed spitting or the fastest watermelon eating contests. There are games and face painting for the kids, wild watermelon carvings and plenty of ice cold watermelons to enjoy.
Cecil’s Tomatoes from Pocahontas Creek Farms
And finally, you know the old saying about the early bird getting the worm? That’s been the thought about the market too. Get there early to make sure you get the best of the farm fresh produce you want before it runs out. But trying to scope out the fresh picked veggies early at the market could be dangerous. Our Tennessee farmers and vendors start setting up their farm booths early, but there are so many farmers at the market that they all can’t get moved in at the same time. And if they are trying to unload their trucks and set things up, it’s not safe for you to walk around the market.
So we’re asking you to please wait until the market opens to start shopping. The Franklin Farmers Market opens at 8am. When you hear the bell ringing, come on in!
Hazy, hot and humid…. Those three words are the best way to describe the month of July. But there’s a payoff for putting up with the muggy weather, because it’s a great time to be at the Franklin Farmers Market. July is the high season for summer vegetables and fruits.
Kirkview Farm Watermelons
This past Saturday, hot weather favorites such as sweet corn were plentiful and more farmers had watermelons ripe and ready at the market. Plus delicious, sweet and juicy cantaloupes could be found too. You could practically get a natural sugar rush because of all of the delicious fruits, like peaches, blueberries and blackberries from our Tennessee farms.
Fresh picked Sliver Queen Corn
Beaverdam Creek Farm delivers first farm fresh corn for 2013
Blue Honey Farms fresh blueberries and syrup
Kirkview Farm Peaches
People were snatching up bags of peaches from Kirkview Farm. They are great peaches, but do you know how to make them even better? Put them in a paper bag, fold down the top of the bag and just let it sit on the counter for a day or so. That helps the peaches to fully ripen and become the juicy sweet treat we all love.
Steamy hot July days make it tough to be outside, but people at the farmers market found delicious ways to cool down, like drinking cold limeade from Miss Lucy’s Kitchen and eating the sweet ice cold gelato from Hatcher Family Dairy.
Ice Cold Limeade from Lucy’s Kitchen
Hatcher Gelato from Hatcher Family Dairy cows…So creamy and wonderful!
So visiting the Franklin Farmers Market in July is actually a good thing. Maybe we should change those three words describing July from hot, hazy and humid to sweet, delicious and yummy!
Farm Fresh Peppers
Farm fresh veggies, jams and preserves
Bloomsbury Farm fresh vegetables and herbs
Another busy Saturday at the Franklin Farmers Market…come visit!
The FFM’s “Growing Kids” gardening students love tomatoes too!
Tomato lovers, rejoice! It truly is tomato season at the Franklin Farmers market. Old favorites, like Bradleys and Big Boys are plentiful now, along with beautiful heirloom tomatoes and colorful cherry tomatoes too.
The market really is a tomato lover’s heaven. For proof of that, don’t miss our celebration of the tomato… TomatoFest!
Jones Mill Farm Heirloom Tomatoes
Norton Family Farm Cherry Tomatoes, oh so sweet!
J.R. and Judy of Jones Mill Farm putting out more Heirloom Tomatoes
So many nice ripe and juicy farm fresh tomatoes to choose from
Cherry Tomatoes and Blackberries all around the Market
A crisp 62 degrees brought out so many Foodies!
On July 27th, tomatoes rule the roost at the Franklin Farmers Market with chef demos from Amerigo Italian Restaurant, tomato squashing and seed saving, yummy samples and the Totally Terrific Tomat-Oh! contest.
Mark your calendars now. You don’t want to miss it.
The Market was buzzing with the first crop of Tennessee Silver Queen Corn
And while we love our tomatoes dearly, corn was the king of the day this past Saturday as the first crop of Silver Queen corn arrived at the Franklin Farmers Market. It was snatched up so fast, that it was almost as if the farmers were handing out free money. The King Farm and the Gracy Farm sold out quickly and the other farms soon were out of the sweet kernels too. But if you missed out, no problem. There’ll be even more delicious corn next Saturday at the market.
Market customers helped themselves to fresh corn from the back of pickup trucks
All gone, sold out in just 2 hours
And a sweet treat made its’ first appearance at the market too. Pilgrim’s Produce farm has yummy watermelons. The “Yellow Doll” watermelons went fast, but more watermelons will be back at the market next Saturday.
We are blessed to have such wonderful Farmers! Lucy’s Kitchen visiting with Pilgrims Produce
Just picked Organic Apples from Delvin Farms
All in all, it was a great market. Lots of families roaming around, enjoying the fresh air and fresh food. A lot of new residents to Franklin stop by too, paying their first visit to the market. And our farmers enjoyed the day as much as you did. Thanks for your support of the Franklin Farmers Market!
Fresh farm grown Blueberries and Blueberry Syrup made just Friday night before Saturday market
A great year of nice Tennessee weather delivering wonderful CSA’s from Delvin Farms
So many farm fresh veggies to choose from
Another Chef picking up farm fresh cherry tomatoes?
A happy market visitor finding fresh apples and a sunflower
This smile says it all…A great week of farm fresh food ahead
And they’re off! When our farmers market opened last Saturday, it was just like the start of a race. Everyone was in a rush to find their favorite veggies and fruits. Farm Fresh Tomatoes were being grabbed in a hurry and blueberries were flying out of the market. Baskets of sweet juicy peaches were also being snatched up, along with beef steaks, ribs, ground beef, pork chops and other naturally raised farm meats for the outdoor grill. We take pride in having the best in fresh, locally grown food at the Franklin Farmers Market. And when produce such as tomatoes first start showing up, they are at the top of the list for everyone to take home.
Jones Mill Onions
Beaverdam Creek Veggies for Foodies
But relax. There’s plenty of good food at our farmers market. And the amount of farm produce and fruits you love increase every week through out the summer. For example, this past Saturday several of the farmers had the first of their tomato crop at the market. And there will be even more tomatoes to choose from this week. It’s the same thing with blueberries and other seasonal favorites. Our farmers grow a lot of food and you’ll always find a great selection at the Franklin Farmers Market.
Fresh Cut Flowers always popular
Jim Vaughn of Rocky Glade Farm
A lot of you stopped by the market information booth this past weekend to find out who had fresh corn or where the watermelons could be found. Remember, the food at the Franklin Farmers Market comes from local farmers, so it’s a little too early for both of those goodies to be ripe and ready in Middle Tennessee. But come by the info booth the next time you’re at the market and pick up a free copy of the Local Table magazine. It’s got a big seasonality chart so you can get a better idea of when your favorite veggies could be showing up at the market.
Delvin Farm Tomatoes
All smiles after visiting the market
We also had a lot of people asking where to find the ATM. There is an ATM near the front of The Factory. But the best things is to plan ahead and bring small bills, like ones, fives and tens to the market. And there are several farmers who now accept credit and debit cards too. So come on out to the Franklin Farmers Market this upcoming Saturday and get all of the food you want for your 4th of July weekend!
Colvin Farms Lettuce
Colvin Farm Lettuce
Beautiful Lettuces from Colvin Farm
A young supporter of Tennessee’s Colvin Farm at the Franklin Farmers Market back lot
You know it’s going to be a good day when you spy the first of the blueberries at the market. They were the early variety, tasty and juicy. Those blueberries didn’t last long though, but that’s okay.
Deb ringing in the Start of a wonderful Market Day
Lot’s of new visitors and vacationers enjoying the day
The market was full of delicious food last Saturday. Green beans and new potatoes, along with cauliflower, beets and other fresh produce were plentiful. A lot of good farm eggs were snapped up too, along with tender steaks for the grill. Yummy breads, desserts and honey…. It was a food paradise!
Fresh Flowers to Fresh Veggies at the market
Lucy’s Kitchen always has Breakfast Treats ready
First Cucumbers of Summer
Where’s my Olive Oil and Outdoor Grill?
Absolutely Beautiful Potatoes
The new Franklin Farmers Market Recipe Book has wonderful Recipes from our Famers!
We still have Strawberries…but not for long!
Ellie’s Fresh Made Old Fashion Donuts
But sometimes you can’t find the vegetable you really want at the market. A lot of questions were asked Saturday about when would tomatoes show up at market; why weren’t there any watermelons and where was the corn? Georgia and Alabama produce typically is ripe and ready about two weeks before it is in Tennessee. The further south a farm is, the quicker the garden grows. Plus this year, we had a wet and cool spring, so some produce is running a little later than usual. But you need to be familiar with the seasonality of produce and fruit grown in Tennessee. Tomatoes typically are not ripe and plentiful until July. It’s the same thing with corn and watermelons are at their best in July and August too. Next Saturday, stop by the Market Information booth and pick up a free copy of Local Table. It’s a great guide to food and farming in Middle Tennessee, and it also has a big seasonality chart so you can get a better idea of when your favorite veggies and fruits are ripe and at market.
Speaking of tomatoes, nothing says summer like a deliciously ripe tomato. And we’re not talking about those tomatoes that are shipped in from other states or countries. We crave real tomatoes; the locally grown tomatoes. So when those first Middle Tennessee tomatoes are ripe and ready, it’s time to celebrate. And we’re going to do just that with our salute to tomatoes. Don’t miss the Franklin Farmers Market’s TomatoFest, July 27th. Fresh tomatoes are the stars of the show. Enjoy samples of delicious heirloom tomatoes. Watch cooking demos of Chef Steven from Amerigo. Learn seed-saving techniques and take part in the ugly tomato contest. It’s a tomato lover’s heaven… TomatoFest at the Franklin Farmers Market!
Did you get to see the Hatcher Family on the NBC Today Show yesterday morning? If you missed Al Roker of the Today Show broadcasting from the Hatcher Family Dairy Farm in College Grove, Tennessee, here are a few links to coverage of the show broadcast from the Hatcher Family Dairy. What great weather for a special NBC Today Show segment with Al Roker direct from the Hatcher Family Farm!
Charlie Hatcher told me last week how excited they were that Sharon had entered a contest called “Wake Up With Al” 2 weeks ago. After entering Hatcher Family Dairy online into the “Wake Up With Al” contest Sharon Hatcher received a phone call within a few hours asking them to be available for an interview. From there, Charlie says it all happened so fast. Congrats to the Hatcher Family on representing Middle Tennessee and Tennessee Farmers so well! We are all so proud to have Hatcher Family Dairy as part of the Franklin Farmers Market!