After a predictably fresh lunch at Firefly Grille (crab cakes with goat cheese and roasted peppers on mixed greens), I made an unexpected purchase of fresh vegetables out by the hostess stand.
Firefly owner Curt Cole treks out to the Amish markets around Middle Tennessee and often brings back more produce than the kitchen can handle. I've left Firefly on more than one occasion with a complimentary watermelon or basket of surplus strawberries. These days, the bushels are overflowing into the dining room, where Cole has set up an honor system, complete with a hanging scale for weighing your purchase and a beer stein for stashing you cash.
Tomatoes, eggplants, squash and other crops are all $1.50 a pound, and I got a bag of the cutest little okra-lets you've ever seen, perfect for stir-frying or grilling with a hit of garlic and olive oil. With grocery transactions so simple and economical, it's too bad Cole doesn't carry laundry detergent and beer.