Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Positive Growth: West Nashville Farmers Market Draws a Crowd

Posted By on Wed, Sep 9, 2009 at 6:58 AM

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I don't know where you were on Saturday morning from 9 a.m. to noon, but everyone else was at the West Nashville Farmers' Market near the corner of 46th and Park Avenue. This past weekend, the grassy lot near the neglected swimming pool at Richland Park was bustling with families, growers and artisan food makers, milling about on the market's fourth week of business.

Terry Carr-Hall and Kim Totzke from Provence were in one corner handing out slices of rustic loaf, just a few steps over from where baker Bobby John Henry was slicing homemade sourdough, tomato and olive breads. Seema Phillips from Miel (in a stylish wide-brimmed hat, perfect for the sunny day) was hawking enormous round zucchini and patty pan squash, and Tennessee Cheesecake samples were circulating among the crowd. Sylvan Park resident Clay Greenberg and The Local Taco crew from Murphy Road were doling out chips, salsa and guac, and the Italian Market mafia crossed over Charlotte to serve up samples of ziti.

Delvin, Swafford, Foggy Hollow and Rainbow Hill farms were among the local growers on hand with produce for sale, including the 16-pound cabbages in the photo above.

With a gospel choir offering a jubilant live soundtrack and the weather smiling down on Richland Park, the nascent farmers' market, organized by Good Food for Good People, could be the beginning of a welcome new Saturday morning tradition.

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