I didn't think it was possible for life in Woodbine to get any rosier. But here comes the Woodbine Farmers' Market, rolling into the Coleman Park Community Center (at the corner of Nolensville Road and Thompson Lane) at 4 p.m. today with an awesome array of locally grown or produced veggies, meat, milk, bread, artisanal cheeses, and goods ranging from coffee and honey to dog snacks.
Thank Mary Crimmins, the WFM's founder, who was told she needed four vendors before anyone would take the project seriously — a difficult task, given how many new markets are competing for farmers' attention. She returned with 17 (and two more after the WFM made a clean sweep of the city's newscasts last night). She hopes to make the weekly outings as much a social event as a shopping experience, with enticements such as free yoga and Zumba classes and perhaps live music.
For now, though, Woodbiners and those in the vicinity, from Belmont-Hillsboro to Antioch, have easy, steady access to Twin Forks Farm Bread, the lightly roasted coffees of Roast, Inc., Peaceful Pastures poultry and lamb, Primm Springs soysage and lemonade, Kenny's Farmhouse Cheese, and many other prized goods. And the bounty will continue through October, every Tuesday from 4 to 7 p.m.
If you're a vendor who'd like to get in on the WFM's ground floor, contact Info@WoodbineFarmersMarket.com or see the WFM's cool website, which includes blog posts on most of the vendors. Above: a Tennessee Crossroads report on Twin Forks Farm Bread's David Tannen. Below: a list of Woodbine Farmers' Market vendors so far.
Kenny’s Farmhouse Cheese — Local gourmet cheese (Austin, Ky.)
Noble Springs Dairy — Goat cheese (Franklin, Tenn.)
Happy Barker — Organic and vegetarian snacks for dogs (Nashville)
Real Food Farms — Local, fresh, biodynamically grown produce (Brentwood)
Jewell Farms — Locally grown sustainable produce (Bowling Green, Ky.)
Veggie project — Local produce managed by the children in the summer program (Woodbine neighborhood, Nashville)
West Wind Farms — Certified organic and grassfed meats and poultry (Deer Lodge, Tenn.)
Peaceful Pastures — Grass-fed beef, pork, duck, goose, lamb, goat, and chicken (Hickman, Tenn.)
Gammon Family Dairy — Hormone-free milk (Hendersonville)
Primm Springs Soysage and Lemonade (Nashville)
Johnson Honey — Local honey and bee pollen (Goodlettsville)
Roast, Inc. — Locally roasted coffee (Nashville)
Geraldine’s Pies — Homemade chess pies (Nashville)
Foxy Baking Co. — Homemade pies, cookies and desserts with local ingredients (Nashville)
Twin Forks Farm Bread — Artisan Wood Fire Baked Bread (Primm Springs, Tenn.)
Mollie Yankie — Homemade breads and salsas (Nashville)
Life Fitness Academy (Nashville)
Free Yoga Classes from Bethany Hard — 5-5:45 p.m.
Free Zumba Classes — 6-7 p.m.