Among those of us who live in West Nashville, there was some concern about having two markets, possibly having to go to two separate markets each weekend, and the viability of each. However, I visited both markets this past Saturday morning and came away feeling that this will actually be a good thing for customers, particularly for those folks who live in Green Hills, Belle Meade and Whitland since the West End Farmers Market is a much more convenient location for them.
The West Nashville Farmers Market still had quite a crowd and is very conveniently located for folks who live in Sylvan Park, The Nations, Charlotte Park, Hillwood and so on. Unfortunately, there are some potential losers in this battle; some farmers and vendors who feel the need to be at both will have to split resources and/or hire employees to staff/stock two markets. Foggy Hollow Farm, Noble Springs Dairy, Papa C Pies, and several others have plans to have booths at each market. Time will tell if this will be profitable, but if the crowds Saturday were any indication, it's a promising development.
Some good news on the baked goods front: Among the vendors brought to the West Nashville area by the new bakery was Cuppycakes Bakery. They have a booth at the West End Farmers Market where they’ll have cupcakes (including gluten-free), chocolate confections, cookies and other treats. Generally speaking, I’m a Cupcake Collection gal, but several years ago, we had a cupcake tasting party, and Cuppycakes was the clear winner. Special note: the chocolate cake on Saturday was much better than the one I had previously. Delicious! Also delicious? The lemon madeleines I bought from Dozen. They’ve relocated to West End and are actually working on a permanent space in Sylvan Park. You can see a full list of vendors participating each Saturday on the West End Farmers Market Facebook page.
After leaving West End, I made the short drive through Cherokee Park and Sylvan Park to the West Nashville Farmers Market, now back outside, near the playground at Richland Park. I was happy to see Karla of Karla’s Catering back at the market with her empanadas. This is also where I got to chat with Audrey of Foggy Hollow Farm about being at both markets (note: French breakfast radishes should be available this weekend!), as well as Dustin from Noble Springs Dairy. Noble Springs is currently just at WNFM, but as mentioned, is considering locations at both. He’s also got a new product this year: goat milk yogurt. Though packaged in a half-gallon bottle, he says it’s not quite a drinkable consistency. It's good news for people who prefer goat’s milk products. For information about other vendors at WNFM, be sure to check their Facebook page as well.
All in all, this isn't terribly inconvenient for me. I already split my time and funds between the Nashville Farmers' Market and the other neighborhood markets, so I will just add West End Farmers Market to my list. Particularly since we're nearing strawberry season; those Delvin berries are hard to beat.
West Nashville Farmers Market
4711 Charlotte Ave.
9 a.m. to noon Saturdays
West End Farmers Market
Vine Street Christian Church
4101 Harding Pike
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays