The first point made is don't ask the farmer, "Was this picked fresh this morning?" Think about it: How early would a farmer have to get up pick all their crops, box them up, load them on a truck and drive the X number of miles to the market to be open and ready at 8 or 9 a.m.? Midnight-thirty? Harvesting in the dark?
Anyway, accommodating farmers' busy schedules is part of the reason that the Nashville Farmers’ Market is testing out having their popular Night Market event on Saturday this month.
Farmers spend a quite a bit of time preparing their wares in the days leading up to the weekend markets, with a heavy emphasis on the night before. So having Night Market on Saturday instead of Friday should give the farmers more time Friday night to prepare for Saturday morning markets (and maybe even a little more time to sleep). It also gives shoppers the opportunity for a leisurely evening of shopping, eating and entertainment, rather than rushing to an after-work event.
Just like at the Friday Night Market events, this Saturday, there will be a kids’ area, food trucks, and live entertainment along with market vendors in the farm shed and food court. Additionally, chef Matt Bolus and Bells Bend Farm will be set up in the Grow Local Kitchen.
Check it out and see what you think. The NFM organization is eager to hear your feedback, particularly through their Facebook page.
Saturday, Aug. 17
5 to 8 p.m.
Nashville Farmers’ Market
900 Rosa Parks Blvd.