If you haven’t been out to Green Door Gourmet, this is a great opportunity to get acquainted with it. It’s a wonderful CSA and market on the grounds of Hidden Valley Farm in Bellevue out on River Road Pike, along the banks of the Cumberland River. (Here's a feature that Nicki Pendleton Wood wrote about Green Door Gourmet in The City Paper in January.)
Along with a “flexible CSA” (no prepay commitments, and you can create your own box), the market offers individual produce for sale from Hidden Valley Farm as well as a number of other farms. Additionally, you can get meat, eggs, cheese, honey and artisan goods. The list of locally grown and locally made products is long and impressive and includes Jolly Barnyard, Delvin Farms, Bang Candy Company, Bathtub Gin and a lot of other familiar homegrown producers.
I made my first visit to the farm a few weeks ago for a foodblogger potluck in the event barn, called The Grange, which is an impressive space that is much more refined than you might expect in the rural setting. I also spent more time than I should have in the market, marveling at the vast number of products that Green Door has pickled and jammed. It’s like a small but well-curated farmers market.
There’s also lots of beautiful space to roam around and have a picnic (there's even a playground). It reminds me a lot of my mom’s family’s farm in Henry County that I visited as a child, but with more food and without that one antisocial cow.
In addition to food and drinks available in the market and from regular vendors (on weekends, there's usually barbecue and fresh-squeezed lemonade), The Grilled Cheeserie and other food trucks will be serving during the festival. There will also be pumpkins, mums and other fall decor for sale. Be sure to pack some blankets and chairs and plan to stay a while.
Fall Fest 2013
Green Door Gourmet
Hidden Valley Farm
7011 River Road Pike
Noon to 6 p.m.