Anyway, as we try to remember those three numbers you call in the event of medical emergency, we hope we make it to this evening's 12 South Farmers Market, revving up another successful year in Sevier Park today from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. That gives you plenty of time to stuff your pockets with broccoli rabe before tonight's sold-out Jack White shindig at the Ryman, and maybe even order a sandwich from The Grilled Cheeserie, a Doc Braden Creole-seafood tart or one of Riffs Fine Street Food's award-winning Caribbean creations.
There'll be dairy farmers, meat purveyors, makers of artisanal breads, and vendors of everything from herb-infused lemonade and vegan snacks to candies, pies and cheese — not to mention the first flowerings of what's looming as a spectacular summer for vegetables. Stop by also for live music from The Human Revolution, led by a troubadour who bills himself simply as Human. (We confess we were even more excited early on, but then we realized we'd misread his name as Hunan.)
For a full list of vendors, click here.
Jolie Ayn Yockey, the marketing director at NFM, sent out a note alerting us that tomorrow's Night Market will be the last for a while.
"We are going to take a little break to focus on our Grow Local Kitchen, give our merchants a little reprieve from what has been such a busy last few months in the food and farming world before the busy season starts again, and do some specialty events. Unless the public really wants night markets back ASAP we will sit out not less than January-February and not more than May," Yockey said in an email.
So, the last Night Market before the hiatus is 6 to 8 p.m. tomorrow, Dec. 16, and as Yockey says, it's "a great opportunity to shop for local holiday gifts and foods while sipping on fun libations, enjoying NFM restaurants, music by Paper Lantern and more."
She adds: "If you haven’t quite made it down [to Night Market] or know others who haven’t, now is definitely the time!"
That's the vision chef Laura Wilson has for her new role as the director of the Grow Local Kitchen at Nashville Farmers' Market.
Wilson, who has already begun the job, has big plans for the kitchen space as a production kitchen, demonstration space, learning center, a venue for visiting cookbook authors and a fun gathering place for traditional cooking classes.
"I want it to be community space that’s a business incubator, a cooking reference guide and a demonstration space," she said, multitasking as she met with the market's Jolie Yockey.
Imagine culinary skills classes taught by the city's deep bench of restaurant chefs. Wilson expects to use her extensive restaurant connections to schedule classes on knife skills, charcuterie, baking, butchery and more by people whose food you love to eat.
With two ovens, five burners and official approval from both the city health department and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Grow Local Kitchen should be a coveted production kitchen for small local producers.
And when a couple of hurdles are cleared, Wilson plans traditional evening menu-based cooking classes with wine.
I've never gotten as many thank-yous for anything on Bites as the posts tipping off readers to Jonbalaya Catering and the pork products that pitmaster Jon Heidelberg serves up every Saturday morning at the Woodbine Farmers Market. We didn't try the "pork parfaits" he had last week of pulled pork, mashed potatoes and baked beans layered in a plastic cup, but the sampling we had of just the pork — caramelized bark, moist wood-scented meat — convinced us that maybe such a thing could work.
Heidelberg sent word via Twitter that he'll have whole smoked pork butts tomorrow for $35 at the market, which runs 9 a.m. to noon at Coleman Park, corner of Thompson Lane and Nolensville. If you haven't been, make it a stop on your Saturday-morning farmers market rambles. There'll be a family carnival as well as a gourmet cheese giveaway featuring Kenny's Farmhouse Cheeses — but for the latter, you have to visit the market's website and follow these simple instructions.
Watch also for zingy homemade fruit spreads from Bathtub Gin, the ever-popular Riffs food truck, and invigorating raw juices from Juice Nashville (especially the Oh Yeah, a concoction of kale, collard, apple and lemon squeezings that made me feel like I'd spent a week at a spa). And we can only hope to see the awesome Banjamin's Ghost Pepper Elixer stand, as our supply is running low.
Like last week, browsing the extensive freezers and refrigerators at Shreeji International Market in the Farmers Market. It's like a treasure hunt — so many exotic frozen vegetables, and lots of frozen Indian dishes plus frozen parathas and naans for a quick Indian dinner.
At the end of the refrigerated cases I spotted a tray labeled "sweet pan." Bolt of discovery excitement! Never seen this for sale before! Know what it is! Must try! I plucked a foil-wrapped paan.
Paan, a mixture of nuts and spices rolled into a betel leaf, is chewed like tobacco in locales from India east to Indonesia. Vietnam has a paan traditon, too. Sweet paan, a combination of fruits and fennel seeds, is used as an after-meal chew for its flavor and breath-cleansing properties. I needed a little of that after Arnold Myint's powerfully garlicky eggplant salad from AM@FM.
"I know what it is, more or less. I'm getting it." Talk to the hand, South Asian gentleman—this paan is going home in my bag!
I unwrapped my prize in the car: an emerald betel leaf folded around scented, candy-colored nuts, seeds and bits of mysterious Eastern things. It was, hmm, much bigger than I expected, much bigger than a quid of chewing tobacco. But oh well! No one's watching — here goes! I stuffed the green wodge into my cheek.
Dinner is a vegetable extravaganza of delicata squash stuffed with quinoa and chevre; field peas; roasted tomatoes; wilted greens with garlic; and brown sugar poundcake with muscadine preserves, all just like granny would have made if she'd had quinoa.
This week's film is The Garden, the story of a vast and lush 14-acre community garden created in Los Angeles after the 1994 riots, mostly by immigrants, then sold out from under the community to a developer for less than market value and bulldozed despite protest.
Farm market starts at 5 p.m. on the church lawn. Dinner is at 6 and film at 6:30. Make a reservation by calling 321-8500.
Wednesday is also the third and final Local Night Fair at Whole Foods Market in Green Hills, so get on out there and meet the people who grow, bake, craft and ferment your food. It's an excellent lineup of all the vendors you love, or meant to try. Bathtub Gin, Walnut Hills beef, Ousley Ouch salsa and Raw Food Warriors — you've read about them here on Bites and now you can visit them all in one place. Adelia Bakery and Green Door Gourmet are new to me but pretty excited to meet them. The vendors go beyond food to include jewelers Simon & Ruby, vegan soaps from Music City Suds and all-natural vegan pet food from Spoil Me S'Mo.
Hours are 6-9 p.m. and the fair takes place along the sidewalks in front of Whole Foods and Whole Body. Giving Grill will be operating — order a veggie burger or meatful burger, chips and drink for $5 and the money goes to Second Harvest, which uses it to raise awareness of hunger issues. First 50 people to buy get a freebie local product!
Savory and just slightly spicy, despite the pepper's ferocious reputation, they were a pleasure to eat. So I bought more Warrior food: sage burgers, falafel, lemon coconut tart.
It's not the raw food you typically think of, like a handful of nuts, some salad and loads of fruit.
Proprietor Carrie Cooper says she was motivated by boredom — and love — to look for more in a raw food diet. "In all honesty, my diet was monotonous until [husband] Jon came around. I was eating salad three times a day. And you can make dips and pates all day, but you get tired of that too. I wanted to try making more things, so we got a dehydrator and just started trying recipes."
Jonathan and Carrie have access to a commercial kitchen twice a week where they prepare the burgers, falafel, crackers, tarts and Hearty Italian bread. Their products emphasize foods nearly in their natural state, with dehydration replacing cooking (which raw-food proponents say destroys vital nutrients). A raw food diet intrigues many for its health claims, simplicity or as a weight-loss strategy.
And a diet is so much easier to stick with when there's deeply delicious food like Warrior's flavorful sageburgers, fresh and filling falafel, and an apricot lemon tart as sweet and frosty as you could hope for.
Today Vanderbilt kicks off a second Farmers' Market at its medical complex inside the repurposed 100 Oaks shopping mall. Vanderbilt Health One Hundred Oaks (apparently the words "One Hundred" make for a classier name than the three-digit number) will host the new market 3 to 6 p.m. today. Here's the announcement:
The highly anticipated Vanderbilt Farmers' Market at One Hundred Oaks begins Thursday, July 7.
Enjoy the convenience and the tasty pleasures of local offerings every Thursday from 3 to 6 p.m. through Oct. 27, across from the movie theater at the south end of the mall.
On the main Vanderbilt campus, the market remains in full swing every Thursday from 3 to 6 p.m. on the Medical Center Plaza.
All through the season, you can go to the Farmers' Market section of the Health Plus website to keep up-to-date with the latest seasonal highlights, recipes, vendor spotlights, and more.
The Vanderbilt Farmers' Market is a Health Plus, Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt and Nashville Farmers' Market collaboration.
It's a great opportunity to meet fellow Middle Tennesseans who grow, raise and make the stuff you love, and for them to meet you and hear what you like and want from products.
There will also be Giving Grill at the event, with $5 burger, veggie burger or hot dog, plus chips and drink, with all proceeds to Good Food for Good People, which works to provide sustainable solutions to the growing challenge of access to healthy food. And the first 50 people to arrive at the grilling station at each event will receive a free local product!
Whole Foods is at 4021 Hillsboro Pike in the Hill Center in Green Hills (440-5100).
The fourth annual festival gets a huge boost from the just-opened Woodbine Farmers Market, held Saturday mornings through October in Coleman Park and offering local goods ranging from basil-infused lemonade to artisanal breads, coffees and cheeses. We understand this week's market will be necessarily smaller because of the daylong event. But if luck holds out, stop by organizer Mary Crimmins’ adorable Airstream trailer dispensing Middle Tennessee dairy products — it’s called the Dairy-Air — then stick around for a full day’s celebration.
Bluegrasser Randy Kohrs and legendary Nashville musician Buzz Cason command the stage, along with Boomerang, Corazon, Justyna Kelley, Sara Jean Kelley and Excuses. As you watch (or dance, if your balance is keen), snack on treats such as Vietnamese and Cuban sandwiches, barbecue, tacos, ice cream and fried chocolate pies from area businesses, then peruse some 65 artisan booths and a show of vintage cars.
The festival runs 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Coleman Park at the corner of Thompson and Nolensville. Admission is free.
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