Inside on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon, stalwart vendors offer their winter wares and seasonless specialties. Traffic is very brisk for the red-heart radishes from Bells Bend Farm, the lacinato kale from Green Market Farm and little hakerei, or Japanese turnips, from Foggy Hollow that are so sweet you can eat them raw.
Lacinato, or Tuscan kale, can be served toasted and crispy like chips, according to this fascinating recipe from Bon Appétit.
The Green Market Farm says the cone-shaped Caraflex cabbage is a favorite of the local chefs, so I got one of these amusing beauties.
Along with the flat iron, the Western Griller was one of the new steaks "discovered" by a beef-industry/universities of Florida and Nebraska initiative. There are a couple of others, too, including ranch and petite tip, that you just never see in the grocery store. And I'd never seen a Western Griller until Walnut Hills had it for sale, two big one-pound steaks in a package, about $10 each.
The Western Griller is cut from the bottom round. If you cook much beef, you know the bottom round is pretty chewy. And grass-fed beef can be chewier than grain-finished beef. Walnut Hills includes directions on cooking its beef, which is just to sear it for one minute on each side, then finish in a 200-degree oven to keep it below medium-rare and therefore tender.
Other sources recommend marinating, but I wanted to try it on its own, so I followed the directions, leaving it in the oven until it reached 146 degrees. The Western Griller has a mild, beefy flavor I don't usually associate with grass-fed. And it's chewy, not off-putting, but chewier than grain-fed.
Still, an exciting discovery. Next time I'll marinate, and maybe use a meat-pounder. But for sure, the Western Griller is coming home with me again.
That right there, ladies and gentlemen, is how you prepare a turkey! It just needs a good rub! Ba-dump-cha! But seriously folks, if you haven't yet, you should check out the Holiday Guide 2010 — the dude from American Pickers is in it! All we need is the Millionaire Matchmaker lady and living here will be like living in my DVR!! Oh, ya, and I was lucky enough to cook an (almost) all-local holiday feast, which was super fun. I'm originally from Massachusetts, so it was tough to give up my cranberry sauce, but other than that the spread was exactly what the Pilgrims would have made, had the Mayflower magically landed right in the heart of Tennessee 400-some-odd years ago. Or something like that. Either way, it was really tasty and it had everything to do with using great, local ingredients.
We first encountered Gitano Herrera and his awesome Buenos Aires Grill at the Woodbine Farmers' Market, where he'll be this afternoon (and most Tuesdays through next month) from 4 to 7 p.m. We haven't tried his eggplant sandwich, but we've found it hard to resist his choripan — a stout little sandwich of grilled sausage, homemade chimichurri and slivered tomato on a soft, fresh roll. The sweetly spicy sausage gets a light crust on his small but evidently powerful grill, and the chimichurri intensifies its flavor without overpowering the whole.
Better still is Gitano's panqueque, a thin crepe onto which he squeezes a thick reddish-brown ribbon of homemade dulce de leche — a substance one onlooker aptly described as "caramel on steroids." Imagine a pastry filled with the texture of custard but the taste and intermittent crunch of creme brulée crust. Small wonder folks were lining up for these as Gitano was trying to pack up last weekend.
Just a quick note: The various restaurants (B&C Market BBQ, Swagruha, Jamaicaway, Chicago Gyro, Howell's Farm Store, Fleur de Lis Flavors, Farmers' Deli & Grill, The Original Nooley's and El Burrito) have announced a list of Friday specials to enjoy today. (Mmm, fresh local tomato juice from Howell's Farm Store.)
Check 'em out, and take the Music City Circuit bus if you can. You'll get a free tote bag while supplies last.
The folks who run the Farmers' Market said last month that the Market House would open sometime in early August. Jolie Yockey, spokeswoman for the market, says some people mistakenly believe that it's launching today. In reality, she says, the team is hoping to reopen later this week, with a grand opening with Mayor Karl Dean planned for Friday, Aug. 12. (Meanwhile, one restaurant, B&C BBQ, has been operating a temporary location outside the Market House.)
Read the full release after the jump:
We are finally confident in saying that the reopening of the Market House restaurants and shops (along with restrooms and water fountains — yay!) will definitely be happening in early August. We'll do a soft opening to work out kinks and give our merchants time to restock, retrain, and put on finishing touches and then a larger-scale re-grand-opening week of festivities after the middle of the month.
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.
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