Farmers' Market + Hiking 

Here at the Scene, we've lost count of how many times readers have told us to take a hike. Thanks for your concern about our health and well-being, dear readers! And now that the summer is here, we think we'll heed your advice. Though it's easy to take for granted, we live in a city blessed with a plethora of great hiking trails within just a 20-minute drive from downtown. Take your pick from a number of trail options at Edwin and Percy Warner Parks, which feature some breathtaking vistas and allow dogs. Radnor Lake's Ganier Ridge Loop Trail is our go-to when we're feeling guilty about our laziness or decadence — the steep incline up the ridge is enough to burn off whatever excesses we've indulged, and the beautiful lake views at the bottom are enough to make us forget our screaming hammies and quads. Or if you're looking for a paved walking route or bike path, check out the lovely and intoxicating Shelby Bottoms or Stones River greenways. (Some parks may not have reopened since the flood; call before you go.)

And if you're going get all nature-lovin' and everything, it would be criminal not to make a visit to the Nashville Farmers' Market part of your excursion. Here's the only puzzle: Do you go before your hike, and have lunch at Jamaicaway, Swett's or Swagruha Indian Restaurant, or maybe get some good picnic produce from Delvin Farms, Howell's Farm Store, Hill & Hollow or Barnes Produce? Or do you stop by after the hike and indulge your sweet tooth with something sugary from the Dozen sweet shop, or perhaps a New Orleans-style snow ball from Fleur de Lis? There's only one sane solution to this dilemma: Stop at the market before and after. Doy. (The Market House may still be closed for flood repair. Check the market website for updates.) JACK SILVERMAN

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