Three Is a Magic Number at the Nolensville Farmersâ€TM Market:

A Strawberry Gala, Food Truck Festival and Farm-to-Table Fundraiser at Bloomsbury Farm Are Among the Highlights of Its Third Season

For many food lovers, one of the rites of spring is that first trip to the farmersâ€TM market—the fresh flavors and bright colors of early produce tempt our palates and herald a summer full of delicious eating. And those of us in Middle Tennessee are fortunate to have dozens of markets to sample, each with its own unique character. One of the newest—and most diverse—is the Nolensville Farmersâ€TM Market, located on 7248 Nolensville Road at the Historic School of Nolensville. The market, which opened for its third season in May and runs every Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon through October 29, has already made a name for itself—both for its selection of vendors, and its many family-friendly special events—and this season promises to be its biggest and best yet.

“We have 40 vendors committed,” says Market Manager Kasi Haire who, along with her husband and several of their friends, started the market in 2014. “We have…all types of protein—pork, chicken, beef, lamb and even a seafood vendor once a month…cheese, eggs, bread, baked goods, local honey, herbal tea and home-roasted coffee…handmade soaps and salves, crafts and flowers.”

In addition to the plethora of food, drink and specialty goods, the market has a lively atmosphere, highlighted by special activities. “Each month we will have an event at the market that showcases the incoming produce for the season,” says Kasi. Several special offsite events will also take place. The season kicked off with a Strawberry Gala featuring strawberry sampling and strawberry-themed youth activities. We also hosted our first Friday night Food Truck Festival in May. It was a great way to celebrate the beginning of summer break.

“Our Fresh Savings is a new program,” Kasi adds. “We are one of 17 farmersâ€TM markets selected to participate in a grant that will allow us to double SNAP dollars at our market. We will be able to match up to $10, with that additional $10 available to use toward fresh fruit and vegetables. And our Tomato Bash on July 2 will feature tomato samples of some uncommon heirloom varieties along with fun family activities and crafts.” These are just a few of the many special events youâ€TMll find at the market this summer.

Also new for the market this year is a fundraiser at Bloomsbury Farm on Friday, July 29.

“Nolensvilleâ€TMs first-ever farm-to-table dinner will begin at 6 p.m. on the farm and end when the cows come home,” says Kasi. “Martinâ€TMs BBQ will be catering the meat and South Fork—no stranger to farm-to-table dinners—will be catering sides. We will be utilizing in-season produce from our very own vendors. Mill Creek Brewing Co. will be pairing different beers with the different food offerings. Because we wanted to keep this event small and intimate, only 100 tickets are available.” Tickets can be purchased by visiting www.nolensvillefarmersmarket.com and clicking on “Farm-to-Table Dinner.” 

Kasi says itâ€TMs the people—vendors and customers—who make all of the hard work that goes into the market worthwhile. “We consider our vendors our business partners. The Nolensville community is an amazingly supportive community of everything local. We have some of the best, most loyal customers. You canâ€TMt get much better than that!”

NOLENSVILLE FARMERSâ€TM MARKET

Historic School of Nolensville/7248 Nolensville Road.

Open every Saturday, 8-noon, May 7 through October 29. Winter market kicks off November 1.

For more information, visit www.nolensvillefarmersmarket.com or www.facebook.com/nolensvillefarmersmarket . Follow the market on Twitter (@NolensvilleFM) and Instagram (@nolensvillefarmersmarket).

Calendar of special events:

July 2 – Tomato Bash

August 6 – Watermelon Jubilee

September 3 – Grill Feast

October 29 – Fall Finale