what we were thrilled with was how a small farmer could pull his truck into a stall and sell what he had picked that morning. maybe it was silver queen corn or watermelons or turnip greens or some other seasonal vegetable. it really didn't matter to us as it was affordable and it was fresh. then, sadly, local politics and various nonsense got in the way and the farmers market became something of a joke. too many of the vendors there were simply reselling produce they had purchased from wholesale produce houses. it bordered on ridiculous; bananas, oranges and pineapples? honestly, were we supposed to believe they were locally grown and fresh?
with a resurgence in all things local and some management changes for the better, the nashville farmer's market now looks much more like a real farmers market. sure, some of the vendors still resell (wholesale purchased) produce. but many more are squeezing in with fresh, locally grown produce. on a recent trip downtown, i lugged the camera bag with me and set out to see what i could find.
smileys farm in ridgetop is always one of my stops. they always have plenty to look at. known for their turnip greens, you can always count on their produce to be locally produced. looking at the crookneck squash they had on display had me wondering...
another tennessee delicacy, bradley tomatoes.
eggplants-don't you just love the pattern on the skin? somebody fire up the grill!
more peppers, not sure what kind, i forgot to look at the sign!
time has flown and i am just not ready to shift over to fall.
hardly local now, these were coming in from south carolina
more hard squash; i am so not ready for fall...
keep it local, visit a farmers market near you and keep a farmer in business.