Monday, July 9, 2007

Whites Creek Farmers Market

Nashville restaurants and food
Farmers Market
4409 Whites Creek Pike
Whites Creek at Old Hickory Blvd.
Whites Creek

Just a quick break from our usual restaurant reviews to talk about a happy development for people on the northside of Nashville. Folks in Whites Creek now have a pretty neat Farmers Market. It's located just south of the intersection of Whites Creek Pike and Old Hickorly Blvd, just down the street from Richards (a fun cajun restaurant). The nice thing about this Farmers Market is that all the growers come from a 15 mile radius, with most actually in the Joelton/Whites Creek area. The farms include Eatons Creek organics, Bramble Hill Farm, and the Hungry Gnome. Tomatos are just coming into season and they have a wide variety available, including heirlooms. You can also get fresh, baby potatoes, which makes for a great potato salad. One farm also sells Kenny's Farmhouse Cheese, which is made in southern Kentucky, but often hard to get here.

This Farmers Market is still growing so don't expect a ton of vendors, just a few really good ones. You can also find an assortment of people doing garage sales, and others selling organic t-shirts and collectibles.

One bit of advice for those going....get there early! It runs from 8am until Noon each Saturday, however when we showed up at 11:45am much of the best stuff was gone. We still managed to get some incredibly ripe and tasty tomatos and some other odds and ends.

While you are there pop inside the Earthman's General Store...they're the folks who helped to start all of this and they have some goods for sale, including breads and a tiny little restaurant. Kudos to everyone involved for a completely grass roots effort. If you want to get on the email list just give Nancy VanWinkle a holler


Lannae said...

I have been going to this farmer's market because it is fairly close by, and I trust these farmers. I trust that they are really selling organic and local foods. The cheese and honey sold are awesome as well.

Heather said...

Thanks for sharing this! I've been disenchanted by the farmer's market at the Bicentennial park ever since I saw vendors there pouring obviously store-bought cherries into pint containers and then selling them. It's good to know there's a farmer's market out there encouraging local growers. I'll try to make a trip up there soon!