Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Say Cheese (and Sourdough)

Nashville Restaurants and Food
Say Cheese (and Sourdough)
Nashville Farmers’ Market
900 Rosa Parks Blvd.

The Nashville Farmers’ Market has made great strides forward lately. You can find bakery goods, farm eggs, meat, and organic milk. Now fresh cheese has arrived, courtesy of Kira’s Kids Dairy in Van Buren County. Kimberly Banks has been making goat cheese for nearly a decade. She finally decided to take it to the next level and go commercial Grade A. That’s no easy process in the state of Tennessee, perhaps the reason that Kira’s Kids Dairy is only the second goat cheese maker in the state (Bonnie Blue Farm in Waynesboro was the first).

Kimberly and her husband have started selling their goat cheeses at the Nashville Farmers’ Market on Saturdays. We caught up with them on a Friday (and they won’t be there this coming Saturday due to a previous commitment) but they hope to make the Saturday thing a regular gig.

The creamy, fresh Plateau feta is a pleasant surprise. We used it for our own take on a Caprese salad, teamed up with ripe tomatoes from Howell’s in Bellevue. It’s not quite as briny as a Greek feta and the goat milk gives it a mellow flavor. The other varieties for sale were Chevre cream cheese blends: tangy herbed, a smoky red pepper and Italian herbed. It’s a long way from Spencer, Tennessee and we hope they keep making the trip. It’s a wonderful addition to the specialty vendors at the Farmer’s Market.

There is also another bakery doing business. The sweet, moist Schrock Family Bakery sour dough, sold on Saturdays at the Market, is a favorite of ours. Now the Common Ground Bakery from Pulaski takes up the other end of the artisanal spectrum. Their Sourdough Spelt is whole wheat with a strong sour kick. The bread is moist, dense and goes really well with butter. It has a distinctive European feel for a hearty change of pace. They were showing off beautiful loaves of olive and cheese bread. A brief sample of a fruity scone and banana nut bread gave us a good reason to return soon.


Carol said...

It's really great to see the expansion of items for sale at the Farmer's Market.

We were last there on July 3 and I saw the cheese stand. It looked great, but, unfortunately, my husband only likes cheddar and cream cheese.

I also saw the new bakery stand and it looked interesting. Alas, I only saw it after I had eaten a BBQ sandwich from B & C in the food court. They had people lined up and were giving samples and discussing their offerings with a lot of people. I'll keep my fingers crossed for them.

I love Schrock's and always get a lemon pound cake from them when I'm at the Farmer's Market on Saturdays. They also sell fresh eggs and fresh churned butter.

Hope that the improvements at the Farmer's market just keep coming. It's really worth going now, a real destination. Two years ago, I wasn't fond of going but now I really enjoy it.

Eric and Katie said...

Carol: yes, it's been kinda fun discovering new vendors each week. I was skeptical of Farmers' Market management for quite a while, but I have to say they have done a good job and it keeps getting better.

Nolensville Feed Mill said...

Yeah the Schrocks and Common Ground can also be found during the week at a place in Nolensville called "The Feed Mill"
an Amish Country Market.

7280 Nolensville Rd
Nolensville Tn