Celebrate our dear farmers on Community Farm Day July 6

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According to the organization Global Agriculture, the world includes 570 million farms. Of those, more than 90 percent are run by an individual or a family and rely primarily on family labor. Despite the intensive labor, the vagaries of the weather and uncertainty of the markets, these family farms still manage to produce 80 percent of the world’s food.

Closer to home in our own little slice of Middle Tennessee farmland paradise, the Nashville Farmers’ Market hosts more than 30 local and regional family farms throughout the year. Together we provide Nashvillians with uncommon access to delicious fresh vegetables and fruits, meat, poultry and dairy.

So join us Saturday, July 6, on Community Farm Day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to help celebrate everything that ourfarmers do for us. In addition to meeting and chatting with your favorite farmers (find photos of some of them in the gallery below), you’ll enjoy:

  • Live music

  • Cooking demo (at 11 a.m.) featuring Andy Fields and Nathan Gifford from Prime South Meats and Gifford’s Bacon on grilling techniques (free samples!)

  • Tomato tasting (how many Tennessee varieties can you identify?)

  • Corn-shucking for kids

  • Food trucks

… and everything else that makes the Nashville Farmers’ Market one of your favorite weekly destinations.

Pie contest
Don’t miss the Community Farm Day Summer Fruit Pie Contest! Just bring your favorite fruit pie to the judging area in the Farm Sheds between noon and 1 p.m. on July 6. No pre-registration required. Are tarts or hand pies more your thing? Then please bring six of each. This contest will be open to everyone — including our vendors — so competition will be berry stiff. But it’ll all be worth it when the winner walks away with $100, courtesy of Friends of the Nashville Farmers Market. Direct your pie questions to NFM staffer Johnisha Levi.

David Gonnerman