Feeling the love on Community Farm Day

Catherine Long, 13, took home the $100 prize (donated by Friends of the Nashville Farmers’ Market) for her blueberry pie.

Catherine Long, 13, took home the $100 prize (donated by Friends of the Nashville Farmers’ Market) for her blueberry pie.

Thank you, Nashville, for coming out in droves this past Saturday to help us appreciate the hard work of our farmers on Community Farm Day. You chatted with folks from our dozens of local and regional family farms here at the Market about what they grow — a favorite topic of discussion around here. You purchased their farm-fresh fruits, vegetables, lettuce, herbs, dairy, honey, eggs, meat and poultry (and you got to sample their tomatoes!). Your kids wrote thank-you cards to our farmers. You enjoyed our live music, and then maybe even learned a new tip or two about preparing summertime meat during our outdoor cooking demo by Andy Fields and Nathan Gifford.

You also brought us a number of summer fruit pies. Although the competition was berry tough, our panel of judges declared a winner: Catherine Long’s luscious blueberry creation.

This was not only the 13-year-old’s first baking contest, but her first pie — and she was eager to make use of the “best organic blueberries I’ve ever had” from a shop near her home here in Nashville. “I’ve been baking for about six years, but just a year ago I really started to learn more about baking,” Catherine says. “I got interested by watching my mom and grandma bake the most delicious treats.” She plans on using her $100 prize money — courtesy of Friends of the Nashville Farmers’ Market — for a new stand mixer.

Stay tuned for information about our International Garlic and Pepper Fest coming up on Saturday, September 7. In the meantime, enjoy the Community Farm Day photos below.

David Gonnerman