Get berry excited for Strawberry Jubilee

One of Nashville Farmers’ Market’s most beloved annual events will return on Saturday, May 4, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.: Don’t miss Strawberry Jubilee!

“Strawberry Jubilee is the Market’s official kick-off to peak season in the Middle Tennessee area. It marks the first harvest week for many local and regional farmers,” says Tasha Kennard, executive director of the Market. “We invite the community to join us for the celebration and sample strawberries from more than eight local farms offering more than 10,000 quarts of ripe, delicious berries throughout the day.” 

In addition to a plethora of berries, the Jubilee will feature a cooking demonstration, live music, a baking contest featuring Nashville Farmers’ Market berries (details below), and a berry-eating contest for kids aged 12 and under (with a $50 prize going to the winner). In addition, Market vendors will be offering a variety of strawberry-themed foods and drinks, including homemade strawberry ice cream from JD Country Milk and strawberry margaritas from The Picnic Tap.

See the calendar for schedule details.

Bakers: Start your ovens
Bring your prized cake prepared with local berries to the Jubilee for sampling by a panel of six esteemed judges. Drop off your entries at noon on Saturday in the Farm Shed area; judging will commence at 1 p.m. and awards will be presented an hour later.

Points will be awarded based on taste, appearance, and how well strawberries are integrated into the recipe. Our winner will walk away with a $100 cash prize, a blue ribbon and a basket of local strawberries to enjoy at home (for more baking?).

Send us your recipes
What’s your favorite way to prepare strawberries? Perhaps you make a killer strawberry glaze or jam, cake, salad, tart, frozen dessert or cocktail. If so, we’d love to share these recipes with Market shoppers. Submit your most creative recipes to Market staffer Johnisha Levi by Wednesday, April 24, so that we can distribute them during the Jubilee.

David Gonnerman