Growing green at NFM
The Nashville Farmers’ Market (NFM) is announcing a new partnership with Bass Farms and Rally House Farms — two of our local farmers who, in addition to selling farm-fresh produce at NFM, will begin growing their product on-site this winter.
This new “urban farm residency” will include Bass Farms opening an on-site greenhouse to grow microgreens, while Rally House has already moved its lettuce farm (which occupies a recycled shipping container) to NFM. Both operations are located on Market grounds between the two farm sheds.
“We want to support and incubate farmers who in turn want to increase and sustain local production in an urban environment,” says Tasha Kennard, executive director of NFM. “Our Market is as urban as it gets, and this enhanced all-year-long access to healthy food is going to be great for Nashville. You won’t find anything fresher than these crops being grown and sold in the same spot.”
The residency is coming to fruition at a time when both farms have been looking to expand their successful operations. David Goodman at Rally House has been looking for an “affordable, sustainable and high-profile” location, and he’s excited about the new opportunity. “People are always surprised to learn that our 40-foot shipping container grows two acres-worth of a variety of lettuce. And then they’re wowed by how green and clean and fresh it is,” Goodman says. “We’re excited to be offering this great product to our customers just a few feet from where it was grown.”
As for microgreens, every week customers ask Matthew Bass how his farm grows and harvests its popular crop. “The Nashville Farmers’ Market is an ideal place to help educate a growing number of consumers who want to see where their food comes from and how it’s grown,” Bass says. The increased on-site space will allow Bass to retail more product all year long — especially during peak season. He plans to grow some 300 trays of microgreens at NFM weekly in an area that will occupy the equivalent of about half a tennis court.
Rally House is open Fridays through Sundays weekly. Bass Farms is currently Fridays and Saturdays, but will increase hours as the greenhouse ramps up production.
For more information contact Tasha Kennard.