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Jim Ridley of the Nashville Scene wrote this Article:

If last week’s blockbuster opening holds steady — and customers could be heard asking anxiously if vendors would be back the following week — Nashville’s newest farmers’ market could become one of its biggest and best. Thank an easily accessible location (with a playground!) at the corner of Nolensville Road and Thompson Lane, and a ring of neighboring communities hungry for access to locally grown and produced goods. And above all, thank Woodbine resident Mary Crimmins, whose irresistible personal appeals drew a lot of choice vendors in a short amount of time. Goods include farm-raised meats (Peaceful Pastures and West Wind Farms), produce (Real Food Farms), artisanal bread (Twin Forks Farm Bread), goat cheese (Noble Springs Dairy), milk (Gammon Family Dairy), coffee (Roast Inc.), dog treats (Happy Barker), desserts (Foxy Baking Co. and Geraldine’s Pies), even a stand with astoundingly refreshing basil lemonade (Primm Springs); it speaks well that there are already two salsa vendors, Mollie Yankie and Catalina’s Own Salsa. And more suppliers have been knocking on the WFM’s door — a move that looks like buying 99-cent shares of a blue-chip stock. Future weeks may bring live music and free yoga and dance classes; check in often at www.woodbinefarmersmarket.com. To become a vendor, contact info@woodbinefarmersmarket.com.

Jonathan Pinkerton of the Nashville Entertainment Examiner wrote this:


If you’re like me, and you live just South of Downtown Nashville, you’ve no doubt noticed a lack of grocery shopping options, especially if you’re in the market for locally grown, organic produce. Beginning with a Grand Opening Celebration on Tuesday, July 6, all that changes, as local farmers and vendors come together each Tuesday throughout the season to sell their goods at the Woodbine Farmers’ Market, taking place at the Coleman Park Community Center, located at 384 Thompson Lane and the intersection of Nolensville Pike, just five minutes South of Downtown Nashville. “This is a beautiful community supported effort to bring people together and prove that positive changes can be made in your neighborhood,” said Mary Crimmins, the 24-year-old area resident who founded the new Woodbine Farmers’ Market.

As home for the new fresh produce market, The Coleman Center is the perfect place, having been a vital part of the community since its re-opening back in 2008. Hosting programs ranging from a community garden–a collaboration with Vanderbilt Medical Center’s nearby 100 Oaks facility and now in it’s third season–and last year’s addition of a children’s garden, which gives area children practical knowledge of where food comes from, and the importance of healthy eating choices, The Coleman Center has addressed issues of nutrition and the importance of fresh food head-on.   There have also been a number of seminars conducted by various service organizations on the topics of shopping for, preparing and eating healthier.The Woodbine Farmers’ Market is simply the next step in an ongoing effort to improve the nutritional choices of its community.

When asked where she got the idea for the Woodbine Farmers’ Market, Mary Crimmins told me, “I host a Girls of Woodbine Book Club once a month, and our April book was Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver that documents her family’s year-long experiment of only eating locally within her neighborhood.  When we had the most people show up that month for discussion than we had ever had, I realized we had hit something important.  That is when I decided to start the Farmers’ Market.”

When the Woodbine Farmers’ Market opens today, shoppers will find 17 local farmers and vendors with items ranging from fresh and locally grown produce, organic and grass-fed meats, gourmet cheeses, locally roasted coffee, artisan breads, pastries and milk.  Those local farmers and vendors will be on hand to answer any questions and, in the process, will give shoppers the rare chance to get to know where their fresh produce comes from. Mary explained it this way, “Shoppers are not used to being able to know where their food comes from and will now be able to put a face to the person who grows, raises or bakes their food.”  She added, “They will be amazed at how flavorful local and seasonal food really is.”

Anyone who’s driven through the South Nashville community of Woodbine realizes it’s one of the city’s most culturally diverse communities.  In an effort to embrace and celebrate that diversity, the Woodbine Farmers’ Market encourages all of the area residents to visit.  To that end, marketing materials for the new venture have been translated into English, Spanish and Arabic. Further encouraging a true sense of community, and the underlying message of a healthier life, Mary shared details of the Grand Opening, “We have a free Yoga class at 5pm that will be taught in Spanish and English, and a free Zumba class at 6pm.” Mary did suggest you bring your own Yoga mat, if you have one.  For the kids–of all ages–there will be face-painting and plenty of room to run, throw frisbee and a chance to get to know your neighbors.

While there are 17 current vendors, Mary encourages anyone interested in participating in the upcoming weekly Tuesday Woodbine Farmers’ Market to contact her via email at mary@woodbinefarmersmarket.com to ask for an application.

Tuesday, June 6′s kick-off of the Woodbine Farmers’ Market will no doubt be a huge success.  With that in mind, I asked Mary if there were any tentative plans to expand beyond the weekly offering. Mary replied, “Since this is our pilot year, we will stick with only having the Market on Tuesdays.  Next Year we will start early in May and run the full season through October.”

The Woodbine Farmers’ Market will be open every Tuesday, beginning July 6 from 4pm-7pm and will continue weekly throughout the gardening season at the Coleman Community Center, located at the intersection of Thompson Lane and Nolensville Pike at 384 Thompson Lane.  For more information on the Woodbine Farmers’ Market, CLICK HERE. To follow them on Twitter, CLICK HERE.

Jim Ridley of the Nashville Scene –  ”Bites” Blog wrote this post:

I didn’t think it was possible for life in Woodbine to get any rosier. But here comes the Woodbine Farmers’ Market, rolling into the Coleman Park Community Center (at the corner of Nolensville Road and Thompson Lane) at 4 p.m. today with an awesome array of locally grown or produced veggies, meat, milk, bread, artisanal cheeses, and goods ranging from coffee and honey to dog snacks.

Thank Mary Crimmins, the WFM’s founder, who was told she needed four vendors before anyone would take the project seriously — a difficult task, given how many new markets are competing for farmers’ attention. She returned with 17 (and two more after the WFM made a clean sweep of the city’s newscasts last night). She hopes to make the weekly outings as much a social event as a shopping experience, with enticements such as free yoga and Zumba classes and perhaps live music.

For now, though, Woodbiners and those in the vicinity, from Belmont/Hillsboro to Antioch, have easy, steady access to Twin Forks Farm Bread, the lightly roasted coffees of Roast Inc., Peaceful Pastures poultry and lamb, Primm Springs soysage and lemonade, Kenny’s Farmhouse Cheese, and many other prized goods. And the bounty will continue through October, every Tuesday from 4 to 7 p.m.

If you’re a vendor who’d like to get in on the WFM’s ground floor, contact Info (at) WoodbineFarmersMarket (dot) com or see the WFM’s cool website, which includes blog posts on most of the vendors.

News Channel 5 wrote this article:

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A new farmer’s market will open Tuesday at the Coleman Park Community Center in South Nashville.

The Woodbine Farmer’s Market will be open from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. every Tuesday through October.

It will feature 17 local farmers and vendors who will offer local produce, organic grass-fed meats, as well as gourmet cheeses, local roasted coffee, pastries and milk.

Neighborhood organizers said the grand opening is just one more step in the right direction towards building a healthier community.

“We really want to focus on the community aspect of south Nashville, so smaller, more intimate, a place where families can come and hang out and their children can play at the playground at the park,” said organizer Mary Crimmins.

Organizers said the idea started through a book club.

Fox 17 News wrote this article as well as doing a piece that airs July 5th at 9pm

For 28 years Barbara Clinton has watched South Nashville change.

“We have a lot more young people in our neighborhood who want to do things,” said Clinton. It’s lead to neighborhood watch groups and neighborhood associations and now something else.

Tuesday South Nashville is getting its own farmers’ market. ”We really don’t have anything close by that has really good fresh produce, eggs, meat, that kind of thing,” said Clinton
The Woodbine Farmers’ Market will address that need following on the heels of a similar concept in East Nashville.
The market will provide fresh organic food to a part of Nashville some say has been a “food desert.”

“Having something truly local that you could essentially walk to is where this came out of. Having something that’s easily accessible,” said Manager Mary Crimmins. Crimmins says all the food will be locally produced and affordable.
The market will also include free yoga and zumba classes. Some hope it leads to more growth in South Nashville.

“We see people wanting to live in this neighborhood all the time. We see people saying it’s the new East Nashville and yes that’s what we’re trying to get out here,” said Woodbine Neighborhood Association President Tamara Price.

The farmers’ market will run from 4 PM to 7 PM Tuesdays through October at the Coleman Park Community Center lawn.

By Sky Arnold

News Channel 4 Wrote this article as well as doing a piece that airs July 5th at 4pm, 5pm and 6pm:

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — South Nashville residents now have a new farmers’ market to shop for fresh produce.
The Woodbine Farmers’ market will have 17 local vendors and sell everything from fresh fruits and vegetables to local milk and honey, gourmet cheeses and locally roasted coffee.
Organizers said they want to keep it small and focus on serving the community.
The grand opening is Tuesday from 4 until 7 p.m.
The market is located at the Coleman Park Community Center at the corner of Nolensville Pike and
ThompsonLane.
The market will operate through October.

Nashville Blogs.Org wrote this blurb:

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When I did a call out last week looking for other local bloggers to add to my blogroll, I can’t believe I didn’t think to add the Woodbine Farmers Market blog.

Guys…first of all, in case you didn’t already know, we are only days away from the very 1st Woodbine Farmers Market.

That’s awesome. I know so many people who can’t wait to check it out.

But if you really want to be ‘in the know’, go check out the blog. There you will find details on what vendors will be selling and what activities will be offered (helloooo…free yoga classes? Namaste.). You can also find out and appreciate all of the people who are responsible for pulling together the market and you can donate to help get the word out.

The Woodbine Farmers Market will be open on Tuesdays from 4-7 starting July 6th at Coleman Park.

Tracy Moore from the Nashville Scene wrote this article:

Beginning in July, Woodbine debuts its own farmers market at the nearby Coleman Park Community Center offering gourmet cheeses, farm-fresh produce, grass-fed meats, locally roasted coffees and even organic dog snacks (Tuesdays, 4 to 7 p.m., through October).

With info translated into Arabic and Spanish to cater to its internationally diverse residents, Woodbine’s market puts a unique neighborhood stamp on bringing market fare to South Nashville. Organizer and Woodbine resident Mary Crimmins, 24, says the idea came out of their neighborhood women’s monthly book club, who’d just finished reading Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, Barbara Kingsolver’s narrative about her family’s yearlong experiment to only eat food they could locally procure. Crimmins already ate locally whenever possible, but the book inspired her to also eat seasonally — an idea she found easier said than done.

“To be truly local means being able to walk to get your food,” says Crimmins, who already has 240 Facebook members supporting the Woodbine effort and sought mentoring from Good Food for Good People organizer and market champion Sean Siple. With a confirmed launch date of July 6 and a location only minutes away from Peachtree Street, now she can.

“It’s like going back to that market culture where you existed completely within a couple miles of your house – that’s where you got your food, and you lived a real communal kind of life,” Crimmins says. “Why drive all the way downtown when I can walk to Coleman Park?”


Jen Trail of the South Nashville Life wrote this article:

Yes Please! I hope this materializes. South Nashvillian, Mary Crimmins is working her bleepoff to mobilize an effort to bring fresh local produce to our community.

I love that Mary was inspired to take action after watching movies like Food, Inc. If you haven’t seen it, do so, it will really challenge the way you view the food you eat and where it comes from.

According to the Woodbine Farmers Market blog, nothing is set in stone yet, but it’s likely that the Woodbine Farmers Market will initially occur one afternoon a month on a weekday. Ideally, the market would be held at Coleman Park. It just seems like the perfect spot for such a thing, doesn’t it?

You can show your support for a Farmers’ Market here in South Nashville by joining the Woodbine Farmers’ Market Facebook page and by checking out the blog. Go Mary!

UPDATE: Mary told me that Coleman Park is totally supporting the effort and is awaiting approval from Metro Parks. It’s lookin’ like the FM will be one Tuesday a month from 4-7. Yay!


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