I recently received an email from Lisa Shively, founder and editor of the Local Table publication. She was excited to hear that Woodbine wanted to support local products. Her one main concern was farmer participation. Apparently, there is more demand than supply. Local farmers seemed to be getting tapped out by the growing number of Farmers Market’s in the Metro area. With the help of Cindy Murphy, I drafted up a proposal letter and emailed it to all the local farmers. The advantage we have is that we are starting small and only need a few farmers to commit to one weekday evening. The consensus I have gained so far from the Farmers is that they would be open to participating if it was a day other than Saturday.
My immediate thought is that there is no way that Woodbine would be able to support a Farmer’s Market on a weekday. That is my fear speaking. It seems to be a growing trend in Nashville to have your Farmers’ Market on another day other than Saturday. The East Nashville Farmers’ Market is on Wednesday from 3:30-6:30pm. The Vanderbilt Farmers’ Market is on Thursday from 3:00-6:00pm. I think that Wednesday’s from 4-7pm would work great for Woodbine. It would give us maximum drive-by viability and it also coordinates with Avalon Acres CSA drop off. It would be so great to get local produce etc in the middle of the week!