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Success

7 Jul

I am still in shock over yesterday’s Grand Opening. At the beginning of this venture, we were told that we had to find at least 4 vendors to be approved by Metro Parks and to get the support of local government representatives. Many people didn’t think that it could be done, and said that farmers were tapped out and unable to add another Market. Yesterday we had 19 local vendors and farmers and by 6pm several of them had sold out! There were several local News Channels there the day before and the day of, with stories and live footage of the event. Parents could leave their kids at the face painting and craft table to walk about and finally procure local, fresh and seasonal food. Down the hill in the shade there was a yoga class taking place, and afterwards people jammed to the Zumba class.  I think the most beautiful part however, was seeing the South Nashville Community come together. Long after things were sold out, people stuck around and chatted with old friends and even new friends. This is what building a community is about, bringing people together for something positive. I think that I can say it was a success for everyone involved. Hope to see you all there next Tuesday!

Grand Opening Today!

6 Jul

South Nashville has long been known as a “food desert” What that means is that local residents have very limited options in the procuring of fresh foods. But that will soon change with the Grand Opening of a new Farmers Market in Nashville in a little known area just five minutes from downtown called Woodbine. The Grand Opening of the Woodbine Farmers’ Market is this Tuesday from 4:00- 7:00pm and will be held at the Coleman Park Community Center at the intersection of Thompson Lane and Nolensville Pike.

Since it’s re-opening in 2008 the Coleman Center has been very active in educating the local community in ways to combat the problem of accessing fresh food. With the assistance of Vanderbilt at 100 Oaks a community garden was established that is now entering its third season.  Last year a children’s garden was added to teach children about where food comes from and how to improve their eating habits.  Through a test kitchen, Coleman Center is the only community center in the city to have one, service organizations have conducted numerous seminars on how to shop for, how to prepare, and how to eat healthier meals. Establishing a local Farmers’ Market was the next logical step in this process. The Woodbine Farmers’ Market is committed to representing the cultural diversity in the neighborhood so all the marketing material for the Market has been translated into Spanish and Arabic.

The Woodbine Farmers’ Market will boast 19 local Farmers and Vendors that range from fresh and local produce, organic and grass fed meats, gourmet cheeses, local roasted coffee, artisan breads, pastries and milk. In addition to fresh, local and seasonal food the Market will provide a free Yoga class taught in Spanish and English at 5pm and a free Latin dance “Zumba” class at 6pm. Mary Crimmins, the 24 year old Woodbine resident who founded the Farmers Market this year says “This is a beautiful community supported effort to bring people together and prove that positive changes can be made in your neighborhood.” Posters and Yard signs that say “I support” the Woodbine Farmers Market are popping up all over South Nashville in anticipation for the Grand Opening tomorrow at Coleman Park Community Center from 4:00-7:00pm.