Eating in Season with Bloomsbury Farms: Strawberry Jam Vinaigrette

Next to picking up my beautiful CSA basket every week, the next best thing are the little Bloomsbury Farms surprises.

This week it was a small carton of farm fresh eggs, which were gone in no time…

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And strawberry jam!

After a few days of wondering what to do with the jam besides spread it on toast… I decided to make a vinaigrette to toss with kale and make a late summer strawberry salad!

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You just need Bloomsbury Farm’s strawberry jam and a little bit of red wine vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper, mustard and sugar. I used lavender vanilla sugar from Savory Spice in Franklin.

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I tossed it all in a mason jar, put the lid on and did some shaking!

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With the help of a few strawberries and feta cheese, my jam vinaigrette was the perfect compliment.

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Bloomsbury Farm's Strawberry Jam Vinaigrette

Bloomsbury Farm's Strawberry Jam Vinaigrette

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup of red wine vinegar
  • 1/3 cup of sugar (I used Savory Spice's Lavender Vanilla Sugar)
  • 3/4 cup of olive oil
  • 1 tsp of salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp of mustard
  • Bloomsbury Farm's Strawberry Jam

Instructions

  1. Throw it all in a mason jar and shake it up!
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Eating in Season with Bloomsbury Farms: Oven Roasted Baby Potatoes

It just keeps getting better and better!

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This week’s harvest:

pattypan squash

tomatoes

summer squash

peppers

eggplant

cucumbers

jalapenos

sunflower and clover sprouts

and baby potatoes

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This was an easy one that I kind of created on my own based on what I already had in my pantry and fridge.

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I started by cutting the potatoes in half and then put them in a bowl and tossed them around with a little bit of rosemary, thyme, onions, salt and parmesan cheese.

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Threw them in the oven for 30 minutes or so and ta-da!

In just 35 minutes from start to finish I was eating these little potatoes like popcorn!

 

Eating in Season with Bloomsbury Farms: Oven Roasted Baby Potatoes

Eating in Season with Bloomsbury Farms: Oven Roasted Baby Potatoes

Ingredients

  • A few pounds of baby potatoes
  • 2 tbsp of olive oil
  • 1 tsp of pink himalayan salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp rosemary
  • 1 1/2 tsp thyme
  • 1/2 cup of parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup of yellow onion

Instructions

  1. 1. Heat oven to 350 degrees
  2. 2. Cut potatoes in half
  3. 3. Toss all of the ingredients together in a large bowl
  4. 4. Spread potatoes on a cookie sheet lined with foil
  5. 5. Bake for 30 minutes or until tender.
  6. 6. Stir potatoes occasionally to get all sides nicely browned.
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Eating in Season with Bloomsbury Farm: Pan-Fried Cucumber

Picking up my beautiful Bloomsbury Farm basket will never get old…

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This week I’ve got everything from eggplant to tomatoes… sprouts to little baby tomatoes but my first undertaking were the cucumbers.

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I’m challenging myself to start with the veggies in my CSA that I’m a little intimidated of. I like sliced cucumbers in my water and I like pickles but I was skeptical about cooked cucumbers until I found this pan-fried cucumber in honey sesame sauce recipe in my CSA Cookbook by Linda Ly.

Bloomsbuy Farm CSA: Pan Fried Cucumber

Linda’s recipe calls for 2 pounds of cucumbers but I just used a few since I’m cooking for one.

I sliced them in half lengthwise and then again into smaller slices.

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To make the sauce I combined some teriyaki sauce, rice vinegar, sesame oil and honey.

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After that I sprinkled some Pink Himalayan salt on the cucumbers and then tossed them around in my gorgeous cast iron skillet (I’m convinced everything tastes better in it versus my basic skillet) for about 5 minutes.

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And then I added a little bit of some minced garlic, a chopped pepper and the honey sesame sauce.. tossed it around and voila!

Pan Fried Cucumber

Really quick and easy… altogether took me about 15-20 minutes!

Everything the recipe called for I either had in my pantry or it was just a cheap run to Trader Joes.

 

Happy cooking!

 

Eating in Season with Bloomsbury Farm: Pan-Fried Cucumber

Eating in Season with Bloomsbury Farm: Pan-Fried Cucumber

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds cucumbers
  • 1 teaspoon pink himalayan salt
  • 2 tablespoons sunflower oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 pepper
  • For the sauce:
  • 1 tablespoon teriyaki sauce
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon honey

Instructions

  1. Start by cutting the cucumbers in half lengthwise and then into smaller pieces. Sprinkle them with pink himalayan salt.
  2. For the sauce: Stir together all ingredients.
  3. Heat a large skillet over high heat and coat with the sunflower oil. Fry the cucumbers until they begin to brown on the bottom for about 2 minutes and then flip.
  4. Stir in the garlic and pepper and cook for another few seconds.
  5. Pour in the sauce and voila!
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Eating in Season with Bloomsbury Farms

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The simple life is the life for me and what’s more simple than eating just as our ancestors did… from the farm, to my fork, to my belly.

That means eating only what is in season and the best way to do that is by joining forces with a local farmer.

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So welcome to Bloomsbury Farms!

 

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…and meet Lauren! (Who knew farmers were so cute these days?)

Picking up one of her CSA baskets every week is better than Christmas morning. Everything in these baskets were hand picked by Lauren and her team that day.

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There is just something about my food coming from a small operation that makes it taste better.

 

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Just a few moments around Lauren and you can tell she puts so much love and dedication into what she is growing for us.

So starting next week join me here through the rest of Bloomsbury’s CSA season. I’m challenging  myself to cook through every veggies in this basket, and it changes every week!

Honestly I’ve never tried some of these veggies before so they look a little scary. It’s not going to be easy but it will definitely be fun!

 

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Look for what I got in my Bloomsbury Farm CSA basket and see what I’m cooking every Monday morning!

 

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Nashville’s Modern Day General Stores

 

Giveaway! (1)

Two of my favorite modern day general stores in town, Hey Rooster in East Nashville and White’s Mercantile in 12 South, came together and created this sweet hostess gift I have the pleasure of giving away! Keep scrolling for details!

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General Store: (noun) A rural or small town store that carries a general line of merchandise. It carries a broad selection of merchandise, sometimes in a small space, where people from the town and surrounding rural areas come to purchase all their general goods.

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When I think of General Stores I think of the place where my grandparents or great grandparents stopped in for a Coca-Cola in the center of the their hometown. It seems like something of the past but in Nashville everything old is new again.

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First came Hey Rooster…

 

 

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And then White’s Mercantile…

Both modern day general stores for homemakers living well-crafted lives filled with local goods.

 

 

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Whether it’s a gift…

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…like this amazing bag at White’s Mercantile.

 

Kitchen staple

 

Or a staple for the kitchen, you’ll find it.

 

Courtney

 

Courtney Webb is a Nashville native (unicorn) that moved back from New York to grace us with Hey Rooster.

And White’s Mercantile is for him, for her, the foodie, the hostess, the globe trotter, the bundle of joy, the outdoor enthusiast.

 

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If you have a hostess that needs some lovin’ you’re in luck! It includes Bluebird’s Biscuits, blackberry jam from the Nashville Jam Co and a Claudia Pearson Tea TowelJust join by signing up for my newsletter below!
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Greetings from Tennessee!

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GIVEAWAY! Batch: Giving the Best of Nashville

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If you’ve heard of these guys then you’re probably pretty excited right now. If not, get ready to be! The team that has made giving Nashville as a gift really easy wants to give one lucky winner a gift for #BeingLocal. More on that towards the end of my spiel but first let me tell you about ‘em.

What started as an idea to fill Nashville’s much needed void for a souvenir shop that had nothing to do with cheesy shot glasses has turned into a worldwide subscription based business.

Based on the Birchbox’s beauty sample box and Dollar Shave Club’s razor trial models Sam Davidson and a few other local fellas decided to do the same but with products born and bred in Music City.

 

How it works:

  • Each month the Batch team curates and delivers to its subscribers a package featuring 4 handcrafted goods with a description of each product and its maker.
  • Each monthly “Batch” is organized around a common theme and arrives to subscripbers the second week of each month.
  • They’re sending the goods in batches because the state of Tennessee requires small artisans to number each “batch” of product they make… get it?!

 

August Batch

 

 

Sloco’s Jeremy Barlow is putting together this month’s Batch!

You can also create your own batch or order a gift batch to spread some Nashville wherever.

 

 

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But this is where you are going to find a lot of local goodies they don’t sell online… their storefront inside of the Nashville Farmer’s Market.

 

 

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Now to that giveaway I briefly mentioned earlier… one lucky winner is about to get Nashville in a box at their doorstep.

The Standard Everything Nice Gift Batch includes:

  • Box (4 oz.) of Wildflower Honey shortbread cookies from Willa’s Shortbread
  • Bar (2.75 oz.) of cinnamon chili chocolate from Olive and Sinclair
  • Box (3 oz.) of peanut brittle from Brittle Brothers
  • Bag (6 oz.) of snackable granola from Nola Granola
  • Bag (5 oz.) of caramel popcorn from Lisa’s Caramel Corn

Enter to win below!

All you have to do is subscribe to my newsletter and in two days I’ll announce a winner!

 

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It’s not just what’s in the box it’s the love that was put into packing it.

Middle Tennessee Farmer’s Market Guide

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From 12 South to East Nashville and all the way down to Franklin, the Farmer’s Market “scene” in Nashville is my jam. It doesn’t matter what neighborhood you live in or what day of the week you need organic, local goodies there is a big chance there’s a market set up a stone’s throw away. I’ve been to most of the markets in and around Nashville and each and every one of them is authentic. Since there is a different market every day of the week that gives the local farmers, producers and artisans a chance to be at more than one or two so you won’t miss out on anything!

I am by no means an expert but by the amount of time I spend walking in circles at any given market on any given day you’d think I was trying to be. So I thought I’d share a little of what I’ve learned so far!

 

 

BEFORE YOU GO:

 

Do your homework… Know what’s in season in Middle Tennessee and what said veggie or fruit should really look like when it is their time to shine. For example: its August and these peaches are in their juicy right now.

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And two more words before you go… MEAL. PLAN.

I don’t know about you but if I go into the market blindly picking up every beautiful tomato I pass… I will leave broke as a joke. Know what you want to make for the week and make a list.

 

Here’s mine!

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WHILE YOU’RE THERE:

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Don’t forget your own reusable bag. Especially if you have a cute one like my $8 cutie from Bloomsbury Farm.

 

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Most producers get that no one carries cash anymore so even the Amish farmers have mobile credit card readers but I would bring just a little bit of cash just in case.

 

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Beat the crowd and get to the market early! 

The early birds always get the worm.

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BUT if you happen to be really tardy like I was one day in 12 South you could walk away with a gorgeous $16 bouquet for only $8. Boom.

 

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My favorite part about the market is the connection it gives me to the hardworking men and women who are growing and producing what fuels my body. I highly recommend taking a second and introducing yourself to the farmers and asking them questions about how they roll. They might even let you come visit their farm! Hopefully I’m not the only one who dreams of an afternoon filled with being one with my food. Totally normal.

 

 

There are seriously dozens of markets and they are all special in their own way but here are my top 3!

 

FRANKLIN’S FARMER’S MARKET IS EVERYTHING.

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Roll the windows down and hit Franklin Pike and go south until you literally run into this magical market.

 

 

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Thank goodness this market is here all year long, every Saturday! From 8:00am to 1:00pm May through October, 8:00am to Noon November through December, and 9:00am to Noon January through April.

Franklin Farmer’s Market

230 Franklin Road, Franklin, Tennessee 37064

 

 

EAST NASHVILLE’S MARKET GETS ME.

 

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I eat kale like a rabbit and by Wednesday I’ve usually eaten the entire bushel I got in Franklin and I don’t want to grab a bag from the Piggly Wiggly just because it’s convenient. (Sorry Piggly Wiggly) That’s where East Nashville’s market comes in!

 

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It’s there for me every Wednesday in May through October from 3:30pm to 7:00pm

East Nashville Farmer’s Market

Shelby Park, 1500 Davidson Street, Nashville, TN 37206

 

 

I’M HERE FOR THE CHANDELIERS… GOD BLESS YOU THOMPSON’S STATION.

 

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Thompson’s Station’s market is also another mid week favorite. This year they’ve moved to the beautiful new barn built at Homestead Manor. (We’ll get to them later) Even better they are a 7 hour operation every Wednesday in May through October from 11:30a.m. to 6:00p.m.

Thompson’s Station Farmer’s Market

4683 Columbia Pike, Thompson’s Station, TN 37179

 

 

MY OTHER FAVORITES:

 

Nashville Farmer’s Market

Every day… all year… all the time. The best part about Nashville’s market is it’s very convenient. You don’t have to plan your week around when the market is open. You can pick a day, any day and get your shopping done. It’s also a great place to grab a quick lunch during the week.

900 Rosa L Parks Blvd, Nashville, TN 37208

 

12 South Farmer’s Market

Another middle of the week savior every Tuesday in May through October from 3:30pm to 6:30pm

Sevier Park, 3000 Granny White Pike, Nashville, TN 37204

 

West End

Another year round market from 9:00am to 12:30pm in May through October and 10:00am to Noon in November through April

4101 Harding Pike, Nashville, TN 37205

 

Hip Donelson Farmers Market

Fridays in May through October from 4:00p.m. to 7:00p.m.

2730 Lebanon Pike, Nashville, TN 37214

 

Nolensville Farmer’s Market

Every Saturday May through october from 8:00a.m. to Noon

7248 Nolensville Rd. Nolensville, TN 37135 at the Nolensville Historic School.

 

Richland Park

Every Saturday May through mid-November from 9:00a.m. to Noon

Richland Park, 4601 Charlotte Pike, Nashville, TN 37209

 

Farmin’ in the Hall

Every Thursday in June through August  from 4:30p.m. to 7:00p.m.

451 Hogan Road, Nashville, TN 37220

 

And if I missed any Pick Tennessee Products has a great list here!

 

 

 

Pictures by yours truly and Kelsey Cherry