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Did you know Father’s Day is next Sunday, this week’s market would be a great time to get something special for that ‘DAD’ in your life. From grilling or gardening or enjoy a special meal prepared from some of the items our vendors have. From Savory, Sweet, Nutritious and Enjoyable; I’m sure you can find something this week that will make a great gift. Please be sure to visit Quinn’s Mercantile, they are wonderful hosting us each week, enables us to make deliveries easy for you.

Looking forward to seeing you ‘On the Porch’ Wednesday….Below is a highlight of what you can find available this week on the market. Have a blessed and safe week. Catherine, Market Manager.

Farrar Farm LLC, Sow’s Ear Piggery, Wedge Oak Farm have a great assortment of Meats & Poultry.
Short Mountain Cultures has Tempeh (pronounced TEM-pay) is a cultured, fermented plant based protein native to Indonesia. Delicious, versatile and quick to prepare tempeh readily accepts your favorite sauces, marinades and dry rub seasonings.
Flying S Farms has added a variety of different summer squash and zucchini they are wonderful grilled, steamed, sauté, stuffed. Their baked items are always a wonderful addition to most any meal or as a dessert. Zucchini Pineapple Breads and Zucchini Lemon Blueberry Bars/Cake are always a hit during the summer.
The Krafty Kupboard has several packaged/convenience ready to be prepared at your home, several items are Organic, Non-GMO, Gluten-Free and Vegan.
Botanical Harmony Farm has a great selection of Scrub, Soap, Deodorant, would be a great gift for “Dad” or anyone.
Salomon’s Greenhouse has Microgreens and sprouts that are extremely dense in vital enzymes, minerals and vitamins and chlorophyll. There aren’t many foods you could eat that are fresher. Enjoy a dazzling array of new flavors. Plants are at their absolute peak of flavor intensity at this stage of life.
Ferris Family Farm and Sweetpea find their assortment of Fresh Cut Culinary Herbs. Dress up your table or any room with Fresh Cut flowers.
Double Star Bar Farms offers a delicious assortment of Artisan Breads and Bagels.
Rainbow Hill Farm has several varieties of vegetable plants; tomatoes, peppers, melon, cucumber just to name a few.

From Linda at *Dogwood Valley Greenhouse *still has a good supply of tomato plants in two sizes Please place your order soon so you don’t miss out. Please note that prices remain greatly reduced on the 4" square pots. Varieties included are: Better Boy, Early Girl (just a few), Abe Lincoln, Big Red Cherry, and Brandywine. The gallon pots are really beautiful plants, beginning to bloom. And it’s not too late to plant them; simply plant them deep and water well and consistently.

I have restocked several herbs, including some Thymes and Greek Oregano. I also have both green and purple basil, and chamomile, in 4" square pots. And the lemongrass is magnificent! If you’re looking for a specific herb, please ask! I may well have it, as I’ve made a big effort to collect all the herbs available anywhere locally.

Perennials in bloom this week include: astilbe in several colors, balloon flower (both blue and white), a few early coneflowers, coral bells (better known for their beautiful foliage in several colors), dwarf coreopsis (ending bloom cycle), a few early daylilies (mostly pink right now), foamy bells, very early gauras, yellow creeping sedum, Shasta daisies, Stokesia (Stokes aster) in both blue & white, and yarrow in both pink & white.

The ferns are all magnificent, especially Japanese Painted, Northern Lady, Ostrich, Painted, Christmas and Dixie Wood ferns.

We have some new hanging baskets – coleus for shade and petunias for sun, and one large fuchsia basket I think you will love.

Coming soon: fresh cut herbs. Right now my shingles won’t allow me to do the intense bending required to harvest them.

And a little teaser: I potted out about two dozen baby African violets this morning. I’m thinking they will be in bloom around Thanksgiving or Christmas.

Market Is Back Open - Major Announcement This Week


Welcome to June. The Market is back open this morning and I have an announcement to make.

Starting this week Catherine Simmons is the new Market Manager. We are lucky to have her. You may know Catherine and Ben from Flying S Farms and their eggs, produce, baked goods and jams. Catherine has been with the Market since we began and has been one of the Market’s strongest supporters. Catherine has also been promoting farmer’s markets throughout Middle Tennessee for many years. Please give Catherine your support and gratitude as she learns the Market’s operations.

I want to thank Tracey and Ashleigh for their services these past couple of years since I had to step away from the Market. They will continue selling through Botanical Harmony and Homestead Farm. You will probably see Tracey’s sons assisting as needed.

I also want to thank Linda Reed (Dogwood Valley Greenhouse) and Michael Raines (Frontier Family Farm) for helping us through this transition.

I want to thank all our customers for your support as we complete our tenth year of operations.

I hope to see you soon.

John Erdmann

another popular farm is back


Valentine Family Farm is back!!

“We are back for the season with pickled okra,cucumbers and cauliflower.”

Happy Saturday afternoon


Good Afternoon! The market is open and ready for your orders~.

Botanical Harmony Farm and Homestead Manor Farm is back!

Short Mountain Cultures has delicious and refreshing kefir sodas stocked up! Great for these smoking hot days!

The Krafty Kupboard is stocked up on pantry items that can help make this busy time of year run a bit smoother!

Sweet Pea has some lovely wildflower bouquets!

Altamont Mennonites have 90/10 freezer filler 6 lb hamburger value packs for sale, check it out.

from Dogwood Valley Greenhouse announces a big sale! Tomato plants in 4 inch square pots will be $2, or 3 plants for $5. (The selection for 3 plants is listed separately.) Please leave a message to the farmer telling me which variety(ies) you would prefer. I have Abe Lincoln, Better Boy, Early Girl, and Large Red Cherry. Mix and match for the special, and if you order 6, I’ll throw in an extra one for free. It’s time these good healthy young plants leave my greenhouse and find a good garden to grow in!

Newly in bloom this week: the astilbes are just starting, and oh, how pretty they will be in a shady area of your garden! We have astilbe in four beautiful colors. But you have mostly sunny areas? Then try our Stokesia (Stokes aster), also just beginning to bloom in a lovely lavender blue or in white. We still have a lot of other blooming plants listed in previous messages, but if you are looking for something specific, please ask. I have quite a few things that I haven’t had time to list on the markets as yet.

And, oh yes, there is still plenty of time to plant perennials and annuals. Just please be sure to keep them well watered – “the more sun, the more water” is a good general rule. I water the greenhouses with gentle watering for 20 minutes every day. And one last thing: my plants come with a replacement guarantee for one year from date of purchase. Let me know if you have any issues with a plant you purchased from me.

Thank you all for your patience as we slowly try to get on our feet with the market.

See you soon on the porch!

Michael and Linda

The market is open!


Stones River Market

How to contact us:
Our Website: stonesriver.locallygrown.net
On Facebook: www.facebook.com/StonesRiverMarket
On Wednesdays: Here’s a map.

Market News

Good morning! The market is open and ready for your orders~

Flying S Farms has added several types of lettuce this week.

Botanical Harmony Farm and Homestead Manor Farm will be away this week but return next week!

Short Mountain Cultures has delicious and refreshing kefir sodas stocked up! Great for these smoking hot days!

The Krafty Kupboard is stocked up on pantry items that can help make this busy time of year run a bit smoother!

Sweet Pea has some lovely wildflower bouquets!

Thank you all for your patience as we shift and Michael takes over management and pickup! We appreciate you so very much and are honored to have been able to serve you for over two years with the market!

See you soon on the porch!

Tracey

See the complete list of products at http://stonesriver.locallygrown.net/

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Stones River Market

How to contact us:
Our Website: stonesriver.locallygrown.net
On Facebook: www.facebook.com/StonesRiverMarket
On Wednesdays: Here’s a map.

Market News

Good morning and Happy Mother’s Day!

Flying S Farms has added cabbage, radishes and turnips! DELICIOUS spring produce! Get it while it lasts in this heat!

Frontier Family Farm has
lettuce and so much more!

Double Star Bar Farm has a lot of asparagus listed still! What a spring treat from them!

Need a graduation gift? Quinn’s Mercantile has got you covered! From the quirky to serious and sophisticated… See all they have to offer! Not sure what to get? The friendly, inviting staff will be able to help with that!

Enjoy this glorious day!

Tracey & Ashleigh (Michael and Linda)

See the complete list of products at http://stonesriver.locallygrown.net/

The market is open! Please ready important info!


Stones River Market

How to contact us:
Our Website: stonesriver.locallygrown.net
On Facebook: www.facebook.com/StonesRiverMarket
On Wednesdays: Here’s a map.

Market News

Good morning!

The market is open and ready for your orders this week! I know that some seasonal markets opened yesterday and that’s great! Two weekly chances to buy local instead of going to a chain that sells from larger corporations. We work hard for you year-round and appreciate the support!

First, home delivery won’t be available for the short-term. I apologize for this inconvenience!

Now, on to the really yummy part of the letter:

The Krafty Kupboard is fully stocked with all of your favorite foods and Cilantro-Lime Black Bean Hummus is BACK! She also has several new items this week..
Taco Seasoning
Sweet Beet Hummus
Spicy Cornbread Mix
Cornmeal Breading
Buckwheat Pancake Mix

Organic, all-natural, wheat and gluten-free available!

Dogwood Valley Greenhouse Dogwood Valley Greenhouse has all sorts of beauties for your mother this Mother’s Day. We have lots of perennials for her sunny or shady garden, but we also know that some mothers don’t enjoy gardening (although we don’t really understand that… lol). Maybe your mom has a nice herb garden that could use a few of our additions, or maybe she’d enjoy snipping a fresh potted herb to enhance her culinary creation. Possibly she’d like to add a couple of groundcovers, ferns, or azaleas in the woodland around her home.

Maybe your mom enjoys houseplants more than garden plants. We have blooming pink “holiday” cacti (AKA Christmas cacti, but in bloom now), and just four very special African violets in full bloom. I have given good reliable instructions in the descriptions to keep both of these in extended bloom, and will always be glad to answer questions via email. I will be glad to wrap the pots of both of these, for a charming Mother’s Day gift.

Surely your mom would enjoy our new Spring Garden Bouquets. These are small bouquets, about a foot from tabletop to tallest bloom, and will be a delightful addition to any spring dining table or end table. I have vases in several colors, so give me an idea of your preference in the comments when you order.

And if you really can’t choose the perfect gift for your mom this Mother’s Day, please consider giving her a gift certificate from Dogwood Valley Greenhouse, so that she can select the plants that will best suit her situation.

One last thing: I’m going to revise my advice about tomato and pepper plants. Our recent nights in the 30’s and low 40’s have kept our garden soil unseasonably cool. The summer vegetables will do much better if you wait to set them out after Mother’s Day. The days are very pretty, but the nights have not been. I have both tomatoes and vegetables available this week, but will be glad to hold plants for you and deliver in a couple weeks. Place your order anytime, and specify a delivery date, to reserve your choice of tomato varieties and green bell peppers.

A huge thank you to Michael Raines of Frontier Family Farms for taking the wheel of the pickup while we work out some kinks! Also, thank you to Linda Reed of Dogwood Valley Greenhouse for staying and keeping Michael straight ;). Much love to both of you!

Flying S Farms has added radishes! YAY!! So happy to have those!

Homestead Manor Farm has several pounds of collard greens available along with fresh-cut thyme and oregano.

Maura at Double Star Bar Farms reminded me of the Boro Art and Craft Festival this coming Saturday (on the square) 8 am to 3 pm! Check it out!!

Botanical Harmony Farm has restocked Eucalyptus Mint Sea Salt and Rosemary, Nettle & Mint Sea Salt Soap bars!

Happy Spring!

Tracey & Ashleigh (Michael and Linda)

See the complete list of products at http://stonesriver.locallygrown.net/

Happy Spring Morning


Stones River Market

How to contact us:
Our Website: stonesriver.locallygrown.net
On Facebook: www.facebook.com/StonesRiverMarket
On Wednesdays: Here’s a map.

Market News

Happy, beautiful Spring day!

Dogwood Valley Greenhouse is just full of blooms at this time of year. Last time I wrote, I was just beginning to see blooms on the Carnations, Coral Bells (better known for their colorful foliage), Foam Flower, Foamy Bells (a cross between coral bells and foam flower), Pincushion, Spiderwort, and Salvia (two colors now). These are all in full bloom now, and really livening up the greenhouses. This week we are adding a few new ones to the sequence of bloom: Beard-tongue, Geranium (cranesbill), Phlox divaricata (another woodland phlox with narrow leaves and a cute dark ‘eye’), and Veronica in two colors.

Several Lavenders, Rosemary (both Creeping and Upright), Garden Sage, several types of Thyme, and Spearmint join the offerings of herb plants this week. It’s taken these guys a while to get going, but they are well worth the wait for your spring and summer cooking. Also added this week are tender Stevia and Lemongrass, which may still need to be guarded against a random unseasonably cool night.

The ferns are looking really good, and we have a good selection of heights and colors for your shade garden – autumn, Japanese painted (short & colorful), painted (taller and light green), Northern lady, and Ostrich at the moment, with more to come.

For spring blooms in shady areas, especially under tall trees, you can’t beat Azaleas. You might want to look through the Azalea listings to see the new colors in this week’s sequence of bloom, and there are still several more to come. And for fall color in full sun, Burning Bush (Euonymous) is amazing. We have both azaleas and burning bushes in two sizes: 1 gallon is about a foot tall, and three gallon is a lot larger and fuller.

Be sure to look for our new Spring Garden Bouquets. I’m having trouble with my phone’s camera, so may not have a photo. But I will be glad to bring you a bouquet and take it away if you aren’t satisfied. These are small bouquets, about a foot from tabletop to tallest bloom, and will be a delightful addition to any spring table.

One last thing: I’m going to revise my advice about tomato and pepper plants. These nights in the 30’s and low 40’s are keeping our garden soil unseasonably cool. The summer vegetables will do much better if you wait to set them out just a little longer. The days are very pretty, but the nights are not. Please wait to get your tomatoes and peppers after Mother’s Day. I will have both available next week, but will be glad to hold plants for you and deliver later. Place your order next week, and specify a delivery date, to reserve your choice of tomato varieties and green bell peppers.

Botanical Harmony Farm still has loads of duck eggs coming in daily! Get them while the ducks are happily laying!

Farrar Farm has nice artisan cuts of beef listed.

Flying S Farms has many of your daily bread needs covered along with award winning jams and chicken eggs. They have listed Bok Choi this week in the vegetable section.

Wedge Oak Farm has sausage, whole chicken, chicken and duck eggs available!

Double Star Bar Farms has the most buttery, must-have Pain l’Ancienne (also known as a mini baguette)… Rod recently shared with me that there is no butter used in the bread, it’s olive oil! These tasty gems are so worthy, right along with their bagels! SO SO GOOD!

There’s so much more on this market. Browse and find some old and new favorites along with ever-changing, seasonal offerings.

Know your farmers, know your makers, bakers, producers! They all appreciate your support and love of what they do :).

Tracey & Ashleigh

See the complete list of products at http://stonesriver.locallygrown.net/

Happy Earth Day! The Market is now open!


Stones River Market

How to contact us:
Our Website: stonesriver.locallygrown.net
On Facebook: www.facebook.com/StonesRiverMarket
On Wednesdays: Here’s a map.

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Morning! Happy Earth Day! Thank you for choosing to support local this and every week!

The market is now open for your order! Produce options are growing :D

Homestead Manor Farm has listed more delicious broccoli leaf bunches! Perfect for any sautee as they add a nice chewy texture and cook a bit faster than kale. Nutrient dense as well! Greenhouse, organically grown!

Check out Dogwood Valley Greenhouse azalea shrub for your semi-shaded area!They are beautiful!

Frontier Family Farm has spinach and the micro-greens are very popular. Several varieties to choose from!

Lynchburg Beef has added some specialty items for any occasion!

Wedge Oak Farm has all your sausage needs covered! Need a whole roasting chicken? They’ve got your back as well!

Flying S Farms never fails to deliver amazing quality baked goods and chicen eggs!

Ferris Family Farm has fresh-cut herbs available!

Double Star Bar Farm what can I say but BAGELS!! Wow and the sourdough is my weekly go-to when I need a quick meal with some The Krafty Kupboard Hummus! SO FRESH and so delicious- KNOW YOUR MAKERS!

Super incredible to know who is making my food!

See ya on the porch!!

Tracey & Ashleigh

See the complete list of products at http://stonesriver.locallygrown.net/

Weblog Entry


Stones River Market

How to contact us:
Our Website: stonesriver.locallygrown.net
On Facebook: www.facebook.com/StonesRiverMarket
On Wednesdays: Here’s a map.

Market News

Farrar Farms says Farrar Farm has several Special Order items available for your Mother’s Day dinner (such as whole beef tenderloin). Don’t disappoint mom!!!! Order now to ensure that it’s ready for the big day.
Any questions on special orders? Let us know!

Botanical Harmony Farm has plenty of duck eggs this week! Stock up for Easter baking or incredible soft or hard boiled eggs!

Linda from Dogwood Valley Greenhouse sends this cheery Springtime note:

Yes it’s really spring. I didn’t think I’d ever be able to say that, this year! In the greenhouse, the plants may be blooming a week or so earlier than they would if outside, in the wind and rain. But they sure are happy in the greenhouse! This week, many of them are continuing to bloom from previous weeks, such as Euphorbia, columbine, coreopsis, creeping phlox, Dianthus, charming taller woodland phlox, dwarf Solomon’s seal, vinca, and azaleas. I’ve also noticed a few new blooms, including some of the dwarf carnations, foam flower, coral bells, pincushion flower, Spiderwort, and salvia.

The ferns, especially the low Japanese Painted and the taller Ostrich, would look really great in your woodland garden. The wandering Jew hanging baskets are lush and full, and the Rex begonias are ready (as soon as the weather stays consistent) to add color to your porch or patio.

The mints and oreganos are doing very well, and finally the thyme is filling out. Salad burnet is still thick and full, waiting to be a part of your next salad. We have a few Rosemary and Lavender plants as well, and a limited number of Stevia. Valerian, a very useful herb, can also add a tall white accent to your perennial border.

And a nice surprise: the Christmas cacti are back in bloom! They actually haven’t been resting for long, and I’ve been watering them right along. So I’m not sure what triggered the bloom cycle, but they’ll make great Mother’s Day gifts. (I will wrap for you.)

Don’t forget: it’s not reliably warm enough for tomato and pepper plants yet, in spite of what some of the big box stores try to tell you. In fact, I saw several dead ones in my local shop a couple days ago, and there will be more after this coming Monday’s cold night. And I’m going to throw out a forecast that we will get one more frost, right after the next round of vegetable plantings. My suggestion: wait till at least May 1, when the soil is nice and warm, allowing for good strong root growth, which is essential for healthy plants. Then get your tomato and pepper plants from Dogwood Valley Greenhouse. I will have several varieties of tomatoes and some California Wonder green bell peppers, available in about two to three weeks.

Check out all the excited listings on our incredible market!

See ya on the porch!!

Tracey & Ashleigh

See the complete list of products at http://stonesriver.locallygrown.net/