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Good August Morning...Market is OPEN!

I am apprehensive writing the Blog this morning after all the challenges I’ve had with a new computer. Thank You, John for helping me through this and everyone that responded to his blog letting me know it’s not the Weblog but narrowed it down to the provider that was installedon the computer. My fingers are crossed when I hit the send button.

I’m enjoying the cooler morning of August and the wonderful colors of summer. Red tomatoes, yellow corn, green peppers, new fall crops coming up. I’m taking it all in knowing full well in another month or so the Fall Colors will be drifting in and our Tennessee pallet of beauty will change again.

Be sure to check out all the wonderful items of summer on the market. Many summer vegetables are in peek season and so delicious.

News From Some of Our Growers:

Wedge Oak:
Wild Onion Link Sausage- made with our Mangalitsa pork and fresh wild onion from the farm. Great for breakfast lunch and dinner
Poultry Breakfast- medium breakfast sausage made with pasture raised chicken, turkey, and duck. 1 pound chub
Don’t forget the Bone In Chicken Breast and Leg Quarters too. Great for the grill or to prepare in the kitchen.

Trinity Rose Oberhasli Dairy Goats:
Do you ever have breakfast for supper? I do sometimes. In truth, I don’t enjoy cooking, but I also don’t like to eat out – too expensive and too processed! Sometimes, after a long day, I will scramble up some fresh eggs and top it with crumbled goat cheese and diced fresh (Flying S Farms) tomatoes. It is fast and a GREAT meal. The other night I had my son and his fiancé over for dinner and wanted to make something nice, but simple. I put about ½ cup of goat cheese (Chevre) in a bowl, added some crushed garlic and a splash of lemon juice and mixed it up (it tasted great!) I filled some baby portabella mushroom caps with the mixture and topped with a bit of fresh tomato and baked in the oven (350*) for about 15-20 minutes. DELICIOUS!

Rainbow Hill Farm:
Zucchini, Yellow Squash, Cherry Tomatoes, Okra and Ginger Gold Apples

Flying S Farms:
Silver Queen Corn, Mixed Sweet Bell Peppers and Several Varieties of Tomatoes

Looking forward seeing you on “The Porch” of Quinn’s Mercantile.

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Market is Open

The Market is open until later this evening.

This is a check of the weblog mail. Please let Catherine know if you received this message.



August Already!!

Ding Ding the Market is OPEN!

The wonderful Taste and Smells of Summer is increasing, Tomatoes, Corn, Peaches, Peppers, Beans! Grills are turning our delicious Steaks, Burgers, Pork Chops and Kabobs, Barbeque and Roasted Chicken, Sausages and Bursts…are you hungry yet!

Rainbow Hill Farms has delicious Peaches, find her listing under Fruits and Fruit Juices.

Flying S Farms has added more TOMATOES, cherry and slicers. Sweet Peppers and Basil.

Farrar Farm is back from a brief break.

Double Star Bar Farm will return in 2 weeks.

Several have mentioned you are not receiving the Weblog, sometime you do and sometimes you don’t. We are not sure why this is happening and John is researching the problem and seeing what can be done. Some email providers have their own filters can block emails or place them in a Focus/Other, Spam or Junk folders, be sure to check those folders on your computer.

See you “On the Porch” at Quinn’s Mercantile Wednesday.

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Market is OPEN, check it out!

Thank you everyone that came to “The Porch” at Quinn’s Mercantile and enjoyed Stones River Market 10th year anniversary. Special Thank You to our Growers and Customers that help make this happen. We look forward providing you with an online experience during todays busy schedules.

Remember each time you order ( your name will be added to “The Basket” for a chance to win a $25 Gift Certificate or $10 Gift Certificate ‘s’ to the market. Be sure to get an order in weekly to increase your chances. The drawing will be during the September 12 Market, we will notify the winners.

Rainbow Hill Farms has PEACHES listed this week and Carol will most likely be on ‘The Porch’ Wednesday.

Short Mountain Cultures will soon be adding some new items, they already have some delicious things available, going to be exciting to see what they will have! Hint…it’s white!

Flying S Farms delicious Peaches & Cream Corn, great summer time produce.

Dogwood Valley Greenhouse has several cut Herbs that would go great with any meal your preparing, as well as a large assortment of plants.

Looking forward seeing everyone on “The Porch” at Quinn’s Mercantile Wednesday. Be sure to step inside and brose through their wonderful items and tell them “Happy Second Birthday”.

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Order today, Party Wednesday!!

Welcome to another wonderful week with the Stones River Market. Time to order: Market will be open until 10pm Monday.

Happy 10-year Birthday to the Stones River Market, we will be CELEBRATING this Wednesday July 18 with “Cake” and “Tea” during the Market Pick up Time! We would like to thank our Customers and Growers for making the past 10 years so successful. Starting last week and ending September 5th (10 weeks-get it…10 year Birthday!) each time you order your name will be entered will be added to “The Basket” for a chance to win a $25 Gift Certificate or $10 Gift Certificates to the market. Be sure to get an order in weekly to increase your chance. Any of our Growers/Vendors are welcome to set up a table where you can sample some of your items you offer and/or bring some to sell.

It is definitely summer with the rise in temperatures vegetables are beginning to ripen especially the tomatoes. Flat Creek Produce with beautiful Cherry tomatoes, Rainbow Hill Farms with both cherry and larger tomatoes and Flying S Farms with assorted large, cherry and green tomatoes.

All our meat vendors have some great selection of meats; perfect for any gathering, grilling or roasting.

This message from Linda Reed of Dogwood Valley Greenhouse: Please look through the perennials to see all the exciting ways to brighten up your garden! It is not too late to plant, and several types are still in bloom at this time. But you must be sure to keep them (as well as your spring plantings) well watered during this excessive summer heat.
I have been able to find a few new varieties to add to the listings from Dogwood Valley Greenhouse. Some of them include:
Coneflower – not just in pinks anymore! I now have a white one and a nice orange.
Blackberry Lily – not really a lily, but actually a little iris, is a summer charmer
Daylilies – I love the little bicolor orange & red, as well as several with red throats or markings. Unfortunately they are out of bloom now, but their photos give you a good idea of their colors so you can add now and enjoy next summer.
And for your herb garden, I have a few new offerings:
Large basil container – a one gallon pot containing 2 green and 2 purple basil plants, ready to harvest and enjoy this evening!
Elderberry bush – berries may have anti-inflammatory, antiviral, and anticancer properties.
I have also made available several of the “old favorites” from last year, such as Greek oregano and various thymes and mints.
Lastly, the “fresh-cuts” are now available in limited quantities. Why buy fresh-cut herbs from Dogwood Valley Greenhouse?
1. All “fresh-cut herbs” are just that – cut the morning of market day, before the weather is too hot, increasing the flavor.
2. I discard the larger stems. Hence you get a lot more usable leaves and tender shoots than you might find elsewhere.
3. My herbs are organically grown, although I do not list them as “organic” because of the expenses involved with the certification process.
4. I never spray my herbs with any pesticide stronger than Insecticidal Soap, and that only very sparingly. You’re not eating chemicals. Hence you should be sure to wash your herbs before use, in case there might be a six-legged hitchhiker in the bag.

Looking forward seeing everyone on “The Porch” at Quinn’s Mercantile Wednesday.

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Get Your Orders in and Let's PARTY1

It’s time to order, more and more produce is being added, be sure to check the Vegetable Section out.

Happy 10-year Birthday to the Stones River Market, hey, LET’S CELEBRATE! Over the next ‘10’ weeks when you place an order, your name will be added to “The Basket” for a chance to win a $25 Gift Certificate to the market. That’s 10 chances to win, be sure to get order in weekly to increase your chance. We be having a “Birthday Party” at our NEXT market on July 18th. We will have Cake & Punch and Growers! Growers are welcome to set up a table where you can sample some of your items you offer and/or bring some to sell…no fee! I’ll have more information during Pick-up this Wednesday.

Please share our Announcement found on Quinn’s Mercantile and Stones River Market Facebook pages.

Welcome our new grower, Flat Creek Produce! It is a family owned and operated hydroponic farm located in College Grove, TN. Hydroponic gardening is the process of growing plants in mineral-rich water instead of soil. Our produce includes a variety of tomatoes and cucumbers. Only vegetables grown in the dirt can be labeled organic, but we do not use pesticides. We strive to provide the freshest and highest quality produce to our customers.

Welcome back Erdmann Farm this week! Dill and Basil has been added to the market and may have some flowers available Wednesday during pickup.

Flying S Farms has added a new pole bean called Malibu, take my word for it, they are delicious!

Please Growers let me know if you have any items you’d like to announce in the Weblog.

See you on “On The Porch” at Quinn’s Mercantile Wednesday July 11.

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Delivery Tuesday, 3rd.

Good morning, time to order. Remember delivery is Tuesday, same time and place just on Tuesday this week.

I had a great weblog prepared to copy and paste and when I went to get on the computer, our computer has crashed. Thank goodness for iPhone and iPads.

Several growers/vendors have great selections of items that will be great for your Fourth of July gathering.

Have a safe Fourth and see you ‘On the Porch’ at Quinn’s Mercantile.

Time to ORDER, welcome our New Vendor!

It Official Summer, great time to stock up on items for family outings, picnics, barbecues, reunions, and of course the 4th of July in 2 weeks. July 4th falls on Wednesday this year and we will have the market delivery on Tuesday. Same market hours; order Sunday and Monday but deliver on Tuesday July 3rd, same time and same place…On the Porch of Quinn’s Mercantile, who by the way has some great items to make any event special.

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Welcome our new vendor: Trinity Rose Oberhasli Dairy Goats! Read about them and their goats in ‘Our Growers’ section. They will be offering RAW PET goats milk, goats milk cream and goats milk kefir available this week. Excited to have them with us.

Farrar Farm LLC is back from brief break.

Our market has 17 vendors today offering a wide range of items. Please scan through the listing the left side of Market page, there is bound to be something that you will enjoy.

Several has asked about Virgin Bay Seafood, they have a time conflict with getting deliveries to our market on Wednesdays. I’m trying to see how we can work this out with a couple of their employees that live in the Murfreesboro area. I’ll keep you updated.

I’m still trying to navigate the electronic world, hang in there with me, any advice is very much appreciated.

Catherine Simmons

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Resending...Time to ORDER, great items available!

_Sorry about the resend, I accidentally deleted the weblog entry for the website! Just think of this as a reminder!!

Wishing all the “Dads” out there a great day and wonderful memories of those “Dads” that are no longer with us.

It is time to order, there are several great things on the market this week! Be sure to order early before items run out. Looking forward seeing you ‘On the Porch’! If there are any items that you would like to see added to the market, please let me know. Thank you all of you that are spreading the word about our great market, we had several new customers over the past couple weeks! Looking forward to seeing you ‘On the Porch’!

Fourth of July is just around the corner and it falls on a Wednesday this year. Market will be open Sunday and Monday as usual but instead of Wednesday delivery we will do the deliveries on TUESDAY July 3rd. Be sure to take advantage of the market that week for great ‘picnic – barbeque’ items!

“News from our Vendors”:

From Wedge Oak Farm: We have some delicious handmade small batch sausages, chicken, duck and pork cuts available this week. Our Honey Pig Sausage is a chipotle pepper and honey sweetened sausage that is packed in a one pound pack of 4 links. Slightly hot and finishing sweet it is a delicious sausage to add to a dish or cook and eat alone. Also available this week is Wild Onion Sausage. Small Batch and hand made from our pasture raised hogs, this one is delicious for breakfast lunch and dinner.

From Flying S Farms: We have added Cucumbers, Candy Onions and Large Bat like Green Zucchini that can be grated for baking, fritters or stuffed. The summer heat fluctuation has caused our Broccoli and Cauliflower heads to be a little small but they are still delicious raw or cooked, great tossed on the grill.

*Farrar Farm LLC *will be away this week but return next week.

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What's next Sunday.....

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.