The Bellevue Farmers Market Returns May 12th!

We are excited to get the market started for the 2017 season. The Bellevue Farmers Market will return to Red Caboose Park on Friday, May 12th and will run every Friday through Sept 29th

One major change this year is the market hours of operation. The market will now start at 3:30 PM and will run until 7:30 PM. Along with the time change, we are implementing a rule that vendors may NOT sell products prior to the official market opening.  This will help us to better ensure that vendors will have products and goods for the duration of the market.

We have several new vendors participating in the market this year, along with your regular favorites!  We still have a few vendor slots open for unique vendors. If you would like to consider participating, or know someone that might like to join our market, the application is available by clicking here.

Community Partnerships

Our market would not be possible without the support of local businesses and organizations sponsoring our market. These partnerships help us to cover park rental, insurance, marketing, and other costs that arise throughout the season.  If your business or organization would like to become a Community Partner with The Bellevue Farmers Market, click here to see the various levels of partnerships.

Social Media

Please help us spread the word about our marketing by liking and sharing our posts on social media.  Be sure to “check in” on Facebook or tweet us when you visit the market!

TheBFM social media links:
Facebook @bellevuefarmmarket
Instagram @thebellevuefm
Twitter @thebellevuefm
Snapchat thebellevuefm

Market Hashtags:

#TheBFM
#FridayNightFamily

We look forward to seeing you soon,

The Bellevue Farmers Market Staff




A chance to clean out and GIVE BACK!

Join us this Friday (MAY 27) and trade a bag of outgrown SSA (Metro School Student Attire) for a free lemonade while also enjoying some delicious food, fun shopping and visiting with friends at The Bellevue Farmers Market at Red Caboose Park. Since school is out on Wednesday, this is your chance to purge your kids’ closets for summer!

UniCycle will use all of the items collected to put together a traveling clothing closet in late July, offering a “Back-to-School” shopping experience for kids who are living in homeless shelters as they are registered for school by the Homeless Education Resource Office.

The Bellevue Farmers Market is held each Friday from 5 – 7:30 p.m. through October 14 at Red Caboose Park on Hwy. 70. www.thebellevuefarmersmarket.com

About UniCycle

UniCycle is school uniform recycling program that collects and redistributes outgrown, gently-used clothing in the Metro Nashville Public School system. Be sure to like them on Facebook! Your donation will also enter you to win a Prize Pack from The Bellevue Farmers Market!





 

The Bellevue Farmers Market

What Does Local Mean at The Bellevue Farmers Market?

What does local food mean to you? It’s often a term we use to describe something that wasn’t shipped across the country by truck. Over the last 10 years, farmers markets have popped up all over Nashville.  We live in a great city, and we have great markets in most all of our communities.  When we started growing The Bellevue Farmers Market, a unique thing happened…we discovered we had local growers right here in Bellevue.

As our market developed, we put an emphasis on being as local as we possibly could be.  It can be a challenge for sure. There can be several reasons…maybe nobody in the immediate area produces or grows a specific food or item, so you have to search more regionally.  It could be that there are local folks, but they are committed to other markets.  Pulling together a market that is as Bellevue-centric as possible has been, and continues to be challenging, but the reward is worth it.

Shaun Daugherty of Fresh & Local on his farm in Bellevue

Shaun Daugherty of Fresh & Local on his farm in Bellevue.

Philip Bennett of Buffalo Road Produce with eggs fresh from the farm.

Philip Bennett of Buffalo Road Produce with eggs fresh from the farm.

How do we define local? We define it as community.

We are proud to be one of the few, if not the only, markets in the Nashville area in which a majority of the produce sold is grown less than 5 miles from our market. Even more, the majority of our artisans and food merchants live in or near Bellevue. From a community stand point, that means when you purchase goods at The Bellevue Farmers Market, you are giving back to the community.  Our vendors represent Bellevue families. These families live and shop here. When we go to local stores, we see them shopping in the same stores.  When we attend our children’s event at schools, we see these families at the same school with their children. When we go to vote, we see these families at the same voting station. For us, it’s about knowing where our food comes from and eating healthy, but it goes far beyond that. We have a special thing happening here in Bellevue.

The Jacobson Family of Pegram will be a new addition to The Bellevue Farmers Market in 2016!

The Jacobson Family of Pegram will be a new addition to The Bellevue Farmers Market in 2016!

As you shop the market this year…we encourage you to get to know the growers. Ask questions! If you don’t see something that you are looking for, feel free to ask them why.  Locally grown means what is in season for the local region.  They can let you know when to expect to see certain foods. Ask where the food was grown, and the methods used to grow it.  This is your market, Bellevue! We look forward to serving you in 2016!

Local honey bees at Buffalo Road Produce

Local honey bees at Buffalo Road Produce

From early April, Cherokee Purples being grown in Bellevue at Fresh & Local.

From early April, Cherokee Purples being grown in Bellevue at Fresh & Local.

Fresh lettuce from Bellview Produce grown off Gower Road in Bellevue.

Fresh lettuce from Bellview Produce grown off Gower Road in Bellevue.

The 2016 season of The Bellevue Farmers Market will feature more produce growers than ever! Over double from last year! We will tell about our other growers and farmers in our next blog!

The Bellevue Farmers Market returns May 6th to Red Caboose Park.  The market is held every Friday from 5pm to 7:30pm, May thru October. Click here to see our events schedule.

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Tips On Storing Fresh Vegetables

The Bellevue Farmers Market offers a wide variety of locally grown produce at our market each Friday night. There’s nothing much better than a local, pesticide free, ‘homegrown’ tomato.  Particularly, a Cherokee Purple.  Purchasing your food at The Bellevue Farmers Market is not just an investment in local farms. It is an investment in your personal health. We want to help you protect your ‘investment’ for as long as possible. MyFitnessPal.com recently posted a chart with tips on storing fresh vegetables. Be sure to download this convenient tip sheet below.

Each Friday night, through late October, you can purchase the best produce, eggs, and meat available in Bellevue, TN from these local vendors at:

Fresh & Local (Grown in Bellevue)

Buffalo Road Produce (Grown in Bellevue)

C&S Produce (Grown in Ashland City)

Walton’s Hill Farm (Grown in Springfield)

Bellview Produce & Collective (Re-seller from Busy Bee Blueberry in Greenbrier, TN; The Orchard in Cross Plains, TN; Bellview Farms in Bellevue, TN; Friesens Farm in Pleasantville, TN)

Pinewood Farm (Grown in Hickman County)

(Meat) Giving Thanks Farm (Clarksville, TN)

The Bellevue Farmers Market is held each week at Red Caboose Park from 5pm to 7:30pm.  The playground is open for children while parents shop, and the Bellevue Harpeth Historic Association will have the Belle Vue I cabin open for tours.

DOWNLOAD THE STORING FRESH VEGETABLES TIP SHEET

The Bellevue Farmers Market @ Red Caboose Park

A huge thank you to the Bellevue Community for coming out this past Friday night to support The Bellevue Farmers Market inaugural event at Red Caboose Park! Over the last 3 years, the market has grown, and will continue to grow with your support!

As we look forward to the upcoming holiday weekend, make your plans now to come out to the market this coming Friday! Be sure to stock up on steaks and meat for your grilling needs for the Fourth of July! We will have a wide selection of produce from local farms, as well as a variety of breads, eggs, cheese, honey, cobblers, and other great finds!

The market is held each Friday from 5pm to 7:30pm at Red Caboose Park in Bellevue.