Free Canning Class in Bellevue!

Preserve Your Fresh Farm Veggies
When You Learn To Can! It’s FREE!
When? Saturday, August 6, 2016
10:00 a.m.
Where? Bellevue Presbyterian Church
(Across Hwy 100 from The Bellevue Farmer’s Market)
Details: We can only accommodate 8 to 10 people comfortably
so please register now. And if we have
more than 10 people sign up, we’ll call you
about a second class.
Cost: FREE
RSVP: complete the form below or call 615.646.1666

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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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Pumpkin Party!

Join us TONIGHT to purchase pumpkins and other great pumpkin themed items! Our local growers will have beautiful pumpkins at the market tonight, just in time for fall!

Be sure to check us out! We've only got a 3 more Friday Night markets after tonight's market!

Oh, and what would an October market night be without RAIN!? The rain won't keep us away tonight, but sever storms will.  Please check back on our Facebook page and Twitter (@thebellevuefm) for updates on the market tonight. 

Halloween soap from Moon Shine Suds & Such

Halloween soap from Moon Shine Suds & Such

Apple Pumpkin Bread from It's Greek to Me Cottage Kitchen

Apple Pumpkin Bread from It's Greek to Me Cottage Kitchen

Halloween soap from Moon Shine Suds & Such

Halloween soap from Moon Shine Suds & Such

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Community Night

Hey Bellevue, we need your help in giving back to the community! Bring a food donation and help us stock the Bellevue Food Bank on Friday, October 2nd!  Click here for a complete list of food items needed!  Your donation will enter you for a chance to win $25 in Market Bucks.  Market Bucks can be used at The Bellevue Farmers Market just like cash!

The Bellevue MOMS Club will also be raising money for our local firemen! Money raised will help stock food and supplies at our local fire stations.  

Be sure to stop by Becky's All Purpose Cleaner's booth and write a note to seniors that receive Meals on Wheels.  Writing a note will enter you into a contest for a free cookbook!

Let's join together to help GIVE BACK to our community! It's great to be in Bellevue!

(Currently there is a 50% chance of light rain - we will proceed with the market as planned.  If the weather gets worse, we will announce any changes on our Facebook page)

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“Belle Vue I” to be open for tours on market nights

The Belle Vue I, which overlooks Red Caboose Park, is the original home of Abraham Louis DeMoss, founder of Bellevue.

The Bellevue Harpeth Historic Association plans to have the cabin open every Friday night during market hours.  The home originally stood on a ridge overlooking Morton Mill Road for more than 200 years.  Abraham Louis DeMoss, his wife Hannah, and their 9 children lived there.  The cabin was donated to Bellevue Harpeth Historic Association by DeMoss descendants Frank and Dolly Carter and their family.

Stop by Red Caboose Park between 5pm and 7:30pm every Friday night during The Bellevue Farmers Market for a tour and a brief history lesson!

 

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The Bellevue Farmers Market makes the move to Red Caboose Park

The Bellevue Farmers Market is excited to announce we are moving!  Starting this Friday (6/26) the market will be at Red Caboose Park every Friday from 5 to 7:30.  This new location will help the market continue to grow and be an integral part of the community.  If you’ve not been before, we encourage you to check out our 20+ vendors.

We’d also like to say ‘Thank You!’ to Bellevue United Methodist Church for being such a wonderful host for the last 2.5 years.

Meet Our Market Farmers – Buffalo Road Produce

Buffalo Road Produce

Buffalo Road Produce (Buffalo Valley Farm) is a small scale CSA/market farm located on the westernmost edge of Davidson county, between Bellevue and Pegram. We focus on sustainability and quality above all else. We are family owned and operated on our own land which we’ve owned since the early 60’s. We offer a robust variety of produce and other farm goods including free range eggs from our flock, honey from our hives, and Shiitake mushrooms from our mushroom logs. We are also currently experimenting with and trying to produce our own homemade soaps, candles, and other novelty items of the homestead nature. 100% of produce we offer is started and grown on our farm, using certified organic seed and only sustainable farming practices. Methods that our ancestors used in the old days that are tried and true. We strongly believe that these methods are the RIGHT way to farm and we are proud to say that we practice these exclusively. It’s not the easy way to do it by any means, but we are rewarded with knowing we are doing our part to take care of the planet we live on and the people who enjoy what we offer.

www.buffaloroadproduce.com

BFM Location:
Friday Night – BUMC
Saturday Morning – TailGate

Meet Our Market Farmers – Giving Thanks Farm

We are excited to add another new farm to our Friday night market at BUMC! Giving Thanks Farm is a family owned and operated farm in Montgomery County, TN. They pasture raise all of their animals. Livestock are feed non-GMO food, and their fields are chemical-free. They never use antibiotics or added hormones, and no added nitrates/nitrites!

www.givingthanksfarm.com

Meet Our Market Farmers – Walton’s Hill Farm

Walton’s Hill Farm

Walton’s Hill Farm is a small berry farm located in Robertson county.  We specialize in blueberries, but we also raise several varieties of ever bearing strawberries, blackberries and mulberries.  In late summer to early fall we will have apples, pears and muscadines to offer.  Fresh berries can be some of the most heavily sprayed food products that you can buy; but at Walton’s Hill, we use no pesticides, herbicides or chemical fertilizers.  We also work with a local commercial kitchen to produce all natural jams and jellies from our own harvest.  Follow us on Facebook for gardening and homestead tips and ideas at www.facebook.com/waltonshillfarm

BFM Location:
Friday Night – BUMC

For additional information on The Bellevue Farmers Market participants, visit www.thebellevuefarmersmarket.com and click the Vendors tab.

The BFM is seeking performers for the 2015 season.

We are currently seeking a variety of singers, performers and musical acts for the 2015 market season.  The market best suits acoustical acts, vocal groups, brass/woodwind ensembles, and the like.  There is no electricity at The BFM, so all acts will need to be able to perform without microphones or amps.  As of now, performances are unpaid and playing for tips only. This is a great opportunity for someone looking to get some experience playing before crowds or to just play and have fun! Slots are open for both the Friday and Saturday markets.

If you are interested in being a performer at either market, please contact us!