|Can you believe only a few more weeks till the beginning of Green Door’s 2012 season?
We have had two great mini markets to get our home gardeners set with herbs and veggie plants, and home cooks set with spring produce, local honey and eggs. It was so wonderful to see our community of loyal Green Door Gourmet goers! If you were able to make it to the farm, you got to see a wee bit of everything going on out here, but I thought I would give you an update, or maybe it is a teaser for good things to come! I invite you to circle May 19th on your calendar for our spring fling kick off here at Green Door Gourmet!
We are thrilled to welcome LOTS of new members to our TN farm Co-op! We will feature each one in our upcoming newsletters but here is an over view!
Our new Barn is on its way to completion! It will be the permanent home for our farm market stand, and enable us to stay open 5 days a week, Tuesday through Saturday, all the way through November! Saturday will continue to be CSA pick up day, but now you will be able to stop out to see us during the week anytime you need extra veggies, milk, meat, eggs, or just want a spot to bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the outside! Next week I am going to tell you the story of Ben Heafner’s and Hugh Helm’s stores, both of which were small country stores, one mile either way from our farm back in NC. I LOVED those places and I want to create an environment that brings those great feelings back to life!
Now for some information about what you can find at the farm…
They offer flash pasteurized, incredibly good whole milk, buttermilk, and BY SPECIAL order Chocolate milk. If you came out to the last mini market and tasted the chocolate milk samples, you know it is kid AND parent approved! I kept thinking about what outstanding hot chocolate it would make as well! This is the milk they serve at Blackberry Farm, the highly rated resort in East TN, so you know the quality is over the top!
Our Meat producers this year will be: Sequatchie Cove (lamb, pork beef , sausage), Gourmet Pasture Beef ( jerky, salves, beef),Ecotone Farms (duck, chicken, pork, sausage), Triple L Ranch(beef), Jolly Barnyard ( chicken, turkey), and West wind Farms ( chicken, pork beef, lamb, sausage).
We will have eggs from Cub Creek Farms! Farmer Antone has some new varieties of laying hens so you will get a range of brown and white eggs in your carton. This should help many couples solve the typical fuss about whether white or brown ones taste better… Now you can cook them up and choose!
The Jolly Barnyard is back with their ultra premium quality eggs. Mary Ann and Samuel have become THE go-to folks for eggs at the finest gourmet restaurants in town.
We are also talking with someone about “rainbow eggs” (natural blue, green, and speckled eggs) and hope to work out a delivery schedule that will allow us to offer their eggs!
The famous Barefoot Farmer, Jeff Poppin, is working with us to move our farm towards a more biodynamic veggieland. (More on biodynamics coming soon!) He will do a guest lecture or two over the season and has his autographed books here for sale too! Cindy Shapton, an amazing local herb expert will be here to give you planting, cooking and medicinal tips for your herb garden. Her book “The Cracked Pot Herb Garden” is a garden resource every herbalist should have! Is it is written from a middle TN point of view and addresses many of the issues we face growing herbs! We have it here on the farm for you to pick up this spring.
Tru Bee honey returns this year! You may have seen some of their great press in Instyle magazine, among other national publications. They have been chosen as one of the top tasting honey’s in the country! The 2011 season made great honey and we have THE LAST OF IT. So don’t forget to pick up some extra because when it is gone, there will be no more till harvest this year! We are delighted also to welcome Williams Honey farm to our co-op . Jay does a raw, ORGANIC product from around Franklin. He has oh-so-sweet gift boxes as well as single jars of regular and cream style honey. He also has hand turned dippers and other lovely bee things!
Barber Woodworking has had a busy winter making artisan cutting boards, cheese boards and bread boards. Green Door Gourmet is the only place to find them in Nashville. A gallery in Chattanooga features them as ARTWORK, so yes they are each one of a kind, FUNCTIONAL ART! We are hoping Chris is going to stop in on opening day to shake and howdy!
Kenny’s Farmhouse cheese, a true local favorite returns as doesNoble Springs, and Sequatchie Cove with their tommes. I just tried the latest batch of kenny’s Norwood and Blue Gouda and it is every bit as delicious as I expected and more!
I can’t wait for watermelon season so I can make the tomato, watermelon, mint, and Noble Springs feta salad featured in the recipe section of our blog!
We are delighted to welcome O.Liv to our fold! They produce a fantastic line of organic olive oil from Crete, as well as Sea Salt ( try it on tomato sandwiches) and Balsamic Vinegar! They are helping put the “gourmet” in Green Door.
Miss Lucie at Goodness Gracious Bread will be joining us this year. She uses the very best organic grains to make homemade breads, granola, and tortillas. I toasted some of a whole wheat loaf to make a BLT with local hydroponic tomatoes, Green Door Lettuce, Benton’s Bacon and a touch of homemade aioli for supper last night. It was divine!!!! Oh and we will have Benton’s Bacon for sale too!
I’m going to stop here, otherwise you might miss some of the great things I have to tell you about because there are so many! I will be sending out another message in the next few days to round out the information on new things ahead.
Thank you everyone for your interest and your patronage!
Green Door Gourmet