Hello everyone! We hope you have had a rejuvenating winter season. Brown Countians are on the warm side of the Vernal Equinox and are definitely feeling ready for Spring and a little bit of dry, sunny weather! The Nashville Farmer’s Market has been very busy all winter with weekly planning meetings and we are ready for a great 2019 market season! We are in our third year and as the saying goes, “third time’s the charm”; we think that this year will shine as the culmination of the previous years' efforts, lessons and successes.
Nashville Farmers Market, a 501c3 non-profit organization, was founded in 2017 by entrepreneur, Elizabeth Voland with the help of Deborah Herring- co-owner of Brown County Inn and Sarah Dye- local farmer. For many years these women longed for a festive farmer’s market in the heart of the county that could serve as a community hub and an outlet for local growers, a vision shared by many residents in the area. Deb had envisioned it in the parking lot from the moment she and her husband acquired and renovated the historic inn. Sarah and her husband had been selling their Brown County-grown produce to customers in Bloomington for many years and desired to supply their local neighbors, too. The three women put their heads together and in just a few short months of brainstorming and planning- the market was born.
There has been consistent outpouring of support from the community since the beginning, and this year we finally formed a Board of Directors as well as several essential committees. We would like to take a moment to introduce you to our current Board members, volunteers and staff.
Board President, Sarah Dye, is the co-owner of Schooner Creek Farm which was established in 2011 in Brown County. Vice President, Kara Hammes owns Harvest Goose and is also a local real estate agent and co-owner of Brown County Barn Burner. Many may know our Secretary as Brown County native, Anders Jorgensen, who owns Lost Ram Farm and offers his amazing baked goods to the community. Our Treasurer, Deborah Herring, is not only the co-owner of Brown County Inn, but is also a market sponsor. Kathryn Jordan, local food advocate and wellness educator, serves on the Board as Customer Representative and Volunteer Coordinator. Nancy Schmutzler, owner of Stonehouse Gardens serves on the marketing team and as Member at Large.
Fortunately, we have had the opportunity to hire Torrie Rae, of SEED Brown County, as our Market Manager again for 2019. The market is also blessed with numerous un-named faces who show up on market day and also help with behind-the-scenes work -such as Courtney Gosser from Brown County Inn-who graciously handles the tedious work of website and other media management. Jayme Hood, local musician with The Hammer & The Hatchet band, has also helped immensely with our live music line-up.
We are kicking into high gear with some hard-working committees such as Children’s Activities, Marketing and Music which are comprised of Board members wearing many hats as well as some community members.
Our 2019 Vendor Potluck and Orientation meeting is Thursday, April 11th from 6 to 8pm. We encourage prospective vendors to come meet us in person. You can learn more about the market, connect with community members and fill out your application to vend with us. We invite small producers who are new to the idea of selling at a farmer’s market to consider joining us as we grow together!