Nourish Knoxville will hold our very first Winter Market on the second Saturday of each month, Jan.-April, from 10 am – 2 pm at the Southern Station, 306 W Depot Avenue Knoxville, TN. Inside the original dining room of the train station, farm & food vendors will be set up selling winter produce, meat, baked goods, coffee, specialty foods, and more. Outside by the train cars, food trucks will be serving up lunch from locally sourced ingredients.
Tours will be available of the Old Smoky Railway Museum, the train car museum that sits on the railroad tracks by the building.
Blue Slip Winery will be moving their wine making into the building, and, if all goes well, we’ll be able to have wine tastings in the spring months!
We look forward to seeing you there!
Every year we host our Tomato Taste-Off, where farmers donate their favorite tomato varieties to be judged by our market patrons. Each tomato variety is placed in one of four categories – Cherry, Heirloom, Hybrid, and Paste/Plum, then tasted and voted on! This year, our farmers submitted 39 varieties – the most we’ve ever had!
Today, we announce our four category prize winners for the 2013 competition! Drum roll, please…
Best Heirloom Tomato: Crosswind Farm – Heirloom White
Best Hybrid Tomato: Colvin Family Farm – Lemon Boy
Best Plum/Paste Tomato: Rushy Springs Farm – Striped Roman
Best Cherry Tomato: Mountain Meadows Farm – Black Cherry
Honorable mentions: Hudson Farms – Purple Cherokee, Huff Farm – Celebrity, Crosswind Farm – Speckled Roman, and Hudson Farms – Black Cherry.
A big thanks to all of our farmers who participated and patrons who voted this past Saturday! And if you missed out on the tomato tasting, check out our interactive map below to locate our winning vendors and try these award winning tomatoes for yourself!
The Tennessee Cincinnati game isn’t the only heated battle in downtown Knoxville this Saturday- local Chefs Jamie Hull of Nama Downtown and Martha Boggs of the Bistro at the Bijou will battle for the top spot at the monthly Chef Challenge sponsored by Three Rivers Market. Although we don’t expect touchdowns or penalties, we do expect some good ole cookin’ from these veteran chefs. If you ask us, it really is peak season for competition as summer produce begins to wane but the fall goodies are parading in.
Hull, a self-taught culinary whiz, is known for her creative use of ingredients, on the spot inspiration and complex balanced flavors. At Nama sushi bar, her chef choice rolls are practically famous- she creates a roll catered to the diner based on their likes and preferences while seeking inspiration from the bounty of fresh seafood and veggies she has available.
Martha Boggs, owner and Chef of the Bistro at the Bijou, is committed to local food. She has a seasonally-changing menu and features vegetables from her own garden or the one maintained just for the restaurant. She runs daily specials and always has a variety to please vegetarians and omnivores alike.
Are your taste buds salivating yet? Well you don’t have to wait much longer to witness this culinary feast. This Saturday, you have a chance to not only gain some mad skills, you can win a 3-course lunch for two. Shopping takes place from 10:00-11:00, cooking from 11:00-12:00 and then the judging and auction at noon(ish).
This event is only possible with the funds and manpower from our dear-to-our-hearts sponsor- Three Rivers Market. These guys have been hard at work moving and opening their brand new store on Central Avenue, but they still have time to come help out at the chef challenge. Check out the photos below to see some of the photos of the inside. It’s great to finally have a grocery store in Happy Holler! Whether you need groceries or a quick bite to eat (today the hot bar had gypsy soup and an Asian-inspired medley of entrees and sides) it’s time for you to check out their hot new location at 1100 North Central Street- they’ve got tons of parking for those on four and two wheels!