We had a beautiful evening for our first market night of the season. We had 13 vendors selling wonderful handmade, homemade, and homegrown products, as well as 4 tents featuring information about various community organizations and upcoming events.
Several additional vendors missed this week’s grand opening but have committed to join us in future weeks. The two volunteer coordinators, Molly Martin and Kimberly Schroeder, have done an incredible amount of work in the preseason to recruit vendors, spread the word in the community, find out the needs of our customers, create partnerships with other local organizations, and learn from the directors of other successful neighborhood markets in Davidson County.
Last night we saw a little bit of what it looks like when hard work pays off: we had a fabulous turnout of vendors and customers, all excited to connect and create something positive in the community.
Excitement was in the air as the green space buzzed with customer traffic. There were floods of people who have been following our progress on social media and anticipating the grand opening along with us. There were also dozens of people who were at the site for other events at the library and community center, and were thrilled to stumble onto our market.
We still had people saying “I didn’t even know this was back here!” and the large red banners posted on Bell Road helped guide traffic to the right spot. Vendors reported that customers asked over and over, “Will you be here next week?”
As the customers from this week go about their business and spread the word to their friends and neighbors, momentum will grow even more. We kept hearing people say, “I could never come on Saturdays, but now that it’s on Mondays, I can!”
We are really proud of the excellent quality of products and vendors that we have gathered for this season, and we know that we’ve something you’re going to want to keep coming back for.
Vendors that were there for the grand opening were offering a wide variety of products, and they reported being really pleased with the customer traffic and demand. When you come to the market, you can expect to find meat, eggs, cheesecakes, peaches, vegetables, bath products, microgreens, house and garden plants, vegan baked goods, jams and jellies, soups, crafts & gifts, dog treats, and other really unique specialty offerings!
One of the big draws of the night was Rocky’s Italian Ice. Everyone had to get a taste of this refreshing homemade confection made with real fruit. We know he’ll bring people back for more on the upcoming hot weeks of summer! Many of our other vendors started their businesses in Antioch and are beyond excited to have a way to share their products with people in their own local community.
Some of our Antioch based vendors are Nom Noms Dog Treats, Creole Diva, and Southern V. Other vendors drive in from surrounding counties and have had a very positive first impression of our community through their participation in the market.
The market will be happening every Monday through September, 4-7 PM on the green space in front of the Southeast Library and Community Center!
We do still have needs for volunteers in two areas: Helping vendors with unloading and setup (3:15-3:45 weekly) and spreading the word through flyers or social media. Like our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/senashfm to keep up with what we’re featuring each week. Contact Molly at [email protected] to schedule a week to come volunteer or to offer other donations/sponsorship help.
The Southeast Nashville Farmers Market is a seasonal event sponsored by CNAP, the Crossings Nashville Action Partnership.