Local Farm Stands in the Cloister Neighborhood

Bonney and I have been able to find three farm produce stands within several miles of The Cloister at St Henry.

While shopping at the Old Hickory Blvd stand (I am confident that stand ususlly carries locally grown produce), I chatted with a local farmer delivering fresh produce, his farm was on the river bottom off River Road headed toward Ashland City, he caught my attention with his tee shirt featuring Thrasher Days at Adams, TN, 35 years ago I rode a horse in Adams as part of the Thrasher Day Parade. I really enjoyed that day since I definitely was not a horseman and that parade was a new experience in my life.

We have bought produce from all three of these local stands.

  1. A stand on Hwy 70 headed towards Bellevue. They are there 4 days per week.
  2. A stand on the far side of the Belle Meade Methodist Church on intersection of Post and Davidson Roads. On Tuesdays and Fridays 2-4 PM.
  3. A stand behind the motorcycle/used furniture store on Charlotte Pike off of Old Hickory Blvd, open most days.

This is what the experts say about ripe fruit…..

Look for the “Ground Spot” where the Watermelon sits on the ground. If the ground spot is yellow, the watermelon is ripe and sweet.

Look for deep net webbing on muskmelons(cantaloupes) for a ripe fruit.

Varieties with smooth, harder skins such as honeydews or casabas do not slip and
must be cut from the vine. The skins of these varieties actually feel hairy when
the fruit is not ripe. As the fruit matures, the skins become smooth and
slippery and some varieties change color. When the fruit is fully ripe, the
skins change again to have a waxy feel. In addition, the blossom end should have
a ripe, fruity smell.

Ripe Tomato

Ripe Bananas

If you want to ripen a not-yet-ripe tomato at home put it in a paper bag with a banana. The gas from the banana will ripen the tomato in a day or two.

We visit at least one of these farm stands every few days especially for locally  grown tomatos. For a little variety in life try something from each of them and practice picking out the ripe produce.


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