Sunday, June 29, 2014

Mennonite Farmer's Market - Delano, TN

My dad, brother-in-law, and I went to the Mennonite Farmer's Market outside Delano, TN yesterday.  I'd heard a lot about it but never had been and it was a great trip.  The last Saturday of every month is the animal sale (in addition to the regular fresh produce).  I needed to pickup a few more laying hens so we wanted until the 28th to go.

The produce is fresh picked every day and is high quality.  It's not certified organic but they do follow natural methods of growing their crops and have limited to no fertilizer/pesticides.  I picked up some tomatoes, peaches, peppers, cabbage, lettuce, and dill.  Also managed to grab a bag of Farmer's Favorite cookies and some granola.  All fresh-baked.

The animal sale was quite an event.  I didn't expect the crowd for it to be so large.  It also was quite unorganized.  We got there at 9am sharp (opening time) and were already behind.  To buy an animal you have to find a Mennonite gentleman in that area of the barn who will write a ticket for the animals you want.  You then go to the end of the barn and pay and come back with your paid receipt and pickup your animals.

This would be ok if everyone was being patient.  However, it was pretty much every man for himself with very polite Mennonite gentlemen caught in the middle.  I patiently waited my turn and ended up with four birds I was very happy with.  I wanted a few Americanas but missed out by not being pushy.  I'll settle for the four I received.

These were Red-Sex Links which is a breed I have owned before and they are prolific layers.  All-in-all it was a fun trip and I look forward to going back in the fall.

This is the best view I could get of one of the new birds.  However, if you are buying laying hens it is the important part.

If you are interested in going here's a map.

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