Chef's Market & Talk Of The Town

Jim Hagy at the wonderful Chef’s Market & Take away called me a few weeks ago about having channel 5’s mid-day show Talk of the Town come out to the farm to show case what a Chef’s Market’s harvest dinner would be like here on the farm. Jim and I have been beating this idea over for a year or so now after I had asked Jim and his crew if they would be interested in being a part of our annual event Dinner In The Flower Field we host here on the farm.  The idea for the Harvest Dinners with the idea being a very scaled downed version the Dinner In The Flower Fields. Jim and his crew at Chef’s would provide the over-all tablescape and of course their amazing chefs and we would provide the scenery and the fresh vegetables and herbs for the dinners. Jim wanted to kinds show off what one of these gathering may look like. For those of you that know about Chef’s Market you already know they are on of Tennessee’s premier caters. These folks are fabulous! Jim is so detailed with all of his events right down to the little touches that make his designs of tablescapeing so magnificent. Then their is the fact that their food is top rated and always delicious. Yes…I am a big fan of Chef’s and their work. On the day Talk of the Town is coming out to the farm the weather turns hot and humid with field temps hovering just at 100 degrees. Jim’s crew arrives and starts sitting up the farm table in the middle of the production field.  The tower Jim is carrying to the field is the center piece and shall we say the conversation piece as well. I cut the flowers  and had begun to arrange the floral vases for the table. Jim  main color scheme was yellow and pink so the flowers needed to accent those colors as well as bring them to life. The only problem was we are going to filming at mid day and during the hottest time of the day…which dare I say…flowers don’t like…at all. By the time the cameras rolled the flower begin their decent…looking very limp indeed:)

I used Snap dragons and buttery yellow English roses and soft pink hydrangeas as my main flowers then filled in with all sorts of textured greenery and berry type accents I could find around my landscape. This is the things about building ab beautiful floral centerpiece. You need to think about how to set the flowers off with greenery and texture so the whole creation holds such interest that the eye moves all around it. The whole goal here with this design is county chic and I think it came together very nicely…where is my invite cus…this is a great tablescape from top to bottom…and the venue is pretty awesome too:)









Now that you can see Chef’s set a gorgeous table… They also prepared a dinner fit for such a lovely tablescape.







I my…my…I just wanted to seal this bowl and run behind the farmhouse with a salt shaker in tow…Beet and bean salad..How I love this!

It was such a fun day and I so enjoyed meeting  Meryll Rose from Talk of the Town…we could of visited the whole time talking gardening and pickles and such..she was great.  Visit Chef’s Market & Take Away for their fresh for the farm salad and for recipes on these fabulous dishes.

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My name is Peggy Lynn Marchetti. I am a wife, a mother of two beautiful, never boring children, and a farmer... that's right - a farmer... a female farmer to be exact. I live on a beautiful little third generation organic farm in middle Tennessee.

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2 comments on “Chef's Market & Talk Of The Town
  1. Meryll Rose says:

    Peggy, thanks so much for your hospitality! Loved the farm, and had a blast comparing gardening notes and catching up with you! (Glad we didn’t look as hot as we felt!!)For folks who may have missed the segments, they’re posted at, just click on the Talk of the Town page and look for the stories in the Video on Demand box.
    Thanks again!

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