On the wagon

Market Wagon is an online farmer’s market serving various regions around the country.

John I. Carney
3 min readNov 10, 2020

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I have milk in my fridge right now in a returnable glass bottle — and it’s non-homogenized, meaning that the cream rises to the top. If I want the normal milk-to-cream ratio, I will have to shake it up before using it.

In the Instant Pot, I put some farm-made andouille sausage — uncooked, not the smoked-sausage type that I normally buy at the supermarket — cooking with some rice. I browned the sausage in the casings, then added the rice and water and let the sausage cook through along with the rice. I cannot speak to the authenticity of the andouille, but it tastes delicious.

I also have a flask of hot-but-tasty garlic hot sauce, with searing notes of habanero.

This stuff was an experimental order from Market Wagon, an online farmer’s market which delivers specialty products to your door. The company operates in a number of states, but in each of its individual markets, you’re ordering only local products from your area. Market Wagon’s Nashville market area includes Bedford County.

Specialty food is always a little pricey. As much as we badmouth the big food corporations (and they often deserve it), they have economies of scale and science which allow them to produce food at an affordable price. But there are many virtues to locally-sourced food. I love getting beef from local producers like Garrison Valley Farms, which sells from locations in Wartrace and Bell Buckle. I’m hoping that the new Nash Family Creamery continues to branch out in offering dairy products from their huge operation near Unionville.

I stumbled upon Market Wagon in what is, I suppose, the off-season. I’m assuming they have some locally-grown produce during the summer months. But they have a wide variety of products, from hand-made soaps to spices and sauces. They have un-homogenized milk and hand-made tamales.

You order the items from Market Wagon’s website, which has a map of which counties are served by the Nashville hub. You receive your delivery on the designated…

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John I. Carney

Author of “Dislike: Faith and Dialogue in the Age of Social Media,” available at http://www.lakeneuron.com/dislike