I started and am now the Farmers Market Manager of the 12 South Farmers Market in Nashville, Tennessee. I am also obsessed with doTERRA Essential Oils and am an Independent Product Consultant. And in my spare time I do design work for my husband’s company- Crimmins Construction, I teach yoga, and occasionally design a wedding or 2.
This is my personal blog and reflects my own opinions and not the opinions of the Farmers Markets or Crimmins Construction. The goal of my blog is to bring to light the relevant issues that we are facing in our current food system and creatively come up with ways to become more sustainable and local. I will explore and challenge our media’s perception of what we should eat, where our food comes from, and where our money goes when our items cross the scanner.
My name is Mary Crimmins and I live with my husband and our two dogs in a beautiful 1930′s home in the heart of Nashville. I am a southern gal looking to bring a more natural and local approach to how we think about food, and how we live our everyday lives. I am on a quest to feel ALIVE and to live a life full of gratitude, joy and abundance in my body, mind and soul.
In the Spring of 2010, I began hosting a woman’s neighborhood Book Club at my house each month. After several months of novels and fiction, I suggested we read a memoir. We decided our book for the month of April would be Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver and to my surprise we had the best turn out we’d ever had. Over a bonfire in my back yard, 20 plus girls discussed how important it was to know where our food came from and how disconnected we had become. That night – something clicked. This was my calling.
After realizing that we had tapped into something that was core to all of us, I ventured to start a community Farmers Market that was local and easily accessible to our neighborhood. With the help of several neighbors and community members, the Woodbine Farmers Market opened up in July 2010 with 18 local farmers and vendors. We had a very successful pilot season, and went on to a second season in 2011. Unfortunately, that market is now on hold because our low income neighborhood wasn’t able to support it, but I did open a new Market close by in an affluent neighborhood in Nashville called 12 South. One day I hope to re-open the Woodbine Market and offer fresh local food to all people no matter their income level.
As of the 2012 season, I now manage the 12 South Farmers Market, which is in it’s third season and write this blog. Where ever I go, I am dedicated to the local food movement and look forward to seeing it grow.
My days are now spent juggling the roles of wife, community activist, yogi, Market Manager, Design Coordinator, essential oil pusher, cook, and whatever else crosses my path. I am passionate about life, food, natural lifestyle, anything local, and strive to find beauty in all things.
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