Community-Minded Inglewood Law Firm Supports Local Farmers By Sponsoring A Premier Farmer's Market To Serve Inglewood, East Nashville, Old Hickory, Madison, and Beyond
When the blowing of a train whistle and opening remarks by Mayor Karl Dean signaled the opening of a premier farmer’s market at Madison’s Amqui Station on Sunday, June 1, Bill Beck stood front and center as the presenting sponsor for 2014.
A partner with his mother, Martha Cone Beck, at Beck & Beck Attorneys at Law, Beck says, “I am proud that our firm is able to play a major role in providing local food growers and producers with a place to sell their products directly to the consumer in North Davidson County this year. For myself, I like talking to the person who gathered the free-range eggs or picked tasty strawberries in the early morning dew, and I think others folks do, too.”
Photo at left: Bill Beck welcomes folks to the first farmer's market at the Amqui Station.
Laughing, Beck continues, “I honestly believe that it makes the food taste better.”
Not only that, but a market such as this can promote an economically, ecologically, and socially sustainable community. And that is exactly what this conscientious community leader wants very much to see happen with the on-going weekly event. “The way I look at it, bringing neighbors together to commune and share resources contributes to the success of local food growers and producers,” Beck explains. “And, that, in turn, strengthens our food economy.”
“It also helps to establish a hub for community education and creativity at a fixed and dependable venue, which is equally important in driving traffic to, not only the Amqui Station and Visitor’s Center, but to our North Davidson County area, as a whole. That’s a great win-win situation for everyone.”
Photo at right: Bill shows one of the youngest visitors how to sound the train whistle.
Scheduled to operate each Sunday from 12PM to 3PM through October, the first Amqui Farmer’s Market featured such fare as seasonal fruits and vegetables, farm-raised meat, goat cheese, jams and jellies, flowers and herbs, and even soaps from vendors including Wade Farmz, Green Door Gourmet, The Peach Truck and Whites Creek Flower Farm, just to name a few. As bagged peaches and pecans were placed in the hands of consumers, farmers and producers took time to educate their customers about how to live a more sustainable lifestyle, a trend that is expected to continue during the entire run of the market.
As he continues to plot ways that Beck & Beck Attorneys at Law can encourage even more support for a healthy natural enterprise through their presentingsponsorship, Beck says thoughtfully, “What I’d truly like to see happen is…the Amqui Station Farmer’s Market is so successful that it becomes the most enjoyable and talked-about community pastime for Middle Tennessee in 2014. Now, that would be something we could build on for the next year, and the next, and the next.”
Photo at left: Metro Councilmen Anthony Davis and Bill Pridemore show their support of the Amqui Farmer's Market.