Made South Market Round-Up featuring Discovering Franklin
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There are days when everything aligns perfectly and September 12 was just one of those days as Made South Market held its first-ever event at Harlinsdale Farm. Cool breezes were blowing...the clouds were billowy with shades of white and grey. The rain had passed and everything felt like fall; and you could feel the excitement and anticipation as crowds started flocking through the tent.
Made South Market kicked off the upcoming Franklin fall events in style and grace. The atmosphere was one of pure joy. Creating special memories for attendees while raising funds for the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital of Vanderbilt at Williamson Medial Center is about as good as it gets.
The vision, talent and craftsmanship that lives in the South never ceases to amaze me. Over 80 carefully selected makers, craftsmen (and craftswomen!), and artisans came together to display their wares and oh-so-delicious food. I'm a serious foodie, so I was in Heaven! From hand carved knives and stylish bowties to harvested sea salt from the Carolinas and spring water straight from a spring in Leiper’s Fork, every vendor had a special story and a true passion for their work and craftsmanship. The joy and love infused in each and every product, including jeans dyed in bourbon and the most elegant, meticulously-designed canoe paddles and canoes you're ever seen, made this event all the more special.
Want to know what I loved the most besides the shopping and the eating? The accents - from Louisiana to Mississippi - South Carolina to Kentucky...each is special and always filled with Southern hospitality and stories. In the South...your story matters; just ask Forrest Gump who also made his way to the Market.
Outside the tent was more food provided by Franklin Juice Co, Chapman's and Big Shakes Hot Chicken & Fish and music was provided by Jeanne Petersen Band, Minton Sparks, Settles Connection, Fireball Mail and Thomm Jutz with Eric Brace on the Front Porch Stage, while famed Franklin author, Robert Hicks was on hand to share some stories when he wasn't emceeing the event.
>There's nothing more delightful than watching children freely dancing and families gathering together.
Made South is a family owned and operated business and it's only been around for about a year and a half. Chris and Kimberly Thomas are Franklin locals and their love of all things Southern and family is the story behind their company. They're a delightful couple who enjoy entertaining their friends with unique experiences and they wanted to do just that for the Franklin community. Events like this require many sleepless nights...a ton of hard work and attention to detail and yet...Chris and Kimberly were standing front and center with smiles on their faces to greet their guests.
Made South Market was the culmination of three separate events and was truly a community gathering of people who love the South (and Franklin) and who also know the importance of supporting small business. I have a strong feeling that we can all look forward to next year's Made South Market. Plan to come y'all!