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Main Street Saturday Market crowd craves MTSU Cre...

Main Street Saturday Market crowd craves MTSU Creamery milk — and addition of ice cream

A group of people attending the first Main Street Saturday Market in 2021 line up to purchase MTSU Creamery products brought to the farmer’s market at the Historic Rutherford County Courthouse Square in Murfreesboro May 22. The market, featuring MTSU milk and more than 50 other vendors selling produce, flowers, bread and more, ends Oct. 30. (MTSU photo by Randy Weiler)

MTSU College of Graduate Studies senior graduation analyst and former fermentation science student Lyndsey Bennett and her young family arrived before 8 a.m. at the Main Street Saturday Market because “you’ve got to get here before all the chocolate milk is all gone.”

With 2-year-old son Eddie enjoying the chocolate milk his dad Greg Bennett, an MTSU alumnus, was letting him drink, the Bennetts and hundreds of others celebrated the return of the farmer’s market and second-year appearance of the MTSU Creamery, which joined more than 50 other vendors selling products May 22 at the Historic Rutherford County Courthouse.

Lyndsey Bennett, left, checks out T-shirts for sale from the MTSU Dairy Science club while husband Greg Bennett gives 2-year-old Eddie Bennett a drink of MTSU Creamery chocolate milk May 22 during the first Main Street Saturday Market of the 2021 season in downtown Murfreesboro at the Historic Rutherford County Courthouse. The market, featuring MTSU Creamery milk products and ice cream, produce and other items, ends Oct. 30. (MTSU photo by Randy Weiler)

Lyndsey Bennett, left, checks out T-shirts for sale from the MTSU Dairy Science club while husband Greg Bennett gives 2-year-old Eddie Bennett a drink of MTSU Creamery chocolate milk May 22 during the first Main Street Saturday Market of the 2021 season in downtown Murfreesboro at the Historic Rutherford County Courthouse. The market, featuring MTSU Creamery milk products and ice cream, produce and other items, ends Oct. 30. (MTSU photo by Randy Weiler)

The Main Street Saturday Market resumed its annual summer and fall season that will continue through Oct. 30. This year, there is no mask mandate as COVID-19 protocols have been lifted, said Linda Weeks, Saturday market manager.

For the first time in the two years the MTSU Creamery has been a part of the market, ice cream in a variety of flavors was available in 20-ounce containers, said Matthew Wade, MTSU Farm Laboratories director. The ice cream is a partnership with Two Fat Men Catering of Lebanon, Tennessee.

“It was a great day for us,” Wade said. “We did a tremendous amount of business today. The (Main Street) folks at the farmer’s market are so good to work with. We got to re-associate ourselves with a lot of alumni and local community people. What great supporters they are.

A group of people attending the first Main Street Saturday Market in 2021 line up to purchase MTSU Creamery products brought to the farmer’s market at the Historic Rutherford County Courthouse Square in Murfreesboro May 22. The market, featuring MTSU milk and more than 50 other vendors selling produce, flowers, bread and more, ends Oct. 30. (MTSU photo by Randy Weiler)

A group of people attending the first Main Street Saturday Market in 2021 line up to purchase MTSU Creamery products brought to the farmer’s market at the Historic Rutherford County Courthouse Square in Murfreesboro May 22. The market, featuring MTSU milk and more than 50 other vendors selling produce, flowers, bread and more, ends Oct. 30. (MTSU photo by Randy Weiler)

“We appreciate them coming out and backing our MTSU milk program, and buying the chocolate milk and even the ice cream we had today — that’s a first for us. We sold over three-quarters of the ice cream we had and people loved it. We didn’t even advertise it that heavily. If we had, we probably would’ve sold it all. Next week, we will. We’re just glad to be back. It’s a fun day, a good day and we’re glad we can be here.”

Chocolate, strawberry, sugar-free strawberry, butter pecan, vanilla and salted caramel are some of the ice-cream flavors. The cartons will sport new MTSU Creamery labels in the near future.

For Week 1, MTSU student workers brought 400 pints of chocolate milk, 219 half-gallons of chocolate milk, 60 pints of white milk and 40 gallons of whole while milk, Wade said. For sale, too, are MTSU Dairy Science Club T-shirts. Free coloring books are available for children.

Lacey Reynolds, left, of Murfreesboro buys a half-gallon of MTSU Creamery chocolate milk from student workers including Erin Coleman of Readyville, Tenn., May 22 during the first Main Street Saturday Market for 2021 at the Historic Rutherford County Courthouse. The Creamery was among 55 vendors that will appear weekly through Oct. 30. (MTSU photo by Randy Weiler)

Lacey Reynolds, left, of Murfreesboro buys a half-gallon of MTSU Creamery chocolate milk from student workers including Erin Coleman of Readyville, Tenn., May 22 during the first Main Street Saturday Market for 2021 at the Historic Rutherford County Courthouse. The Creamery was among 55 vendors that will appear weekly through Oct. 30. (MTSU photo by Randy Weiler)

The MTSU Creamery was such a hit in 2020 student workers made return trips to campus to pick up more milk each week.

Rising MTSU sophomore Sophie Buck was one of the musicians performing at the market. She plays fiddle and is a graphic design major who is minoring in music.

Fruits and vegetables, flowers, meat, bread and jams, jellies, honey, cinnamon rolls, fried pies and more — many that go great with cold milk from the Creamery are part of the Saturday market.

Cameron Studenburg of Murfresboro begins to enjoy a pint of MTSU Creamery chocolate milk at the Main Street Saturday Market May 22 at the Historic Rutherford County Courthouse. The farmer’s market runs through Oct. 30. (MTSU photo by Patsy B. Weiler)

Cameron Studenburg, 3, of Murfreesboro enjoys a pint of MTSU Creamery chocolate milk at the Main Street Saturday Market May 22 at the Historic Rutherford County Courthouse. The farmer’s market runs through Oct. 30. (MTSU photo by Patsy B. Weiler)

June Dairy Month kickoff

Wade, milk processing plant manager Steve Dixon and student workers Erin Coleman, Joshua Wade, Scott Ayers and Megan Sentel attended the June Dairy Month kickoff Friday, May 21, at Battle Mountain Farm in College Grove, Tennessee.

Matt Niswander, who is from Lawrenceburg, Tennessee, is a family

Matt Niswander

Hosted by Charlie Hatcher, the 38th Tennessee commissioner of agriculture and a veterinarian, the event comes less than two weeks before the start of June Dairy Month in Tennessee.

The MTSU Creamery provided white and chocolate milk for the kickoff.

“It went very well,” Wade said. “It was a day for showcasing the dairy industry. Our students represented us well. The speaker, Matt Niswander, had a participation moment for the students.”

Niswander, who is from Lawrenceburg, Tennessee, is a family nurse practitioner and first-generation angus beef cattle farmer.

— Randy Weiler (Randy.Weiler@mtsu.edu)

Matthew Wade, left, Megan Sentell, Scott Ayers, Tennessee Department of Agriculture Commissioner Charlie Hatcher, Erin Coleman and Joshua Wade attend the June Dairy Month Kickoff Friday, May 23, at Battle Mountain Farm in College Grove, Tenn. Matthew Wade is the MTSU Farm Laboratories director. The four students work in the milk processing plant. (Submitted photo)

Matthew Wade, left, Megan Sentell, Scott Ayers, Tennessee Department of Agriculture Commissioner Charlie Hatcher, Erin Coleman and Joshua Wade attend the June Dairy Month Kickoff Friday, May 23, at Battle Mountain Farm in College Grove, Tenn. Matthew Wade is the MTSU Farm Laboratories director. The four students work in the milk processing plant. (Submitted photo)

 


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