Tickets for The Thistle Farms 20th Anniversary Fundraiser: Love Letters are now on sale and available to the public here. Taking place at The Ryman in Nashville, TN on May 3, the event will celebrate the organization’s accomplishments of the past two decades, with a star-studded lineup of performers including Reba McEntire, Jason Isbell, Amanda Shires, Shemekia Copeland and special guest John Prine. Founder Becca Stevens as well as the women of Thistle Farms, survivors of addiction, trafficking and addiction, will lead the evening with stories of hope and inspiration.
To further its year over year growth of 30% in the past three years, Thistle Farms has launched new branding for its much-loved Body & Home line of handmade products. Also underway is a $3 million renovation that includes a new manufacturing facility as well as an expanded cafe and event space. In 2016, the social enterprise topped $2.4 million in sales revenue from its social enterprises, with over $1 million earned by its survivor employees. The Body & Home line is available at over 400 independent stores across the country, Whole Foods stores and online at Thistlefarms.org.
To lead the culinary direction of the new Café of Thistle Farms, formerly known as Thistle Stop Café, the organization has welcomed esteemed chef Martha Stamps to the team as Culinary Director. Stamps previous stops in Nashville, TN included The Corner Market, The Wild Iris, The Yellow Porch, Martha’s at the Plantation, and Bergamot Cafe. While the Café is closed during renovations, Stamps and the Thistle Farms team of graduates are focusing on training and creating a brand new menu. Plans are for an early summer opening.