Farmer’s market is a great chance to connect with the community, support local farmers, and of course, fill the fridge with some just-picked produce. In this case, Nashville has a lot to offer—from big year-round markets to little local pop-ups. There are plenty of places to see, taste, and start a culinary adventure.
The Nashville Farmers Market is the biggest and busiest one in the city. Two open-air outdoor sheds fit over 150 farm businesses selling meat, dairy, bakery, fresh vegetables, fruits, and herbs. Besides food-shopping, Nashville Farmers Market is a great option for quality family time. Here you can spend the whole day on cooking workshops and classes or in a plant nursery. Foodies will enjoy visiting one of 20 restaurants and shops with international foods. And for the busiest shoppers, drive-thru may be the option to save time and enjoy produce from favorite merchants.
Smaller markets are located in or around Nashville and operate either weekly or seasonally. Most markets appear from May to October, when the vegetable and fruit offer is the richest. East Nashville Farmers Market operates from mid-May to early October every Tuesday in the afternoon. This market celebrates the community so there are lots of activities for locals as well. Richland Park Farmers Market gathers farmers and artisan food producers who sell food grown within 150 miles. Some of the specialty foods on sale are “produced just one block away.” The market operates on Saturday mornings all year round. 12 South Farmers Market brings live music and local goods to the beautiful Sevier Park every Tuesday afternoon from May through October. This weekly community market promotes the rich food and creative culture of Tennessee.
Dozens of other markets operate across the Nashville area on their individual schedule. Whatever marker you choose, make sure to follow the rule of thumb—the earlier the better.