Just a stone’s throw away from the neon lights and twang-filled music on Lower Broadway in downtown Nashville sits one of the city’s finest public institutions, the Nashville Farmers’ Market.
What makes the Nashville Farmers’ Market so fine, you ask? Though you’ll be sure to find a large selection of the fresh local produce and fruits that you’d expect to find at any farmers’ market, the Nashville Farmers’ Market has much more to offer than your average produce stand.
Unlike most farmers’ markets that are only open seasonally, the Nashville Farmers’ Market is open 362 days of the year. You’ll see everything there from local farmers, artisans, and crafters to restaurants, shops, and more. Best of all, admission and parking is free.
Pro Tip: Before you head over, check the merchant roster online to see who will be there. Even though the Market is open nearly every day, most merchants’ and vendors’ schedules vary.
The Nashville Farmers’ Market is divided into four sections:
The Farm Sheds are home to seasonally grown produce from local farmers, like homegrown tomatoes, juicy peaches, and honey.It’s a producer-only market which means the vendors will be able to tell you exactly where their food comes from and how it was made or grown.
Market House Restaurants & Shops
The Market House contain 16 locally owned restaurants and shops including Jeni’s Ice Cream, Sloco, Jamaicaway, Village Bakery & Provisions, and El Burrito.
Craft & Flea Shed
The Craft & Flea Shed is open on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Up to 50 merchants set up shop there selling everything from handcrafted pieces to vintage finds to international goods.
Artisan Shed (Coming 2016)
Once completed, the new Artisan Shed will house a large juicery and accompanying juice retail store as well as 24 spaces for local and regional food artisans.
There’s also a jam-packed event schedule–as if there weren’t already enough to do at the Market! The Grow Local Kitchen, located inside the Market House, hosts cooking classes, nutrition workshops, even demonstrations by local chefs. Night Market, where visitors can spend an evening enjoying all the market has to offer, takes place once a month and features live music. Plus, annual celebrations like November’s Turnip Green Festival are fun-filled events the whole family will love.
One thing is clear: no matter how you spend your time at the Nashville Farmers’ Market, it’s sure to be time well spent.
How to Get There
The Nashville Farmers’ Market is located at 900 Rosa L Parks Blvd, just next to the Bicentennial Capitol Mall.
The market is also conveniently located near the Downtown Greenway trailhead, so it’s easy to walk, run, or bike over from the greenway. Bike racks are available on the 7th Avenue side of the Market House. If you don’t have a bike, the Nashville Farmer’s Market is home to a Bcycle station.
If you’re taking public transit, visit www.mta.org to find free transport to the Market from Monday through Saturday.
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