From fresh produce to new products, farmer's markets give shoppers a chance to discover something new about their city. There are few excursions that are so inherently local which can be a welcome relief in a world of chain stores. Those who want to support all of the local artisans of Nashville, TN should check out the following markets to stock up on groceries, try a new dish, or purchase homemade crafts and goods.
Nashville Farmer's Market
Filled with chefs and growers from practically every part of the world, this farmer's market is huge. Open every day of the week, it has both indoor and outdoor sections for the ultimate experience in wandering. It's a good place for patrons to sample new fruits and vegetable that may not have crossed their taste buds just yet. Visitors may want to come on Saturdays for the best possible selection—even though it will be extremely crowded. Vendors keep their own hours, but few will want to miss out on the business of this busy weekends.
Hip Donelson Farmer's Market
Huge farmer's markets can feel a little bit like hunting for treasure. It can be a lot of fun, or it can start to feel overwhelming after a while. For a smaller farmer's market that still manages to pack in a lot of options, visit Hip Donelson for amazing views and equally incredible foods. Open on Fridays from May to October, the market is staffed with volunteers who wanted to give back to their community in a real way. Hip Donelson moved to Two Rivers Mansion in 2018, so shoppers have a truly scenic place to shop.
The Franklin Farmer's Market
Downtown Franklin may be rich with history but that doesn't mean there aren't plenty of current events happening at any given time. Witness the action, pick up ingredients for breakfast, and maybe buy a candle or two at this large market just a short drive south of the city. From fresh-baked goods to organically raised meats, visitors can peruse the selection every Saturday morning all year 'round.
East Nashville Farmer's Market
For a market with a lot of fanfare and hubbub, Shelby Park is the place to be. On any given summer Wednesday, visitors may find seed-planting events, petting zoos, formal yoga sessions, and a smattering of different food trucks from around the area. Plus, they have giveaways every hour on the hour. This is in addition to all of the amazing local products just waiting to be found.
12 South Farmers Market
Each Tuesday, from 4 pm to 7pm, residents near Nashville can come down to the 12 South Farmers Market to shop and hang out. This market kicks off their sales season in May and remains open through October. Vendors from all around the region come to this market to sell their crops and creative works. Visitors can find fresh fruit and vegetables, cut flowers, live plants and more while touring the venue each week. After shopping, visitors can stop by the food trucks to have lunch before heading home to unpack all the stuff they bought.
Farmer's markets are a chance to really understand a city on a deeper level. It's a chance for Nashville residents to enjoy foods that are fresh, whole, and in season. Frequenting the markets is a way for everyone to both support the local talent and producers and to discover more about the world around them.
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