Now that spring has sprung and the weather is in its prime, it’s time to get outside and take advantage of your beautiful spring surroundings and the amazing communities Nashville has to offer. One easy way to do that? Go to farmer’s markets. It just takes one time perusing the booths of local produce, fresh-cut flowers, sought-after baked goods, and friendly faces and we promise you, you will be hooked. And by supporting local vendors, getting to know others in your community and buying fresh local foods, there aren’t many better ways to get a little fresh air.
One of the awesome things about farmer’s markets in Nashville is that they are all over town (we aren’t exaggerating, check out this list) and at different times on different days of the week. So no matter where you are or what your schedule looks like – there’s a pretty good chance you can squeeze one into your schedule. Here are some of our favorites:
Nashville Farmer’s Market
900 Rosa L. Parks Blvd. | Open 8 am – 6 pm, 7 days a week
We didn’t feel it was just to start this list with anything other than the Nashville Farmer’s Market. Open 7 days a week, this city staple is home to not only a rotation of local vendors, but also home to 16 different shops and restaurants inside. To top it off, they also host cooking workshops, have special-themed Saturdays (Strawberry Jubilee is on May 6th!) and a Nashville favorite – the night markets that take place the 3rd Friday of each month. The night market gives a completely different farmer’s market experience with activities for the family, seasonal beverages for the adults and live music for all!
Franklin Farmer’s Market
230 Franklin Road | Open 8 am to 1 pm, Saturdays
Another big name in the farmer’s market world, this impressive market transforms the area behind The Factory every Saturday from 8 am to 1 pm into a mecca for local goods and produce. Growing from 8 to over 70 farms since opening, this classic-feeling farmer’s market tries to focus on supporting as many farms of the Franklin area as possible. Check out their Strawberry Festival on May 13th!
12 South/Sevier Park
3021 Lealand Ln | Open 3:30 – 6:30 pm, Tuesdays
This picturesque market in Sevier Park is open Tuesdays from 3:30 – 6:30 pm starting in May. While you can easily walk to all of 12 South from the market’s location, you’ll probably find that there won’t be a rush to leave. 12 South’s Market is complete with food trucks, kids crafts, live music and fitness demos. Not only that, but each of those options changes so families come week after week for new activities, dinner options, and music. Head over on May 2nd for their Grand Opening Fiesta.
2730 Lebanon Pike | Open 4 – 7 pm, Fridays
Hip Donelson’s market invites a modern market vibe to an Ace Hardware’s parking lot every Friday from 4 pm to 7 pm. Not only does this market have live music and local artist’s booths, Hip Donelson is the only farmer’s market location reachable by bus andtrain. What’s really exciting, though? They don’t want anyone to miss out on their local farmers’ goods so they developed an impressive “farm to car” program for even the busiest of residents beginning May 5th!
1500 Davidson St. | Open 3:30 – 7 pm, Wednesdays
Located by the Shelby Park playground, this community favorite is up and running every Wednesday from 3:30-7pm beginning May 3rd. Taking place in one of Nashville’s fastest growing neighborhoods, this market has a true community vibe with residents of all ages enjoying every Wednesday’s gathering. Keep on the lookout for more events and announcements as they gear up for the season!
Main Street Murfreesboro
1 N Public Square | Open 8 am – noon, Saturdays, June – October
A stroll around Murfreesboro’s historic square and its shops and restaurants is made all the more better by dozens of vendors offering fresh fruits, vegetables, breads, meats, and flowers.
If you need a few ingredients for your weeknight dinner, you might also consider the Rutherford County Farmer’s Market located inside Lane Agri-Park on Tuesdays and Fridays from 7 am to noon. It’s a produce only market, but they also offer classes every market day at 9 am with topics including cooking, crafts, environmental education, sustainable gardening, and more.