By mid May Nashville will play host to over a handful of local farmer's markets! With the return of Spring comes some great locally grown fruits, vegetables, and all sorts of specialty items. With each year it seems another market pops up which is a great thing for everyone in the city. With so many options to choose from, we've pulled together all the information you'll need to know what farmer's markets are open on which days of the week so you can find one anytime. Here's the round up.
The Farm Side of the Market is open every day- 362 days per year, Monday through Sunday from 8am to 6pm. Featuring great locally grown foods and more, shops and restaurants, and a full blown flea market, the downtown Nashville farmers market is a staple of the city. The South Farm Sheds consists of two large covered sheds and a middle market area home to anywhere from five to one hundred farmers, artisans, & merchants.All year round, you will find ranchers, bakers, prepared foods, soaps, milk, cheese & more. The Market House consists of 15 restaurants & shops offering; fresh seafood & local meats 7 days/week at Wild & Local, gourmet pizza by Bella Nashville, traditional chinese cuisine with Green Asia, El Burrito's mexican dishes made with fresh Market ingredients, AM@FM by Bravo "Top Chef" and local restaurateur, Chef Arnold Myint featuring daily wine & high-gravity beer sales along with specialties with a gourmet flair, Butter Cake Babe's Coffee Cafe, an International Market, Guy Fierie's fave-- Jamaicaway, southern comfort with B&C Market BBQ, southern Indian cuisine by Swagruha, Greek & salad bar by Chicago Gyro, cupcakes & so much more by The Sweet Stash, cajun flavors from Nooley's, and breakfast, burgers, & more by Farmers Deli & Grille. The Flea Market is open Friday-Sunday only and is home to up to 50 merchants selling everything from handcrafted pottery & jewelry to home goods, and clothing.
The Franklin Farmers Market is a true Tennessee farmers market. From produce, fruit and dairy to baked goods and meats, you’ll find delicious fresh food at the Franklin Farmers Market. And because it’s all from local farms, the variety of goods increases and changes each week through the seasons. You can taste the difference, because it all comes straight from the farm to the market, ripe and ready to enjoy. It’s Tennessee farm fresh food from real farmers, every Saturday morning at the Franklin Farmers Market. Plus, there are a select number of local crafts persons at the market too, with unique and beautiful goods for you to enjoy. The non-profit FFM believes that local family farms can remain successful with support from the market to stay productive. Productive family farms are important to both the economic and environmental structures of Middle Tennessee communities and the Franklin Farmers Market is working to ensure the future of farming in Tennessee.
In the heart of East Nashville is another gem of a Nashville Farmers Market. The East Nashville Farmers Market is home to some of the best produce from Delvin Farms, Flying S Farms, Kirkview Farms, and Country Lane Blueberries; the best meat, dairy and more from Peaceful Pastures, West Wind Farms, Hatcher Family Dairy, Kenny’s Cheese, Noble Springs Dairy, and Wild and Local; and Artisan Crafts, Food and Baked Goods from Dipped Delights, Loco Donuts, Gracias Salsa, Soap Happy, Provence Bread, Wild Flours, Auntie T’s Granola, Johnson’s Honey, Slocal Herbs, East Studio Pottery,and more. The East Nashville Market has everything you’re looking for in locally grown food from grass fed meats to organically raised produce, fresh pastured eggs to artisan hand-crafted cheeses, and springtime starter plants to Halloween pumpkins. They are a "farmer/ local growers" only market. You won't find any vendors here that don't actually grow or make their own products!
Back for their 3rd season, The 12 South Farmers Market is managed Mary Crimmins of Conscious Kitchen. Featuring some of the best local meat, produce, baked goods, dairy, and specialty goods around, the 12 South Farmers market has produce from Delvin Farms, Bountiful Blessings, Six Boots Growers’ Collective, Little Spring Creek Farm, Ramble Hill Farm, Whispering Creek Mushrooms, Kelly’s Berry Farm; Dairy from Kenny’s Farmhouse Cheese, Noble Springs Goat Cheese, and Pet Milk from West Wind Farms; Baked goods from Cuppycakes Bakery, Pure Bread Baking Co., Papa C Pies, Lucy’s Kitchen; Meat from West Wind Farms, Circle T Farms, Triple L Ranch; Specialty goods from Juice. Nashville, Roast Inc, Hummus Chick, TEALIXIR Kombucha, Reboot Health and Wellness, Haulin’ Oats, Izzie’s Ice, Local Feather, Earthwright Soaps, Chubby Bunny Foods, Legato Gelato, Alfresco Pasta, See Spot Eat, Nashville Foodscapes, Raw Food Warrior, Angel Radiance Candles, Ousley Ouch Salsa; and Food trucks Grilled Cheeserie, Riffs Fine Street Food, and Jeni’s Ice cream (1st Tuesday of the Month). With all the new businesses and local flair happening in and around 12 South, the farmers market is a perfect way to spend your Tuesday afternoon. While there are several other Farmers Markets around town, these are the ones you want to keep on your radar. Let us know your favorite and where we go to see it!
Starting on May 14 the Country to the Core Farmers Market returns to downtown Nashville. Held at the Regions Center courtyard, the Counrty to the Core farmers market brings fresh food to the hustle and bustle of downtown. The market features a convenient Buyer’s Club option where busy people can pre-order their groceries and collect them over the lunch hour while enjoying a short stroll downtown. Meat, cheese, eggs and a broad variety of produce are available. There are also daily free samplings, local music piped in and a chance to take a load off.
The West Nashville Farmers Market has been one of the finest community founded farmers markets in the region. Every week the event brings great food, original music, friends and families out into the great outdoors all together at once. Vendors this year include:
Produce: Bells Bend Farm, Bugtussle Farm, Fair Dinkum Farms, Foggy Hollow Farm, Good Food Family Farms, Kelly’s Berry’s, Nashville Farm to Chef, Ramble Hill Farm, Sadie Creek Little Farm, Timbertop Farm.
Meat: West Wind Farms, Peaceful Pastures, River Cottage Farm,
Dairy: JD Country Milk, Noble Springs Dairy, Kenny’s Farmhouse Cheese
Specialty: Bongo Java, Herbal Lemonade, Hummus Chick, Karla’s Empenadas, Lucy’s Kitchen, Martha Stamps Catering, Nashville Foodscapes, Nashville Jam Company, Ousley’s Ouch Salsa, Papa C’s Pies, Raw Food Warrior, Wheatgrass Steve, Whole Baked Goodness
East Tasty Farmer’s Market, a community farmer’s market with several local vendors, will open May 18 in front of East High School. The market, launched by Good Food For Good People, is dedicated to getting healthy, local food to as many people as possible and will accept all forms of EBT, credit, debit, check and cash. Every Saturday this summer from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. shoppers can buy local produce as well as sample food and goods from local food trucks and vendors.
Vendors lined up for the market so far include: Mas Tacos, Bells Bend Farms, Hummus Chick, Karla’s, Mark Yoder Farms, Noble Springs, Ousley’s Ouch, Raw Food Warrior, Rockin Oatmeal, See Spot Eat, Worms Way, Blue Danube Bakery, Green Wagon, River Cottage Farms, Gidell’s Pizza, Love Local Farms, Good Food Family Farms. For more information call 615-336-1243.