Best Farmers Markets
Posted by Marketing on Monday, May 22nd, 2023 at 11:00am.
Middle Tennessee is a cornucopia of gorgeous produce, all of which is available at the farmers markets that are now open throughout the region. Additionally, local artisans will be present, selling their wares crafted from these same delicious farms and dairies. Due to the perennial popularity of each of these markets, we do encourage you to arrive as early as possible to lock down parking and have your pick of the best produce and products available at your neighborhood market.
While most vendors now accept cards and other forms of electronic payment, it’s still a good idea to bring cash as a backup. It can be a bit of a letdown to find just the item you’ve been looking for only to discover your card isn’t accepted at a particular cash-only stall.
Because each of the markets we’re recommending today tends to be crowded, it’s wise to plan to spend more time there than you would at a grocery store. Many visitors make a morning of their visit, browsing wares, tasting baked goods and honey, and socializing with old and new friends throughout the market.
Remember to bring plenty of reusable bags!
East Nashville Farmers Market
511 Woodland St | Nashville
Tuesdays 3:30pm - 6:30pm April - October, November 7th - December 19th
The East Nashville Farmers Market is ideally situated next to the Shelby Park playground where children can play freely and safely, making it a great market for families with young children. Shop plentiful produce offerings, jams and jellies, local honey, baked goods, indulgent soaps, art, and gifts handcrafted by local artisans, food trucks, and live music.
Despite this market’s smaller footprint, reviewers adore the curated selection of vendors and the friendly service found throughout the space.
Nolensville Farmers Market
7248 Nolensville Rd | Nolensville
Saturdays 8:00am – 12:00pm
Nolensville Farmers Market is small compared to the larger Nashville markets, yet the roughly 25 vendors and farmers who set up shop here are careful to bring their A-game every Saturday. Browse seafood, honey, jams and jellies, pasture-raised meats and poultry, and luscious goat’s milk soaps. Coffee drinkers: don’t miss out on the artisanal coffee available to take home or enjoy as a freshly-brewed cup while you shop.
12 South Farmers Market
Sevier Park | Nashville
Tuesdays 3:30pm – 6:30pm May – October
12 South Farmers Market has been selected for Nashville Scene’s “Best of Nashville” list repeatedly, and this honor is justly deserved. Each week, the community around Sevier Park gathers to enjoy food trucks and live music as they shop bountiful offerings of produce, pasture-raised meats and poultry, dairy, jams and jellies, tea, coffee, baked goods, and socializing with their neighbors and friends. This market is focused on creating an environment that is safe and fun for families, even those with young children.
Franklin Farmers Market
230 Franklin Rd | Franklin
Saturdays 8:00am – 1:00pm
Franklin Farmers Market is a perennial favorite. Featuring food trucks, tea blends, pasture-raised meats and poultry, dairy, eggs, and a wide selection of produce, this market tends to be bustling every Saturday, rain or shine. Local artists also sell their creations, bands play live music, and vendors sell delicious eats like freshly popped kettle corn.
Hip Donelson Farmers Market
2705 Lebanon Pike | Nashville
Fridays 4:00pm – 7:00pm, May-August and
4:00pm – 6:30pm, September - October
Hip Donelson Farmers Market is celebrating its grand reopening at a new location: Donelson Station! Stop by on Friday evenings to enjoy live music, delicious food truck offerings, produce, jams and jellies, honey, and handmade goods and gifts. Every item sold within this market is made or grown locally, so this smaller market continues to be a crowd favorite.
Hendersonville Farmers & Artisan Market
300 Indian Lake Boulevard | Hendersonville
Saturdays 8:30am – 1:30pm, May 18th through September 14th
Hendersonville Farmers & Artisan Market offers local artisans, farmers, bakers, cooks, and holistic wellness practitioners a place to sell directly to the community throughout The Streets of Indian Lake shopping center. Stop by to pick up local produce, beautiful pies, cookies, cakes, and wellness items this Saturday morning, and say hi to your fellow community members as you go!
Nashville Farmers Market
900 Rosa L Parks Blvd | Nashville
Daily 8am – 6pm
Nashville Farmers Market is the farmers market in our region that is well-known throughout the country. Open year-round, the market offers a rotating selection of seasonal produce, plants, and pasture-raised meats and poultry. Shop artisanal goods and visit the indoor Market House to indulge in international cuisine from seventeen restaurants. Whether you’re in the mood for a traditional Nashville meal or flavors from Korea, India, Italy, Jamaica, or the Mediterranean, Nashville Farmers Market is here for you daily.
Additionally, the market’s outdoor farm sheds are open on this schedule:
Saturday and Sunday 10:00am – 2:00pm, December – April
Friday – Sunday 8:00am – 4:00pm, May – November
Gallatin Farmers Market
160 W Franklin St | Gallatin
Saturdays from 9:00am to 1:00pm
The Gallatin Farmers Market offers a rotating selection of produce, pasture-raised meats, eggs, fresh seafood, jams and jellies, honey, picked goods, handmade pet treats, hand-raised local plants, artisanal gifts and goods, vegan skin care, candles, jewelry, leather goods, and much more. The market is proud to say that 90% of their vendors live within 30 miles of the market, giving a new dimension to the meaning of straight from producer to consumer!
Richland Park Farmers Market
4711 Charlotte Ave | Nashville
Saturdays from 9:00am to 12:00pm
Richland Park Farmers Market gathers more than 80 local farmers, cheesemakers, artisans, chefs, bakers, both coffee and tea vendors, and artists every Saturday. With free and plentiful parking, friendly vendors, delicious fresh and shelf-stable eats, and a rotating list of seasonal vendors, it’s no surprise that locals adore this market and source their week’s groceries here over and over again.
As a fun bonus, the market adjoins a playground where children can play safely together while their parents or guardians do the weekly shopping!
Murfreesboro Saturday Market
225 W College St | Murfreesboro
Saturdays 8:00am – 12:00pm, May – October
This busy market in Murfreesboro is bustling from opening to closing, and it’s all thanks to their beautiful produce, rotating roster of local vendors, pasture-raised meat and poultry, dairy, eggs, fragrant goat’s milk soaps, classic pies, fresh bread, jams and jellies, honey, and flavored syrups.
Will we see you at your favorite farmers market this spring and summer? Let us know in the comments below and be sure to name-drop your favorite market. If we didn’t include it this year, we’ll make a note for 2024 and beyond.
Happy shopping and thank you for keeping your hard-earned dollars local. It matters now perhaps more than ever before.