The city of Nashville sits in a valley surrounded by one picturesque farm after the next. And that presents a very good problem to have: The choices for where to get your CSA box from are almost overwhelming.
So go on, enjoy the best the city has to offer and avoid the limitations of a big-box store by hitting up these vibrant farmers markets throughout Nashville. As an added bonus, most of these farmers markets have food trucks, themes, and other features that make them more of an event you can’t miss than a trip to the “grocery store.”
This is well worth the drive 20 minutes south of Nashville. We’ll paint the scene for you: the farmers market sets up in historic downtown Franklin and is one of the biggest and more happening markets in Nashville — hence why you can’t miss it. Love local art and handmade goods? In addition to a wide selection of produce, baked goods, and meat, this farmers market also features a variety of local art and handmade products. Saturdays, 8am to 1pm, year-round.
Right beside Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park in downtown Nashville, two large open-air, outdoor farm sheds feature more than 150 farmers and merchants during peak season (May–November). Inside the Market House, you’ll find about 20 locally-owned restaurants and shops offering Neapolitan wood-fired pizzas, gyro sandwiches, Korean bibimbap, and more! The market is open daily (362 days per year), but check the website for hours and vendors. Fitt Tip: Go on a day where Edible Nashville has a cooking demo with a local chef. They invite a top chef from one of the best restaurants in the city to share a recipe and provide samples. Daily, 8am to 8pm, year-round.
12 South is easily the best place to take a stroll — you’ll pass cafes, a donut shop, cupcake ATM (try it!), taprooms, and a juice bar. Keep heading toward the park, take a left at the popsicle shop, and you’ll be in the historic Sevier Park. There, at the 12 South Farmers Market, grab everything you’ll need to a farm-fresh dinner, and a juicy peach for the walk home. Tuesdays, 3:30pm to 6:30pm, May to October.
Head to Shelby Park in East Nashville every Wednesday during the summer for local food, and to meet the farmers, bakers, and makers of all your favorite products and produce. Each week the market features hourly giveaways, food trucks, barnyard petting zoo, yoga, seed planting activities, CSA sign-ups, and live music. Wednesdays, 3:30pm to 6pm, May to October.
While the Richland Park Farmers’ Market is smaller in size, it may have more charm and a greater sense of community than the larger markets. A local favorite, this market brings the green to the Sylvan Park neighborhood, right off of Charlotte Avenue. Every Saturday morning you can expect to find coffee, food trucks, and baked goods alongside the booths of fresh and local produce. Saturdays, 9am to 12:30pm, May to December.
If you find yourself northeast of Nashville, head to the Hip Donelson market in its new Two Rivers Mansion set-up. The market opens on Fridays, and an evening stroll across the stunning grounds, complete with food trucks, kids activities, and more than a few dogs sounds like the perfect start of the weekend to us. Fridays, 4pm to 7pm, May to October.