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EVERY NASHVILLE FARMERS MARKET YOU NEED TO HIT UP

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Kate Wilke

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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: farmers markets packed with vendors selling fruits, veggies, herbs, and ingredients straight from the source.

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 weekly setups have food trucks, themes, and other features that make them more of an event than a trip to the “grocery store”.

This market is well worth the 20-minute drive 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 handcrafted products. Swing by on Saturday anytime of the year.

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.

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. On Tuesdays, from May to October, that's where you'll find the 12 South Farmer's Market, where you can grab everything you’ll need to a farm-fresh dinner and a juicy peach for the walk home.

Head to Shelby Park in East Nashville every Wednesday From May to October 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. A trip to this market is the perfect way to get through that mid-week slump.

While the Richland Park Farmer's 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 from May to December, you can expect to find coffee, food trucks, and baked goods alongside the booths of fresh and local produce.

If you find yourself northeast of Nashville, head to the Hip Donelson market at its Two Rivers Mansion set-up. The market opens on Fridays, and an evening stroll across the stunning grounds, complete with food trucks, and more than a few dogs sounds like the perfect start of the weekend to us. Take advantage of the fresh-picked produce and lively atmosphere from May to October.

It may be a bit of a hike than some of the other farmers markets on this list, but trust us when we say that the Hendersonville Farmers Market is worth the trek. Teeming with lively energy and every type of vendor you could think of, you're gonna want to bring your extra large tote for this one. Taking place on Saturday mornings from May to September, you can look forward to goat's milk soaps, handmade jewelry and ceramics, fresh-cut flowers, baked goods, meats, cheeses, and the list goes on. Plus, this market regularly hosts live music and community events, making perusing the stalls all the more fun.

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