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Past, Present & Future!

Since its inception on the town square in the early 1800’s, the Farmers’ Market has been a vital part of Nashville life. Although the market has had several homes, one thing has remained constant; a love of shopping for the best produce, meats, dairy, baked goods, prepared foods and handcrafted items in an exciting community setting. In the early 1800’s Nashville constructed a new City Hall and Market House on the west side of the downtown public square. During the 1930’s, City Hall, Market House, and Courthouse Buildings were demolished to make way for the new Davidson County Courthouse. A new Market House was constructed on the north side of the square.

In the mid-1950’s the City again moved the Farmers’ Market to a new location just north of downtown on Jefferson Street. In 1995, the Farmers’ Market was renovated as part of the Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park development and remains at this location. The Nashville Farmers' Market now stretches from Harrison to Jackson Streets on Rosa L. Parks Blvd. (formerly Eighth Avenue North) and covers 16 acres of urban land. Today, the market continues to serve as a daily Farmers’ Market with farmers, artisans, and merchants; an interior Market House with eateries and specialty food shops; and a weekend Craft & Flea experience with independent entrepreneurs selling handcrafted, vintage, international items and street food.


In 2007 Nashville Farmers' Market received a grant from Metropolitan Government of Davidson County for a Market House renovation that was completed in 2009. In 2008, (NFM) received a grant from the Department of Agriculture for faciliities improvements to exterior Farm Sheds. Additionally a Tennessee Agriculure Enhancement Program grant was received to support a demonstration & community kitchen inside the Market House to serve needs for customers & merchants.

On May 1, 2010 NFM was poised for its most vibrant and successful ever with the Grand Opening for the Grow Local! Kitchen planned as well as the most farmers, artisans, and merchants than ever before. On May 2nd, NFM personnel arrived to a car floating down Rosa L. Parks Boulevard, flood waters rising on all sides, & the Market was evacuated and closed immediately. The Nashville Flood of 2010 devastated the entire community. All areas of the Market were closed for six days. Thanks to the hard work and dedication of market merchants, community volunteers, and federal & city agencies, the exterior sheds were opened on the seventh day, and the Market House on August 13, 2010. NFM continues to go through a restoration process that continues currentl adn is thankful for the continued assistance and support of the community.

Future Plans 2014-2016

FARM SHEDS: NFM will implement the board's strategic directives and plans and bring NFM back to it's more farm-centric roots.  Get more info on NFM becoming a producer-only market here. Farm Shed 1 and 2 will be home to multi-day attending farmers and day farmers (most often on weekends).

MARKET HOUSE:  From 2014-2016 visitors will benefit from an interior expansion of local foods and international offerings available inside our Market House. NFM will add additional restaurants, and shops bringing the total to twenty (at 19 in spring of 2015!).  

GROW LOCAL KITCHEN inside NFM's Market House:  Grow Local Kitchen will continue to expand it's programming for classes, events, production rental and pop-ups; including a new Residency program!  Grow Local Kitchen will implement a program of all green paper goods and kitchen practices by 2016 for renters, events, and programs. 

ARTISAN SHED:  In 2016 the shed formerly known as Farm Shed 2 will become NFM's new Artisan Shed. This shed will feature: a 3,000 square foot juicery and retail store by juice.Nashville; twenty-four spaces for local and regional food artisans; flexible event space; and a special "coming soon" artisan announced in 2016.

CRAFT & FLEA SHED:  NFM's Friday-Sunday Craft & Flea Shed experience will feature handcrafted items, vintage items, international street foods, international goods, trucks and more. This area is only closed a few times a year for special events. Check the NFM Event page for special info and dates! 


MONTHLY NIGHT MARKET:  NFM will continue it's popular monthly Night Market series beginning May of 2015 and continue year-round. Always held on the third Friday monthly, Night Market offers a "taste" of a vibrant Saturday market with farmers, artisans, restaurants, shops and merchants sampling and offering specials.  Night Markets always offer adult beverage sales with local wine, beer and a seasonal signature cocktail.  Special guests debut monthly at Night Markets in our Grow Local Kitchen--and you'll often see some of your favorite farmers playing chef for a night at Night Market! Come celebrate local food, music, and community at Night Market on the third Friday of each month!

MEET ME AT THE FARMERS' MARKET w/AARP TN:  On the second Wednesday of each month join AARP TN, Master Gardener's of Davidson County, NFM and Special Guests for information and activities from 10am-2pm. This event includes a demo with recipes and free samples while supplies last in NFM's Grow Local Kitchen at 11am. 

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