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October 26, 2016

Harvest Celebration a Fantastic Fall Festival!


Last weekend, our Farm Sheds were bursting with color from the abundance of mums and locally grown heirloom pumpkins as we celebrated fall with our Halloween Night Market and Harvest Celebration. Market tables and stalls amply displayed fresh fall vegetables and newly arrived market treasures that shoppers carried home for their weekend menus, and kids in costumes were fully engaged in the pumpkin painting and caramel apple bar activities. It was a glorious, sunny day at our market, with happy, lively crowds, and we are deeply grateful that our community came out to celebrate the season with us.

The weekend kicked off with our Halloween Night Market, where shoppers had the opportunity to debut costumes early. Kids and families carved and painted pumpkins together, and took pictures next to our table of fiery jack-o-lanterns, while dancers gathered around for the soulful sounds of J.T. and the Something Special.

The next morning, our market was greeted with another day of pleasant weather for our fun-filled family friendly Harvest Celebration. Both kids and adults enjoyed the caramel apple bar with apples provided by Smiley's Produce, and the Country Music Hall or Fame's Musical Petting Zoo reported a record of 232 kids who enjoyed tapping and strumming on various instruments.

The Pumpkin Pastry Contest attracted creative entries from our market shoppers and vendors that included pumpkin muffins, pumpkin madeleines, pumpkin rolls, and pumpkin cinnamon rolls. Yet, it was the perfectly executed and fluffy Pumpkin Whoopie Pies made by Rhonda Davis who took home the Gold, and the authentically French Pumpkin Tart Tatine made by Caroline Gobert that won the runner up. Thank you to our judges, and all who participated!

Our Harvest Celebration was also a time of abounding fall vegetables and fruits like Tennessee sugar pears and muscadines. Lauren Palmer of Bloomsbury Farm displayed the freshest heads of Napa cabbage, as well as fall lettuces, sprouts, and kale varieties, and Plano Produce showcased their freshest turnip greens.

Speaking of turnip greens…the annual Turnip Green Festival sponsored by Smiley's Farm is back! On Saturday November 5th from 10 am until 2, join us as the Smiley's cook the World's Largest Pot of Turnip Greens and pass out samples with cornbread while supplies last. If you're a cornbread connoisseur, enter our Cornbread Cook-Off and win prizes and fame from the Nashville Farmers' Market. Live blues music and smoked barbecue will also be in the air for Turnip Green Festival, so we'll see you all on Saturday, November 5th at 10 am!

October 13, 2016

Market House Leasable Space Available


The Nashville Farmers’ Market is currently accepting applications for butcher, bakery and fish market concepts. The Market House space available is well suited for such concepts due to the square footage available and the access to a walk in cooler/freezer. The available space also includes a water heater, a three compartment sink and a hand sink.



October 1 - November 15, 2016 Applications accepted

Nov 20 - Nov 30, 2016 Qualified applicant review and meetings

Dec 21 , 2016 Staff recommended presentation(s) to board & discussion

January 25, 2017 Board discussion and approval

March 1, 2017 Concept opening at NFM

Conditions and Information

For more information about the lease application process or required information, please contact Tasha Kennard at 615-880-2001 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) .


Click here to open a printable 2016 lease application.

October 13, 2016

Pumpkin Pastry Contest

The Nashville Farmers’ Market invites bakers to put on your apron, get out your mixer, turn on your oven and bring us your best pumpkin pastry:  pumpkin pie, pumpkin roll, pumpkin bread, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin cupcakes, pumpkin bars, pumpkin brownies, pumpkin cheesecake even!  Surprise us with your favorite recipe using either canned or fresh pie pumpkins from the Nashville Farmers Market.   (Swafford’s in Farm Shed 1 has bushels of them!) Bring your pumpkin treats to the Cooking Contest Corral in the Market House between 12 and 12:30 pm during Harvest Celebration Saturday, October 22.  Fame, critical acclaim and fabulous prizes to the winners! For more information, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

October 12, 2016

Harvest Celebration at the Nashville Farmers’ Market

Celebrate the bounty of fall apples, pumpkins, mums, and more at the Nashville Farmers' Market Harvest Celebration on Saturday October 22nd from 10 am to 2 pm. This family-friendly community event will feature tons of fun kids activities, fall recipe chef demonstrations, a Pumpkin Pastry Baking Contest for kids to enter as well as adults, plus live music and the largest selection of fall apples, pumpkins, mums, and greens in all of middle Tennessee! Free and easy parking will be available on site, as well as state lots on 6th Avenue and the corner of Rosa L. Parks Blvd and James Robertson.

This time of year, the Nashville Farmers' Market is bursting with the colors and flavors of fall, and we are excited to share this seasonal shopping experience with our community. Bring the little ones to choose from thousands of pumpkins in shades of pale blue to bronze from our pumpkin patches. Take home dried corn stalks, colorful mums, and hay bales for your harvest and Halloween home décor. Or, stock up on pie pumpkins, fall apples and fall squashes for your fall dessert endeavors — all grown by your local and regional farmers.

The Nashville Farmers' Market Harvest Celebration will feature a Kids Costume Parade for little shoppers to show off their costumes a week before Halloween, a Pumpkin Painting activity, as well as a Candy Apple Station. Taste all the varieties of Tennessee apples at our free Fall Apple Tasting Table, and attend a chef demonstration at the Market. Adults can enjoy a pumpkin flavored local brew or a Whisper Creek Pumpkin Hot Toddy. Breakfast and lunch options will be available in abundance with our local food trucks and 16 locally owned restaurants inside our Market House food hall. Don't miss this fall celebration at Nashville's favorite farmers' market on Saturday October 22, 2016 — Harvest Celebration at the Nahville Farmers' Market!