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FAQ: Visiting the Market

For a complete copy of NFM Rules & Regulations click here. Below are a list of responses to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's):  

When are you open?
NFM as a facility is open 362 days a year and Market hours are 8am-6pm though individual merchant hours vary.  We are closed only on Thanksgiving, Christmas & New Year's Day. Some merchants on our Farm Side are open 362 days a year along with the Market House. The Flea Market is open Friday to Sunday year round. Individual merchant days and hours vary greatly and from season to season. Visit our Merchants page to find out more. 

How can I get to the Market?
There are a plethora of transportation options to get to NFM. We highly recommend walking, biking, or taking public transportation whenever available—especially on busy Saturday's. We are home to a B-Cycle Nashville kiosk where you can hop on a bike and explore the park or city.  Go to our Visit NFM page to get Google Maps directions and click the buttons for mode of transport selected to learn specific information from your location.

Is it free to come to NFM?
For regular Market business there is no entrance fee & parking is free. You simply pay for what you purchase with any of our farmers, artisans, merchants, or restaurants. At times, we do host or co-host special events and/or classes that do require an entrance fee—however, that will be specially posted if during regular market hours or scheduled outside regular business hours. Parking is always free.

How is the market supported?
NFM is supported by merchant fees, venue rental fees & grants. The Market operates on a small budget that must support a large array of operating expenses that includes facility care & maintenance, insurance, permits, licenses, signage, utilities, disposal, site improvements, marketing, a 6-person staff  and more. We meet these needs largely through merchant rental fees.

What kinds of products can I find at the market?
At NFM, you’ll find a locally, regionally, and more grown fruits & vegetables, locally & regionally raised meats, plants, flowers & herbs, farm-fresh eggs & dairy products, baked goods, snacks, spices, international items, and more on our South/Farm Side. This area also is home to garden center, Gardens of Babylon. Inside our Market House you'll find 15+ restaurants & shops, crafters making handmade soaps & body products, prepared foods, specialty items, and more. On our Flea Market Side you'll find everything from handcrafted pottery & jewelry to home goods to clothing and accessories. Most merchants are at Market on Saturdays but many come other days of the week-most notable Fridays and Sundays. Visit our Merchant pages to find out more.

How do I contact a merchant?
Visit their individual merchant page (start on our Merchants page) for contact information.

How do I find a merchant I'm looking for?
Merchants will always be located in one of 3 areas:

A general rule of thumb is... If it is a grown or made food product it will be either on our farm side or inside our Market House.  If it is a restaurant or "ready to eat" item it will likely be inside our Market House.  And if it is a non-food item that is not handmade it is likely in or Flea Market (ex. sunglasses, t-shirts, overstock items, etc). NFM is home to one Garden Center --Gardens of Babylon on our Southernmost Side. For specific merchant information visit their merchant page.

How do I know if someone has something I'm looking for?
If it's produce--check the Seasonality Chart to see if it looks like it may be in that time of year. By August 2011 we will introduce a search feature on the website that will tell you who is selling that item so you can contact them directly to determine if that have it on hand. The search feature will cover all areas of the Market. Many people also post queries on Facebook, Twitter, or email us here to receive guidance.

Why aren't more of your merchants there or open every day?
All of our merchants are small, locally-owned businesses. Generally speaking someone has to plant on the farm, milk cows at the dairy, bake the deliciousness, and more. Some, like berry farmers, have specific, small seasons and when it's up they no longer have product to sell. All are local entrepreneurs running their own businesses; many doing it all by themselves. Add in the desire and need for days of rest and it's simply not feasible for most merchants to be at Market seven days, week every week. Check the merchant pages to see who is open when.  It does change through seasons with more able to come more often during the "peak" season of May to October.

Do you accept credit cards? Do your merchants?
NFM currently accepts credit cards for rent payments from merchants only. Our merchants are individually owned & operated businesses so some merchants accept credit cards and some do not. All accept cash and many accept checks. International Market has an ATM on premises. Contact individual merchants directly to find out about their specific tender acceptance.

Do any of your farmers/merchants accept EBT or SNAP?  

Yes. Year-round the folllowing retailers accept EBT/SNAP; Howelll's Farm & Produce, Robertson's Produce, Hardy's Produce, Barnes Produce, & International Market. The following farms also accept them and are typically at Market through peak season; Smiley's Farm (April-November), Swaffords Farm (June-October).  Look for EBT/SNAP signage around Farm Sheds to let you know who else may be taking it throughout their seasons..

How Can I Become an NFM Merchant?
Visit our Become a Merchant page to learn more.

How can I get the most for my money when shopping at farmers' markets?

Know your season.   When produce is in season, it is more plentiful and less expensive--also at it's freshest, most deliciously flavorful peak!

Consider signing up for a CSA.  CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture.  How it works is that you pay up front and then get a box of of the freshest, most in season vegetables or meats.   It may feel like your spending a lot to pay up front, but if you eat a lot of vegetables or meats, it generally adds up to less than you would pay if you bought per-trip.  The farmer gets much needed capital earlier in the season, and you get a weekly or bi-weekly "treasure trove" of goodies.