After a long period of recovery, the Farmers’ Market has reopened its door and is eager for you to come visit! A ReGrandOpening Celebration marked the new beginning of the NFM Market House merchants. Enjoy lunch and lots of shopping at the many restaurants and merchant shops. YOUR support is what they need in order to truly be revived after the flood in May.
The Farmers’ Market began in the early 1800’s and has been a vital part of Nashville life ever since. The market has been relocated many times but a love for shopping the best produce, food and bargains remains a constant in this community setting. The market was first located on the west side of the downtown public square after Nashville constructed a new City Hall and Market House in the early 1800s. It was very popular for vendors to line up four or five rows deep with their wagons to sell fresh produce outside of the City Hall. During the 1930s, the Davidson County Courthouse was built and replaced the City hall, at this time a new Market House was constructed on the North side of the square. In the mid 1950s, the city moved the Farmers’ Market to its current location just north of Downtown on Jefferson. In 1995, the market was renovated as part of the Bicentennial State Park Mall development. The market now stretches from Harrison to Jackson on Rosa L. Parks Blvd and covers 16 acres of urban land. The Market is still home to a daily Farmers’ Market with local farmers and produce re-sellers. It also contains an interior Market House with eateries and specialty food shops.
Unfortunately, the Farmers’ Market was ruined in the flood in May but has since opened for business! The Farmers’ Market actually opened a week after the flood, but is still undergoing many repairs on the property. The Market House proudly opened in August and is ready for business. After 18 inches of water and three months of restoration, eight restaurants and one store have reopened. More stores are expected to open in the Spring. Many vendors lost a lot of business and suffered economic struggles during this restoration period. The Farmers’ Market is an asset to our community and deserves to be experienced. Support the people that keep the Farmers’ Market alive by checking out the local produce vendors, eateries, and shops!
To learn more about the Farmers’ Market. click here.
Information via The Tennessean.