The Nashville Farmers’ Market should have a productive season this year thanks in part to the opening of the Nashville Sounds’ new ballpark. However, you wouldn’t have been able to tell from opening weekend (April 11-12), which was lack-luster at best.
This year, there are also new rules in place for farmers’ market vendors. All vendors must now sell goods produced on their own property or on a property where they hold a lease. Moreover, vendors are no longer allowed to purchase goods (specifically produce) from grocery stores or other markets for resale.
To comply with the new rules, vendors are required to have signage indicating where their produce was grown. Moreover, artisans have to prove that they produced their wares themselves.
The hope is that the new policy will encourage the community’s growers to join the farmers’ market and sell local produce. In addition, by implementing these rules, directors of the farmers’ market are trying to encourage a higher quality of goods sold.
The new rules, in combination with it still being early in the growing season and thus little produce ready for sale, led to the small number of vendors during opening weekend. Nevertheless, officials have stated that the number of vendors is expected to increase three-fold over last year. In fact, the latter part of May could see stalls filled that haven’t been used in 10 years or more!
If you are looking for something fun to do on Saturdays from 5-7pm, stop by the Nashville Farmers’ Market for a bit of local music, art, produce and fun. Visit the website to see upcoming events.
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