ABOUT THE MARKET

The Nashville Farmers' Market, founded in the early 1800s, is located in the urban core of downtown Nashville adjacent to the Tennessee State Museum and Bicentennial Mall State Park. The year-round Market provides retail space to farmers, artisans, nonprofits and small businesses. Our facility includes two covered open-air sheds, a container farm, a greenhouse micro greens farm, a 24,000 square-foot garden center, a culinary incubation center and an international food hall that includes some two-dozen restaurants and shops. The Market offers monthly chef-led cooking demonstrations, community workshops and free on-site two-hour parking for Market patrons.

The Nashville Farmers' Market also operates two neighborhood markets: the Vanderbilt Farmers' Market and the Azafran Park Farmers' Market. The Vanderbilt Market, located on the Vanderbilt Medical Center Campus, operates every Thursday in June through October. The Azafran Market, located at Azafran Park, operates in partnership with Conexion Americas and Metro Parks every Tuesday in May through October.

For more insight, read StyleBlueprint’s Insider’s Guide to the Nashville Farmers’ Market.

MARKET STAFF

Send general inquiries to farmersmarket@nashville.gov.

Board members

  • Frank Cardenas, chair (January 3, 2017-December 5, 2021): Frank is president of FEDlogic, a Social Security- and Medicare-related consulting firm that he co-founded after nearly a decade of experience working for the Social Security Administration. He holds a master’s degree in public administration and a master’s certification in health administration and planning.

  • Margot McCormack (August 19, 2014-May 5, 2021): A paragon of the Nashville food scene, Margot is chef/owner of Nashville restaurants Marche Artisan Foods and Margot Cafe and Bar (learn more in this East Nashvillian profile).

  • Priscilla Norman, vice chair (June 21, 2016-May 5, 2021): Priscilla works for Caterpillar Financial Services Corporation. She holds a masters degree in organizational management and she is a notary public.

  • Tandy Wilson (July 3, 2018-May 17, 2023): Tandy is Nashville’s first James Beard Award-winning chef and the chef/owner of Germantown restaurant City House.

Charter

Sec. 11.701. — Created; number, qualifications, appointment and term of office of members.                                             

There shall be a farmers' market board, which shall consist of five (5) members to be appointed by the mayor and confirmed by a majority of the whole membership of the council. The members of the board shall hold no other public office or position, and shall serve for terms of five (5) years each, except that of the members first appointed, one (1) shall serve for a term of one (1) year, one (1) for a term of two (2) years, one (1) for a term of three (3) years, one (1) for a term of four (4) years, and one (1) for a term of five (5) years. Any vacancy occurring during the term of a member shall be filled in the manner prescribed for the original appointment and shall be for the unexpired portion of the term.

Sec. 11.702. — Functions and duties.                                                                      

It shall be the duty of the farmers' market board to:

(a) Exercise all the powers and perform all the duties heretofore or hereafter imposed on the "Davidson County Farmers Market Commission", as established by chapter 400 of the Private Acts of 1949 and any amendments thereto.               

(b) Within the limitation of its budget appropriation and funds otherwise available, employ and fix the compensation of such personnel as may be necessary.               

(c) Perform such other duties as may be imposed upon the board by ordinance.