REQUESTING A FIELD TRIP TOUR
Visiting the Nashville Farmers’ Market on a Field Trip or Tour
The Nashville Farmers’ Market offers a field trip and tour experience that gives guests the opportunity to learn more about our mission to provide retail space, promotion and training to farmers, food producers and retail entrepreneurs while serving as a catalyst for a healthy, community-based food system — all while experiencing the products, tastes, aromas, sounds and diversity of the market. When planning your visit, also consider touring the new Tennessee State Museum, Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, the Tennessee State Capitol and First Tennessee Park (home of the Nashville Sounds).
In addition, we highlight a number of area tour operators on our About page.
Requesting Your VisiT SLOT
A visit to the Nashville Farmers’ Market, Tennessee State Museum, state capitol and Bicentennial Mall is free to all. However, you must reserve a specific date and time through our Nashville Farmers’ Market office and obtain a confirmation email from us and other sites on your itinerary. Note that the Nashville Farmers’ Market is unable to coordinate field trips or tours with the other suggested locations.
When reserving your field trip or tour at the Nashville Farmers’ Market, you may request a staff representative or a self-guided field trip for your group when completing the form below. You may also call our office at 615-880-2001, and our office coordinator will work to find the best available date and time for your group.
Staff-led field trips or tours are available on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays 10 a.m.–2 p.m., and will be confirmed when a staff member is available. We receive a high volume of requests, so if we are unable to accommodate you we will offer alternative dates for your group.
You have booked your trip, received your confirmation email and are ready for the big day. Now what?
Upon arriving at the Nashville Farmers’ Market, disembark your group at the Market from the Rosa Parks Blvd. entrance (on the western side of the Market) or on the eastern side on 7th (adjacent) or 6th (one block away) avenues. If you have requested a staff-led tour, meet one of our friendly team members at the entrance to Gardens of Babylon (at the far southern end of the Market) at the designated time that was confirmed for your group. If you elected the self-guided tour option, follow the instructions provided in your confirmation message.
On-premises bus parking is not available at the Market, nor along 6th or 7th avenues. Bus and shuttle parking must be arranged off-premises by the group and is not the responsibility or liability of the Nashville Farmers’ Market.
Arrive hungry, leave well fed
Dining at the Market is a great experience. Our merchants offer a wide variety of global cuisine and our Farm Shed merchants are usually eager to share samples when available. Please note that due to the high volume of guests visiting the Market, we are unable to provide reserved seating and do not allow groups to bring sack lunches or food from an off-premises establishment into the Market House or picnic areas throughout the property.
Oops — you forgot to make a reservation?
It happens. We know. Maybe you’re hopping off a trolley tour, you’re in town for a concert or you’ve just completed a Tennessee State Museum and State Capitol tour when you realize you simply must experience the most awesome farmers’ market in the country.
We’ve got your back, but our team will not be able to staff your field trip or tour group without advance notice, so feel free to explore the property on your own.
Our staff recommends that you begin by exploring the greenhouses at Gardens of Babylon, checking out native plants and learning about compost, and then travel through the Farm Sheds as you’re lured by the smell of popping kettle corn, sample some real Tennessee honey, take in the wonder of what’s in season, shake the hand of a farmer and ask an artisan how they make their product (note that the Farm Sheds are home to more than 150 businesses throughout the year; the best days to experience the Farm Sheds are Fridays–Sundays). Finish your tour inside the Market House and make time to visit shops, enjoy a bite to eat and check out our cool bike racks on the 7th Avenue patio that were installed by the Metro Arts Commission.
FIELD TRIP REQUEST FORM
Please submit this request form even if you will not require a staff-guided tour — it’s just good for us to know that you’ll be visiting either way.