Farmers Markets: Squash, Organic Muffins & Where to Buy Local

My pal, Kelsey, happy as a clam with her fresh produce, featuring a shockingly large squash that strangely resembles a telephone. October 2015.

My pal, Kelsey, happy as a clam with her fresh produce, featuring a shockingly large squash that strangely resembles a telephone. October 2015.

Last October, a dear friend invited me to a lush, quiet little farm just a Saturday morning's drive from West End. She picked up a box of fresh, farm-grown veggies and greens, we chatted and listened to good music and I bought two organic muffins. And I came away with two things, not including said muffins: (1) a general feeling of refreshment after being in a good place with a good person, and (2) a sense of wonder as I considered how many unknown local food distributors there are in Nashville, cultivating their food with care and hard work for anyone who'll look around enough to find them.

If you're looking for produce freshly plucked from the ground, this little post is for you. Maybe you're hoping to support local farmers, bakers and entrepreneurs, or maybe you're just eager to stretch your legs and traipse about Nashville in search of quality food and handmade products. Or maybe you're like me, and you just want a fun Saturday morning excursion with a friend. Regardless of your reason, here's a list of potential destinations for all of these adventures. Who knows, maybe you, too, could end up the lucky owner of a telephone-shaped squash.

Green Door Gourmet
7011 River Road Pike
Nashville, TN 37209
(615) 942-7169

West End Farmers Market
Where: 4101 Harding Pike, Nashville, TN 37205
When: Saturdays 10am-12pm
Open: All year

Richland Park Farmers Market
Where: Richland Park, 4701 Charlotte Avenue, Nashville, TN 37209
When: Saturdays 9:30am-12:30pm
Open: May 2016 - December 2016

Nashville Farmers Market
Where: 900 Rosa L. Parks Blvd, Nashville, TN 37208
When: Monday through Sunday 8am-6pm
Open: All year

Hip Donelson Farmers Market
Where: 2730 Lebanon Pike, Nashville, TN 37214
When: Fridays 4pm-7pm
Open: May 2016 - October 2016

East Nashville Farmers Market
Where: Shelby Park, 1500 Davidson Street, Nashville, TN 37206
When: Tuesdays 3:30pm-7pm
Open: May 2016 - October 27th, 2016

12 South Farmers Market
Where: Sevier Park, 3000 Granny White Pike, Nashville, TN 37204
When: Tuesdays 3:30pm-6:30pm
Open: May 2016 - October 25th, 2016

Vanderbilt Farmers Market
Where: Medical Center Plaza (near Eskind Biomedical Library), Nashville, TN 37212
When: Thursdays 2pm-5pm
Open: June 2016 - October 27th, 2016

Bellevue Farmers Market
Where: 684 Colice Jeanne Rd, Nashville, TN 37221
When: Fridays 5pm-7:30pm
Open: May 2016 - October 14th, 2016

St. George's Episcopal Church Farmers Market
Where: 4715 Harding Pike, Nashville, TN 37205
When: Thursdays 4pm-7pm
Open: May 2016 - October, 2016