After seeing a few cool pictures on Instagram, I knew I had to go check out the Nashville Farmer's Market while I was staying in the city (if not for the corn stalk and tomato-shaped bike racks, alone). It took me a bit to make the walk from my hotel, but I finally made it to the decorative pieces!
Unfortunately, I waited a little too late in the evening for the full experience. Most booths were shut down by the time I arrived, just before closing time (and it was a Monday night, so probably not the most hopping day of the week). I did get a chance to walk through a few plant and vegetable areas once I arrived.
Beginning on Nashville's town square, the tradition of the Farmer's Market has been around since the early 1800's. I'm sure we have a lot more craft and decorative items now, but how cool that the same veggies and plants are being bought and sold in the same fashion as way back then?
The farmer's market is open 362 days of the year from 8am to 6pm, only shutting down for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. Overall, the market has numerous booths and shops to browse around in. (You can see the full list on their website). On weekends, the craft sheds are open to 50+ merchants that sell handcrafted, vintage, upscale and international good. I'll have to come back on a weekend, just for that!
I've never actually been to a farmers' market, but Nashville's was a great first time! I love the emphasis they've put on this long-time tradition by making the aesthetic of the buildings themed around veggies and farming. Little things like that make the whole experience even more memorable for everyone. Keep it up, NFM!