Vanderbilt Farmers’ Market

Vanderbilt’s weekly Thursday farmers’ market may not be swarming with food trucks like other established Nashville farmers’ markets, but there is certainly no shortage of food. Every Thursday from 3-6 PM at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center Plaza, several farmers and local artisans collect to sell everything from organic fresh pasta (including my favorite, gnocchi) to strawberries to grain-fed beef or even fresh milk.

I’ve been to my share of farmers’ markets, but the one at Vanderbilt is much more of a genuine farmers’ market than the rest of its Nashville brethren. Instead of being made up of booths of sustainable organic soap-producers and other non-food sellers, Vanderbilt’s market is really just about getting groceries from local farmers (and possibly some fresh-cut flowers). Every week the Blair School of Music provides background music for shoppers, but the main point of Vanderbilt’s farmers’ market is definitely buying food.

So if you’re looking for some great locally-produced beets, apples, bread, goat cheese, pork, linguine or whatever, Vanderbilt’s farmers’ market is a terrific place to get it all in one go and at decent prices.

What: Vanderbilt Farmers’ Market
Where: VUMC Plaza
When: 3-6 PM every Thursday until October 27
What to bring: A bag to carry groceries and your appetite

For a list of vendors and seasonal what produce is being sold, visit their website.