If you are looking for an authentic Knoxville experience, do as the locals do and take a trip to the Market Square Farmers' Market.
Nestled in the heart of downtown Knoxville, the Market Square Farmers’ Market is held every Wednesday and Saturday, May - November on the site of the former Market House - a structure built in the late 1800s intended to serve as a marketplace for farmers’ wares. When the Market House burned in 1960, it was replaced with an open-air, European-style pedestrian plaza that, since 2004, has served as Knoxville’s premier venue for locally grown, raised, and produced goods - the Market Square Farmers’ Market.
Vendors, much as they did when the Market House stood, line the center of Market Square, Union Avenue, and Market Street selling plants, cut flowers, fruits and vegetables, herbs, honey, cheeses, eggs, meats, breads and baked goods, hot served foods, beverages, bath and body products, and a variety of artisan crafts, all produced by the vendors within a 150-mile radius of Knoxville, TN.
Visiting the Market Square Farmers’ Market isn’t just another trip to the grocery, though. Sure, you’ll fill reusable tote after reusable tote will all sorts of amazing local finds, but you’ll also connect with local producers, residents, public servants, and business owners alike.
Market Square is a historical civic center for our East Tennessee community and Nourish Knoxville, through the Market Square Farmers' Market, works to continue this legacy by serving as a key gathering place that highlights local culture and welcomes people from all walks of life.
“Market Square is the most democratic place on earth. There the rich and the poor, the white and the black, jostle each other in perfect equality, and the scenes during the busy hours of the afternoon are always worth watching” – Knoxville Journal and Tribune.
Whether you're in town for just a couple of hours or a week-long stay, be sure to plan your trip around the Market Square Farmers' Market and immerse yourself in local tradition!