Fall Farmer’s Markets Offer Local Bounty

By Lee Rennick

There is something different about the produce purchased at one of the farmer’s markets offered in Rutherford County. It is not just that the meats, cheeses, fruits and vegetables are fresher coming from farm to table, but it is about the connection between the person buying the produce and the farmer producing the product.

Fall is perhaps the best time to stop by Murfreesboro Main Street Saturday Market, Rutherford County Farmer’s Market, or Stones River Farmer’s Market because your family has the chance to meet and interact with farm families. With the coming celebrations of food and family later this fall, it is a great time to teach kids about from where their tasty Thanksgiving meal comes from – besides the grocery store and Mom’s kitchen.

Murfreesboro MainStreet Saturday Market

Public Square, Inner Circle of the Courthouse
Saturdays, through October 29
8:00 a.m. until noon

Murfreesboro’s MainStreet organization started this market on the city square a number of years ago. It has become a “must do” event for local gourmets and foodies. Vendors offer vegetables, meat, cheese, baked goods, eggs, honey, fresh flowers, plants, soaps, candy and many more farm-related products. Local favorites, like Batey’s Farms, bring their products direct to consumers. There is also an opportunity to try unique products like the goat’s milk fudge offered by Harmony Lane Farm (it is delicious).

October is the time to get the last of those tomatoes, lettuce, pumpkins, gourds, squash, apples, sweet potatoes, greens and much more. There are also some wonderful artisan cheeses available. Start gift shopping for the holidays by picking up hand made soaps and oils.

Rutherford County Farmer’s Market

Lane AgriPark,
Community Center Building
315 John R. Rice Boulevard, Murfreesboro
Tuesdays and Fridays,
through October 28
7:00 a.m. until noon

Rutherford County Farmer’s Market is currently celebrating its 40th year of offering the freshest of nature’s bounty to the citizens of Rutherford County. Drawing from more than 20 Middle Tennessee counties, this also offers vegetables, meat, cheese, baked goods, eggs, honey, fresh flowers, plants, soaps, candy and many more farm-related products. What makes this market different from all of the others is that they offer free classes on everything from cooking to creating your own sustainable garden.

If you are new to the whole farmer’s market scene, make a point of taking one of their classes. Their teachers can show you how to use the items in your market basket to make flavorful and healthy dishes for your friends and family. Or how to nurture the flowers and plants you have bought for your yard.

Stones River Farmer’s Market

L & L Contractors
25 S. Public Square, Murfreesboro
Year Round

Stones River Farmer’s Market is more like a CSA, but you get to choose what you want instead of taking what a single farmer or group of farmers put into your box. Run by the owners of L & L Contracting, customers place their orders on Sunday or Monday and then pick them up on Wednesday. They offer vegetables, meat, cheese, baked goods, eggs, honey, fresh flowers, plants, soaps, skin-care products and many more farm-related products from farmers/producers all over Middle Tennessee.

This is a great way to keep the fresh farm products flowing through the house during the winter months when most of the markets close down. For more information on how to become one of their customers, contact Ashleigh Newnes or Tracey Burks at
931-952-1224, or email them
at stonesrivermarket@gmail.com.