Our winter farmers market begins this Saturday November 1st and runs every Saturday thru April. Summer’s over and cold weather is moving in. So how is it that the Franklin Farmers Market can stay open all winter long? Cold weather doesn’t stop our farmers from growing. It just changes the variety of fruits and vegetables available from Tennessee farms. And you have not lived until you have tried some of our local soups made with farm fresh ingredients!
Farmers can extend seasons for growing in a number of different ways. Hoop houses, greenhouses and row covers are used to protect crops from freezing temperatures working to extend the season for some vegetables and allows early planting for spring produce. Some hardy crops, like potatoes, can stay fresh for months if stored properly. There are sweet, crisp apples available. Root crops, such as beets and carrots are plentiful during the winter and there are many types of greens too, like kale, arugula and lettuce. Brussel sprouts, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower and winter squash also favor cooler weather for growing. And to round out your meals, the best dairy, locally raised meats, honey and baked goods are always at the Franklin Farmers Market, year-round. Winter market is also a good time to talk to the farmers at the FFM about your favorite spring and summer veggies, because winter is when the farmers decide what to plant for the next year.
Our winter farmers market has tripled in size the past few years. We will have over 60 vendors to kick off this years winter market this coming Saturday. Many local Tennesseans are not aware we are a year round farmers market. Our local farmers and cooks work together to provide great winter soups and baked goods for busy families to have nutritious home cooked meals during the week. No matter whether its summer or winter, you can always find the best in fresh local food from local farms at the Franklin Farmers Market.
Winter Farmers Market is open every Saturday no matter how cold the weather.
8am – noon, November – December
9am – noon, January thru April