No matter where you’re traveling, the best way to dive into local culture is to spend time at the markets. This is especially true in the American South, where incredible meals, friendly people, and fresh fruits and veggies are waiting for you. Visit these 3 farmers markets around Nashville to experience authentic Tennessee food, art, culture, and more.

12 South Farmers Market

12 South Farmers Market is getting ready for its 2018 Season Opening Day. Though vendors haven’t been announced yet, this market was popular last year for its food trucks and visiting vendors selling goods from cakes and pies to salsa and locally prepared dog treats.

Visit 12 South Farmers Market at Sevier Park, 3000 Granny White Pike. It’s open for the season starting in May, and its hours of operation are Tuesdays from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.

East Nashville Farmers Market

For fresh goods from local farmers, head to the East Nashville Farmers Market this spring. This market works with Tennessee farmers to offer produce, fruits, berries, meat and dairy products, baked goods, crafts, and specialty items such as juice, dog treats, and ice cream. Live music and a close community are staples of this gathering.

The farmers market opens for the season on May 2 at 3:30 p.m. Visit until 6 p.m. and leave with as many strawberries and as much local produce as you can carry. The East Nashville Farmers Market is in Shelby Park at 1500 Davidson St.

Nashville Farmers Market

Though many markets are only open in the late spring and summer months, you can visit the Nashville Farmers Market any time of year. This market is at 900 Rose L. Parks Blvd. It’s open daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Try booking a hotel through IHG within walking distance of Nashville Farmers Market to enjoy an intimate experience in the city as you explore the neighborhood on foot.

In addition to local farm goods on display, visitors can look forward to the following:

  • Market House Restaurants and Shops: Dozens of merchants prepare dishes using local ingredients that you can try at the market. Check the schedule to see which restaurants and shops will be open during your visit.
  • Flea Market: Visit Friday, Saturday, and Sunday to browse merchant wares ranging from homemade potpourri to jewelry and hand-carved wooden furniture and toys.
  • Shop, Sip, Give Night Market: This event takes place on the third Friday of every month from 5 to 9 p.m. The market showcases a local nonprofit, and visitors can donate in addition to shopping and purchasing some drinks at the cash bar to support the charity.
  • Cooking demos and lessons: Two cooking demonstrations and classes are upcoming for people interested in meeting local chefs and artisans and learning about how they can prepare the food available at the market. Register online to join a scheduled class. Tastings and samples are included.

This is one of the most popular farmers markets in Nashville, and you’ll likely want to visit more than once.

Nashville has a wonderful, unique culture, and you can see it all for yourself at these gatherings. Check out these farmers markets the next time you’re in the city.