Summer is the time for fresh fruits and veggies, and there’s no better place to find locally grown food than at the farmers’ markets in Chattanooga! Though there are dozens of farmers’ markets happening in our area over the next few months, these are the few that are worth a special trip.
The Chattanooga Market
- Location #1: 1829 Carter Street | Time: Sundays, 11am – 4pm
- Location #2: 975 E. Third Street | Time: Friday, 10:30am – 1:30pm
- Location #3: 9453 Bradmore Lane | Time: Friday, 6pm – 9pm
Weekends are best spent at the Chattanooga Market, a local farmers’ market that has been operating for more than a decade. With several locations open this summer — including at First Tennessee Pavilion in Downtown Chattanooga, Erlanger Medical Mall near the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, and Cambridge Square in Ooltewah — the Chattanooga Market makes it convenient to shop for fresh fruits and veggies, plants and flowers, and homemade baked goods.
Don’t miss the live music lineup or the summertime festivals, either!
Main Street Farmers’ Market
- Location: 522 W. Main Street | Time: Wednesday, 4pm – 6pm
If you’re looking for local honey, vegetables fresh from the farm, or meat and dairy products, this Chattanooga farmers’ market is the place to go. Located in the heart of Chattanooga, the Main Street Farmers’ Market is the perfect place to stop after eating an early dinner downtown or spending happy hour at Chattanooga Brewing Company.
Northside Farmers’ Market
- Location: 923 Mississippi Avenue | Time: Tuesday, 3pm – 5:30pm
The Northside Presbyterian Church parking lot is where you’ll find this hidden gem in Chattanooga. Local vendors from all around Tennessee offer all kinds of produce and plants for sale at the Northside Farmers Market, including non-GMO seedlings, grass-fed beef, and seasonal vegetables.
Lookout Farmers’ Market
- Location #1: 3800 Dayton Boulevard | Time: Monday, 4pm – 7pm
- Location #2: 8645 E. Brainerd Road | Time: Tuesday, 4pm – 7pm
- Location #3: 2525 de Sale Ave., Building B | Time: Wednesday, 10:30am – 1:30pm
- Location #4: 3917 St. Elmo Avenue | Time: Friday, 4pm – 7pm
You don’t have to wait until the weekend to shop for groceries at the farmers’ market. You can visit one of four (or all!) locations in the Lookout Mountain area during the week — Red Bank United Methodist Church on Mondays, Christ United Methodist Church on Tuesdays, Memorial Hospital on Wednesdays, and St. Elmo/Incline on Fridays. The Red Bank UMC and Christ UMC market locations are conveniently open year-round.
Signal Mountain Farmers’ Market
- Location: 1210 Taft Highway | Time: Thursday, 4pm – 6pm
Dozens of vendors from all over the region flock to the Signal Mountain area for this great local farmers’ market, which features handmade soaps, hand-knitted items, and hand-picked fruits and veggies.
Between April and November, the Signal Mountain Farmers’ Market is open in the afternoons from 4pm to 6pm. Winter hours start on the first Thursday in December.
Brainerd Farmers’ Market
- Location: 20 Belvoir Avenue | Time: Saturday, 10am – noon
Grace Episcopal Church is home to the Brainerd Farmers’ Market, which is where you can find all kinds of healthy foods and handmade products from farmers and artisans based in the Chattanooga area. The market is open for extended hours from April to December, and it switches to a one-hour market during the wintertime.
Ooltewah Farmers’ Market
- Location: 5829 Main Street, Collegedale | Time: 3pm – 6pm
Last but not least, the Ooltewah Farmers’ Market is one of the best farmers’ markets to visit in the Chattanooga area. Held at the Ooltewah Nursery, it offers a wide range of handmade products, freshly picked foods, and organic ingredients.
If you happen to visit the farmers’ market during the annual Dairy Goat Day, you’re in for a treat! You’ll be able to see milking demonstrations, enjoy samples of soap and balm, and even try chocolate goat milk fudge and other foods.
Love Farmers’ Markets? You’ll Love Living in Chattanooga!
But farmers markets are only one reason why people love living in this area. If you’ve been considering buying a home in Chattanooga, I would love to introduce you to the local lifestyle. Learn more about the Chattanooga area and fun things to do here, or contact me and let’s talk about your plans.