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Tennessee Farmers Markets Beat the Chill

 

The Tennessee Department of AgricultureNashville, TN – Tennessee farmers markets are giving customers what they want:  access to as many fresh local products as possible through the cold weather months. Winter farmers markets and online market options are part of the national movement to make local and seasonal eating a viable choice year round.

Winter markets offer a wide variety of fresh produce that grows well in cooler weather, like broccoli, brussels sprouts, kale, carrots and cabbage. Autumn produce that stores well is also still available.

Winter Hoop House Crops. (TDA)

Winter Hoop House Crops. (TDA)

Hard squash, pumpkins, garlic and all sorts of potatoes are typical winter market fare.

Honey, sorghum, cured meats and farm-direct items like soaps made with goat’s milk and other farmed ingredients help fill out the winter market roster.

Fresh meats can be purchased throughout the year, and winter markets are ideal locations to find a selection of your local favorites.

Produce and meat community supported agriculture (CSA) programs often use winter markets as a pick-up site for their members and usually have additional items to sell while there. Some farmers even take orders online so their loyal customers will know how much of an item is available and to make sure those customers get what they want.

Farmers market hours may differ in the winter. Check with your preferred market before you make the trip.

Tennessee CSAs and farmers markets are listed at the Pick Tennessee site. There you will also find information on other farms, farm direct and artisan products and recipes for all seasons. Follow Pick Tennessee on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.


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