Nashville Farmers' Market adjusting to drive-thru services during pandemic

Posted at 11:09 AM, Apr 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-19 12:09:55-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The Nashville Farmers Market at Bicentennial State Park would usually be packed with vendors and customers who are ready to buy fresh produce and other local products, but like so many other things, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has changed that.

Customers can still buy fruit, vegetables and other products on Saturdays as the farmers' market moves to drive-thru and curbside services.

The pandemic is also impacting vendors who would normally participate in farmers' markets and have to find other routes to sell their products.

Last year, Waygu Farms began attending farmers' markets, selling locally raised beef. This year, owner Van Thompson said it's been a lot different

Thompson has been selling his products in the storefronts of other small businesses around town. He said now, it's tough for farmers, so they have to be creative.

"They want to know they can have it consistently. So, what we’ve done and what we plan on doing is opening a butcher shop on the farm itself," Thompson said. "So you can pick up fresh or frozen. At the same time we will be starting an online service that we will be able to ship out or deliver within the Nashville area."

The Nashville Farmers' Market has a list on its website of which vendors are open, what they are selling and how to contact the vendor to place an order. For more information, click here.