The 2021 Season for the Main Street Murfreesboro Saturday Market on the square was one for the record!
Thank you Saturday Market Sponsors: AT&T, Rutherford County Courthouse, Wilson Bank and Trust, The Rutherford County Convention and Visitors Bureau, T-Mobile Cellular, Geico Insurance and State Farm insurance!
And look at the 2021 list of Main Street Saturday Market vendors!
Ahern Double A Farms (Meat)
Ash from Nash
Blue Skye Farm
Bright Blue Sky Door Décor
Candy Puff Girls Cotton Candy
Carter Farm Nursery
Crochet by Nabella
DTC – Here’s Your Sign Shop
Farrar Family Farm
Frontier Family Farms
Green Garden Soap & Bath
Green Paw Treats (Pet Treats)
Harmony Lane Farm
Jenn’s Best Ever Salsa
Kelley’s Berry Farm
Known Clay Designs
Laurel Mountain Bakery
McLean Alfresca Pasta
Middle TN Engraving
Molly’s Sweet Shop
Ol School Forge (Blacksmith)
Over the Rainbow Farm
Possum Bottom Farms (Mushrooms)
Quarter Springs Farm
Sanders Bros. Coffee
Scent of the Sun
Silver Satyr Designs
Simply Pure Sweets
Soaps by 312 Chic
Southern Ridge Farm
Spring Meadow Farm
T & J Farms
Tennessee Grass Fed
The Blue Porch
The Cake Project
Trinity Joy Paints
Triple A Farms
Under the Sea
Valley Home Farms
Van Horn Cookies
Vintage Ginger Crafts
Wagyu Farms (Beef)
Walls Farm Produce
Weaving & Glass Art
The 2021 Season for the Main Street Murfreesboro Saturday Market on the square was one for the record. Every Saturday, there were 66 vendor spots, and on busy Saturdays we had from 1,500 to 3,000 visitors. Thank you, Middle Tennessee customers. This year we had an extended season, opening the last two weeks of May and continuing through October with 57 full-time vendors, 28 part-time vendors, 6 community information groups, and 12 downtown businesses represented at the market. We plan on having that extended schedule again in 2022.
The Market is primarily a Farmer’s Market, with a focus on fresh produce, locally raised and processed meat, local honey, jams and jellies, and fresh bakery products. But in 2020, we added craft/artisan vendors to our extended season in October, and it was such a success that we invited many of those vendors to our regular season this year. We also reserved one space for community interest groups this year. The Rutherford County Master Gardeners, The Rutherford County Historical Society, Linebaugh Library, Middle Tennessee Sinfonietta, the Mid State Iris Society, Friends of the Linebaugh Library, and the Rutherford County Archaeological Society signed up. We plan to continue that community-building and outreach in 2022, as well as having a spot reserved again for downtown businesses.
It was another great season overall—only two days of rain out of 23 Market Saturdays, and a steady stream of customers, many of them coming back every week. There were customers from across Middle Tennessee and even customers who saw the Market on Google and took a detour from their travel route to check us out. By far, the comments from customers focused on the quality and friendliness of our vendors and the beautiful Rutherford County Courthouse and downtown setting for the market. People brought out-of-town visitors and MTSU students even brought their visiting parents.
Our Facebook page, Murfreesboro Saturday Market, was a big hit with customers, and many of our postings received more than 3,000 hits. We loved sharing photos of our vendors and shoppers. The Market does more than support local farmers and artisans; it provides a local source for quality food, brings a sense of community, encourages people to shop and dine downtown, and offers a fun experience for our customers. We see comments from our Facebook followers asking friends to “meet at the Market.” You don’t often see people suggesting they meet at the grocery store!
Even though the Market has been on the square for more than eleven years, we still have people who tell us they are visiting for the first time. Our goal this year is to spread the word about all the benefits—and the fun—of coming to the Main Street Murfreesboro Saturday Market. We will be open every Saturday 8 a.m. until noon from May 21 until October 29. Hope to see you on the square in 2022.
Market dates—May 22-October 30. We are opening two weeks early and having the October extended market month again this year. Market hours are 8-noon every Saturday, rain or shine. We will be allowing dogs back in the market this season. All dogs must be on leashes.
Full Season Vendors 2021-54 currently scheduled
Part Time Vendors 2021—20 currently on our calendar
For the first time this year, we are reserving two vendor spaces to allow new vendors to try the market. They have been given an opportunity to sign up for several Saturdays to introduce their products to our market customers. This will also give customers an opportunity to see new sellers each week at the market.
The Master Gardeners of Rutherford County will have a space at the market this year. Each week they will present mini-tutorials for customers and share their knowledge of gardening.
Topics for May:
May 22 – Starting Your Garden from Seed
May 29 – Creating Beautiful Container Gardens
Musicians will be playing at the market again this season. Two of our favorites—Joshua Guaz and Sophie Buck have already been scheduled and more musicians lined up for market Saturdays.
Market Give-Away: We will be having an end of the month drawing in June, July, August, September, and October. Market customers may enter each week they attend the market for a variety basket of market produce and products, donated by our vendors. Sign up during the market. Our first drawing will be on opening day, May 22. We had 93 entries at our Saturday Market table at JazzFest for this first drawing, and the prize will be awarded on opening day of the market.
Some key points about our market—for the first-time last year we added artisans/crafters to the market in October during our expanded market month. The response was overwhelming, and our regular vendors suggested we include artisans/crafters all season. We have invited four popular vendors back as full-season vendors this year: Linda Parker with Nashville Quilts, Richard Zago with Ol School Forge (Blacksmith), Kay and Rick Brown with Scent of the Sun (homemade soaps), and James Elkins with Silver Satyr Designs (wood cuts). A number of our farm vendors also brought their handmade craft items to sell. It was a plus for the market and for our customers.
You can’t have a Farmer’s Market without fresh flowers, and we are fortunate to have three cut-flower sellers whose fresh bouquets sell out every week: Lucky Farm, Blue Skye Farm, and Over the Rainbow Farm. For those of you looking for perennials and unusual garden varieties of plants for our local area, Clifford’s Perennial and Vine brings an assortment of must-have plants, ready to put into your gardening space. For landscaping needs, check out Jonathan Carter’s Nursery space at the market. He has trees, shrubs, perennials, vegetable plants, and ferns. Both of these plant vendors take time to answer your questions about the plants they sell. At opening day in May, several of our farm vendors will have hanging baskets and potted annuals for your gardens and patios.
Other Interesting points—we have a number of local honey sellers and vendors with homemade jellies, jams, and preserves.
Big hit last year was the MTSU Creamery truck. Customers lined up waiting for the truck to pull into the market to sell milk. They are coming back this year and we are delighted. And there is no shortage of fried pies, cookies, cupcakes, cheesecakes, cinnamon rolls, and breads to eat with that little jug of milk.
The best in homemade pimento cheese, country ham and biscuits, chicken salad, and sausage and biscuits is also available from our food vendors. Thanks to Sanders Brothers Coffee, you can always start your market morning with a cup of fresh roasted coffee.
The market brings Murfreesboro true Farm to Table food choices and supports our local growers in their all-important business of feeding Tennessee.