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Parking Lot Pick-Up: Introducing NFM’s Drive-Thru Service



March 24, 2020

Contact:  Tasha Kennard, Executive Director Nashville Farmers’ Market 615-830-5241

Parking lot pick-up: Introducing NFM’S Drive-Thru Service

Nashville, Tennessee – The Nashville Farmers’ Market looked a little different than usual this past weekend as it was closed due to COVID-19 guidelines. Instead of Farm Sheds full of farmers, artisans and shoppers, customers were pre-ordering their produce and picking it up at the Market without having to exit their vehicles as part of the Market’s newly adopted drive-thru service.

While the Market itself will remain closed to the public, the drive-thru market will operate this Saturday, March 28 and continue every Saturday from 9 a.m. until noon in the parking lot. After pre-ordering via phone or email, patrons simply enter the drive-thru from the 900 Rosa L Parks entrance and wait their turn for a pick-up slot in the main parking lot. Market staff will be on hand for individuals who need special assistance.

Farmers’ markets are considered essential services under the current guidelines. “We remain committed to providing our community with access to fresh healthy food while supporting more than 200 family farms and small businesses,” says Tasha Kennard, executive director of the Market. With Market being part of city government, Kennard has been able to work closely with the Mayor’s Office and the Metro Health Department to come up with a plan to maintain food access while complying with local, state and federal COVID-19 guidelines.

“I remember driving through the market with my grandmother in the early ‘90s to get bushels of corn and beans,” recalls Kennard.  “That history helped us figure out that a drive-thru system would work.”

Lettuce, beef, pasta, herbs and more delivered to your vehicle
Items available for pre-ordering and parking-lot pick-up include seasonal produce, lettuce, microgreens, turnip greens, herbs, dairy, eggs, proteins, honey, fresh juice, pasta, and broth plus hand sanitizer, soap and body care products. In addition, Gardens of Babylon, Batch Nashville, The Picnic Tap, Natchez Hills Winery, The Fountain of Juice and Farm City Coffee are offering online ordering with curbside pick-up and home delivery options.

“Like much of Nashville, the Market has been impacted by two major back-to-back events since early March,” explains Kennard in reference to the March 3 tornado that ripped up part of the Market’s roof and damaged equipment and displays throughout the facility.

“I am constantly amazed by our community’s resilience and commitment to supporting one another.”

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