Life in Louisville, KY is synonymous with farmers markets. Of course, it’s a great way to get fresh, organic, and locally grown produce. It’s also a good way to get to know the farmers and if you’re lucky he might just save the best tomatoes for you next week. In Louisville, KY, there is no shortage of farmers markets in and around the city to get fresh from the farm produce and meats.
For many farmers markets, the food options are just the beginning. The market is where you find new friends, enjoy live music, discover local goods, unique fashion, homemade soaps, candles, flowers, coffee, food demonstrations, treats for the kids and the list goes on and on.
The Louisville Farmers Association started in 2019 as part of the Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Movement. The goal of the association is to, “unite communities and support farmers markets, farmers and local food producers to create access to a just, healthy and sustainable food system in Louisville Metro.”
This group also makes it possible for Louisvillians to use SNAPEBT on fresh, healthy food at farmers markets. Some farmers even give SNAP recipients double dollars, so you can really reap the benefits of choosing fresh produce for your family. Low-income seniors are also provided with SFMNP credit to purchase fresh, locally grown fruits, vegetables, and herbs at certain farmers markets.
We’ve gathered a complete list of farmer’s markets in Louisville, and a few extras just outside the city so you can find one near you.
Bardstown Road Farmers Market
Here you can find local farmer and restaurant owner, Ivor Chodkowski, selling vegetables from Field Day Family Farm and serving up omelets in an adjoining booth. You can also find a wide variety of meats, baked foods, cut flowers, and potted plants. The Bardstown Road market has been open since 1991 hosting almost 30 vendors every week and is currently the most popular market in the Louisville area.
- Located at the Bardstown Road Presbyterian Church parking lot:
- 1722 Bardstown Rd. Louisville, KY 40205
- Open year-round on Saturdays only
- Open from 8 AM-12 PM April – November
- Open from 10 AM-12 PM December-March
- Cash, credit/debit cards, SNAP, SFMNP
Beechmont Open Air Farmers Market
If you want to start your Saturday off with yoga in the fresh air, head to the Beechmont Open Air Farmers Market where you can start with a community yoga class offered by Supreme Peace Yoga for a $5 suggested donation. After you’ve found your zen place, enjoy fresh produce, local meat, and artisan goods throughout the market.
- Located at the Beechmont Baptist Church parking lot:
- 4574 South Third Street Louisville, KY 40214
- Open June – September on Saturdays from 8 AM-12 PM
- Cash, credit/debit cards, SNAP, SFMNP
Douglass Loop Farmers Market
This market is held in a grassy tree-filled space and feels like walking through a park. They are known for creating a Saturday morning family-festival feel.
The East End Farmers Market
Love farmers markets but can’t leave the house? With East End, you can actually shop the market online where you can find baked goods, candies, gifts, and more all from the comfort of your own home. Of course, the real action is in person where you can find the winter market offering produce, baked goods, gifts, and a variety of handmade items from November to April. The summer market delivers all those goodies and much more from May to October.
- 13060 Factory Lane, Louisville KY 40245
- Open year-round
- Winter Market: November to April on Saturdays from 2:30 PM -5:30 PM
- Summer Market: May to October, Every Tuesday 2:30 PM -6:30 PM and Saturday 1:30 PM to 5:30 PM
- Cash accepted. Some vendors accept cards, but not all of them. SNAP/EBT are also accepted.
Fern Creek Farmers Market
Fern Creek Farmers Market just stared in 2019 as the newest member of the farmers market community. This local market has been offering meats, vegetables, soaps, honey, baked goods, natural pet foods, and more. Featured vendors include Broken Buckle Beefalo and Bad Ass Bakers. They also have awesome farm-fresh omelets made by a young chef affectionately called, Shorty.
Fourth Street Live! Farmers Market
Right in the heart of downtown, you can find a local farmers market offering fresh produce and artisan goods on Wednesday mornings. This one is easy to find and has something for everyone. Parking is available in the garage located at 425 S. 5th St. Generally hosting at least 10 vendors on a weekly basis, you can find both local residents and business professionals at the market all summer long.
Gray Street Farmers Market
The Gray Street Farmers’ Market began in 2009 as an outreach program of the UofL School of Public Health and Information Sciences. The goal of the market is to increase access to fresh, locally grown food in the downtown area. Today, 15-20 vendors and food trucks gather on Gray Street to sell the finest in local farm products including fruits, vegetables, breads, honey, canned goods, lunch items, crafts, and more.
- Located on Gray Street, middle of the street (blocked during market hours)
- 400 East Gray St. Louisville, KY 40202
- May – October on Thursdays from 10:30 AM-1:30 PM
- Cash, credit/debit cards, SNAP, SFMNP
Jeffersontown Farmers Market
Founded in 1996, and now one of the longest-running farmers markets, the Jeffersontown Farmers Market is a thriving market for local vendors. Whether you are looking for fruit, vegetables, meats, cheeses, or bedding plants, there is something here for everyone. Other booths also feature fish, eggs, canned goods, bakery selections, desserts, coffee, and breads. All products are grown or made in the region and many are a part of the Kentucky Proud agricultural program.
- Located at the Jeffersontown Chamber:
- 10434 Watterson Trail Jeffersontown, KY 40299
- Outdoor Market open May – October on Saturdays, 8 AM-12:30 PM
- Indoor Market open every other Saturday in the winter at the Jeffersontown Christian Church
- 10631 Taylorsville Rd Jeffersontown, KY 40299
- Cash only
La Grange Farmers Market & Artisans
If you’re going to visit just one farmer’s market, you probably want it to be this one. Winner of the 2013 Kentucky Farmers Market of the Year award for 31+ vendors, the La Grange market does not disappoint. La Grange Farmers’ Market & Artisans is a Kentucky Proud Market with over 40 vendors week after week featuring fruits and vegetables, cheese, pasta, baked goods meats, eggs, honey, oils, and vinegar, along with handmade items like soap, jewelry, and crafts. There is also artwork and florals and even treats for children and four-legged friends alike.
Logan Street Market
This year-round indoor market hosts more than 30 local chefs, artisans, and vendors. The Logan Street Market exists to “provide healthy, fresh, local food to an underserved community, to be a leader in sustainable practices and events, to be a community gathering space for people to learn, grow and connect, and to be a premier destination where local chefs and artisans excel.” The Summer Farmers Market at Logan Street offers additional vendors and is open rain or shine in the summer on Sundays and Wednesdays in the block of E. St. Catherine St. between Logan St. and Steve Magre Alley.
- 1001 Logan St, Louisville, KY 40204
- Open year-round Tuesday – Saturday 8 AM-10 PM and Sunday 8 AM – 7 PM
- Farmers Market only open Sunday 10 AM- 2 PM and Wednesday 4 PM-7 PM
- Cash, credit cards, debit cards, ApplePay, and EBT/SNAP
Louismill Anchorage Farmers Market
One of the newest farmers’ markets, Louismill Anchorage Farmers Market, joined the scene mid-summer in 2016. The team behind the market, Tom Edwards and Lori Himmelsbach, have opened their downtown Anchorage artisan pizzeria, MozzaPi, and bakery, Louismill. This market is focused on only providing the best organic products. Each vendor is required to meet strict guidelines including a market-wide labeling system and mandatory 80% organic and/or local, sustainably-sourced ingredients in each product. All vendors are also subject to a site visit from the farmers market team to ensure best practices.
Middletown Farmers Market
The Middletown Farmers Market is a series of year-round events raising money for the First Baptist Church elevator/expansion and accessibility construction. Markets are generally held once a month all year long and feature a variety of vendors offering fresh produce in the summer as well as local gifts, jewelry, crafts, baked goods, jams, jellies, salsa, art, and candy all year long. The “Lunch Counter” selling soup and sandwiches allowing participants to come, visit, and grab some lunch while you shop.
New Roots Russell Fresh Stop Market
Fresh Stop Markets offer fresh produce but sell shares to members only. Each member of the Fresh Stop Market purchases “shares” which consists of ten varieties from a combination of our seven local farmers. Fresh Stop Market veggies range from the exotic (heirloom tomatoes and white Hakurei turnips) to basics like corn and greens. When the season starts, Fresh Stop Market team members purchase according to what is in season and distribute to shareholders. This way, you don’t have to fight the crowds and you can rely on fresh produce each week. There is some extra produce available to sell, so anyone can attend the Fresh Stop Market. You can find more information on becoming a shareholder and shopping Fresh Stop on their website.
- Locations in Louisville, Anchorage, Shelby Park, Old Louisville, West Louisville, New Albany, Bradenburg, and Hazard.
- Open June – every other Tuesday from 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Norton Commons Farmers Market
Norton Commons is more of a festival than a market. They offer a little something for everyone in this neighborhood community market in Prospect. You can find gourmet dog biscuits and antler chews for your furry friends, jewelry and coffee for her, bar-b-que and woodworking for him, as well as produce, local honey, ice cream, seasonings, baked goods, eggs, breads, popcorn, lemonade, cut flowers, baby supplies, and more for the whole family.
Phoenix Hill Nulu Farmers Market
Tucked within the heart of the historic Phoenix Hill neighborhood at Fresh Start Growers’ Supply is the Phoenix Hill Nulu Farmers Market. This option provides a great variety of vegetables, fruits, baked goods, meats as well as live music and a delicious food truck selection on Tuesday evenings.
Rainbow Blossom Farmers Market
St. Matthews market hosts a weekly Sunday farmers market from May to November depending on the growing season. Featured vendors include local farmers and food artisans who bring the best in just-picked produce, pastured meats, fresh eggs, baked goods, preserves, and ready to eat items.
Schnitzelburg Community Farmers Market
Schnitzelburg Community Farmers Market, found at the corner of Shelby and East Burnett streets, kicked off its first season last April and has already grown in popularity. Created to serve the Smoketown, Schnitzelburg, and Germantown neighborhoods, this new farmers market features some of our favorite vendors, like Pure Pollen Flowers, Elixir Kombucha, and more.
Shelby County Farmers Market
The Shelby County farmers market started with just a few farmers coming together to sell their produce. Today, there are more than 30 farmers offering a specialized variety of goods. Featured vendors include Doug’s Handmade Soaps, Altered Beans Coffee, and local farmers include 2 Country Chicks, Suzi and Butch Rice, Lynn and Sylvia, and Katie O’s Garden.
South Point Farmers Market
The South Point Farmer’s Market is part of the Food Literacy Project providing farm-based education and youth development program to foster healthy communities. Their plant, agriculture, and food education programs are available to public and private school classes, community groups, youth and after-school programs, and special needs groups. The Farmers Markets give opportunities for local farmers and artisans to sell goods and supports the overall vision and mission of the Food Literacy Project.
Southwest Farmers Market
Southwest Community Ministries sponsors The Southwest Farmers Market, which is committed to providing an outlet for fresh produce with an emphasis on local gardeners, growers, and farmers. The Market follows Kentucky Proud guidelines as provided by the Kentucky Department of Agriculture.
St. Andrew Farmers Market
This market is a small collection of just 10 vendors that can supply nearly all of your produce and protein needs. All of the vendors are local and provide good food and personalized service. Because it is a smaller market, there is plenty of parking and it’s easy to find and meet local providers in the area.
St. Matthews Farmers Market
This is the motherlode of Louisville farmers markets. With more than 70 farms and vendors selling local meats and produce along with hot breakfast, and crafts, the market offers something for everyone. It is the premier destination to be on Saturdays with plenty to see and live music to enjoy. Come and enjoy the day here, you’ll lose yourself and find a few new friends. They even offer volunteer parking attendants and onsite parking options.
- Located at the Beargrass Christian Church Campus/Parking lot
- 4100 Shelbyville Road Louisville, KY 40207
- Open from May -October on Saturdays from 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
- Cash only
Westport Road Baptist Farmers Market
Founded in 2011, the Westport Road Baptist Farmers Market delivers local Kentucky farmers to the public. They carry a variety of produce, fruits, baked goods, plants, meats, eggs, locally produced canned items, hone, and crafts. The market itself is in an easy to access area with lots of parking close to the vendor stands to make it easy to get to when you have a bit of free time on Saturday morning.
Other Farmers Markets in Louisville, KY
Check out some of these other wonderful farmers markets in and around the Louisville, KY area!
Eastwood Village Farmers Market
Mt. Washington Farmers Market
Lyndon Farmers Market
The Temple’s Farmers Market
Shop Local, Buy Local
To ensure your farmers market Saturday is a success, there are a few tips of the market experts you’ll want to follow.
First, bring your own bags. Pick one (or two) comfortable bags to carry that are easier to handle than a tangle of plastic bags on your wrist.
Second, make sure you bring cash. While many vendors accept credit and debit cards, cash is definitely preferable and often easier than a credit card.
Double-check to see if pets are OK before you bring your dogs. Some markets don’t allow them.
Lastly, check the weather and plan accordingly. Many farmers markets go on rain or shine, but some of the smaller markets will close based on the weather.
Enjoy the sunshine, put on your walking shoes, and experience shopping local and meeting friends along the way at Farmers Markets near you!
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