The Thompson’s Station Farmer’s Market will forego its usual daytime schedule on Wednesday, May 31, opening its doors for the first ever night market from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
The Farmer’s Market — regularly held every Wednesday this summer through August 31 in the barn at Homestead Manor — is frequented by hundreds of shoppers each week who are seeking fresh produce, honey, breads, natural soaps, artisan crafts and more, from more than 20 local vendors and purveyors. Now in its seventh year, the market is a community favorite, known for its hyperlocal focus on homegrown, homemade and handcrafted products.
The night market promises to be a family friendly affair, featuring food trucks, $1 s’mores and live music performances by three local singer-songwriters: Alicia Smith, Taylor Dukes and Tessa Victoria. In addition, attendees will be able to shop most of the same vendors’ booths who participate in the daytime markets.
“The Thompson’s Station Farmer’s Market is a community-centric event, and we continue to grow in size year after year due to the overwhelming support we receive,” said Rachel Layton, Marketing Director for A. Marshall Family Foods and a coordinator of the Farmer’s Market. “We want everyone to be able to enjoy the market, and we recognize that the middle of the day is not feasible for some. Our hope is that the night market will provide fun summer memories for families and groups of friends and that it will aid our vendors in growing their reach in the community.”
The historic Homestead Manor property will offer a gorgeous evening backdrop for the event, and attendees are encouraged to bring blankets for sitting around the pond and sampling their newly purchased goods. The property’s restaurant, Harvest, will also offer picnic baskets, available for purchase 48 hours in advance, for pick-up that evening. Baskets can be reserved by calling the restaurant at (615) 538-6113, and reservations for dining in the restaurant will be accepted as well.