Main Street Murfreesboro, a nonprofit, 501c3 has been focused on economic development, design, and promotions of the historic downtown business district for the past 38 years. Kicking off the first event for the year on Saturday, May 6th , with the Murfreesboro Saturday Market, around the Rutherford County historic courthouse.
The Murfreesboro Saturday Market is open on the square from 8am to noon every Saturday, May through October, lining the streets with 68 vendors and a steady stream of customers. “The Saturday Market is a gathering place for our extended community and for showcasing our downtown,” said Sarah Callender, Executive Director for Main Street Murfreesboro.
The Murfreesboro Saturday Market features the best of Middle Tennessee farmers, growers, artisans, and craftsmen. You can find people sitting on the courthouse steps and benches to eat and listen to music from one of the many local musicians each Saturday morning. “The market offers shoppers fresh, locally raised products, and they get to know the farmers and vendors they buy from,” said Linda Weeks, Market Manager. “Our vendors take great pride in what they bring to the market.”
The Murfreesboro Saturday Market first opened in 2010 as a farmer’s market, but during Covid, it expanded to include local artisans. The market has grown from a half-dozen vendors to 50 full season and 41 part-time vendors for 2023. On a good day, between three and four thousand people visit the market to buy seasonal farm produce, locally raised beef, pork, and poultry, baked goods, prepared foods, plants and cut flowers. Local artisans and crafters sell homemade soaps, fabric crafts, artwork, woodworking, and ceramics. There is even a blacksmith. Twice a month, the Rutherford County Master Gardeners set up to share gardening tips with customers and activities for children. Another community partnership is with The Friends of the Linebaugh Library, who offer a book giveaway for customers twice each season.
Main Street Murfreesboro works to maintain, enhance, and promote the historic downtown as the heart of our community. All Main Street events are free to the public and family friendly. For more details go to www.mainstreetmurfreesboro.org/saturday-market and follow Main Street on Facebook or Instagram @Mainstreetmurfreesboro and @MurfreesboroSaturdayMarket.