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Find the Farmers' Market Originals

The Market Square Farmers’ Market isn’t just a showcase for local farmers—it’s often a launch pad for new businesses. Some of your downtown favorites actually got their start as Farmers’ Market vendors—or have connections going way back.

Think you know the OGs? Find them during the month of May.

Let's test your recall. Find the Market Square Farmers' Market Originals—marked with colorful window decals—from May 1 through May 31. Follow the clues below and pay them a visit. At each location, scan the QR code to learn more about their market history and register to win prizes.

And hey—if you’re out and about on a Wednesday, pick up a Nourish Moves pedometer at the Community Booth to track your steps so you can cash in for delicious free fruits and veggies.

Want a downloadable clue sheet?

Click here for clues—or, for a slightly easier challenge, here for clues and fresh tips. Or pick up a clue sheet at the Community Booth at each market during the month of May.

Market Original #1

“Food gotta cook don't come out of a can!” is the motto of this popular restaurant, serving up pizza, sandwiches, salads, soups, and brunch. They have options to fit every dietary preference, from vegan to gluten-free!

xThis establishment has been serving diners on Market Square for over 30 years! Look for the colorful lights on the patio.

xFarmers' Market OG — Tomato Head — 12 Market Square.

Market Original #2

Two of the best things in life come together at this shop, right around the corner from the Downtown Knoxville Seasonal Mural. Think: cup of joe + indulgent treats.

xThis coffee shop is open from early morning to late at night to serve passerbyers, visitors, and locals between Market Square and Gay Street.

xFarmers' Market OG — Coffee & Chocolate — 327 Union Ave.

Market Original #3

Ladies in red and white greet you with a smile while swirling truly delightful treats. Try the “Sassy Cow,” a sweet cream cone dipped in chocolate and drizzled with caramel!

xIn the heart of Gay Street, you’ll see a line out the door at this famous parlor that churns fresh ice cream from their local dairy farm.

xFarmers' Market OG — Cruze Farm — 445 S Gay Street.

Market Original #4

Local goods, house plants, and a coffee bar—this gift shop has it all! Browse one of the biggest collections of treasures from Knoxville makers.

xMake your way to the 100 block of Gay Street and look for the blue door sandwiched between a cocktail bar and a Japanese restaurant.

xFarmers' Market OG — Jacks of Knoxville — 133 S Gay Street.

Market Original #5

One of Knoxville’s favorite illustrators shares a name with the City of Lights. Her artwork celebrates Knoxville with a signature style that’s all her own.

xHead to the 100 block of Gay Street to find fanciful illustrations gracing shirts, puzzles, and unique wall art at this studio and retail shop. You might even spot Paris at work!

xFarmers' Market OG — Paris Woodhull Illustrations — 121 S Gay Street.

Market Original #6

This local artist made her debut at the Farmers’ Market and now has a working studio at this fine arts center that's the cornerstone of First Friday ArtWalk.

xYou’ll find her vibrant cityscapes at the beautiful art center and event venue on the corner of Jackson Ave and Gay Street!

xFarmers' Market OG — Gayla D. Seale — 100 S Gay Street.

Market Original #7

This long-standing coffee shop has some of the best espresso, teas, and pastries in town, which are best enjoyed on their charming patio nestled in an alley.

xDowntown Knoxville is home to several places to grab coffee, but this is the original—celebrating over 30 years in the Old City.

xFarmers' Market OG — Old City Java — 109 S Central Street.

Market Original #8

From humble beginnings—peddling their hand-rolled specialties from a tricycle—to today's busy storefront that sells out daily, this hidden gem is one you won't want to miss!

xNo one does hand-rolled specialty tamales quite like this shop in the Old City. Grab a kombucha and a side of gluten-free banana pudding with your meal.

xFarmers' Market OG — Good Golly Tamale — 112 S Central Street.


💚 Thanks!

Market Square Farmers’ Market, we love you for all the things you do to help make Downtown Knoxville the place to be. We couldn’t ask for a better partner!