These Are The 10 Best Farmers Markets In Kentucky For 2018


These are the best farmers markets the state of Kentucky offers.

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Who doesn’t love a great Farmers Market?

According to the United States Department of Agriculture, the popularity of Farmers Markets is growing. What was once a niche shopping experience for the wealthy and ultra health conscious has become mainstream. And to appease the diverse populations that have shown interest in farmers markets, vendors have expanded their offerings. You can now get ice cream, homemade soap and even beer to go along with your organic beets and mushrooms.

And they aren’t just popular in liberal enclaves and on the west coast.

Farmers markets are booming in areas that had trouble making inroads in the past. 20 years ago, you’d never think you’d find farmers’ markets in Kansas City, Detroit or St. Louis.

Simply put, farmers markets aren’t just for farmers any more.

So, where are the best farmers’ markets in Kentucky? We’ve got the answers here. (We’ll explain our methodology below.)

These are the best Kentucky farmers markets:

  1. Soky Marketplace, Bowling Green, KY
  2. Douglass Loop Farmers’ Market, Louisville, KY
  3. Community Farmers Market Bowling Green, Bowling Green, KY
  4. Paducah Farmer’s Market, Paducah, KY
  5. Berea Farmer’s Market, Berea, KY
  6. The Original Bardstown Road Farmers Market, Louisville, KY
  7. Downtown Farmers Market, Murray, KY
  8. The Market On Main, Somerset, KY
  9. Hardin County Farmers’ Market, Elizabethtown, KY
  10. Boyle County Farmers’ Market, Danville, KY

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how each market ranked. If you have a smile on your face, you probably live in one of these cities where things are oh-so farmers market friendly.

And after you find a great farmers market, check out the best places to live in Kentucky or the cheapest place to live in Kentucky.

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How do you decide if a farmers market is awesome or not in Kentucky?

In order to rank the best farmers markets in Kentucky, we had to determine what criteria makes for a good market experience. It isn’t a stretch to assume that great farmers’ markets have a variety of options, are up to date with the latest technology, and are in areas with decent populations. Because everyone should be able to take home some homemade jam, right?

So we researched the internet for a database that contains all that information.

How we crunched the numbers for the Bluegrass State

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using Department of Agriculture data produced for the state of Kentucky, along with the government census numbers, we looked at every single farmers market in the state. We paid particular attention to:

  • Number of amenities
  • Each market’s technology improvements
  • Variety of items to buy
  • Nearby population
  • Number of organic vendors

We then gave each market a HomeSnacks Score. The higher the score, the better the farmer’s market ranked. What we found is there seems to be a balanced number of large farmers markets near major city centers as well as awesome farmers markets in smaller communities. That’s the way it should be!

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1. Soky Marketplace

Soky Marketplace -- Bowling Green, KY

Source: Public Domain

Score: 82.9
City: Bowling Green, KY
Address: 7th and Center Street, Bowling Green, KY 42102
Times: Tue: 8:00 AM-1:00 PM Sat: 8:00 AM-1:00 PM

Credit Cards: Y
WIC: Y
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: Y
Coffee: Y
Flowers: Y

2. Douglass Loop Farmers’ Market

Douglass Loop Farmers' Market -- Louisville, KY

Source: Public Domain

Score: 77.1
City: Louisville, KY
Address: 2005 Douglass Blvd, Louisville, KY 40205
Times: Sat: 10:00 AM-2:00 PM

Credit Cards: Y
WIC: N
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: Y
Coffee: Y
Flowers: Y

3. Community Farmers Market Bowling Green

Community Farmers Market Bowling Green -- Bowling Green, KY

Source: Public Domain

Score: 77.1
City: Bowling Green, KY
Address: 2319 Nashville Rd, Bowling Green, KY 42101
Times: Tue: 2:00 PM-6:00 PM Sat: 8:00 AM-1:00 PM

Credit Cards: Y
WIC: Y
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: Y
Coffee: Y
Flowers: Y

4. Paducah Farmer’s Market

Paducah Farmer's Market -- Paducah, KY

Source: Public Domain

Score: 71.4
City: Paducah, KY
Address: 306 2nd Street, Paducah, KY 42001
Times: Sat: 7:30 AM-2:00 PM

Credit Cards: Y
WIC: N
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: Y
Coffee: Y
Flowers: Y

5. Berea Farmer’s Market

Berea Farmer's Market -- Berea, KY

Source: Public Domain

Score: 71.4
City: Berea, KY
Address: 416 Chestnut St., Berea, KY 40403
Times: Tue: 3:00 PM-6:00 PM Sun: 9:00 AM-1:00 PM

Credit Cards: Y
WIC: Y
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: Y
Coffee: Y
Flowers: Y

6. The Original Bardstown Road Farmers Market

The Original Bardstown Road Farmers Market -- Louisville, KY

Source: Public Domain

Score: 65.7
City: Louisville, KY
Address: 1722 Bardstown Road, Louisville, KY 40205
Times: Sat: 8:00 AM-12:00 PM

Credit Cards: Y
WIC: N
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: Y
Coffee: Y
Flowers: Y

7. Downtown Farmers Market

Downtown Farmers Market -- Murray, KY

Source: Public Domain

Score: 62.9
City: Murray, KY
Address: 201 S 4th Street, Murray, KY 42071
Times: Sat: 7:00 AM-12:00 PM

Credit Cards: Y
WIC: N
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: Y
Coffee: Y
Flowers: Y

8. The Market On Main

The Market On Main -- Somerset, KY

Source: Public Domain

Score: 62.9
City: Somerset, KY
Address: 50 Public Square, Somerset, KY 42501
Times: Thu: 5:00 PM-8:00 PM

Credit Cards: Y
WIC: N
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: Y
Coffee: Y
Flowers: Y

9. Hardin County Farmers’ Market

Hardin County Farmers' Market -- Elizabethtown, KY

Source: Public Domain

Score: 60.0
City: Elizabethtown, KY
Address: 200 Peterson Drive, Elizabethtown, KY 42701
Times: Wed: 11:00 AM-4:00 PM Sat: 7:00 AM-12:00 PM

Credit Cards: Y
WIC: N
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: N
Coffee: N
Flowers: Y

10. Boyle County Farmers’ Market

Boyle County Farmers' Market -- Danville, KY

Source: Public Domain

Score: 60.0
City: Danville, KY
Address: 203 E. Lexington Ave., Danville, KY 40422
Times: Sat: 9:00 AM-2:00 PM

Credit Cards: Y
WIC: N
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: Y
Coffee: Y
Flowers: Y

There You Have It – The Best Farmers Markets In Kentucky

If you’re looking for a breakdown of farmers’ markets in the Bluegrass State ranked by criteria that vendors and customers agree on, this is an accurate list.

For more Kentucky reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Farmers Markets In Kentucky

Name City Rank Score
Soky Marketplace Bowling Green 1 82.9
Douglass Loop Farmers’ Market Louisville 2 77.1
Community Farmers Market Bowling Green Bowling Green 3 77.1
Paducah Farmer’s Market Paducah 4 71.4
Berea Farmer’s Market Berea 5 71.4
The Original Bardstown Road Farmers Market Louisville 6 65.7
Downtown Farmers Market Murray 7 62.9
The Market On Main Somerset 8 62.9
Hardin County Farmers’ Market Elizabethtown 9 60.0
Boyle County Farmers’ Market Danville 10 60.0
Bounty Of The Barrens Farmers’ Market – Summer Glasgow 11 60.0
The Lexington Farmers’ Market Lexington 12 57.1
Hopkinsville-Christian County Downtown Farmers Market Hopkinsville 13 57.1
Louisville Farmers Market Louisville 14 54.3
Westport Rd Baptist Farmers Market Louisville 15 54.3
Bluegrass Farmers’ Market, Inc. Lexington 16 54.3
Bowling Green’s Original Farmers Market Bowling Green 17 54.3
Sky Farmers Market Bowling Green 18 54.3
Bluegrass Farmers’ Market, Inc. Lexington 19 51.4
The Lexington Farmers’ Market – Winter Lexington 20 51.4
Franklin County Farmers Market Frankfort 21 51.4
Beechmont Open Air Market Louisville 22 48.6
Gray Street Farmers Market Louisville 23 48.6
Heartland Whole Life Elizabethtown 24 48.6
Independence Farmers’ Market Independence 25 48.6
Fort Thomas Farmers’ Market – Historic Midway Business District Fort Thomas 26 48.6
Barren County Regional Farmers’ Market Glasgow 27 48.6
Bounty Of The Barrens Farmers’ Market – Winter Glasgow 28 48.6
Anderson County Farmers Market Lawrenceburg 29 48.6
Winchester Clark County Farmers’ Market Winchester 30 45.7
Bardstown Farmers Market Bardstown 31 45.7
Lyndon Farmers’ Market Louisville 32 42.9
Saint Andrew Farmers Market Louisville 33 42.9
Boone County Farmers Market Burlington 34 42.9
Fort Thomas Farmers’ Market – Warden & Associates Realty Fort Thomas 35 42.9
Fort Thomas Farmers’ Market – Dep’s Fine Wine Fort Thomas 36 40.0
Phoenix Hill Nulu Farmers’ Market Louisville 37 37.1
Winter Jeffersontown Farmers Market Jeffersontown 38 34.3
Campbell County Farmers Market Association Newport 39 31.4
Owensboro Regional Farmers’ Market Owensboro 40 28.6
Graves County Mayfield Farmers’ Market Mayfield 41 28.6
Graves County Mayfield Farmers’ Market Mayfield 42 28.6
Bluegrass Global Growers Market Louisville 43 8.6
Bradford Square Farmers’ Market Hopkinsville 44 8.6
Rainbow Blossom Farmers’ Market Louisville 45 0.0
St. Matthews Farmers Market Louisville 46 0.0
Scott County Farmers’ Market Georgetown 47 0.0
Jessamine County Farmers Market Iii Nicholasville 48 0.0
Henderson Farmers’ Market Henderson 49 0.0
Boyd County Farmersâ?? Market Ashland 50 0.0
The Dixie Farmers Market Erlanger 51 0.0
Shelby County Farmers Market Shelbyville 52 0.0
Somerset Farmers Market Somerset 53 0.0
The Farmers Market Association Of Taylor County, Inc Campbellsville 54 0.0

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