Turns out that Chattanoogans aren’t the only fans of the Chattanooga Market.
The beloved Sunday event earned the No. 2 spot on Livability’s ranking of America’s Best Local Farmers Markets.
The website, which catalogs the country’s best locales for living and travel, hailed the Chattanooga Market as the largest authentic outdoor market in the region and lauded the First Tennessee Pavilion gathering for the monthly cooking classes and the plethora of produce, meat and foodstuff vendors.
Livability also noted the “foodie events” that make every Sunday at the market a little different from the one before. Some of the most popular weekends include the EPB Strawberry Festival, the Beast Feast Barbecue Festival, the Peach Festival and the Hot Rod Show.
Only the 150-year-old daily City Market in Kansas City, Mo., beat out the Chattanooga Market for the No. 1 spot.
Other farmers markets to earn a place on the top 10 include the Circle Square Commons Market in Ocala, Fla., the Boulder Farmers Market in Boulder, Colo., and the Piedmont Triad Farmers Market in Greensboro, N.C.
The Chattanooga Market opened in 2001. The weekly throng of crafters, beer drinkers, garden enthusiasts and local supporters forms a steady stream of traffic every Sunday beginning in April and continuing well into the fall.
Opening day for 2013 is set for Sunday, April 21 at 11 a.m.