Although many would classify the district as up-and-coming, the Farmers Market District can trace its history back nearly a century.
Located in the southwest portion of downtown, the centerpiece of the district is the Farmers Public Market building, a grand example of Colonial Spanish architecture. Opened in 1928, the building was used by farmers to sell fresh produce and by locals for events, including concerts and boxing matches. Legends such as Bob Wills and Hank Williams, Sr. played the auditorium.
The building was put on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982. Today, after extensive renovations, the building is once again a hub of local retail and events. More than a dozen independent retailers operate out of the building.
To call the district funky and eclectic might be cliché, but it happens to be true. Urban Farmhouse Designs uses reclaimed lumber to create custom furniture and has become one of the go-to-places in the metro for that one-of-a-kind, must-have piece. Anthem Brewing Company is also located in the district and has quickly become one of the best craft breweries in the state (their Arjuna is a big hit at Better Life HQ).
The district also features a yoga studio, speakeasy and much more, making it the perfect visit for a Saturday afternoon stroll. You can read more about the district in a past issue of VeloCity.