12South Farmer’s Market Ride

Yesterday after work, I rode over to the season’s first installment of the 12South Farmer’s Market. Since my CSA deliveries start next week (yay!) I wasn’t after produce, but I couldn’t pass up grabbing one of my favorite juices from Juice Nashville. Worth every penny!

The market was jam-packed.

Sadly, so were the (two) parking lots, and the streets for about two blocks on either side.

I did see a few bikes, like this sweet Raleigh Sprite and its pal.

And of course, Kermit Allegra was there.

The dearth of bike parking could have been a factor, but it seems odd that more people—most of whom I assume live in the neighborhood, which is one of the city’s most walkable/bikeable—wouldn’t consider an alternate mode of transportation to a farmer’s market. Made me want to start quizzing people about how they got there and why they chose that method.

Is there a farmer’s market in your neck of the woods? How do you get there?

p.s. Sevier Park, where this market is held, is also the starting point for this Sunday’s progressive dinner ride. If you are in town, come and join us!

  • http://melaniesuzanne.blogspot.com/ Melanie Suzanne

    We have a farmers market which is 4-1/2 miles by car and 5-3/4 miles by bike, according to Google Maps. Thus far I’ve always driven to the market. I don’t dare bike the car route, and the bike route provided is less than ideal. Maybe I’ll get brave enough to ride over there this summer.

  • http://yaybeth.blogspot.com/ Beth

    My farmer’s market is just a few blocks up from where I live. But I suppose if it were more than, say, a mile away, I would definitely bike there. Of course, being in Chicago means there are lots of farmer’s markets and LOTS of parking woes – so it’s kind of an obvious choice to leave the car at home. :-)

  • http://yaybeth.blogspot.com/ Beth

    My farmer’s market is just a few blocks up from where I live. But I suppose if it were more than, say, a mile away, I would definitely bike there. Of course, being in Chicago means there are lots of farmer’s markets and LOTS of parking woes – so it’s kind of an obvious choice to leave the car at home. :-)

  • http://john-bumpingalong.blogspot.com/ john h

    Our CSA has not started yet but we do intend to bike it. Aprox. 4 mile round trip. 

  • MaxPaq

    Our farmers market only open in June :(. But we live close enough to walk to it !

  • Rich

    Sorry we missed running into you.  That is my Surly and Lisa’s Raleigh Sprite in your picture.  I agree they need to find some more bike parking.  The 12 South folks even advertised a deal for a $1 off coupon for anyone coming by bike.  Maybe they could get a rack installed near the covered area.  We try to ride up each week.  Biking is definitely the way to go with all the car parking issues!  Next time we’ll keep an eye out for you and Kermit.

    • http://letsgorideabike.com LGRAB

      Sorry I missed you guys too, Rich! I knew that bike had to belong to someone awesome. It’s been too long since I saw your ride; I didn’t even recognize it! :)

  • Rich

    Sorry we missed running into you.  That is my Surly and Lisa’s Raleigh Sprite in your picture.  I agree they need to find some more bike parking.  The 12 South folks even advertised a deal for a $1 off coupon for anyone coming by bike.  Maybe they could get a rack installed near the covered area.  We try to ride up each week.  Biking is definitely the way to go with all the car parking issues!  Next time we’ll keep an eye out for you and Kermit.

    • http://letsgorideabike.com LGRAB

      Sorry I missed you guys too, Rich! I knew that bike had to belong to someone awesome. It’s been too long since I saw your ride; I didn’t even recognize it! :)

  • Bicyclebadger

    My Farmers Market is 6 miles by bike the way I go. Always ride to it. Makes the Saturday morning so much nicer!

  • http://www.bicitoro.com/ Jessie K

    My farmers market got cancelled this year, boo! I used to walk to it on Saturdays, since it was only a mile away.

    The next closest open air market to me now would be Pikes Place Market downtown (about 6 miles), and although it’s a fun tourist spot it’s not all that practical for groceries. There’s a fruit stand just a few miles away from me that I often visit, instead (by bike).

  • http://twitter.com/squirrelgal Carolyn

    There is one near me downtown. I bike to there, of course!  Actually, lots around here do too.  Still, lots of cars also.

  • Lafs4

    Don’t live in Chicago, but I would suspect people don’t have the proper accessories on their bike for transporting their purchases.  I have two baskets on my bike.  The one on the front is used for my purse and valuables.  I have a basket on the back for my groceries.  I use a large bag and stack everything in it and then tie the top so nothing pops out on the ride home. The bag sits nicely in the back basket. Never had a problem.

    • http://letsgorideabike.com LGRAB

      I do think that’s part of the problem…people being worried they won’t be able to get their stuff home. Still, as you point out, it’s easier to carry more on your bike than one might think!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=9420380 Laura Jane Walker

    I love how Kermit is parked under a “Fine” sign : )

    Our Wednesday Main Street Farmers Market in Chattanooga is super bikable, though we also lack racks there. I just prop my bike up on the Velo Coffee stand while I pick up the CSA and other goodies.

    By the way, Trisha, I met some mututal bikey acquaintances from Nashville at the TN Bike Summit last week in Chattanooga. I think they talked me into coming up for the Tour de Nash!

    • http://letsgorideabike.com LGRAB

      That’s very cool, Laura Jane! I just talked to the Walk/Bike folks yesterday and they had nothing but good things to say about the summit; I’m so sorry to have missed it. If you end up coming to town, for the Tour, let me know — we can go for a ride.

  • Stephen Hodges

    Trying to crack that nut (mindset of choosing to drive instead of riding a bicycle for short trips) locally here in Tallahassee. I’d love to see a formal survey, but I can only conjecture that it’s a combination of available bike parking, fear of other cars, lack of bicycle facilities (or lack of knowledge how to use them), and, yes, simple laziness. I mean, we know how to hop in a car, turn the key, put it into gear, and drive. We make driving easy and relatively safe, and most of us expect to find a parking space near a store or a park. We just don’t think about other means of transportation, even if they’re more fun than driving. And we probably have a distorted sense of distance. We think nothing of driving 20 miles to go see a show, but have no clue what it’s like to bicycle a mile or two.

    Gaahh! End of rant. Any ideas on how to make Americans choose a bicycle for short trips? Beyond providing parking?