The Chattanooga Market is the region’s largest producer-only marketplace. As a 501(c)(3) non-profit entity (Public Markets, Inc.), we were established to provide healthy, fresh produce, artisan foods, as well as locally-produced arts and craft wares to Chattanoogans and community visitors. We offer entrepreneurs who are hand-making, growing or otherwise creating their own goods a low-cost environment to start, grow and expand their business.
Through our weekly public markets, we encourage commerce, entertainment and trade in downtown Chattanooga and the surrounding region, and have become an icon for the city in terms of cultural diversity, tourism and economic impact. Frommer’s has named us as one of the Top Ten Best Public Markets in America, and Fox News selected our Chattanooga Oktoberfest® as one of the Best Family-Friendly Oktoberfests in the U.S.
Currently, we operate 5 weekly Public Markets:
- Wednesdays: Collegedale Market at the Commons
- Fridays: Chattanooga Market at Erlanger
- Saturdays: Chattanooga River Market
- Sundays: The Chattanooga Market and the Collegedale Market!
At our Public Markets, we host a multitude of local charities throughout the season which have included, but are not limited to Erlanger Foundation, Chambliss Children’s Home and Chattanooga Food Bank. In many cases we provide a platform for their fundraising efforts, which have become signature community events, held at Chattanooga Market. In 2018, our total charitable impact was over $80,000.
In giving back to the artistic community, in 2012 we conceptualized Chattanooga WorkSpace – a facility which offers creative professionals private studios space, open galleries for their works and a community to collaborate within. We host daily and monthly events at Chattanooga WorkSpace, inspiring creatives and informing the greater community about their endeavors.
In 2015 we opened Collegedale Market with a goal of providing access to healthy farm fresh foods and artistry to people who reside in East Hamilton County.
Governed by a Board of Directors, we have a staff of eight full-time employees and a seasonal support team of about three-dozen. We do not receive any local government funding, but primarily rely on the fees from our vendors, members and sponsors to fulfill our mission.
We are grateful to be supported by the following organizations: Springer Mountain Farms, First Tennessee Foundation, EPB Fiber Optics, Mountain View Auto Group, Erlanger Health System and the Tennessee Aquarium.