Farmers' Market at Mary Costa Plaza

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Veggie Valet

Volunteer with Nourish Knoxville on Saturdays with the Market at Mary Costa Plaza in these incredibly unique times. Your support allows us to continue providing food to those who need it and support to our local farmers.

Volunteering involves some set-up/tear-down of market booth and gathering orders for customers who have completed curbside pick up. Choose from the following shifts:

  • 8 - 10:30 am
  • 8:30 -11 am
  • 10:30 am -1:15 pm
  • 11 am-1:30 pm

Please sign in at the information booth at the entrance of the Mary Costa Plaza market, where you'll receive your volunteer lanyard. If no staff member is present (sometimes we're running around!) you can call 865-805-8687.

Volunteer Responsibilities

  • Check your temperature before coming.
  • Stay 6’ away from anyone else while working whenever possible.
  • Wear a mask
  • No food or beverage consumption in the tent or within the market footprint.
  • Use gloves when serving customers

Also of note:

Portable toilet: We will have a port-a-john available for vendors and NK staff/volunteers only. THE PORT-O-JOHN WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE TO CUSTOMERS in an effort to discourage lingering and to limit high-touch surfaces within the market.

Free parking: Parking for Mary Costa Plaza is available in GARAGE A on Howard Baker Jr. Avenue, right across from Mary Costa Plaza and the Knoxville Civic Auditorium-Coliseum. Parking for New Harvest is free in the park’s lot.

Overwhelm: If you have not been out in public much, spending a few hours at the farmers’ market can feel like a lot! You will see nearly everyone wearing masks and, while you’ll be 6’ apart most of the time, will interact with a lot of people. Expect to be tired afterward and need some extra rest and rejuvenation. Please reach out to market staff with any concerns.

1 More opportunity with NOURISH KNOXVILLE



PO BOX 2422, KNOXVILLE, TN 37901, US

Mission Statement

Nourish Knoxville, Inc. is a Knoxville-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization cultivating healthy communities by supporting relationships between local farmers, producers, and the public.


Nourish Knoxville works to cultivate a healthier, more locally-focused Knoxville by supporting farmers, producers, and the public. We started and manages the Market Square Farmers' Market, Market Square Holiday Market, and Winter Farmers' Market; create and distribute the East Tennessee Local Food Guide; and manage programs like the Power of Produce Club at markets to encourage children to eat healthy and engage in the local food system and the AARP-funded SNAP/Fre$h Savings doubling program for our markets.

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Sat May 23, 2020 - Sat Aug 15, 2020
08:00 AM - 01:30 PM  


Mary Costa Plaza500 Howard Baker Jr. AvenueKnoxville, TN 37915



  • People Skills
  • Verbal / Written Communication


  • Teens


  • Must be at least 14
  • 2.5 hours ~ We are currently scheduling volunteers for 2 weeks in a row and then allowing them 2 weeks off to reduce exposure.

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