Main parking lot entrances are located at the intersections of Jack Warner Parkway at 21st Avenue and at Queen City Avenue. We highly reccommend entering at 21st Avenue as it less congested and offers a turning lane with a turn signal. Queen City Avenue entrance should be mainly utilized by patrons wishing to take advantage of our Handicap Parking near the main entrance to the River Market. Only patrons with proper handicap parking decals will be allowed to park in the lot closest to the building. If the market is very busy there are four nearby Public Parking lots. Two are located across Jack Warner Parkway at the Tuscaloosa Public Library and at the Mildred Warner Westervelt Transportation Museum. The others are located to the east of the River Market in the Visitor Center lot and the lot just east past the River Walk pedestrian bridge.
The Tuscaloosa River Market hosts two weekly farmers markets. The Saturday Market is open ALL YEAR LONG! Every Saturday unless otherwise posted, the market opens from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. weekly.
• Please be patient and follow new market rules during this time.
• Face coverings are required.
• Do not congregate between booths or in walkways.
• Maintain at least an arm’s length distance between other shoppers and vendors, especially while you are waiting in line.
• Do NOT greet anyone at the market with hugs or handshakes.
• Avoid touching your face.
• No hand-to-hand contact will be allowed between vendors and shoppers. Point to the product that you would like, allow the vendor to bag it and set it down on the table before you pick it up.
• Do not hand vendors payments directly. Place cash and credit cards on the table for vendors to pick up. Use Apple Pay or Venmo when available. If you are able, we encourage you to set up Apple Pay or Venmo on your smartphone before you arrive and use this as a payment method. If you do use this method of payment, please sanitize your phone before you arrive and after you leave the market.
• Anyone who is feeling unwell in any way should stay home.
• Any shopper who is at a higher risk, including individuals who are over 65 and/or with underlying health conditions, should stay home.
• Please refrain from bringing your dogs to the market during this time.
Curbside pick-up will be in the 12 parking spots nearest to the River Market. You will need to indicate to the River Market staff that you are here for curbside service upon arrival. They will assign you a parking spot and your pre-ordered goods will be delivered to your vehicle. For more information about ordering for curbside service CLICK HERE.
Payment types differ between each vendor. All vendors accept cash (ATM available on site), some accept checks, and many accept credit cards.
The market manager will assist any shoppers that wish to swipe EBT cards for the Supplemental Nutrition Program. Once the card is swiped tokens are issued to the shopper that are then able to be spent with vendors. Tokens have no expiration date. So shoppers can keep leftover tokens to use at a future market. SNAP/EBT tokens can be used for: Fruits and Vegetables, Plants that grow food (like tomato starter potted plants), Breads, Eggs, Meat/Fish/Poultry, Dairy products like sheep and goat cheese, Maple syrups and raw honey, Baked goods that are wrapped, labeled and intended for home consumption like loaves of bread or whole cakes, Canned and labeled goods like jams, jellies, relishes, pasta sauce, soups, pimento cheese, Prepackaged coffee beans to take home. SNAP tokens cannot be used for: Nonfood items, Ready-to-eat food like pastries, biscuits, burritos, salsa, ice cream, or any other hot food, flowers, cakes slices, cookies or cupcakes, hot and iced coffee.
Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) and Women Infant & Children Nutrition Program (WIC) vouchers can also be used with vendors that sell fresh produce. These programs provide participants with vouchers that work similarly to checks. Vendors that accept these checks will have a white sign with green writing on it indicating that they participate in the program.
To apply for the Alabama Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program vouchers please CLICK HERE to access the 2020 application.
The goal of the Alabama Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) is to provide fresh, nutritious, locally-grown fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs from farmers markets and roadside stands to low-income seniors. Coupons are provided for individuals 60 years of age and older who are on a limited income, allowing them to purchase fresh produce at farmers markets. Qualified recipients may receive only one coupon booklet. Quantities are limited. Booklets are mailed out in the Spring. For more information about the program visit www.BuyLocalAlabama.com or call 1-877-774-9519. Applications must be completed online and will not be accepted by mail or over the phone.