Three Rivers Market

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1100 N Central St (at Baxter Ave corner), Knoxville, Tennessee, USA, 37917

A community-owned co-operative grocery market providing natural and bulk food, organic and locally grown fruit and vegetables, alcoholic drinks, a wide variety of vegan and vegetarian fresh and packaged foods, natural health, body care, and more. Founded in 1981, and owned by over 8,000 members, it continues to grow to serve the local community. Features a hot food bar and salad bar with daily changing menus, and many vegetarian/vegan options. Seating is available both inside and outside, and an on-site permit means you can also enjoy a craft beer with your meal. Dogs are welcome to sit with their owners on the side patio. Has a range of vegan and vegetarian literature and magazines. Accepts EBT/SNAP and Fresh Savings tokens. Open Mon-Sun 9:00am-10:00pm.

8 Reviews

First Review by Monica Bauldry

Well-stocked store - Edit

Saw this on happycow and came to shop & get some food here while in town. Here's my Three Rivers Market review.

We were able to find plenty of vegan options in the prepared foods sections. Also bought some of our basic vegan essentials: cereal, plant milk, fresh fruit, and misc. eco household stuff.

Pros: great little store, vegan essentials

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decently small - Edit

I was concerned about the Market after reading Simcha's review. But I found the Market is similar to other co-op on the east coast. Maybe they read Simcha's comments because they did have some vegan toppings for salad bar (tofu, dolmas) and in hot bar (Quinoa spinach and something else), even desserts ( chocolate rice bars). They didn't have everything I was looking for but at least I had my salad and dolma.

Pros: air pumps for bicycles , bulks (can bring own containers unlike Whole Foods, tables/seating outside

Cons: no paper recycling for salad bar container

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Another One Bites the Dust - Edit

So vegan-unfriendly it's not even funny. I used to live in the area and have seen this excuse of a co-op dwindle from no meat (except pet food) to carnist heaven. Like so many others on the locavore bandwagon, they seem unable to understand that it is not how an animal is raised, but that she is raised to become food, and subsequently slaughtered - you know, like, literally - that is the problem. The "eco-friendly" greencar parking spaces are especially irritating, as electric cars are much more elitist than veganism, and reflect the wilful ignorance of people to see CO2 emissions from passenger cars (rather than meat transport trucks) rather than meat and dairy production and the emissions of methane as the bigger issue. Anyway, I came back to Knoxville for my wife to run the marathon here, and we are very very disappointed in this place. Everything about it screams kill more animals, from magazines (you can learn about paleo diet, subscribe to milk magazines, and get excited about animal farming, but I did not see one vegan-related magazine [I did only peruse 2 of the 3 racks, though]) to the baked goods, the deli counter and salad bar.) And though I am not a huge fan of either Earth Fare or Whole Foods, at least I can find some vegan food there, not much, but more than at this place. The prices are also no less expensive than the other two chains. My personal past experience with the management and board (at the old location on Broadway), and the things I see here now, prove that commenting and complaining is a waste of breath and time. This is yet another haven for meat-eating, dairy-guzzling environmental hipsters who think killing animals is a spiritual practice. It is not for vegans.

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Good deli & Great quick shop for food&other needs - Edit

Great for the traveler. Small local co-op off the downtown area. Well stocked deli w/ fresh hummous, salads, pasta, dumplings, sandwiches, drinks, snacks. The rest of the co-op carries local & organic items for the hiker/traveler, i.e. nuts, fruits, veggies and other personal necessities.

Pros: quick shop deli, hot buffet, local, organic, great staff good pricing

Cons: carries meat

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Good Co-Op - Edit

The new building is very large and attractive, much better than the old location. I enjoy the produce section, local breads, lots of bulk foods, and the deli and hot bar. Vegans and vegetarians should be aware that they sell a LOT of meat and dairy products (unlike their original location). Some of us believe that this does not promote a healthy local community.

Pros: bulk foods, good selection, friendly

Cons: meat & dairy

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Great store! - Edit

We stop here to stock up on food before heading to Gatlinburg (love those mountain cabins, hate that there are almost no food options!) Their hot bar is so good, and the staff is friendly and knowledgeable. I love that they stock the vegan pesto from Tomato Head! That stuff is out of this world delicious! If we lived in town, we would frequent Three Rivers for sure!

Pros: hot bar, nice staff, reasonably priced

Cons: stocks meat

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Loved it! - Edit

What a wonderful store! I was visiting Knoxville for work and came across this market on Happy Cow and checked it out as I was looking for good veggie food for dinner. This is a very clean, very green, beautiful market located a just a little bit outside center city Knoxville. They have a wide variety of the type of goods you'd typically find at a market, but a lot of vegetarian and organic versions. The hot food bar was excellent and you can even find Tofurkey sandwiches in the cold food case for a very good price. The eggless egg salad was quite good and salad bar in general was very fresh. You can also buy veggie food from the freezer and use the microwave. I'll definitely come back next time I'm in Knoxville.

Pros: Clean, Affordable, Lots of veggie options

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Healthy Fast Food! - Edit

The premade food is outstanding - you have to try the eggless egg salad spread! Grab some whole wheat chips & a drink & you've got a healthy vegan snack or lunch!
The employees are very helpful & courteous, they can answer all your questions & will even order something special if they don't have it in stock or normally don't carry it.

Pros: Vegan, Natrual, Friendly

Cons: parking, small, not a great location

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