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Posted by on Feb 19, 2019 in Grocery, Guest Posts | 0 comments

10 Best Farmers Markets in Florida

You don’t have to go to the grocery store to buy the best fruits and vegetables. You’ll probably find fresher and less expensive produce here in Florida if you cut out the middleman and buy directly from the farmer. Shopping at a farmers market is a great way to support the environment and the local business community as well. Check out the ten best farmers markets in Florida to visit this year:

1. Jacksonville Farmers Market

The popular Jacksonville market started in 1938 and is now one of the oldest open-air markets in the Sunshine State. Located about a mile from historic downtown, this market has a festival-like atmosphere that attracts customers daily from dawn until it closes at 6.pm. Vendors sell their homegrown produce as well as baked goods and hand-crafted wares. This market is known for its unique ethnic food and delicacies.

2. Rockledge Gardens

If you’re looking for an unusual fruit or vegetable variety, try checking out the Rockledge Gardens farmers market. These farmers are passionate about planting and seek to share it with the world.  You’ll find vendors selling fresh farm produce as well as a wide variety of plants and garden tools for those with a green thumb. The Rockledge Gardens market is open on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9 am-2 pm.

3. Yellow Green Farmers Market

Find fresh seasonal produce all weekend long at the Yellow Green Farmers Market in Hollywood. Open from 8 am-4 pm on Saturdays and Sundays, this market offers plenty of treasures from local artists as well as environmentally friendly wares. The Yellow Green Farmers Market focuses on educating customers about the health and environmental benefits of green living.

4. Tallahassee Downtown Market

The oak tree canopy situated above this market is enough to attract a large crowd. Locals pride themselves on supporting their local farmers by shopping at the Tallahassee Downtown Market every Saturday. Live musicians, as well as artisans with unique housewares and crafts are available at the market as well. The market is open from 9 am-2 pm March through November.

5. Lincoln Road Farmers Market

South Beach is the spot for this famous Miami market that attracts both the locals and tourists. Lincoln Road Farmers Market is open Sundays year-round from 9 am-6:30 pm. You’ll find tropical delicacies like coconut water straight from the coconut shell as well as fresh seafood, honey, and fresh-cut flowers. There’s plenty to snack on here, including fresh baked goods and empanadas.

6. Winter Park Farmers Market

An old train depot houses Winter Park Farmers Market in Central Florida. This well-known market is open on Saturdays from 7am-1pm and features artisan baked bread along with the fresh produce. The best items sell out quickly so make sure to wake up early to catch all the best this market has to offer bright and early every Saturday.

7. Audubon Park Community Market

Although there are plenty of things not to do when moving to Orlando, the Audubon Park Community Market is one thing every new resident must add to their weekly to-do list. This one-of-a-kind Monday night market is a favorite spot for the locals and tourists in the Audobon Park neighborhood. You’ll find fresh produce that’s picked every Monday morning as well as farm fresh eggs, seafood, and baked goods. Enjoy a nice walk through the market after a day in the office and taste the unique dining options. The Audobon Park Community Market is open Mondays from 5pm-9pm.

8. Saturday Morning Market

Organic produce is just one of the many offerings at the Saturday Morning Market in St. Petersburg. You’ll also find ethnic foods and artisan food vendors offering a range of treats. Open every Saturday from 9 am-2 pm, this outdoor festival runs from October through May.

9. West Palm Beach Green Market

Walk along the water at this waterfront market located in the historic district of downtown West Palm Beach. You’ll find fresh produce as well as exotic plants and flowers. Visitors enjoy picking up fresh herbs and spices as well. It’s common for customers to set out a blanket on the lawn and enjoy their freshly baked treats as well as a dose of sunshine and sand.

10. Sarasota Farmers Market

People in southwest Florida drive for miles to pick up some fresh seafood at the Sarasota Farmers Market. Vendors here also sell fresh meat and produce. You’ll find plants and flowers to add to your garden as well as lots of local food to try. The market features live music every Saturday from 7 am-1p m.

No matter where you are in Florida, it’s easy to find a local farmers market that offers fresh produce. Many vendors also sell freshly caught seafood which is a unique aspect of farmers markets in the Sunshine State. Check out any or all of the ten best farmers markets in Florida to enjoy the freshest fruit, vegetables, and cuisine available.

 

Kris Stafford is a journalist who loves to travel the country in search of new topics. You won’t find her dining at any chain restaurants since she prefers to sample the local cuisine in every city. 

 

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