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Showcasing an array of fresh produce, local cuisine and handmade goods, Farmers Markets in Florida represent the heart of many our local communities. A perfect activity for a sunny day, take a leisurely weekend stroll through one of these open-air markets to discover a kaleidoscope of unique treasures and locally grown food. From small town hidden gems to big city events, here are 10 of the best farmers markets in Florida.
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Bringing the community together every Saturday from 8am to 2pm (except in August), the Lakeland Downtown Farmers Curb Market offers a wide variety of fresh produce, plants and handcrafted items. Browse through the stalls and you’ll discover a wide range of items that you’ll want to take home, from ready-made meals, sustainable seafood and grass-fed Florida beef to custom woodwork pieces, jewelrey and exotic plants. Local musicians play live music the first Saturday of every month, adding an upbeat charm to its already cheerful atmosphere.
The Jacksonville Farmers Market is not only one of Florida’s biggest markets, but also the oldest. Dating back to 1938, this lively open-air market is open daily from dawn to dusk, except on major holidays. Located one mile from the historic downtown area, you’ll find anything from pantry goods to speciality produce, and hard-to-find cultural items here. Known for its unique ethnic food offerings, adventurous foodies can come here to sample cuisine from around the world. A beautiful area to spend an afternoon, take in the festive atmosphere and stroll each of the outdoor bays.
First opened in 2002, the Saturday Morning Market in St. Petersburg has found the perfect recipe for success, as both locals and visitors flock here for the great selection of organic produce and interesting crafts. Running every Saturday from 9am to 2pm in downtown St. Petersburg from October to May, you’ll find ready-to-eat foods that are from around the world, from Greek to Italian, French, Belgian and German. The artisan food vendors will tempt your taste buds with the fresh seafood, baked goods, cheeses and chocolates, while the live music and magicians and balloon artists make this a perfect event to bring the entire family.
One of Central Florida’s most popular markets, the Winter Park Farmers Market is held in an old train depot. Its been restored into a historic landmark, offering the perfect setting for an afternoon of perusing the offerings from local vendors. Taking place every Saturday morning from 7am to 1pm, it’s a popular community event where you can find fresh produce, baked goods, honey and much more. Wake up early on a Saturday morning to attend this market, and you won’t be disappointed with the impressive range of plants, herbs and garden goods that take center stage.
Inspired by the public markets throughout Europe, the West Palm Beach GreenMarket is a charming waterfront market located in the historic district of downtown. Held every Saturday from 9am to 1pm from October to April, here you’ll discover local vendors that offer a variety of products, from fresh produce to exotic plants and flowers, herbs and spices, baked goods and specialty foods. Pack a blanket and set up for an afternoon of soaking up the sunshine, as the expansive lawn area is the perfect spot to sample the array of local delicacies.
Operating for more than 30 years, the Sarasota Farmers Market is considered a landmark event for southwest Florida residents. Boasting some of the freshest Florida seafood and an extensive selection of hand-cut meat selections, you’ll also discover a plethora of local vendors selling anything from flowers and plants to natural soaps, jewelry and clothes. There’s plenty of local cuisine to sample, while local growers supply organic produce. Lounge on one of outdoor picnic areas and enjoy the live music and festive ambiance.
Open every Saturday and Sunday from 8am to 4pm, the Yellow Green Farmers Market in Hollywood provides a bounty of seasonal, fresh foods alongside vendors selling artisanal goods created by local artists and craftsmen. With a vision to promote green living into daily life, you’ll find an abundance of shopping opportunities with over 300 booths under one roof. From spicy pickles to smoothies, clothing, flowers, and organic produce, explore this vibrant market to discover local goods and then refuel with the array of world-cuisine options available.
Nestled in one of Florida’s most charming small town gems, the Mount Dora Village Market is held every Sunday from 9am to 2pm in Sunset Park and the Pedestrian Mall area. Enjoy the tranquil ambiance at this quaint lakeside town’s premier market in the historic downtown area, where you can find high-quality local produce, an eclectic range of food and handmade crafts made by local artists.
Robert is Here is not your typical farmers market, and in fact, its actually a fruit stand. However, it deserves to be on the list, as its one of Florida’s most beloved landmarks, where both visitors and locals hold to its location in Homestead in high regard, known for its wide range of exotic fruits and fresh vegetables that are mostly grown right there on the farm. If you purchase anything at this location, make sure its one of their famous hand-spun milkshakes and smoothies that come in flavors like guanabana, strawberry, papaya and passion fruit. Open daily from 8am to 7pm (closed September and October), there’s also an Animal Farm for the kids in addition to a Splash Pad, live music and picnic tables.
Open from 9am to 2pm every Saturday from March to November, the Downtown Marketplace holds the Tallahassee Downtown Market under a picturesque canopy of shaded oaks. Featuring fresh produce and organic items, there are also beautiful fresh cut flowers and native plants to take home. This tranquil setting is the perfect place to spend an afternoon, where local musicians play music on stage, authors present readings of their books and local artists showcase their crafts. There are also an array of hands-on art activities available to entertain the kids.