There’s nothing like the taste of fresh heirloom produce. And there’s no better place to get homegrown food than at a farmers’ market. Local farmers stock these open-air and indoor booths, tables and stands with fruits and vegetables; handcrafted cheeses; free-range eggs and poultry; baked goods; jelly; jam; and organic produce.
According to the Farmers Markets of America, customers flock to farmers’ markets for three main reasons: food quality, lower prices and social atmosphere. Looking for a unique farmers’ market? Orlando has many open every day of the week with flexible hours to accommodate your busy schedule.
Here’s where you can get the goods:
Monday Farmers Market
Audubon Park Community Market
This popular Monday market operates from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m.—no matter the weather. So if it looks like rain, bring your umbrella. It’s a great place to spend time with family and friends. You can purchase fresh produce to take home or sit down and dig into a meal cooked just for you to enjoy while listening to live music. The Audubon Park Community Market is located in the parking lot of the Stardust and Shag’d at 1842 E. Winter Park Rd.
Tuesday Farmers’ Market
Kissimmee Valley Farmers’ Market
Stop in for barrels of fresh produce, delectable baked goods and unique specialty items. You’ll find this Tuesday market at Toho Square. The address is 108 Pleasant St. in Kissimmee, Florida. Kissimmee Valley Farmers Market hours are 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Wednesday Farmers Market
Thornton Park District
This location has everything you’d expect at a farmers’ market: a tempting selection of cheeses, lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, mouthwatering baked goods. You’ll find all the vendors in the Thornton Park District set up on South Osceola Ave. by Lake Eola Park.
Thursday Farmers’ Market
East End Market
When it comes to selection, East End Market has a lot to choose from. This indoor market features fresh produce, coffee, plants, a full lunch/dinner, a bakery plus beer and wine bar. Travel down to 3201 Corrine St. and make a day of it.
Friday Farmers’ Markets
Windermere Farmer’s Market
This Friday market is warm and inviting with a cozy atmosphere. Specialties include fresh-caught seafood, non-native plants, scrumptious food items and handmade goods. Windermere Farmers’ Market is open from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. It is located on Main Street between 5th and 6th Ave.
Artisan Alley Farmers’ Market
Shop this nighttime market from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. Artisan Alley Farmer’s Market specializes in local organic fruits and vegetables, orchids, exotic plants and made from scratch breads.
Casselberry Farmers’ Market
You can visit this small market on the second Friday of every month. Casselberry Farmers Market carries fresh produce, garden supplies, home goods and a nice selection of baked goods. You’ll find this seasonal market at Lake Concord Park behind Casselberry City Hall.
Saturday Farmers’ Markets
Winter Park Farmers Market
In Central Florida, Winter Park Farmers Market is a great place to be on Saturday. Open from 7 a.m. until 1 p.m., you can purchase ready-to-eat treats from local restaurants or select from the freshest produce to buy to enjoy on the go. Come early and you’ll get first dibs on the most interesting selection. Arrive later and take advantage of the best deals. You’ll find this market at 200 W. New England Ave.
Winter Garden Farmers Market
This market covers a lot of ground and offers a great selection of fresh Florida produce at very reasonable prices. You’ll find Winter Garden Farmers Market at 104 S. Lakeview Ave. just off West Plant St.
Sunday Farmers Markets
Orlando Farmers Market
Head to downtown Orlando and start your Sunday off right. With a beer and wine garden, live music, yoga classes and some very interesting opportunities to people watch, Orlando Farmers Market is celebrated by all who attend. Enjoy all the festivities from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Maitland Farmer’s Market
Enjoy a relaxing day walking around beautiful Lake Lily. A canopy of trees provides plenty of shade—to keep you cool while checking out Maitland Farmers Market. Enjoy a cup of coffee while listening to live music from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. You’ll find this inviting market at 699 Lake Lily Dr.
Mount Dora Village Market
Enjoy a casual Sunday at Mount Dora Village Market. Although new to the Orlando farmers’ market scene, this lakefront market has a great selection of fresh produce available. You find it at the end of Donnelly Street.