Spring is in the air which means Tallahassee farmers markets are in full swing! Residents of Florida’s capital city are lucky to have an abundance of local farmer’s markets throughout the Big Bend area, which means there are plenty of fresh fruits, veggies, jellies, jams and other homemade goods right at your fingertips.
The Tallahassee Farmers’ Market is located in the northeast side of town and is the only market that operates year-round. Every Saturday from 8 AM – 12 PM, locals and visitors alike can head to the yard at Cornerstone Church 2904 Kerry Forest Pkwy, Tallahassee to pick up fresh, seasonal produce.
The Tallahassee Farmers’ Market has been around for more than 40 years and hosts 25+ vendors every Saturday. In addition to fruits and vegetables, shoppers can purchase pasture based pork, chicken, beef, and turkey, local honey, coffee, eggs, soap, lotions and fresh flowers.
When: 8 AM – 2 PM, Saturdays
Where: corner of Kerry Forest Parkway & Thomasville Road
The Lake Ella Growers’ Market features locally grown produce, honey, fresh-baked breads, cheeses, and soaps. This is also a year-round market with plenty of seasonal options each week.
If your weekend was jam-packed (no pun intended) and you didn’t have time to get to a Saturday market, then mark your calendar for Wednesday. The Lake Ella Growers Market is open on Saturday and Wednesday, from 11 AM – 2 PM.
When: 11 AM – 2 PM, Wednesday and Saturday
Where: 229 Lake Ella Drive, Tallahassee, FL
Every Saturday starting in March thru November, the downtown comes alive on Saturdays from 9 AM – 2 PM. Located along Park Avenue, in Tallahassee’s beautiful Chain of Parks, the Downtown Marketplace offers fresh homegrown produce and organic items.
The Downtown Farmers Market in Tallahassee is popular in part, due to the abundance of auxiliary activities offered. Patrons enjoy sounds from local musicians, readings from artists and poets, arts and handmade crafts, plus activities for the kids.
When: 9 AM – 2 PM, Saturdays, March thru November
Where: 115 E. Park Avenue, Tallahassee, FL
Frenchtown Heritage Market
The Frenchtown Heritage Market was formed in an effort to restore and transform the Frenchtown community. Every Saturday from 10 AM – 2 PM, local farmers come together to sell fresh produce, honey, smoked meats and more. To learn more about the Frenchtown Heritage Market and the advocates who are working to build a Fresh Food Movement, visit their Facebook page here.
When: 9 AM – 2 PM, Saturdays
Where: 524 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Why Shop at a Farmers Market in Tallahassee
Besides access to fresh, locally grown foods, there are a number of other benefits that come from shopping at one of the Tallahassee farmers markets.
- Farmers markets have fruits and vegetables at the peak of the growing season, which means the food is freshest and will taste the best.
- Shopping at farmers markets also supports local business owners and keeps the money you spend in the community.
- Shopping local is good for the environment. In the United States, food travels an average of 1,500 miles to get to your plate. In addition to the large amounts of natural resources this uses (in particular, fossil fuels), it also creates more trash due to the extra packaging, which can be avoided by buying food at local markets.
**All images used in this post are from each farmers markets’ respective Facebook pages**