Visitors flock to Florida from all over for the state’s theme parks and pristine beaches, but they may not know that the Sunshine State’s climate makes for some of the best fruits and vegetables anywhere.  Florida’s renowned farmers’ markets offer tourists a chance to taste Florida’s finest freshly harvested produce, sample local culture and cuisine, shop local artisans, participate in gardening workshops and more!

For these reasons, FloridaRentals.com set out to find the absolute best farmers markets across the state.  Based on vendors, entertainment, shopper reviews, and more, these nine markets ranked at the top!

Yellow Green Farmers’ Market || Hollywood

The Yellow Green Farmers Market is dedicated to integrating green living into the heart of daily life. All found under one outdoor roof, Yellow Green is a true farmer’s market providing a bounty of seasonal, fresh foods along with artisanal goods created by local artists and craftsmen. It was designed to inspire, engage, and offer a sense of earthly discovery. Learn about the journey your food makes from land or sea to your kitchen and table. Come support and chat with local farmers and gain a deeper understanding of the many healthful and environmental benefits of seasonal eating.

Downtown Farmers’ Curb Market || Lakeland

The Downtown Farmers Curb Market is a key component of a vibrant, diverse and exciting Downtown. Designed to serve and bring together all segments of the community, it is a positive force in bringing people Downtown to purchase fresh produce, plants and local handcrafted items. The 11-month Market (closed in August) is a showcase for the talents and the work of local artisans and local growers.

High Springs Farmers’ Market || High Springs

In addition to any vegetable you can think of – all picked fresh from the garden, of course – you will also find flavored vinegar, banana nut bread, scrumptious pastries, Old Thyme bread, jams, jellies and delicious chutneys along with Kettle Korn served up with a cool glass of lemonade, organic fruits, and vegetables. You’ll also find your spices, cilantro, dill, parsley and a huge variety of medicinal herbs. Artists feature their handmade jewelry, bags, doggie treats and other goods, and you can learn how to start your own mushroom garden!

Winter Park Farmers’ Market || Winter Park

The Winter Park Farmers’ Market is held at the old train depot, located at 200 West New England Avenue, which has been restored into an historical landmark that hosts this first-rate produce and plant market in Central Florida. The market takes place every Saturday morning from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. and is a popular community gathering place that provides fine produce, plants, baked goods and so much more.

Sarasota Farmers’ Market || Sarasota

The Sarasota Farmers Market Vendors Incorporated (“SFMV”) is a nonprofit committed to continuing the 30+ year tradition of enhancing and improving the quality of life in Sarasota. Its mission is to create a social opportunity for residents and visitors to gather and interact, bring foot traffic to downtown Sarasota sustaining the economic viability of the entire area, and to provide a venue for other nonprofits benefiting Sarasota. Inherent in our charitable mission is educating consumers and sharing knowledge about the products and services of local farmers, local businesses, and local artisans.

Jacksonville Farmers’ Market || Jacksonville

Operating much as farmer’s markets have for over hundreds of years, Jacksonville Farmers Market offers a unique shopping experience for any age. Enjoy the open air and festive market atmosphere as you stroll each of the outdoor bays. Greet farmers from across the area as they proudly display their hand-picked produce and assorted food items from amongst the broadest selection anywhere. The Jacksonville Farmers Market is known best for its featured ethnic and imported specialty items that are not only unique but often rare and hard to find.

Saturday Morning Market || St. Petersburg

The mission of the market is to be the ‘heart’ of St. Petersburg – the place, more than anywhere else, that people feel a strong sense of joyful connectedness and creative community. While great food, interesting crafts, and lively music are all wonderful elements of the market, this spirit of community is what really defines the market experience. Many visitors have shared that they think that the market is the most significant improvement to the quality of life ever in St. Petersburg.

Lake Mary Farmers’ Market || Lake Mary

Located in Central Park at Lake Mary City Hall, near the corner of Lake Mary Boulevard and 4th Street, visitors will find fresh produce, large and small plants, orchids, honey, baked goods, assorted nuts, handmade jewelry, wood crafts, pet food and treats, & more!  And, dogs are welcome!

Cape Coral Farmers’ Market || Cape Coral

Welcome to your home for information for The Cape Coral Farmers’ Market, The Surfside Sunshine Market, and the Cape Harbour Farmers Market. Here you will find everything you need to visit, shop or become a vendor these wonderful Cape Coral Markets. All three markets are always overflowing with fresh, local and healthy produce, fruits and foods, along with melt-in-your-mouth baked goods, made-on-site guacamole, salsas, homemade jams & jellies, pickles & olive mixes, cheeses, take-home foods and much more.

2 COMMENTS

  1. I have gone to the Winter Park one a lot, and also have visited Lake Mary’s. I would like to check out the one in Lakeland. Have been to the one in Winter Garden also several times. I used to go to the old fashioned farmer’s markets with my father, who bought and sold produce as a second job. We went all around hauling produce across several states, hauling peaches, apples, watermelons, and cantaloupes. One place in particular, I used to get sick there, every time we visited that farmer’s market there, was in Asheville, N.C., and I am not sure why, but I think it was the heat, that was so enclosed, and that was up in the mountains. I still liked going there though. What they refer to as farmer’s markets now, is more retail based, than the wholesale farmer’s markets I visited growing up, and going all around with my father.

  2. I see Dragon Fruit on some produce ads….what do they taste like? Are they good, and can you make things out of them? I never heard of them. Do they give you dragon breath? LOL Tell me all about them, if you have eaten one of those things, and know about them.

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