As National Farmers Market Week comes to a close, we want to spotlight Florida’s original growers market…the Alachua County Farmers Market!
Founded in 1972, the market was held in a downtown parking lot at the corner of University Avenue and Main Street. Since 1991, it has been taking place in the county owned pavilion it is held in to this day.
The mission of the Alachua County Farmers Market is to give growers a place to sell home grown produce directly to the public so they can generate sustainable income from farming. By doing so, it has enabled many farmers to keep on farming instead of having to take other jobs or to sell their land for development.
Open every Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and held at the intersection of US 441 and 34th Street, the market primarily sells produce as well as plants, flowers, meats, dairy, egg, honey and more.
Since the market is a grower’s only market, those selling produce, plants, and other products at the market are not allowed to purchase produce from other farms or wholesalers and resell it. Everything sold at the market was produced in Florida and within a 50 mile radius.
While some vendors may have some non-farming helpers behind their booths, there will be at least one person who can tell you how the crops were grown, whether or not they are organic, and what variety they are. Plant sellers can tell you whether a particular shrub needs shade or sun and how often it should be watered.
Upcoming events include a food preservation demonstration on Saturday, August 16th at 9:30 a.m. and a summer festival on Saturday. September 6th. Both events are free and open to the public.
Through a partnership with Florida Organic Growers, the Alachua County Farmers Market offers Fresh Access Bucks, a program that doubles the amount of Florida grown fruits & vegetables SNAP recipients can purchase at the market.
For more information on the Alachua County Farmers Market, please like them on Facebook!
For a complete list of Farmers Markets that participate in Fresh Access Bucks, please visit the Fresh Access Bucks page.
For a list of all farmers markets in Florida, please visit our map!