Whether you enjoy farm fresh produce or unique treats from handmade, organic soaps to delicious baked goods, farmers markets offer some of the areas most coveted finds. Locals and tourists alike pencil in their favorite market, and typically arrive early to get first pick. As the day progresses and the crowds grow, live music and entertainment make these markets a great way to spend the day. Here are some of our top picks in Central Florida.
Orlando Farmer’s Market
What once started in 1987 as the Downtown Development Boards project to provide residents of Downtown Orlando with a place to shop, has grown to become one of the best farmers markets in the city. Nestled along Lake Eola, the market and grounds make the perfect location for strolling, picnicking, and listening to music. Bring the kids, there’s plenty to do for little ones, including a jungle gym. Aside from the traditional farmer market fare of fresh produce, vendors offer baked goods, jewelry, homemade soaps, crafts, gifts and plenty of other fun finds. Grab a blanket, the kids and even the dog for a lazy Sunday afternoon on the lawn as you listen to live music and sample some of the area’s best food.
Sundays 11am – 4pm
Winter Park Farmer’s Market
It’s all about the location with the Winter Park Farmer’s Market. Every Saturday the vintage train depot becomes a lively mix of organic vendors, beautiful plants and delicious eats. Save some time to stop by the adjoining Winter Park Historical Museum. The quaint museum houses local memorabilia and preserves the rich history of city. Step back in time to a retro kitchen or turn of the century living room.
Saturdays 7am –1pm
East End Market
Located within the Garden District, the East End Market is a food lover’s emporium. Taste one of the best cookies in Orlando and Gideon’s Bakehouse, indulge in hand crafted artisan cheese at Le Femme du Fromage, or sip local organic juice at the Skyebird Juice Bar. Make an afternoon of a visit to East End and grab a craft beer from Florida & Co. or branch out and try one of the classes offered at the market. Either way it’s a great place to visit.
Mon-Thurs 8 am – 7pm, Sat 8am – 9pm, Sun 11am – 6pm
Winter Garden Farmers Market
The charming, historical city of Winter Garden, just west of Orlando is home to one of the best farmer’s market in the area. Saturdays draw a crowd for the fresh produce, home baked goodies, and music. If you aren’t in the area on Saturday, don’t despair. Over 20 vendors ranging from an Oxygen Bar to a European bakery are located in the Plant Street Market which is open Thursday through Sunday.
Saturday 9am – 2pm
One of Orlando’s best kept secrets, Freshfield Farms not only offers mostly locally sourced produce and meats, but the prices are unbeatable. By buying in bulk and eliminating the need for distribution centers, customers reap the benefits of meat, hand cut and packaged in the stores and in season produce arriving directly from growers, most of which is organic.
Mon -Sat 9:30am -7pm, Sun 10am-6pm
Granted Rennigers is in Mt. Dora, which is about 45 minutes from Orlando, but it makes for a great day trip, and the market is very worth the distance especially if you are an antique lover. The market is huge with two large buildings as well as outdoor vendors. Besides antiques and and everything vintage, the market offers clothing, produce and collectibles.
Sat & Sun 8am -4pm.
Audubon Park Community Market
Monday evenings serve as a great way to start the week at the Audubon Park Community Market. Crowds gather for art, music, and food at this family and pet friendly event. Open since 2009 the market, located in the Stardust parking lot, provides everything from fresh fruits, veggies, and fish to fully prepared meals, rain or shine.
Mondays 5pm – 9pm
Celebration Farmer’s Market
If you happen to be by Disney, Celebration Farmer’s Market is your closest and best bet. Each week a wide range of craft and food vendors offer fruit, veggies, arts, and jewelry offer their selections along the beautiful backdrop of Lakeside Park. While you are in the area, take a stroll through the quintessential all-American town for a step back in time.
Windermere Farmers Market
If you are staying near the Universal /I Drive Attractions, head over to Windermere for breakfast and the famers market. A short drive from the Sand Lake area, Windermere was established as a residential community in 1889, and that small town feel still resonates among the age-old oaks and brick streets. The market is located in front of Town Hall in the town square on midmornings, and visitors can grab fresh pasta, homemade breads and the typical farmers market fresh produce.