What could be better than organic vegetables, goat soap, fresh syrup, and sweet fruit? NOTHING, folks. Nothing is better! I know that may be a bold (and possibly exaggerated) claim, but we all know that farmers’ markets have got the goods! Whether you’re trying to be health-conscious or merely have never been to a natural market, I highly recommend trying these out.
Jacksonville Farmers Market
With an open and festive market atmosphere, the Jacksonville Farmers Market is visited by over a MILLION visitors every year! Hand-picked produce, rare goods, and ethnic treats…you can find it all. You can even check out one of their newest vendors this month, Honeycomb Heroes, who focus on producing organic honey and local beeswax! (1810 W Beaver St. // Dawn-Dusk // Vendor costs)
With a constantly changing menu of all the goodies available that week, you will always be in the “know” at Freshfields Farm! With the freshest produce, meats, seafood, and cheese available, they like to keep things simple. Come on out for some really good sh*t. (5555 University Blvd // 9am – 7pm // Vendor Costs)
#FrayLifeTip: They actually have 2 entrances to their parking lot. One entrance is off University Blvd. and the other is off Spring Park Rd.
Valdes Farmers Market
Amazing prices, outdoorsy, and the sweetest fruit around, Valdes Farmers Market is the real MVP. Specializing in a lot of Latin foods and Caribbean favorites, this place is a secret gem for anyone trying to get their hands on something more authentic. They also have a Cuban Pizza food truck, which is a fan favorite! (2804 Rogero Rd // 8am – 7pm // $)
Beaches Green Market
If you’re ever driving on 3rd street and come across a lot of people picking through produce, you’re at the right spot for the Beaches Green Market. Vendors at this producer-only market sell a wide range of local and organic produce, meat, eggs, flowers, microgreens, teas, freshly baked bread, and more! Great prices, too! (Jarboe Park // Saturdays from 2-5 pm // Vendor Costs)
Riverside Arts Market
This one is a biggie. Every Saturday from 10 am to 3 pm, rain or shine, the Riverside Arts Market is in full swing! Offering everything from artists to farmers to bakers, you can also jump in on some morning yoga at 9 am! With an updated list of the produce available, they are ready to prepare you with all the delicious treats every time you come. (715 Riverside // 10am – 3pm // Vendor Costs)
Jaxsons Night Market
For all of you who can’t find time during the day to hit up a Farmers’ Market, come check out Jaxsons Night Market! Every third Thursday from 5:30-9 pm, Jaxsons showcases what makes our community unique by offering awesome produce, food trucks, and local beers WITH live music! (135 Monroe St. // 5:30-9 pm // Vendor Costs)
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Have you been meaning to check out Jaxsons Night Market? Don't miss the last one of 2016 tomorrow night from 5:30-9pm in #HemmingPark! Shop unique gifts from local artisans, craftsmen, makers, fashion trucks, food trucks, and more + live music, beer & wine. Free to attend, pet & kid friendly.
#FrayLifeTip: This is actually a great spot for those of you searching for a good date vibe. You can check out artists, get a little buzzed, and indulge in all the good eats.
Mid-Week Farmers’ Market
There are great locals offerings you can stumble upon, from fresh produce to organic baked bread to natural health & wellness products! Frequent vendors include Palmetto Organics, Alvarez Farms, Eden’s Leaf Natural Soaps, and much more. Stop by, mid-week, to enjoy this farmers’ market in Atlantic Beach from 3-6 pm! (800 Seminole Rd // Wednesdays from 3-6 pm // Vendor Costs)
Pecan Park Flea & Farmers’ Market
The Pecan Park Flea & Farmers’ Market has been open for over 30 years with over 750 storefronts to find hidden gems! With more of an indoor feel (which could be good for those of you looking for A/C these days), you can find everything from fresh produce to clothes & jewelry! There is also a Beer Pond, people! (614 Pecan Park Rd // Sat. & Sun. from 9am – 5pm // Vendor Costs)
Beach Blvd. Flea Market
Now this one tends to get quite crowded because there are an array of goodies. With both hard goods and fresh produce and meats, the Beach Blvd Flea Market also features an international food court. So if seeing all the fruits and veggies gets to your stomach too quickly, you can stop in for delicious cuisine from almost every region around the world! (11041 Beach Blvd // 9am – 5pm // Vendor Costs)
There ya have it, guys and girls. Plenty of places to put some good grub in your tummy, or try out some soothing goat soap in the shower! If you’re feeling adventurous, the Farmers’ Markets in Jacksonville have a huge assortment of treats, so odds are there is something for everyone! Give it a whirl, and help boost local business!