If you’re one of those travelers who loves to do as the locals do, then a trip to an Orlando-area farmer’s market is a must.
Orlando Farmer’s Market
The market is located at Lake Eola Park (at the corner of E. Central Blvd. and N. Eola Drive) and runs every Sunday from 10am – 4pm. While farm fresh food is not the mainstay of this market, you will find a great variety of local art as well as a ton of guilty pleasures like funnel cakes and kettle corn. Best feature of the market? It’s wine and beer garden with live music. There’s lots of free street parking nearby as well as a paid garage on N. Eola Drive. Thornton Park, a delightful little downtown dining district, is just a short stroll away making it the ideal stop for Sunday brunch at either Hue or Dexter’s.
Winter Park Farmer’s Market
The Winter Park Farmer’s Market is one of the most established markets in Central Florida. Held at the old train depot (located at 200 West New England Avenue) every Saturday from 7am to 1pm, this weekly event draws thousands of shoppers ready to fork out big bucks for gourmet pasta, local honey, and freshly made bagels. There’s huge variety of plants, flowers and fresh produce available every week as well as treats like frozen lemonade, still-hot pastries, and delicious veggie chips.
Park Avenue, with all its chic boutiques and posh eateries, is just a short stroll away. Only a select number of restaurants serve brunch on Saturday (check out this list of Winter Park breakfast spots) but most are open for lunch.
Audubon Park Community Market
The Audubon Park Community Market is where hard core locavores go. On Monday nights from 6pm-10pm, the parking lot of Stardust Video & Coffee (91842 E. Winter Park Road, Orlando) becomes a haven for people looking for truly local food supplied by people who genuinely care about Orlando’s local economy. It’s the only markets in the area supplying local AND organic produce and likely the only place you’ll find vendors selling locally made bread, cheese, and bacon. BLT anyone? The street party vibe makes this a great place to leisurely nosh and browse.
Lake Mary – Saturdays from 9am – 1:30pm lakemaryfarmersmarket.com
Sanford – Saturday from 9am – 2pm sanfordfarmersmarket.com
Sand Lake – Saturdays from 9am – 2pm sandlakefarmersmarket.com
Celebration – Sundays from 9am – 2pm celebrationtowncenter.com