Posted on Jul 30, 2018
There’s nothing better than fresh produce, especially from your local farmers. As the popularity of local farmers markets increases, vendors are beginning to expand their offerings by providing more goods and groceries and are doing so more frequently than just on the weekends.
Whatever you're looking for, the South is lucky enough to have a warmer climate year-round, creating the opportunity to harvest crops longer and share their flavors with local communities.
So, when it comes to choosing the best southern market this fall, where will you stop and shop?
From producing pecans and cotton, the Peach State is full of endless farmers markets and produce options state-wide.
Athens Farmers Market (Athens, GA)
Named one of “The South’s Best Farmers’ Markets” by Southern Living, Athens Farmers Market is all about serving up some serious sustainability to its two locations, Bishop Park and Creature Comforts Brewery. This non-profit organization of local farmers and craftspeople celebrate locally grown food and handmade crafts Saturday mornings in Bishop Park and Wednesday afternoons at Creature Comforts.
Snellville Farmer’s Market (Snellville, GA)
Aiming to nourish its community, Snellville Farmer’s Market listens to its residents wants and needs by offering a variety of produce and seafood, along with numerous events and activities. Every Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., the Market opens its door to meet with community members and provide locally raised products.
McB’s Fresh Produce (McDonough, GA)
If you’re looking for the best fruits bursting with fresh juices, McB’s Fresh Produce is the market for you! From harvest peaches, plump tomatoes and juicy cherries, this market is sure to reach all your taste buds. Even better? They’re open daily.
The Green Market (Milledgeville, GA)
Its title says it all. The Green Market is full of greens and beans. Offered every Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon, you can expect to find a wide variety of flowers, food-producing plants and herbs. Along with its variety of goods, The Green Market is dedicated to supporting local, organic farmers!
With a year-round mindset, discover these southern comfort markets that are sure to provide you the necessary produce and products this fall.
Main Plaza Farmer’s Market (San Antonio, TX)
Every Tuesday until December, this San Antonio farmers market is serving up local produce with a Hispanic twist. Not only do they provide fresh-from-the-farm goods, but bi-weekly cooking demonstrations and take-home foods for everyone. Grab yours every Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Corpus Christi Downtown Farmers Market (Corpus Christi, TX)
Nothing’s better than a farmers market that is also open during the week so you can restock your kitchen. Introducing coffee, food trucks, live music and cooking demos, Corpus Christi is the farmers market to visit every Wednesday.
New Braunfels Farmers Market (New Braunfels, TX)
What’s better than cereal and cartoons on a Saturday morning? New Braunfels Farmers Market. With its fresh pastries and live music every Saturday morning, this market has you and your whole family covered. Don’t forget to bring your New Braunfels shopping bags and check out the market’s merchandise!
HOPE Farmers Market (Austin, TX)
Taking place every Sunday, HOPE Farmers Market is your weekend hub for farm-fresh produce and food vendors who bring out the very best flavors of Austin. Not only will you enjoy the food scene, but the free yoga, live performances and art are sure to make your Sunday afternoons memorable.
Whether you’re seeking wheat, cotton, peaches or corn, South Carolina is the perfect state for those agricultural needs.
Anderson County Farmers Market (Anderson, SC)
Not only is this farmers market open during the weekend, but also Tuesday and Thursday so you can get all your weekly shopping done no matter how busy your schedule is! From fresh Carolina shrimp to flowers and jewelry, you’ll be sure to find whatever you’re looking for and more at the Anderson County Farmers Market.
Palmetto Farmers Market (Williamston, SC)
Farmers, food crafters and homesteaders. That’s what Palmetto Farmers Market is all about. Get your weekly dose of cakes, chocolates and cheeses every Thursday after your workday from 4 to 7 p.m. You can even stay up-to-date with all things Palmetto with the Market’s live videos! You may even catch an upcoming video about the sixth annual Homesteading Festival on Sept. 8.
Freshwater, oranges and sunshine. The perfect combination of great produce, food and atmosphere.
Orange Park Farmers’ Market (Orange Park, FL)
With more than 100 vendors selling fresh, local produce, homemade crafts and featuring live music, it’s no wonder Orange Park has been voted Best Farmers Market in Northeast Florida. Running September through June, you can expect to find nearly anything your heart desires including gifts like pottery pieces and soaps.
Tallahassee Farmers Market (Tallahassee, FL)
Looking for a delicious and nutritious market? Look no further. Not only does the Tallahassee Farmers Market offer a variety of prepared meals and fresh vegetables, but health events with free cooking demonstrations and much more.
Ocala Downtown Market (Ocala, FL)
The Ocala Downtown Market (ODM) is a diverse place full of vendors from far and wide. If you’re looking for a comfortable atmosphere, ODM is for you! With its water fountains, a nearby ATM and permanent roof cover, this true destination is just blocks away from the Ocala Downtown Square, and it is open every Saturday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Union Street Farmers Market (Gainesville, FL)
While on a quest to make the world a better place, this farmers market is one very different from any market you’ve probably attended. Established in 1996, Union Street Farmers Market offers your expected farmers market staples including breads, produce and community comfort. On the flip side, the market offers weekly features such as adding new vendors and even wood-fired pizza! And don’t forget to enjoy the weekly bands playing music in the square.
Living in the South means endless supplies of in-season produce and foods. Whether you’re searching for beets, figs or beans, Alabama has you covered with these diverse, local farmers markets.
Guntersville Farmers Market (Guntersville, AL)
Don’t let the size of this farmers market fool you. Every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday you can expect to find a range of exotic fruits and vegetables. Seeking more? Be sure to check out the Guntersville Farmers Market’s variety of plants, flowers and herbs!
Local Joe’s Trading Post (Rainbow City, AL)
When you go to a farmers market, you don’t typically expect having the option of smoked meats and pork skins, but Local Joe’s Trading Post offers some of the best for its visitors. Along with its honey and baked goods, it’s sure to keep you coming back for more.