Get ready to bust out your tote bag. Jacksonville is home to an excellent selection of farmers markets that take pride in local, sustainable and organic produce and ingredients. Farmers flock in regularly from the surrounding area, showcasing products from their very own farms. Some markets even have live music and events, ensuring a well-rounded experience. Needless to say, “green” is the new black in Jacksonville, and these are the best spots to get totally fresh.
Jacksonville Farmers Market:
The largest, most recognized farmers market, Jacksonville Farmers Market (just one mile from Downtown Jacksonville) is open daily, from dusk to dawn, and visited by a million people every year. As the oldest operating farmers market in Florida (open since 1938), the open-air market features some of the best vendors in the area, known for a great selection of ethnic produce and specializing in fruits and vegetables, seafood and baked goods. Considering its vast history, the market also arranges tours.
Address: 1810 W Beaver St, Jacksonville, FL 32209
Pecan Park Flea & Farmers’ Market:
With more than 750 storefronts, Pecan Park is the ultimate destination for antiques and merchandise, as well as a popular farmers market selling mostly fruits and vegetables. Kill two birds with one stone and spend an afternoon strolling through hundreds of vendors for both merchandise and “green” products. Pecan Park is only open on the weekends, 9 am to 5 pm.
Address: 614 Pecan Park Rd. Jacksonville, FL 32218
Atlantic Beach Mid-Week Market:
A small market held every Wednesday from 3 to 6 pm at Bull Memorial Park. Find fresh produce and baked goods in a casual, relaxed atmosphere. Only two blocks from the ocean, there’s no other place you get that ocean breeze while shopping for the best ingredients!
Address: 7th Street Atlantic Beach, FL 32233
Riverside Arts Market:
Also known as RAM, Riverside Arts Market is a local’s favorite, and it’s a great way to spend a Saturday morning. The tag line is “Loyal to Local” which embodies both the produce from farmers and catering to the thousands of residents that make this uniquely Jacksonville. Find everything from fresh produce and baked goods to local art and even 9 am yoga! The market takes place under the Fuller Warren Bridge, and live music amps the atmosphere.
Address: 715 Riverside Ave. Jacksonville, FL 32204
Beach Boulevard Flea Market:
Boasting approximately 200,000 square feet the Beach Boulevard Flea & Farmers Market is open to the public year-round.
Address: 11041 Beach Blvd Jacksonville FL 32246
Beaches Green Market:
If you’re in Neptune Beach on a Saturday, the chances are high it’s to fully explore Beaches Green Market at Jarboe Park. This fun little market (from 2 to 5 pm) has it all. Fresh produce, cheeses, baked bread, all-natural meats, flowers, organic coffee and even prepared food to take home with you. The market is serious about organic and only features the best seasonal offerings.
Address: 1122 3rd St, Neptune Beach, FL 32266
Fisherman’s Dock Seafood Market:
Who doesn’t want to grill up fresh-caught shrimp and fish at their vacation rental? Fisherman’s Dock Seafood Market is a thriving fish market that puts sustainability front and center. Here, visitors will find all the finest, freshest catches, including the Jacksonville delicacy Mayport shrimp, which is unique and special to the city’s dining scene. The market is open Monday to Saturday from 10 am to 6:30 pm.
Address: 11610 San Jose Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32223
Valdes Farmers Market:
The only fresh produce Farmers market open daily in the Arlington area.
Address: 2804 Rogero Rd. Jacksonville, FL 32277
OTHER SPOTS WITH GREAT LOCAL PRODUCE:
It’s no surprise that some of the best produce with great prices comes from local shops.
Atlantic Beach Urban Farms:
They use aeroponic technology to produce a large volume of food in a small amount of space and teach individuals and community organizations how they too can grow their own food right where they live and operate.
Address: 1175 Atlantic Boulevard Jacksonville, FL 32233
Berry Good Farms:
Lunch time farmers market on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday located at one of the oldest parks in the heart of downtown Jacksonville. Open at 10:30 am to 1:00 pm.
Address: Hemming Park 135 W. Monroe Street Jacksonville, FL
Congaree & Penn:
Offering Blueberry and blackberry U-pick days during the spring and summer.
Address: 11830 Old Kings Road Jacksonville, FL 32219
Bargain House of Fleas:
Operating on the Northside of Jacksonville since 1975. Uniquely opened on Wednesdays.
Address: 6016 Blanding Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32244