Monday, October 22, 2012

Fall In Florida: Local Produce Season

Fall in Florida means the beginning of growing season. Other States are gearing up for the changing of the leaves and pumpkin harvesting.
Turning of the leaves in North Carolina
In Florida, we are gearing up for freshly grown local produce at our farmers' and green markets. Here is just a taste of local farmers' and green markets.

Sarasota Farmers Market, Main Street & Lemon, Sarasota, Open Year Round, Sat, Winter hours (Oct to June) 7am - 1pm; Summer hours (July to September) 7am - 12noon
St. Petersburg Saturday Morning Market, 100 First Street Southeast, St. Petersburg, Open Year Round, Sat 9am - 2pm
Leesburg Farmers Market, 550 West Main Street, Leesburg, Open Year Round, Sat 8am - 1pm
Winter Park Farmers' Market, 200 West New England Ave, Winter Park, Open Year Round, Sat 7am - 1pm
Audubon Park Community Market, 1842 E Winter Park Rd (parking lot of Stardust Coffee & Video), Orlando, Open Year Round, Mon 6 - 10pm
Melbourne Farmers Market, Wickham Park Pavilion, 3845 Wickham Rd, Melbourne, Open Year Round, Thurs 3pm - 7pm

In Southern Florida, the growing season started a month late due to Tropical Storm Isaac. So, most of the fresh from Florida greens won't be appearing until November or December, except for some Tropicals and summer varieties.

Tequesta Green Market, Tequesta, Open Oct to April, 1st Sun of each month until Dec 2012, then Jan 2013 every 1st and 3rd Sun, 11am - 4pm
West Palm Beach Green Market, 401 Clematis St, West Palm Beach, Open Year Round, Sat, Hours: Oct to April, 8am - 2pm, May to Sept, 9am - 12noon
Palm Beach Gardens Green Market, 10500 North Military Trail, Open Year Round, Sun 8am - 1pm
Parkland Farmers' Market, 8350 Ranch Rd, Parkland, Open Nov to April (starting Nov 4, 2012), 1st and 3rd Sun of each month, 9am - 1pm
North Miami Farmers Market, MOCA Plaza, 770 NE 125th Street, North Miami, Open Oct to May, Thurs 11am - 6pm
Third Street South Farmers Market, 245 13th Ave South, Naples, Open Year Round, Sat 7:30 - 11:30am

Just an end note: Farmers' markets are mostly made up of farmers but green markets are not.

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