Whether you are in need of a place to get your hands on some fresh local produce and products or you just want to peruse in the great outdoors for interesting sights, sounds and smells on a Saturday morning, our area’s top 10 outdoor farmers markets (listed in no particular order) should have you covered.
Old Miakka Schoolhouse, 15800 Wilson Road, Year Round, Sat. 9am-2pm
Located on the grounds of the Old Miakka Schoolhouse in the heart of the old pioneer community, this outdoor market will give you a taste of old-timey Florida living. Nestled under the shade of majestic oaks you will find a variety of items that include everything from organic produce to raw honey, exotic flowers and handmade items.
Main Street & Lemon Avenue, Year Round, Sat. 7am-1pm
Grab your family, grab your dog (or both) and hit the streets. Established in 1979, and located smack-dab in the heart of downtown Sarasota, this market offers the products and services of local farmers, businesses and artisans. A true foodie paradise, with over 5,000 square feet of produce, plants and a market that includes over 70 vendors, this hip farmers market has a fresh and friendly vibe that just shouts Sarasota.
Phillippi Estate Park, 5500 S. Tamiami Trail, Oct. – May, Wed. 9am-2pm
Just in case you need a little pick-me-up in the middle of your week, look no further than this outdoor market located within the lovely Phillippi Estate Park. With over 40 vendors offering local, fresh produce and plants as well as prepared foods, specialty and sustainable items and Florida agricultural-related products, this mid-week outdoor market is sure to lift your spirits.
5124 Ocean Blvd, Year Round, Sun. 8am-12pm (1pm from Oct. – May)
In true Florida beach-bum style, this downtown Siesta Key market starts a day later than most of its outdoor farmers market friends but still provides a beautiful bounty just the same! This laid back, outdoor offering brings raw foods, fresh fruits & vegetables, home-baked goodies, specialty cheeses, coffee and more, together with music and entertainment, and makes for a serendipitous Sunday morning scene.
Nokomis & Tampa Avenue, Year Round, Sat. 8am-12pm
If you’re looking for goods from local farmers, fishermen, craftsmen, bakers and artisans, look no further than Historic Downtown Venice. Every Saturday morning vendors line the streets with everything from essential oils, candles, art and jewelry to almost every edible delight one can imagine… A true outdoor market paradise.
4970 City Hall Blvd, North Port (City Hall)
One of the newest farmer’s markets in the area, this market in North Port opens October 2015 and is every Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. thru April. The North Port Farmers Market has fruits, veggies, meats, fish, arts, plants and specialty foods.
Historic Dearborn Street, Oct. – May, Thur. 9am-1pm
A one-acre outdoor market located among the pines in historic, downtown Englewood that offers everything from fresh pickles and popsicles to gourmet jams, farm-fresh produce, herbs and citrus. This is the second largest farmers market in the area (and some say the most interesting) with over 50 diverse vendors.
8209 Natures Way, Year Round, Fri. 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
No need to wait ’til Saturday in these parts. Just head to the big clock tower at San Marco Plaza in Lakewood Ranch each Friday to find a plethora of local goodness. With live musical entertainment and over 25 vendors offering everything from farm-fresh produce to fresh seafood, cut flowers, coffees, pottery and much more, this market will get your weekend started on the right track.
Old Main Street (12th St. W.), Oct. – May, Sat. 9am-2pm
Meet here each seasonal Saturday to enjoy local art, upbeat music, live demonstrations, activities and all the fresh food, fruit and vegetables one loves to encounter at an outdoor market. With free weekly “hands-on” activities for the kids and over 40 vendors offering local bounty, this farmers market is fun for the whole family (and your leashed pooch, too).