I just love wandering through a farmer’s market. Here in Central Florida, we’re building some excellent momentum in this regard thanks to mainstay markets in Winter Park and Audubon Park, as well as relative newcomers in places like Casselberry and Lake Mary. But I have to say my favorite farmer’s market at the moment is the one in Winter Garden. And it seems the American Farmland Trust (AFT) agrees with me.
Last year, AFT named the Winter Garden Farmer’s Market one of America’s four favorite markets, based on more than 47,000 votes in support of local farmers markets across the nation. The Winter Garden Farmer’s Market registered 1,999 of these votes and won in the ‘medium’ category of markets. (In case you’re curious, the other winning markets were the Arlington Farmer’s Market in Washington, Sulphur Springs Texas Farmer’s Market, and the Fayetteville Farmer’s Market in Arkansas.)
On any given Saturday from 9am to 2pm you’ll find more than 80 different vendors on site selling everything from blueberries to artisan cheeses to gourmet pickles. The market, which sets up shop at the South Boyd Street Lot on the west end of Plant Street, is open every Saturday except for Christmas and New Year’s Day.
In addition to the many local gourmet purveyors, the market also features live music, original art, and a ton of cool things to buy including jewelry, handmade clothing, and fresh flowers. A nearby splash pad is a hit with the kids and Plant Street offers lots of cafes, eateries, and one-off shops to hit when you’re done at the market.
I hope you’ll enjoy this pictorial; perhaps it will inspire you to visit this market again or for the first time.
All images by Kristen Manieri