If you’ve recently moved to the Orlando area, or even if you’ve lived here for years, you might not know about some of the local events that happen in and around town. Getting involved in community events is a great way to get acquainted with a new area.
One of our favorite events to go to are the local Farmers’ Markets that happen all around the Orlando area. These events are a great way for you and your family to have some fun while making contacts with local business’ and vendors, supporting Orlando-based farms and artisans, all while stocking up on local produce, flowers, food, and other goods. That’s a whole lot of #local!
Winter Park Farmers’ Market
Located just off of Park Avenue, the Winter Park Farmers’ Market is open every Saturday from 7a.m. to 1p.m. and is held in and around the old train depot, a historic Winter Park landmark. This Farmer’s Market boasts a number of vendors that range from produce to foliage to handmade goods. Bring your four-legged friends and enjoy the wonderful weather, sights, and sounds. And if you get a chance, definitely try the Kettle Corn!
BONUS: The proximity of The Winter Park Farmers’ Market to Park Avenue means there is a whole lot more to enjoy and explore. Enjoy a delicious brunch at The Briar Patch, grab some coffee at Barnie’s Coffee Kitchen, or do some shopping at William Sanoma. And That’s just the beginning!
Orlando Farmer’s Market
The Orlando Farmer’s Market happens every Sunday from 10a.m. to 4p.m. and is hosted at Lake Eola Park in the heart of Downtown Orlando. You can find a wide variety of indoor and outdoor plants, handmade jewelry, pottery, and soap, as well as locally sourced produce and live entertainment. This is another market that is pet friendly and it’s a beautiful way to spend a Sunday in the park with the City Beautiful as the backdrop.
BONUS: The Orlando Farmers’ Market is conveniently located in the heart of Downtown Orlando which means there are plenty of additional places to check out. Brunch at Artisan’s Table never disappoints, you could catch an afternoon matinee movie at the Plaza Cinema Cafe, or just bring a blanket and lounge next to the Lake.
The Market at Winter Garden
Open every Saturday from 9a.m. to 2p.m. in Historic Downtown Winter Garden, The Market is a family and pet-friendly destination. Downtown Winter Garden is a quaint area with plenty of charm to spare. The Market has live music from 10a.m. until 2p.m. and is the perfect place to get your fill of locally grown flowers and produce as well as homemade soaps and baked goods.
BONUS: If you find yourself with extra time to spend, head over to the Plant Street Market in Downtown Winter Garden. It’s the perfect place to grab a coffee at Auxum Coffee, a locally sourced farm to table meal at Five Thymes Five, or a fresh pressed juice from the Press’d Juice Bar & Kitchen.
Maitland Farmers’ Market
The City of Maitland also hosts a Farmers’ Market on Sunday from 9a.m. to 2p.m. It’s held weekly at Lake Lily Park at the intersection of Maitland Ave. and 17-92 and boasts an impressive array of vendors. Soy candles, Peruvian Baked Goods, homemade bath bombs, local honey, beautiful orchids… just to name a few. And if you’re bringing your dog along, there’s gourmet treats for them too! Oh, and don’t forget to check out the rotating lineup of live music.
Bonus: After the Farmers’ Market, you could go for a stroll around Lake Lily, catch an indie flick at the Iconic Enzian Theatre, or grab some pizza pie at Francescos Ristorante and Pizzeria.
It’s important to shop local and support local businesses and our Farmers’ Markets are a great way to shop small, all while getting outdoors, meeting new people, and having a good time. Have a favorite Farmers’ Market in the Orlando area? Tell us about it in the comments below!
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