While mostly rural, the 11-county region we call “Natural North Florida” has one large urban area. Gainesville and Alachua County are large, that is, if you count the 75,000-plus college students at the University of Florida and Santa Fe College. Without those venerable institutions, you’d see fewer Publix Supermarkets and more roadside farmers’ markets!
Not that there’s anything wrong with roadside stands–they provide the public with a direct source of local eats, often fresher and healthier than at the big chains. But we all know sugar cane stalks, tupelo honey, free range eggs and persimmons can’t always be found on the big stores’ shelves! And we have plenty of great places to buy fruit, vegetables, and other foods–fresh from the farm and local farmers!
Here’s a list of Farmers’ Markets you might consider visiting:
- Union Street Farmer’s Market, City Lot 10 near SW 1st ST and SW 2nd AV, Gainesville, Wednesday, 4-7PM
- Alachua County Famers’ Market, 5920 NW 13th Street, Gainesville, Saturday 8:30AM-1:30PM
- Newberry Farmers’ Market, 25425 Newberry Road, Newberry, Friday and Satuday. 11AM -6PM
- Tioga Monday Market, 13005 W. Newberry Road, Newberry, Monday, 4-7PM
- Micanopy Harvest Village Market, 22050 US 441, Micanopy, 2PM-Dusk