Farmers markets are an important part of any community. Not only do we benefit from the freshness of the produce, but we also benefit from knowing we’re supporting our local farmers. There are many farmers markets located throughout Alabama. Some are seasonal, whereas others are open year-round. Listed below are 10 of the best farmers markets in Alabama that are worth visiting.
1. Alabama Farmers Market - Birmingham, AL
Alabama Farmers Market is situated on 49 acres of land and has been at its present location since 1956. It sells a wide variety of produce and is open daily, year-round. (344 Finley Ave W)
2. The Greene Street Market at Nativity - Huntsville, AL
The Greene Street Market at Nativity is downtown Huntsville's only open-air market for fresh, locally-grown vegetables, fruits, herbs and flowers. Homemade breads and items made by local artisans are also sold here. The market's 2016 season begins on May 5th. (208 Eustis Avenue)
3. Tuscaloosa River Market - Tuscaloosa, AL
Tuscaloosa River Market is located on the banks of the Black Warrior River. This popular market sells fresh produce, grass-fed beef, a variety of cheeses, items made by local artisans, etc. Tuscaloosa River Market is open every Saturday, 7am-noon. (1900 Jack Warner Pkwy)
4. Coastal Alabama Farmers and Fishermens Market - Foley, AL
Coastal Alabama Farmers and Fishermens Market provides local fruits, vegetables, seafood and non-certifiable agricultural products to the general public. Their current market schedule is Saturdays, 9am-2pm and Tuesdays, 9am-2pm. Their covered facility is open year-round, rain or shine. (20733 Miflin Rd)
5. Morgan County-Decatur Farmers Market - Decatur, AL
At Morgan County-Decatur Farmers Market you'll find a variety of delicious produce, homemade jams, local honey, homemade sweets, etc. According to their Facebook page, they plan to kick off the new season sometime in April - when the strawberries are ready. (211 1st Ave SE)
6. The Market at Pepper Place - Birmingham, AL
The Market at Pepper Place was established in 2000 and sells a variety of things, including fresh produce, cheeses, eggs, meats, honey, homemade breads, pastries, canned goods and items made by local artisans. The Market at Pepper Place will begin on April 9th and end on December 10th. They'll be open every Saturday from 7am-noon, rain or shine. (2829 2nd Ave S)
7. Fairview Farmers Market - Montgomery, AL
Fairview Farmers Market sells locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables year-round and is open seven days a week. (60 W Fairview Ave)
8. Madison City Farmers Market - Madison, AL
At Madison City Farmers Market, you'll find a wide variety of fresh vegetables, fruits, cheeses, eggs, meats, herbs, honey, home-baked goods, flowers, artisan creations, etc. The market's 2016 season begins on April 9th. (1088 Hughes Rd)
9. Calera Farmers Market - Calera, AL
Calera Farmers Market will begin on Tuesday, June 7th. The hours will be 3pm-6pm, with location to be announced. Prior to the market opening, their 6th annual Strawberry Festival will be taking place on Saturday, April 30th from 10am-2pm at the park behind the Calera Library on Highway 25.
10. Opelika Main Street Farmers Market - Opelika, AL
Opelika Main Street Farmers Market will have a wide variety of produce and other various items beginning on Tuesday, May 17th. Their location will be 1103 Glenn Street - in front of the arts center. Come on out and support the local farmers!
Do you have a favorite farmers market you visit regularly? What other farmers markets in Alabama are worth visiting?