When it comes to food, it doesn’t get any better than fresh, locally produced products. Luckily, there’s never a shortage of such items in Mississippi. From one of the largest farmers markets in the state to those that are located on actual farms, these 13 Mississippi farmers markets are a must visit.
1. Mississippi Farmers Market, Jackson
The Mississippi Farmers Market is held inside an 18,000 square foot building, making it one of the largest in the state. Located on High Street in Jackson, the market is currently open every Saturday from 8 am – 2 pm.
2. Starkville Community Market
Definitely not your usual farmers market, the Starkville Community Market offers cooking and gardening demonstrations, how-to sessions, kids activities, live music, and more. The annual event takes place at Fire Station Park and is held twice a week, on Tuesdays and Saturdays, from May through August.
3. Hernando Farmers Market
Located in the historic town square, this farmers market is opened every Saturday between April 23rd and October 29th, from 8 am – 1 pm. Aside from stocking up on fruits, vegetables, and dairy products, visitors to this market can also visit the on-site café, take part in a free daily fitness program, and enjoy live music, making it easy to see why it was voted “Mississippi’s Favorite Farmers Market” three years in a row.
4. Biloxi Farmers Market
Reopening less than a year after Hurricane Katrina, this farmers market has truly flourished over the years, and now includes fresh produce, Country Girls Creamery dairy products, pies, breads, jams, jellies, Ms. Sippi's Caviar, and assorted plants. Check out the coastal market, which is held under the I-110 overpass bridge off of Howard Ave., on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 am – 4 pm.
5. Olive Branch Farmers Market
This farmers market, which is held in the parking lot of the Olive Branch City Hall, is scheduled to open at 8 am on June 4th, and will continue to be open every Saturday through September 24th.
6. Green Market at the Corinth Depot
Held at the Corinth Depot, this seasonal market attracts local farmers, gardeners, artisans, and craftsmen, resulting in an impressive variety of merchandise. Check out the Green Market for yourself the first Saturday of the month from April through November.
7. Hattiesburg Farmers Market
For the past 13 years, this market has been bringing locally grown fruits and vegetables to downtown Hattiesburg. This year, patrons will be treated to another great selection of merchandise as well as donation based yoga classes and live music. The Hattiesburg Farmers Market is held in Town Square Park on Thursdays from 3 pm – 6 pm.
8. Freshway Produce, Ridgeland
Located on Old Canton Road, this permanent fixture is the place to go for fresh produce year-round. Among the fruits and vegetables, customers can peruse Freshway’s large selection of sauces and other condiments, including Mississippi honey and locally made barbecue sauces.
9. Wise Family Farm, Pontotoc
Opening at the end of April, this Pontotoc farm features an on-site farmers market, which sells fresh produce and plants that are grown right on the farm. Want to get a little more hands on? Wise Family Farm also offers “u-pick” vegetables – it doesn’t get much fresher than that.
10. Prospect Produce Farm, Houston
Whether you’re looking to buy some fresh fruit and vegetables or actually want to pick your own, Prospect Produce Farm has got you covered. Over 15 acres of produce is picked and sold on-site from May through September. You-pick blackberries and muscadines are available when in season, so be sure to check with the farm before your visit.
11. Cleveland Farmers Market
The Cleveland Farmers Market will begin its 10th season when it opens this summer. Held in downtown Cleveland on Cotton Row, the market attracts vendors and farmers, selling everything from produce and dairy products to baked goods and pickled vegetables.
12. Vicksburg Farmers Market
Although the 2016 schedule has yet to be announced, preparations for Vicksburg’s spring and summer farmers market are already underway. Be sure to check the
Vicksburg Farmers Market Facebook page
for more information as it becomes available.
13. Mid-Town Farmers Market, Oxford
Beginning on May 7th, the much-anticipated Mid-Town Farmers Market will be opened on Saturdays from 7 am - 11 am and on Wednesdays from 8 am – 1 pm. In addition to a variety of vendors, this farmers market offers fun for the entire family, including a Children’s Day and live music.