Local and Fresh, Melbourne’s Farmers Markets
- June 14, 2013
- Bradley Taylor
Buying local and fresh is a great ways to help the community and to stay healthy. In keeping with the growing trend, numerous farmers markets are available to Melbourne Florida residents. Whether they are open daily or just once a week, there are local and delicious produce, baked goods, and arts and crafts available for purchase. Below is a snapshot of the markets available around town.
Open Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 3pm, the Downtown Melbourne Farmers Market is a year round market with over 75 vendors every week. In addition to produce, shoppers can purchase soy candles, jewelery, artwork/photography, etc. You can find the market at 1900 S Harbor City Blvd in Historic Downtown.
Brevard County Farmers Market is open Thursdays from 3pm to 6pm at the Wickham Park on campus at Brevard Community College. All products sold at this market are screened to ensure that they were grown or made in Florida. Depending on the week, up to 25 vendors are there selling their wares which include chocolate, flowers, seafood, and of course produce! Not sure what to do with all the great fruits, vegetables, and meats you found at the market? Recipes and cooking guides are also available to download from the Brevard County Farmers Market website.
If a gourmet farmers market is more your style, there is the Downtown Produce Market & More. Open daily (Monday-Friday – 9am to 6:30pm, Saturday – 9am to 6pm, and Sunday – 10am to 4pm), the Market is located on Ellis Road. Prepared meals are available here along with wines and micro-brewed beers. Patrons can actually enjoy (free!) beer while shopping and wine tastings on Saturdays. The family owned Downtown Produce Market has been in operation since 1982.
Finally, for the shopper looking to spend a day at the largest market of its kind on the Space Coast, there is Renniger’s Super Flea and Farmer’s Market, clocking in at over 20 acres! This market opened in 1987 and enjoys a whole array of vendors. In addition to the usual fare, shoppers can find toys, antiques, and clothing just to name a few of the products that are available at the over 800 booths.
Other markets in the area include the Eau Gallie, Fee Ave Park, and West Melbourne FL. Farmers Markets. With a market open everyday of the week, there is no shortage of good fruits and veggies here! If you haven’t yet, be sure to stop in at some of these markets and check out some of the good stuff available.