Last weekend we headed out to the Winter Garden Farmer’s Market – we were curious because it was named America’s Favorite Farmers Market in 2012 by American Farmland Trust. My only real experience with farmer’s markets has been the one in Winter Park – which is a good market but from what I’ve seen is more focused on prepared foods and craft business than local produce. It was really easy to find on South Boyd Street – which is the main drag through the historic part of downtown Winter Garden.
We went on a rainy day and talking to some of the vendors we learned that there are usually a lot more vendors than there we saw. But I was still impressed with the variety – they had a lot of fresh vegetables and fruits. They also have several different prepared food and craft vendors.The labeling was really clear for prices as well as the origin of most of the produce – so if you’re there with the goal of purchasing local it’s pretty obvious what’s from Florida and what isn’t.
At the end of the day we walked away with some eggplant, green beans, potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, onions, strawberries and shrimp – all from Florida for around $25 dollars. From the prepared food vendors we also picked up some dried mango and a pickle.
The facility is really nice too, they have a covered portion where the veggie vendors are. They’re open on Saturday’s year-round from 9am to 2pm.
If you’re up for long bike rides the Farmer’s Market is right near the West Orange Trail. For families when it warms back up they have a splash fountain right out front and there are some excellent food options for breakfast or lunch in downtown Winter Garden if you wanted to make a day out of it.