Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
(850) 617-7301 Fax
Division of Marketing and Development
The Mayo Building
407 S. Calhoun St.
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0800
Community farmers markets are a distinct part of American culture and a unique feature of many Florida towns and cities. Each farmers market reflects the area's charm with locally produced specialties — such as fruits, vegetables, nursery stock and other products — for sale directly to the public. Most community farmers markets are open on a seasonal basis. Each retail farmers market in Florida is independent and establishes its own vendor rules and regulations.
Vendors at community farmers markets in select Florida counties participate in the Farmers' Market Nutrition Program (FMNP), which provides WIC participants with coupons that can be used to purchase locally grown, fresh Florida fruits and vegetables. This produce can be purchased at authorized farmers markets from April 1 to July 31.
The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) maintains a list of community farmers markets throughout Florida, but, because community farmers markets are not required to register with us, the list is not a complete one. Being listed does not imply that a market is endorsed, approved or otherwise sanctioned by FDACS.
Look for Fresh Florida Products at Farmers Markets
In recent years, there has been an increase in local community farmers markets due to the popularity of local, fresh, sustainable and organic foods. The move to support small farms and businesses and connect with the community has been at the forefront of this growth. FDACS encourages consumers to familiarize themselves with Florida-grown crops and when they are available by viewing the Florida Seasonal Availability Chart. Though most Florida crops are seasonal, some farmers do grow their produce in greenhouses or other facilities, thus making certain items available at different times of the year.
Here are some questions consumers can ask of farmers market vendors to find out how and where their goods are grown:
- Do you grow these yourself? Do you grow all that you sell? If not, is it local or do you buy wholesale? What do you consider local?
- Where is your farm located? May I visit your farm? How are your products grown?
- If organic, who certifies your farm or may I see your certification?
Community Farmers Market Locator
Below is a list of community farmers markets in Florida. Contact information for each community farmers market is available by selecting the market name. Contact the individual markets directly for dates and hours of operation and for information about how to rent booth space to participate as a vendor.