Jacksonville is incredibly lucky to have amazing growing conditions for food, so we get some of the freshest, most beautiful food in the country. We’ve got a number of amazing markets where you can obtain local food, be entertained and have a great day out.
The Jacksonville Farmer’s Market is really a treat in this area, with almost 80 years in business! One million people visit the Jax Farmer’s Market in a year, and why not considering they’ve got loads of fresh hand-picked produce, imported specialty items and many ethnic choices. This open-air market has a number of amazing vendors, some of which include:
- · Adan Martinez – specializing in tomatoes, watermelon and cantaloupe
- · Conscious Eats – specializing in specialty herbs, spices, cheese and oils
- · Dana’s Gourmet Coffee – gourmet coffee, tea and frozen beverages
- · Jimmy’s Italian Ice – made with real fruit
- · JR’s Seafood – shrimp, lobster, oysters and assorted fish
- · Spouses Bakery – breads, muffins and other treats
- · The Green Spot – plants, shrubs, fruit trees, herbs and hanging baskets
- · Whiteheads Produce – fruits, vegetables, jams, jellies, honey and more
More than just fresh food, this all-weather market is seen as a family destination. With artists and artisans, food artists, food vendors and farmers and growers, you’ll want to visit this market located right on the St. John River. Entertainment is part of the appeal of this market and many non-profits make the Riverside Arts Market its home. RAM operates mostly from March to December every Saturday, but a winter RAM also operates in January and February. This market focuses on being a green marketplace, with a focus on healthy living and being environmentally friendly. Each week features different events, so you’ll want to attend RAM every Saturday.
As part of the Beaches Local Food Market, an initiative looking to address the long-term goal of local food security, the Beaches Green Market is a fantastic place to shop for all your local food needs. With everything in-season, and mostly local and organic offerings, you’ll also learn about seasonality and sustainability while visiting this market. You can get personal with the farmers and growers of your food.