Farmers Markets in Gainesville, Florida

 

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Spring is here. It is time for a new crop of strawberries, blueberries, plants and produce we all love in the spring.  Local growers in the Gainesville area will be selling their new crops at our local Farmers Markets.

Saturdays you can find the Alachua County Farmers Market, at the corner of 34thStreet and Highway 441 open from 8:30 a.m. until noon, rain or shine. Everything sold is grown, raised or produced by the local farmers who are selling the product to you.  https://441farmersmkt.com

Also on Saturdays 8:30 a.m. until noon, we have the Haile Plantation Farmers Market, 5213 SW 91stTerrace, Gainesville, FL 32608. You can find prepared foods, handmade crafts and lots of produce from local farmers who have grown and sell directly to you at the market.  www.hailefarmersmarket.com

On Mondays, we have the Tioga Monday Market, a seasonal open air market at the Tioga Town Center at 13005 West Newberry Road, open Mondays 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. weather permitting. The market is closed on Memorial Day and Labor Day and the summer months of July 15th–August 31sthttps://sites.google.com/site/tiogamondaymarket/home

Wednesday is the Union Street Farmers Market in downtown Gainesville from 3: p.m. until 7:00 p.m. every Wednesday rain or shine, 111 East University Ave., Gainesville. This is the largest Farmers’ Market in our area and has been going since 1996. You will find local produce, jewelry, jellies, jams, breads, fresh meat and other hand made goods. www.unionstreetfarmersmkt.com

Shopping In Gainesville’s Newest Hot Spots

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Gainesville’s commercial landscape has grown dramatically over the past decade alongside the growth of the University of Florida and other neighboring colleges and universities. This growth has attracted some of the biggest retail names to the area, making Gainesville a prime location for shopping. Even better is the way new commercial areas like Butler Plaza and Celebration Pointe are bringing stores together with a community feel.

Butler Plaza has been located along Archer Road in Gainesville for a number of years – it began in the 80’s and has grown tremendously since. Butler Plaza has recently added even more stores to its large Butler North/Butler Plaza/Butler Town Center community. Butler Plaza includes more than just specialty retail stores. There are grocery stores, restaurants, service providers, and large box stores all available in the same shopping area. Shopping here is not only convenient due to the great number of stores available, but is also pleasant and fun for an afternoon stroll with friends to grab coffee. Check out Butler Plaza’s website for a full directory list and map of the area.

Celebration Pointe strives to connect community to retail to entertainment to the great outdoors with its grand vision. While Celebration Pointe is still in its beginning stages, the plan is to be a central hub where people can enjoy being outside while still being close to the conveniences of city life. The development is focused on being pedestrian-friendly and combining residential areas, office spaces, retail stores, entertainment, dining, and lodging all in one area. Celebration Pointe will also host year-round events, including concerts in their outdoor gathering space, the Green. The new Bass Pro shop is already open in Celebration Pointe and other retail stores will soon follow. Celebration Pointe aims to be a destination more than just a shopping center.

Favorite Stores for Saving $$$

You and your apartment require lots of things – food, consumable products like toilet paper, some cleaning products, organizational accessories, and more. And all these lovely things we need (or think we need) can add up like nobody’s business. I happen to embody the horrible combination of loving high quality products, but not the price tag. So, I’ve done some shopping around and found a couple places you can really beat the system and get a better deal on the good brands you like.

Big Lots – This is my mom’s favorite, but we both love to go because you never know what they will have, yet it is almost always cheaper than your regular retail store. Cleaning products and household necessities are almost always lower priced. Big Lots also stocks some good food items as well, brands like Bob’s Red Mill if you like to buy alternative flours or grains like quinoa. The food prices are sometimes less competitive so make sure you do a little price comparison.

Marshall’s – This is my personal favorite. Marshall’s has a plethora of home goods, which nearly always rival your average store’s prices. My top pick for things to get from Marshall’s is toiletries and makeup- they stock amazing brands at a fraction of the price you pay at places like Ulta or Sephora. You’ll never pay $9 for a bottle of nail polish again.

Target – Not always the cheapest on everything and if you really want to save money you should compare prices. However, Target has the Cartwheel app which you can download on your phone. It allows you to add a certain number of additional coupon codes, which rotate and change every so often, to products you are interested in buying and then all the cashier has to do is scan a single barcode at checkout to apply all the additional discounts. These Cartwheel discounts can be used with other Target coupons and also with manufacturer coupons, so the savings can really stack up!

Amazon – Amazon is hit or miss when it comes to deals. If you pay for Prime and you can do the Amazon Pantry, you can save a lot of money on non-perishable grocery items every month. But as always, do your price comparisons because sometimes Amazon Prime prices are different than regular Amazon prices, or may be more than your local store. One of the great advantages to using Amazon Prime is that you can set up a subscription for items that you use on a monthly basis, which saves a lot of time and energy.

Which places do you go for the best deals? Are you a Costco or a Sam’s Club person or are you new to the spendthrift style?

Shopping in Gainesville

If you are a Shopaholic and you are always in the mood to explore new stores and find new styles, then ETC…Boutique should be next on your list of stores to check out.  Located at 2441 NW 43rd Street, you will find jeans, chic tops, perfect dresses for your night on the town, and the jewelry to match all at this store.  Whether your style is bright and bold or calm and simple, ETC…Boutique will not disappoint. Visit the store website to check out what new pieces they have coming in and visit their store to expand your closet today!

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