Union Street Farmers Market


Union Street Farmers Market

Let it never be said that folks in Gainesville don’t appreciate good food.  They also appreciate knowing where their food comes from, which is one reason I think there is such an abundance of fantastic farmers markets nearby.  Did you know that in Alachua County there is a farmers market 6 days of the week?  One of my favorite markets is the Union Street Farmers Market that is in downtown Gainesville every Wednesday from 4-7 p.m.  It is quite convenient because it is right across the street from my office, but I also love that it takes place in the afternoon, so you don’t have to wake up early to get all the good deals and tasty treats.

Downtown Farmers Market Booth

There are booths from farms all over Alachua County and nearby towns in Florida.  Everything is so fresh and delicious that most of the time the produce you buy was harvested that very day.  You can’t get more ‘farm fresh’ than that and with prices that are better than the grocery store, it really makes the effort of going to the farmers market worth it.  Most weeks you’ll find in season vegetables and other goodies like local honey.

Local Florida Honey

Then there are the extra perks like finding homemade bread and sweets, ginger beer or even jewelry and candles at the market.  Most weeks there are performances going on at the Bo Diddley Community Plaza stage while the market is open, too.

Here are a few tips to make your visit to the Union Street Farmers Market extra fun.  Bring cash, some vendors will accept debit or credit cards but most everyone takes good, old fashioned cash only.  If you have reusable bags, you might want to bring those as well.  Most vendors have bags, but it makes carrying your treasures home easier if you have your own bag.  Take your time walking through the market so you don’t miss anything. You’ll also want to try samples of goods that most vendors have out on their tables to try.  A list of current market vendors is posted o

nline, so you can get a sneak peek at what will be offered when you visit.  We post our weekly favorites on our Farmers Market board on Pinterest, which is a great way to see what’s at the market, too.

After you’re done shopping at the market you can make a night of it in Downtown Gainesville. There are a lot of great restaurants and pubs within walking distance for dinner or dessert.

Union Street Farmers Market

— Anna Mikell, VisitGainesville