Jacksonville Farmers Market Celebrates its 75th Anniversary

Florida’s growing season isn’t like any other state, and the Jacksonville Farmers Market isn’t like any other market. Celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, the Jacksonville Farmers Market is Florida’s oldest farmers market. It is located at 1810 West Beaver Street, just beyond the downtown urban core and north of Riverside/Avondale.

Beaver Street, as it is affectionately called by those that visit the market regularly, is open from pre-dawn to dusk 365 days a year. That means you aren’t restricted to one day a week for operation. Shoppers can get produce and farm goods anytime this sun is out and pay a fraction of the price for the same goods from the local grocery store.

Not just Local!
Every day, over 200 farmers and vendors retail and wholesale every type of produce imaginable from locally grown to across the U.S. and from around the world. The Jacksonville Farmers Market is beyond just locally grown produce. It also features ethnic specialties, imported items, and unique and hard-to-find varieties.

This year the market is pulling out all the stops with a variety of vendors including those specializing in organics, local, ready-made sliced and diced produce, hydroponics, artisan breads and baked goods, olives, seafood (including fish, oysters, crabs and scallops), nuts, and seasonal produce. Fall seasonal selections include pumpkins, gourds, apples, and leafy greens followed by great winter citrus just in time for the holidays.

About Shannon Blankinship

Shannon Blankinship is the Outreach Director for St. Johns Riverkeeper and contributes regularly via the “On The River” column building awareness for the many issues that impact the St. Johns River. Shannon received her B.S. from Purdue University in Natural Resources Economics and Policy and her J.D. from Florida Coastal School of Law in Jacksonville. She is currently an elected official in Duval County serving on the Soil and Water Conservation District. She is a board member for the local nonprofit The Girls Gone Green and regularly contributes articles affecting animals and health. She is a Springfield resident and works to promote all things great in the urban core neighborhoods.