Farmers’ Market on the move

by Tallahassee Table

Great to see the Tallahassee Farmers Market will have a new location as of Aug. 27. The market has to move from its current pavilion space on Saturday mornings because of the development of Market Square.

The market will be moving to Kerry Forrest/Thomasville Road in front of the Cornerstone Church but vendors will still be at Market Square on Aug. 10 and 17.

From the market Facebook page: “Thank you all for supporting our local growers and producers, please share this post to help us get the word out!”

I was at the market recently and vendors were concerned about their next space. The market is a wonderful source of fresh produce, grits, flowers, mushrooms, cheese, meats, soaps, eggs and all sorts of stuff. See you there!

Here’s more information from Cari Roth, president of the Red Hills Small Farm Alliance, to help explain what’s happening with the Tallahassee Farmers Market, now and later.

From Cari:
“The redevelopment of the Timberlane Shops on the Square involves tearing down the pavilion which has been home to a Saturday Farmers’ Market since the 70’s.

“Eventually, the Market hopes to return to the Market District in a Park which is being planned for property off of Maclay Boulevard South, just south of where Premier Fitness and Sage Restaurant are now. We’ll be working with Blueprint Tallahassee planners on that space, but until that is ready for occupation, the Saturday Farmers Market is moving to the grounds of Cornerstone Presbyterian Church, on the NE Corner of the intersection of Kerry Forest Parkway and Thomasville Road.

“Also the Red Hills Online Market operated by the Red Hills Small Farm Alliance is moving its main hub as well and we’re very close to executing a lease (but not quite ready to inform the public!) for new space in the south end of the Northwood Mall, between Anytime Fitness and the Tallahassee Ballet.

You can also shop for farmers’ products online at the Red Hills Small Farm Alliance. Customers place orders online Sunday morning thru Wednesday morning and pick up goods from 3 to 6 p.m. at a hub by the Northwood mall or satellites.

“Details and sign up for the Red Hills Online market can be found at

For more on the Market Square construction see TaMaryn Waters‘ story in the Tallahassee Democrat.

Here’s an excerpt:

“The Farmers Market is the latest business to leave Market Square as major redevelopment takes shape on the 10-acre parcel located at Thomasville Road near I-10.

“This time next year, Market Square will look nothing like it does today. Dallas-based Leon Capital Group secured anchor tenant Cinépolis Luxury Cinema, and recently closed on a deal for a new Springhill Suites by Marriott, Both plan to open next year.

“Redevelopment plans call for approximately 12 to 15 national, regional and local tenants in the shopping center built in the late 1970s. In addition to the 32,000 square-foot theater, the project includes the demolition of the existing pavilion where the Farmers Market operated on Saturdays and three existing buildings at the rear of the site, permit materials said.

“A handful of tenants will remain at Market Square, including Southern Seafood, Market Street Liquors and Tropical Smoothie Cafe. Prime Meridian Bank is in the early stages of significant renovations to its building.”

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