Fresh produce, baked goods, meats, cheese and artisanal items are among the great finds
Our region is blessed with so many small farms. Even better, you can have access to their wonderful products whether you go to our many farmers’ markets or use the Red Hills Online Market.
All these markets have changed my way of shopping and eating. Salads have morphed to star status in my household thanks to farm-grown produce, such as a variety of lettuce, carrots, radishes, microgreens and spinach. We now buy farm fresh eggs, satsuma juice and artisanal bread, among so many other items. The markets are seasonal so you get the freshest ingredients.
If you’re just learning about our resources, here’s a list of our farmers’ markets and information about the online market. If I’ve missed something, please message me at [email protected]
Downtown Market: Shoppers will find homegrown produce, fresh breads, meats and a few local cooks or restaurateurs as well as crafts, jewelry and live music.
When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. The market closes from December to March.
Where: Downtown Market, 115 E. Park Ave.
Flea Market Tallahassee: Along with rows of household items, books, plants, clothing and food trucks, you can load up on potatoes, peppers, peanuts and a range of fruits and vegetables at the flea market. 850-877-3811.
When: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Where: 5353 Capital Circle SW
Fort Braden Farmers’ Market: The market offers residents access to local ingredients in the area. Items include fresh produce, meats, homemade goods and prepared foods. If you’re interested in becoming a vendor, call 850-274-0938.
When: The market is open the second Saturday of every month, from 9 a.m. to noon.
Where: Jane Sauls Library Fort Braden Branch Library, 16327 Blountstown Hwy.
Frenchtown Farmers Market: The weekly event features vendors selling handmade and locally grown products and produce plus eggs, honey, preserves, granola and baked goods.
When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays
Where: 524 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Growers Market at Lake Ella: The primary stand here is Pita Queen. You’ll find Israel Artzi busily whipping up fantastic falafel sandwiches — get there early because there’s usually a line. Israel and his wife, Yocheved “Yoche,” both originally from Tel Aviv, sell organic vegetables the couple grows on their two-acre farm in Thomasville, Georgia, where they have a commercial kitchen. They also make handcrafted breads, halvah (made from sesame seed paste) and hummus. Check first but you can probably catch them at Community Co-Op Market, at 1235 Apalachee Pkwy., on Fridays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
When: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. each Wednesday and Saturday at Lake Ella. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fridays at Community Co-Op Market.
Where: The Growers’ Market, 229 Lake Ella Dr.
The market at TOC: Georgia’s K&K Farms brings fresh produce and other items in front of the Tallahassee Orthopedic Clinic once a week
When: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays.
Where: TOC, 3334 Capital Medical Blvd.
Web: K&K Farms.
Orchard Pond Organics: The farm has opened a permanent farm stand, a one-stop shop for organic produce and items from many local growers as well as Orchard Pond’s own products. We spotted local honey, seasonings, ice cream, granola, grits, meats and cheese, eggs, vegetables, wine and kitchen items. You can place a pre order online at https://orchardpond.square.site/. Pre orders can be picked up curbside.
When: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday but check their Facebook page for updates.
Where: 400 Cedar Hill Road, .
Contact/web: 850-894-0154; www.facebook.com/orchard.p.organics/
Quincy Main Street Farmers Market: The market features vegetables, meat, plants, soap, fresh flowers, baked goods, homemade jelly, locally grown raw honey and other items. Organizers say the market, which is geared to backyard growers or noncommercial vendors, is new but each one brings new vendors.
When: 3 to 7 p.m. the second Thursday of each month.
Where: the bus barn behind First Presbyterian Church, 306 N. Madison S., Quincy
Contact: [email protected] or 850-662-1812.
Southside Farmers Market: Nestled within Greater Bond, the City of Tallahassee Southside Farmers Market is focused on serving the nearby community. This market provides easy access to fresh fruits, vegetables, eggs and seafood from local farmers. In addition to fresh food, the market provides free health and wellness screenings.
When: Market days run from 2-6 p.m. Upcoming market dates include: Aug. 25 – Farmers Market Week Celebration/Back to School Market Day; Sept. 22 – Good Neighbor/Fall Football Fan Market Day; Oct. 13 – Fire Prevention Week Market Day; Oct. 27 – Go Pink Market Day; Nov. 10 – Salute to Veterans Market Day; Nov. 17 – Harvest of Thanks Market Day; Dec. 8 – Community Service Market Day and Dec. 15 – Holiday Happiness Market Day.
Where: Walker-Ford Community Center, 2301 Pasco St.
Contact: Visit Talgov.com/FarmersMarket
Southwood Street Market: Check out a variety of local produce, baked goods, salsa and jams among the many items at the street market.
When: 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., every second and fourth Sunday.
Where: 3196 Merchants Row Blvd.
Contact/web: 850-692-8696; facebook.com/SouthWoodTownCenter/
Tallahassee Farmers Market: This destination farmers market brings a large selection of fresh produce, meats, cheese, flowers, plants and natural products.
When: 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays
Where: Kerry Forest Parkway and Thomasville Road
The Red Hills Online Market and how it works
You can buy locally grown produce, milk, meats, cheeses, baked goods, garden plants, mushrooms and more through the online market. Everything for sale is produced within 100 miles of Tallahassee.
Order your local groceries from your computer or smartphone (search for “RHO Market” on Apple or Android app stores) from Sunday at 8 a.m. to Tuesday at 6 a.m. at rhomarket.com. Annual membership is $30. All orders are delivered to hubs or to your home on Thursdays.
The online market is a 501c3 nonprofit organization. Out-of-town or out-of-delivery area customers may pick up orders Thursday afternoons outside of the Red Hills Online Market, The Heritage at Commonwealth, 1531 Commonwealth Business Dr., Suite 202, 3-4:30 p.m. Delivery location: “HUB Commonwealth RHOM.”
In-Town Hub Locations:
Bannerman Crossings, The Prepared Table Kitchen Shop, 3425 Bannerman Rd., Suite 104, 2-5:30 p.m. Delivery location: “HUB Bannerman Crossings.”
Canopy Roads Café – Southwood, 3196 Merchants Row Blvd., 12-2 p.m. Delivery location: “HUB Southwood – CRC.”
Community Co-op Market, 1235 Apalachee Pkwy., 4-7:45 p.m. Delivery location: “HUB Community Co-op Market.”
Esposito Garden Center, 2743 Capital Circle NE, 3-6 p.m. Delivery location: “HUB Esposito Garden Center.”
Farm Credit of NW Florida, 3323 Thomasville Rd.; 4-6 p.m. Delivery location: “HUB Farm Credit of NW Florida.”
Hearth & Soul, 1410 Market St., Suite D1, 4-6 p.m. Delivery Location: “HUB Hearth & Soul.”
Hideaway Café at Waterworks, 1133 Thomasville Rd., 12-2 p.m. Delivery location: “HUB Hideaway at Waterworks.”
Ology Brewing Company – Midtown, 118 E. 6th Ave., 4-5:30 p.m. Delivery location: “HUB Ology Brewing Co. Midtown.”
Red Hills Online Market, The Heritage at Commonwealth, 1531 Commonwealth Business Drive, Ste 202, 3-4:30 p.m. Delivery location: “HUB Commonwealth RHOM.”
Blountstown – First Pentecostal Holiness Church, 17000 NW Angle St., 1-3 p.m. CDT. Delivery Location: “HUB Blountstown.”
Chattahoochee – Tootie-Pies, 308 W. Washington St., 1-3 p.m. CDT. Delivery Location: “HUB Chattahoochee Tootie-Pies.”
Crawfordville – Treehouse Permaculture Center, 9775 John Franklin Rd., 5-6 p.m. Delivery location: “HUB Crawfordville.”
Havana – Longview Farm, 1532 Concord Rd., 4-5:45 p.m. Delivery location: “HUB Havana – Longview Farm.”
Lee – Promised Land Homestead, 703 Tuten Way, 2-4:00 p.m. Delivery Location: “HUB Madison – Promised Land Homestead.”
Marianna (Two Locations):
Martin’s Harvest, 2588 Heavenly Dr., 1 – 3 p.m. CDT. Delivery location: “HUB Martin’s Harvest”
Milk & Honey Soft Serve and Coffee Shop, 4767 Hwy 90, Suite E, 3-6 p.m. CDT. Delivery Location: “HUB Milk & Honey.”
Miccosukee – Miccosukee Land Co-op, 9601 Miccosukee Rd., 5 – 6:30 p.m. Delivery location: “HUB Miccosukee.”
Monticello – United Country Monticello Realty, 380 S. Jefferson St., 2 – 4 p.m. Delivery location: “HUB Monticello.”
Panama City – The Outpost at Heritage Farm, 10508 S. Bear Creek Rd., 3 – 5 p.m. CST. Delivery location: “HUB Panama City.”
Thomasville – George & Louie’s Seafood Restaurant, 217 Remington Ave., 3 – 5 p.m. Delivery location: “HUBThomasville.”
Delivery Fees: Home deliveries – $10; In-town hubs – $5; Out-of-town hubs – $10.
Questions or issues? Email [email protected] or call/text 850-960-1367.
Home deliveries – $10
In-town hubs – $5
Out-of-town hubs – $10
Questions or issues? Email [email protected] or call/text 850-960-1367.
Kind of a Big Dill – FL Farmer & Food Finder: Jillian Rebecca Childs launched a service called Kind Of A Big Dill – FL Farm & Food Finder that helps consumers learn about farms all over the state and helps farmers get the word out about their goods.You can find out about produce, meats, dairy products, jellies, sauces, honey and other goods in our surrounding area and throughout Florida. We’re lucky to have the Red Hills Small Farm Alliance online market, but it’s not easy for farmers elsewhere to get the word out about what they grow and make. Jillian shared this backstory to help explain why she started the site: “Friend of mine opened a produce stand in Groveland to make it through quarantine when her house cleaning business stopped getting calls. I shared her posts in about 80 different central FL groups and she now regularly sells out. Farmers don’t have time to do that for themselves, so I decided to go out and find their posts and bring them to a single location. We have everything that support local growers, fishermen, ranchers, markets, CSA groups, bulk buys, etc. I find new posts and new farms daily and the group changes constantly as the growing season change. It’s my war work. All of my admins are farmers or homesteaders and grow our own and want the same for everyone else in the state.” Kind of a Big Dill can tell consumers when farmers are open, what they’re selling, what their pricing is, how long they expect to sell and what’s coming up next in their market. It includes farms in our region as well as other parts of Florida. Jillian, based in Polk County, also posts jobs and giveaways. Check out the Big Dill website here.