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 (depending on the season), 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.
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: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. The market is back open. It 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 new Fort Braden Farmers’ Market will help residents find access to local ingredients without having to drive to a store that could be 30 minutes away. Items will 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 every month, from 9 a.m. to noon.
Where: Lake Talquin Baptist Church lawn, 21335 Blountstown Hwy.
Market at Bannerman Crossing: The market, featuring produce, breads, flowers and other products, takes place in the shopping center pavilion. The market features honey, baked goods and jams by English Rose (orders taken for delivery) and pasture-raised eggs and poultry as well as forest-fed, heritage breed pork from Schmoe Farm, a small, sustainable South Georgia farm. You can also place orders with the farm by contacting schmoefarm.com
When: 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays
Where: Bannerman Crossing, 6668 Thomasville Road
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: 9 .m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays
Where: 524 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Growers Market at Lake Ella: The primary stand here tends to be Pita Queen, where 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 also have a commercial kitchen. They also make handcrafted breads, halvah (made from sesame seed paste) and hummus. Yoche creates a sour-spicy mix of fermented cabbage and other vegetables, spiked with turmeric, a blend she calls a “superfood.”
When: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. each Wednesday and Saturday.
Where: The Growers’ Market, 229 Lake Ella Drive
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: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
Where: 400 Cedar Hill Road, 32312.
Contact/web: 850-894-0154; www.facebook.com/orchard.p.organics/
Southwood Street Market: Check out a variety of local produce, products and services at the market.
When: 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., every second and fourth Sunday.
Where: 2196 Merchants Row Blvd.
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, meats, cheeses, baked goods, garden plants, mushrooms and lots more through the online market. Everything for sale is produced within 100 miles of Tallahassee.
You can 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 your home on Thursday.
In-Town Hub Locations:
Bannerman Crossings, The Prepared Table Kitchen Shop, 3425 Bannerman Rd., Ste 104, 3 – 5:30 p.m. Delivery location: “Hub Bannerman Crossings”
Canopy Roads Café – Southwood, 3196 Merchants Row Blvd., noon – 2 p.m. Delivery location: “Hub Southwood – CRC”
Community Co-op Market (Formerly New Leaf), 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”
Hideaway Café at Waterworks, 1133 Thomasville Rd., noon – 2 p.m. Delivery location: “Hub Hideaway at Waterworks”
Longview Farm, 1532 Concord Rd., 4 – 5:45 p.m. Delivery location: “Hub Havana – Longview Farm”
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: “Commonwealth RHO Site”
Crawfordville – Treehouse Permaculture Center, 9775 John Franklin Rd., 5 – 6 p.m. Delivery location: “Hub Crawfordville”
Marianna – Martin’s Harvest, 2588 Heavenly Dr., 1 – 3 p.m. CST Delivery location: “Hub Marianna”
Miccosukee – Miccosukee Land Co-op, 9601 Miccosukee Rd., 5 – 6 p.m. Delivery location: “Hub Miccosukee”
Monticello – United Country Monticello Realty, 380 S. Jefferson St., 1 – 3 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., 2 – 5 p.m. Delivery location: “Hub Thomasville”
Home deliveries – $10
In-town hubs – $5
Out-of-town hubs – $10
Questions or issues? Email us at [email protected] or call/text us at 850-960-1367.
Kind of a Big Dill – FL Farmer & Food Finder: I am so grateful for our farmers and the wonderful food we find locally. I think you all would agree.I recently heard from Jillian Rebecca Childs, who started 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. Try scrolling these hashtags: #FLMooJuice