A guide to Tallahassee’s Farmers’ Markets

by Tallahassee Table

You can find locally grown produce, eggs, meat and so many other items at Tallahassee’s farmers’ markets and the Red Hills Small Farm Alliance online market. Due to the coronavirus, check to see if open-air markets are open before going.

All these markets have changed my way of shopping and eating. It makes a difference to eat a salad made with farm-grown lettuce, carrots, radishes and spinach. It also makes a difference to eat farm-fresh eggs and meat. Many of you already know all this but just in case, here’s a list of our farmers’ markets. If you know of any that I’ve missed, please send me a message at [email protected]

Chef/co-owner Jesse Rice in the garden at Backwoods Crossing

Backwoods Crossing: The farm-to-table restaurant has set up a farmers’ market and it is now selling a range of produce as well as baked goods, smoked tuna dip, growlers of beer, yeast, flour, eggs, herbs, jam and many more items.
When: 10 a.m. till goods run out on Saturdays
Where: 6725 Mahan Dr.
Web: facebook.com/BackwoodsCrossing/

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. 850-224-3252
When: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays March to November.
Where: Downtown Market, 115 E. Park Ave.
Web: facebook.com/Downtown-Market

Courtesy: Fort Braden Farmers’ Market

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 will be open the second Saturday every month, from 9 a.m.. to noon starting in March and running through November.
Where: Lake Talquin Baptist Church lawn, 21335 Blountstown Hwy.
Web: facebook.com/fortbradenfarmersmarket/

Market at Bannerman Crossing: The market, featuring produce, breads, flowers and other products, takes place in the shopping center pavilion. Bannerman Crossing. The market features a honey farmer, 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 and 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturdays
Where: Bannerman Crossing, 6668 Thomasville Road
Web:  bannermancrossings/

Frenchtown Farmers Market:  The weekly event features vendors selling handmade and locally grown products and produce plus eggs, honey, preserves 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.”
11 a.m. to 3 p.m. each Wednesday and Saturday.
The Growers’ Market, 229 Lake Ella Drive

Photo credit: Handsome Harvest farm

Handsome Harvest: The Quincy farm is delivering vegetable baskets, which now could include their tomatoes, peppers and blueberries, on Saturdays. Farm baskets can vary each week. Flowers can be ordered as well. Handsome Harvest is also offering contact-free pick-up Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at their farm. You can order starting Sunday morning. For more information, see handsomeharvest.square.site/

Photo credit: Liberty Farms

Liberty Farms: The farm supplies vegetables to three sister restaurants: Liberty Bar, The Hawthorn, and El Cocinero as well as the public.
When: Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays depending on weather and crop availability.. Check Facebook to confirm hours.
Where: 400 W. 6th Ave.
Web: facebook.com/libertyfarmstlh/

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 their 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/

Tallahassee Farmers Market:  The farmers market brings a large selection of fresh produce,  meats, cheese, flowers, plants and natural products.  
When: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays
Where:  Kerry Forest Parkway and Thomasville Road
Web: localharvest.org/tallahassee-farmers-market

How the online market works

You order what you need from your computer from Sunday to 6 a.m. Tuesday morning at rhomarket.com/ It costs $20 for a year’s membership. All orders are delivered to hubs or homes.

Two new hubs are:

The Hideaway Cafe located at 1133 Thomasville Rd (Look for the Waterworks sign) in the center of midtown is offering pick up for your RHO Market orders between 1 and 3 p.m. each Thursday.  Just choose “Hub Midtown” as your pick up place.

Promised Land Homestead is offering Crawfordville Pick Up at their farm on Thursdays from 5 to 6 pm. They are located at 141 Old Shell Point Road. If you would like to pick up your order there, choose “Hub Crawfordville” as your distribution location. 

If you have trouble knowing which hub you should pick, please contact [email protected]

Community Co-op Market Hub pick up is  between 4 and 8 p.m. Thursday.

Miccosukee Land Coop Hub pick up is available from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday.

Longview Farm pick up is available from 4 – 6 pm on Thursday at 1532 Concord Rd in

Sweet Grass Dairy Cheese Shop on Thursday, Thomasville, GA, 3:30-5:30 pm, 123 S Broad St.  

Questions or issues? call or text us at 850-960-1367.

*Delivery costs $6 if you live within a six-mile radius of the Northwood Centre Hub and $10 if you live further than that but still in the Tallahassee area.

Statewide farming resources

Photo credit: Jillian Rebecca Childs

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

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