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]
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. The market is temporarily closed.
Where: Downtown Market, 115 E. Park Ave.
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
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.”
When: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. each Wednesday and Saturday.
Where: The Growers’ Market, 229 Lake Ella Drive
Liberty Farms: The farm supplies vegetables to three sister restaurants: Liberty Bar, The Hawthorn, and El Cocinero as well as our surrounding community but since the restaurants are closed, its public hours are expanded its hours.
When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Normal hours are Saturdays only.
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
How the online market works
You order what you need from your computer from Sunday to 6 a.m. Wednesday morning at rhomarket.com/ It costs $20 for a year’s membership. FYI, if you put “TallyTableFan” as your organization when you sign up, you will get $10 off your first order.
Customers on RHO Market can specify whether they want home delivery, delivery to a hub, or pick up at the market, said Alliance board chair Cari Roth.
*Pick up is from 3 to 6 p.m. Thursdays at the hub at the Northwood Centre, at 1940 Monroe St., near the Tallahassee Ballet. No charge for pick-up here. You will be asked in the comment section of your online order to identify a pick-up time window and the make and color of car and your items will be brought outside. Normally, you could pick your items up inside.
*Pick up at the Community Co-Op Market, 1235 Apalachee Pkwy. is 4 to 8 p.m. (pick-up cost is $3.50)
* Longview Farms’ pick-up is at 1532 Concord Rd. in Havana, from 4 to 6 p.m. ($4 fee).
*Miccosukee Land Co-op’s pick-up is from 5 to 7 p.m. ($4 fee).
* Pick up is at Sweet Grass Dairy Cheese Shop, 123 S. Broad St. in Thomasville from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. ($6 fee).
*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.