November 17th, 2009

South Florida Seasonal Farmers Markets ’09-’10


Many of us South Floridians feel deprived of good farmers markets.

Nothing local. Only four vendors. No variety. Those comments have become commonplace.

But each year, optimistic, many of us visit the seasonal markets that start popping up anywhere from October through January hoping to find a gem or two — often to our disappointment. Still, we have to work with what we have.

New to the scene this year are the Doral Farmers Market and the Collins Park Farmers Market, which will be held around the Miami Beach library on 22nd and Collins and is put on by the Market Company (they put on most of the markets around here). The Pinecrest Farmers Market is moving from Gardner’s Market to Pinecrest Gardens (formerly Parrot Jungle). I’m not sure what that one will bring this year, but when I visited last year it had a good variety and local vendors like Redland Organics and Teena’s Pride. The Upper East Side Market also moved from Legion Park to 55th Street Station but comments in the Twitterverse haven’t been too positive so far.

And then of course we heard about the Yellow Green Market in Hollywood, which got our hopes up high with a promised November 8 opening date only to allow 1,000 hopefuls show up to a closed market (city permit issues). The new opening date is unknown but you can sign up on their site to receive updates.

Below is a list of this season’s markets I’ve started compiling. It’s probably far from comprehensive so feel free to comment if I’ve missed any.

MarketDayOpen DatesHoursLocation
Doral Farmers MarketSaturday
Oct. 31, 2009 - Apr. 24, 2010
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
10311 NW 58th St., Doral
Upper East Side Market
Oct. 31, 2009 - April 2010
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Biscayne Blvd. & 55th St., Miami
Pinecrest Green Market
Dec. 6, 2009 - April 2010
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Pinecrest Gardens, 11000 Red Rd., Pinecrest
Collins Park Green Market
Jan. 3, 2009 - April 2010
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Collins Ave. & 22nd St., Miami Beach
Coral Gables Farmers Market

Jan. 16, 2009 - March 27, 2010
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
405 Biltmore Way, Coral Gables
Boca Raton Green MarketSaturday

Oct. 10, 2009 - May 2010
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Southeast 1st Ave. between 1st & 3d Streets, Boca Raton
West Palm Beach Green MarketSaturday

Oct. 17, 2009 - April 2010
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
2nd St. and Narcissus Ave., West Palm Beach
Delray Green MarketSaturday

Oct. 31, 2009 - May 15, 2010
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
20 North Swinton Ave., Delray Beach

*Please note this excludes year-round markets.

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9 Responses to “South Florida Seasonal Farmers Markets ’09-’10”

  1. There are several “farmers markets” run by The Market Company that are not on this list – Lincoln Road, Normandy Circle, etc. Their full list is here. There’s also Josh’s Organic Garden up in Hollywood, not sure if that’s still going or not (never been).

  2. Yes, Josh’s is open every Sunday on the broadwalk from 9 to 530

  3. Thanks so much for this list, I love farmers market but never know when they are going on. This will be very helpful!

  4. As Frodnesor placed “farmers markets” in quotes, so will I. The “farmers markets” in South Florida are a joke. Jacked up prices abound. Could the Market Company be accused of price fixing? Why aren’t there any real farmers markets here? No wonder the redlands is being paved over.

  5. Thanks, Frod. I kept the year-round markets like Lincoln and Normandy out of this list but perhaps I should update to include those and others like Glaser as well. Never been to Josh’s but I’ve heard good things.

    Rutabaga – I know there aren’t many real farmers markets around here but there are farmers. I’m not exactly sure what the issues are but I think it’s a combination of factors. I’m just always hopeful that at one or another I’ll find something good.

  6. I supported Upper Eastside at the start, but good grief I think it ended up being the folks you normally find at intersections selling bottled water. Not local farm bounty by far. Heirloom tomatoes from Canada for an arm and a leg? Naahh…

  7. Farmers willing to go to market are hard to find around here. We have been at the Pinecrest market for 8 years now. Our Redland Organics booth has ONLY produce grown in SOUTH FLORIDA, and ONLY organic or pesticide-free produce. It is all from either our own farm or our Redland Organic partner farms. Our booth is a REAL farmer’s booth, and we (Farmer Margie and our farm crew) are there to help you choose your veggies and herbs, so come check us out!
    The market starts Dec 6 and runs from 9-2 on Sundays.

  8. Thanks Margie. I’m glad Redland Organics will be at the Pinecrest Market again this year. Of the ones I’ve visited near where I live, that was the best. See you Dec. 6!

    PS: I’ve updated the end time of the market to 2 p.m. The market company had told me 4.

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