By Carmen McCrackin
Orlando is bustling with weekend farmers markets, but with over 35 years under its belt, the Orlando Farmers Market is more than your average farmers market. At the market, over 50 booths are teeming with abundant fresh produce, exceptional food, handcrafted artisanal products, and so much more. The Orlando Farmers Market is the place to spend your Sunday with your family, friends, and even your furry friend! Looking to learn more? Read along!
Location, Location, Location
Located at Lake Eola Park on the corner of E. Central Blvd and N. Eola Drive, the Orlando Farmers Market is in the heart of downtown Orlando. Thankfully, despite being located downtown, there is free street parking available and paid parking garages located on South Osceola Avenue and North Eola Drive. There is also an ATM located at the center of the market for additional convenience.
The farmers market runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., giving you ample time to soak in the sights and experiences. If you miss out on a booth or want more time to browse, don't worry; the market comes around every Sunday!
Tasting Central Florida's Best at the Local Market
Not sure what to have for breakfast or lunch? The Orlando Farmers Market has you covered with some of Central Florida's best. Be sure to visit Helados y Postres for a selection of empanadas, arepas, and natural fruit bars, including tamarind, mango, soursop, guava, passionfruit, and pineapple. Craving barbecue? Smokey Jay's is the place for delicious, slow-roasted chicken, pork, sausage, and Louisiana-loaded fries (french fries with spicy smoked sausage covered with a Cajun creole sauce and garlic ranch drizzle.)
After a filling entree, be sure to finish off the meal with a refreshing coconut water (coconut included!) or coconut ice cream from Natural Goodness. With so many great options to choose from throughout the market, it's impossible to make a wrong choice.
Fresh Produce and Greenery Galore
The Orlando Farmers Market isn't just a feast for your taste buds; it's a paradise for plant lovers and garden enthusiasts as well. As you explore the market's vibrant stalls, you'll find an abundance of fresh, locally sourced produce. From crisp, colorful vegetables to juicy, ripe fruits, this is your chance to stock up on the best that Central Florida has to offer. But the green goodness doesn't stop there.
If you're looking to add a touch of nature to your home, you'll be delighted by the selection of indoor and outdoor plants available as well. Whether you're seeking a potted plant to brighten your living space or some greenery to enhance your garden, the market has you covered. Take a piece of the Orlando Farmers Market home with you and watch it flourish.
Poetry, Portraits, and More
One of the best parts of any farmers market is the opportunity for local artisans to showcase their art with the community, and the Orlando Farmers Market is no exception. As you stroll along the sidewalk, you'll discover an array of offerings, from crystals shaped into animals at So Stoned Crystalz to homemade soaps and lotions. But what truly sets this market apart is the chance to connect with local artists who are passionate about their craft.
At the Orlando Farmers Market, you'll find an array of booths that offer one-of-a-kind experiences. One such booth offers personal poems written just for you. Talented wordsmiths will craft beautiful verses that capture your feelings or thoughts, creating a truly memorable and heartfelt souvenir of your visit.
For those looking to take home a piece of art, you will have plentiful options to pursue and fall in love with. These works of art touch upon the beauty of life in stunning detail, making them a captivating addition to any art collection.
The Orlando Farmers Market is a beautiful way to spend your Sunday in a family and pet-friendly environment. These diverse booths add to the vibrant and eclectic atmosphere of the Orlando Farmers Market, making it a must-visit destination for those seeking unique, handcrafted creations and delicious food. When you explore the market, it's evident that creativity thrives in Orlando, and it will have you coming back for more!
Downtown Orlando, or the Central Business District, hums with life, from the award-winning Dr. Phillips Center’s musical performances and the Amway Center’s big-name concerts and sporting events to can’t miss eateries and clubs. The city is a perfect blend of family-owned businesses, modern office towers, and top-notch entertainment and food. Whether you are looking for a relaxing morning stroll around Lake Eola or a night on the town, downtown Orlando has something to offer everyone! Looking to make Orlando home? Let us help!
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