Clear your Saturday morning routine because Birmingham Farmer’s Markets are opening again everywhere and are back in full swing for the 2012 season! With most operating on Saturday mornings, be sure and get up early to get dibs on the freshest fruits and veggies available from area growers. Market visitors can enjoy purchasing locally grown produce and more at an abundance of markets, many of which are located in practically community within the Birmingham area.
All of the markets feature a fantastic assortment of local growers, yet each one is a one of kind specialty event, some of which also showcase local artisans and other homemade foods. Several also offer live music and kids activities. No matter how you do it, by yourself, with friends, or along with the whole family, make it a weekly tradition this summer, and bring home some of the best of Alabama grown produce and foods!
2012 Birmingham Area Farmer’s Markets:
Alabama Farmers Market is open seven days a week, 24 hours a day, with the majority of vendors open from 6am-5pm. Located at 344 Finley Avenue, the Alabama Farmers Market has been in its current location since 1956-making it the longest running farmers market in the Birmingham area. See their vendor list for further details on which growers you can find there each week.
Pepper Place Market is open Saturdays from 7am-12 noon from mid April through early December each year. Located at 2829 2nd Avenue South in Birmingham, Pepper Place offers visitors a great assortment of locally grown and prepared goods. Peak summer months usually bring in an average of 30 farmers or more, and a great selection of additional vendors selling other foods, and arts and crafts. Pepper Place also features live music and will often host chef demonstrations throughout the summer months as well. For updates on weekly events, be sure to check the Pepper Place calendar.
Valleydale Famer’s Market is open on Saturdays starting in mid May and runs through September 1st. This market features local growers and vendors including Burnette Farms with a huge selection of peaches, peppers, beans and more, Beasley Mountain, who sells an incredible selection of fresh berries, and Humble Hearts Farm, makers of an assortment of goat cheeses. The Valleydale Farmer’s Market also hosts additional vendors selling arts and crafts and locally prepared food. Located at at 4601 Valleydale Road. Valleydale Farmer’s Market is also a Freshfully Veggie Box pick up location.
Downtown Homewood Farmer’s Market takes place each Saturday through August 24th, from 8am – 12:30pm at Homewood’s SoHo square. Hosted by the Homewood Chamber of Commerce and Urban Cookhouse restaurant, the Homewood Farmer’s Market features more than 15 local farmers and vendors, including Owl’s Hollow Hydroponic Farm, Finer Grind Coffee, and the Dreamcakes food truck-for an extra special treat! For further information and a complete list of vendors, visit Downtown Homewood Farmer’s Market
Farm Stands on the Railroad is open each Wednesday from 4-6pm, through October 2nd, and is part of Railroad Park’s Get Healthy on the Railroad free exercise program, sponsored by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama. Railroad Park hosts community gardens/local farmers including Jones Valley Urban Farm and other local growers. 100% of proceeds benefit local gardens/farms. Cash only. Stick around afterwards for a free Zumba class at 6pm, and enjoy a variety of other free exercise classes every weekday at 6 pm. Railroad Park is located on 17th Street, Birmingham.
Mt. Laurel Farm School grows and sells more than 75 varieties of vegetables throughout the year. In partnership with Jones Valley Urban Farm, the Mt. Laurel Farm School operates a farm stand located just 1.5 miles from the Mt. Laurel town center. Hours of operation are from 10am-4pm, daily.
West Homewood Farmer’s Market begins the first Saturday in June, and runs from 8am-12noon. The West Homewood Farmer’s Market features area farmers, arts & crafts and more, plus, live music from 9:30-11:30. The West Homewood Farmer’s Market will also host a Saturday evening market from 5pm-8pm on the following dates: Aug. 16th, Sept. 13th, and Oct. 18th.
The Summit Market will run on Thursdays from 3pm-7pm beginning May 24th through July 26th. Located in the Summit in front of Urban Cookhouse restaurant, the Summit Market will host local farmers, plus fun kids activities and crafts.
Eastlake Farmer’s Market is open on Saturdays from 8am-12noon, beginning in early May through October 12th. Located at the corner of 2nd Avenue South and 78th Street in the Eastlake neighborhood (near Ruffner Mountain)., the Eastlake Farmer’s Market features locally grown fruits and veggies, local musicians and artists, cooking demonstrations and fun activities for the whole family. Health screenings and Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) coupons are also offered. Go here for more information about SFMNP.
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Written by Kate Agliata