Who doesn’t love a good farmers market on the weekend? The fresh air, fresh fruit, vegetables, plants, local flavors and good food make these markets so inviting. I love taking my daughter to different farmers markets around town as we love seeing different sites and what the city has to offer. Visiting farmers markets is technically a free activity, so take your child on fun adventures around the city to your local Orlando farmers market and enjoy the outdoors.
To make your trip a little more exciting for your child, try making a game out of it. Try doing a scavenger hunt for things you may see at the market to look for or try to find things only in certain colors for fun. My daughter usually just enjoys browsing the different vendors, but sometimes when she drags her feet, we have to spice up the market to make it more appealing to her little age. Some of these markets, such as Winter Garden and Longwood’s Markets, are located near or not far from splash pads, so you may want to throw a bathing suit and a pool towel in a bag for the littles if you plan to let play in it.
Located in downtown Clermont, this Farmers Market is the Sunday gem of Lake County. While taking increased safety precautions and encouraging patrons to social distance and shop in a mask, they are doing what they can to keep shoppers safe while keeping local businesses alive. With over 60 vendors, offering fresh produce, seafood, coffees, baked goods, soaps, crafts and more, there is something even the littlest shopper will find.
Address: 685 W Montrose Street, Clermont
Hours: Sundays 9 am to 1 pm
Lake Mary offers this weekly outdoor market filled with local goodness. From beautiful orchids, fresh plants and produce, honey, baked goods, jewelry, pet food, wooden crafts and more. This market is even dog friendly, so you kid’s best furry friend can even join in on the action. Just make sure to leash them per the market’s rules.
Address: Central Park, Lake Mary
Hours: Saturdays 9 am to 1:30 pm
The Farmers Market in Longwood is a great place to spend a weekend morning. Held on Sundays, you and your family can stroll the local options like fresh seafood, farm made goats milk soap, honey, baked breads, sweets, and crafts made by local artists. Be sure to bring bathing suits for the splash pad if it hot, your kids will be grateful you did.
Address: 311 Warren Ave, Longwood
Hours: Sundays 9 am to 2 pm
Have you been to the Maitland Farmers Market? This market, held on Sundays is a great morning activity to do with the kids before it gets hot out. With dozens of vendors, live music, fresh produce, local products and pickles, you can take a nice stroll around to check out all of the delectables.
Address: Lake Lily Park, Maitland
Hours: Sundays 8:30 am to 1:30 pm
Visiting Mount Dora Village Market is a great way to enjoy your morning with your kids. Not only are there lots to see at this market, but also there is a large playground just a few minutes nearby that you won’t want the kids to miss. While at the market, enjoy the variety of offerings such as meat and seafood, fresh breads and sweets, plants, local handmade crafts, and much more. Boasting “every town would love to have a market like this,” check it out to see if it is worth all the buzz. Also, while you are there, be sure to take a stroll through this quaint little area filled with small town charm.
Address: Sunset Park, Mount Dora
Hours: Sundays 9 am to 2 pm
The town of Windermere plays host to this Farmers Market on Fridays. This market makes for a great weekday activity when you just want to get some fresh air and take in some sights. Offering a variety of items such as flowers, coffee, oils, seafood, produce, pastries, hummus, and more, this is the perfect Friday activity for you and the kids. Dogs are welcome here as long as they are leashed, so you won’t have to leave your fury friend at home.
Address: Main Street between 5th and 6th Ave, Windermere
Hours: Friday 9 am to 2 pm
Celebrating 12 years of operation, Winter Garden Farmers Market is one of the best in town, though I may be biased. I have been visiting this since its early days of only a few stands, to today a bustling market filled with lots of vendors. The Historic town of Winter Garden hosts this weekly market where you can find local goodies both sweet and savory and fresh flowers, produce, plants, herbs, freshly baked sweets and artisanal crafts. Something this market is doing to help keep shoppers extra safe during Covid-19, is offering curbside pickup, delivering your purchases right to your car. You can also order many of these items online and for delivery so you don’t even need to visit the market in person.
Address: 104 S Lakeview Avenue, Winter Garden
Summer Hours: Saturday 8 am to 1 pm
Have you been to Winter Park’s Farmers Market? Voted number one for being the best spot for produce and plants in Central Florida, there is a reason this market is always hopping. With a wide variety of vendors, this market has you covered. From flowers, to sweets, to savory and fresh, there is something for everyone, even the kids. Be sure to check out Winter Park Honey, a local family business supplying sweetness to Orlando since 2006. Simply the best honey in town!
Address: Central Park, Winter Park
Summer Hours: Saturdays 8 am to 1 pm
Hours: Fridays 9 am to 2 pm
Shop local, shop safe and be sure to wear a face covering or mask as most, if not all, of these markets require or encourage to attend. Let us know Orlando Farmers Market is your favorite to visit.
by Megan Daniels
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