Local Farmers Markets to Check Out This Spring

Local farmers markets have become increasingly popular across the United States in recent years as people strive to make more mindful choices about the businesses they support and the products they buy for their families. Shopping and eating locally, even a small percentage of the time, can have long-reaching positive impacts on the environment and local economies. On top of all that, nothing beats the taste of fresh foods made right here in our own backyard by the talented and hardworking people of our community.

Farmers markets are family-friendly and open to the public, and they can be a great way to spend part of your day while they’re open. We’ve got some of the most fun and exciting farmers markets in the Gainesville area below.


Exit 40 Farmers Market: 15225 Heathcote Boulevard, Haymarket

Pull off on Exit 40 in Haymarket to stock up on fresh, healthy, local food from area farms. The market operates from May to October and is open on Thursdays from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Connect with local farmers, vendors, and artisans while learning how to live a healthier and more sustainable lifestyle. Be ready to go home with bags full of nutrient-packed local produce, fresh-made treats, and other healthy indulgences.

Haymarket Farmers Market: 15000 Washington Street, Haymarket

Also in Haymarket, this farmers market runs every Saturday from April through December. Buy Virginia-grown produce and locally crafted products like decadent dark chocolates and rum butters. If that doesn’t satisfy your sweet tooth, you can even pick up some delicious French pastries while you’re there. Buy local, organic meats to elevate your next dinner. This may be a small farmers market, but it’s jam-packed with more tasty fare than you might expect.

Bristow Farmers Market: 9050 Devlin Road, Bristow

Bring an appetite to the Bristow Farmers Market, where you won’t just find a bounty of locally-grown fruits and veggies. Treat yourself to a variety of scrumptious baked goods such as sticky cinnamon buns and crisp cobblers. Take home fresh meats, cheeses, bread, eggs, and other homegrown goods every time you come. This Sunday market always features friendly faces and a welcoming atmosphere.

Buckland Farm Market: 4484 Lee Highway, New Baltimore

Buckland Farm Market gives you the benefits of a farmers market with the convenience of a brick-and-mortar grocery store. Located on the sprawling acreage of Avalon Farm, the market serves as a hub for local producers and consumers. Pick up fresh eggs, cheeses, meats, produce and more from a network of area farmers who congregate here to sell their goods. Shop for pastries and specialty treats at the bakery, and stock up on healthy and delicious local honeys and preserves. There’s always someone on hand to help you find what you need and answer questions about the community of local food producers around you. 

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