Clear your calendars for Birmingham Farmers’ Markets. Market visitors can enjoy purchasing locally grown produce and more at an abundance of markets, many of which are located in practically every community within the Birmingham area.
All of the markets feature a fantastic assortment of local growers, yet each one is a one of a kind specialty event, some of which also showcase local artisans and other homemade foods. Others offer live music and kids’ activities. 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
Open 7 days a week, 24 hours a day, with most vendors open from 6 a.m.-5 p.m., 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. Located at 344 Finley Avenue. alabamafarmersmarket.org
Alabama Market Place at Brookwood Village
Open every 2nd Saturday. Alabama vendors set up on the street with offers of fresh goods, family fun, and live music. July 14th from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
August 11th from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m.
Pepper Place Market
Open Saturdays from 7 a.m. – 12 noon from mid-April through early December. Located at 2829 2nd Avenue South in Birmingham, Pepper Place offers visitors a great assortment of locally-grown and prepared goods. An average of 30 farmers or more bring in a great selection of additional vendors selling other foods, as well as arts and crafts. Pepper Place also features live music and will often host chef demonstrations. For updates on weekly events, be sure to check the Pepper Place calendar. pepperplacemarket.com
Valleydale Farmers’ Market
Open on Saturdays. Runs through September 1st. This market features local growers and vendors including Burnette Farms with a huge selection of peaches, peppers, beans, and more. Visit vendor Beasley Mountain for an incredible selection of fresh berries. Don’t miss Humble Hearts Farm, makers of an assortment of goat cheeses. The Valleydale Farmers’ Market hosts additional vendors selling arts and crafts and locally-prepared food. Located at 4601 Valleydale Road. Valleydale Farmers’ Market is also a Freshfully Veggie Box pick up location. valleydalefarmersmarket.com
Downtown Homewood Farmers’ Market
Open every Saturday through August 24th from 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Homewood’s SoHo square. Hosted by the Homewood Chamber of Commerce and Urban Cookhouse restaurant, the Homewood Farmers’ Market features more than 15 local 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. urbancookhouse.com/homewood-farmers-market
Farm Stands on the Railroad
Open each Wednesday from 4-6 p.m., through October 2nd. 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 gardeners and local farmers including Jones Valley Urban Farm.100% of proceeds benefit local gardens/farms. Cash only. Stick around afterwards for a free Zumba class at 6 p.m., and enjoy a variety of other free exercise classes every weekday at 6 p.m. Railroad park is located at 17th Street, Birmingham. railroadpark.org/events-get-healthy.html
Mt. Laurel Farm School
This community garden 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 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily. mtlaurel.com/community/farmschool
West Homewood Farmers’ Market
Open from 8 a.m.-12 noon, the West Homewood Farmer’s Market features area farmers, arts and crafts, live music from 9:30-11:30, and more. The market will also host a Saturday evening market from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. on the following dates: August 16, September 13 and October 13. westhomewood.com
The Summit Market
Open Thursdays from 3 p.m.-7 p.m. through July 26th. Located in the Summit in front of Urban Cookhouse restaurant, the Summit Market hosts local farmers, plus fun kids activities and crafts. thesummitonline.com/birmingham/farmers-market/
Eastlake Farmers’ Market
Open Saturdays from 8 a.m.-12 noon. Ends October 12th. Located at the corner of 2nd Ave South and 78th Street (near Ruffner Mountain), the Eastlake Farmers’ Market features locally-grown fruits and veggies, local musicians and artists, cooking demonstrations, and fun family activities. Health screenings and Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) elfmarket.org coupons are also offered. elfmarket.org
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