Just because you live in an urban setting doesn't mean you can't reap the benefits of a harvest. Simply visit one of the city's farmers' markets for the best in locally grown produce and a lesson in sustainability.
ALABAMA FARMERS’ MARKET
Since 1956, this farmers’ market has been the longest standing market for farmers in town. It’s still open 7 days a week, 24 hours a day, with most vendors open from 6 a.m. – 5 p.m. Located at 344 Finley Avenue. alabamafarmersmarket.org
ALABAMA MARKET PLACE AT BROOKWOOD VILLAGE
Enjoy family fun right outside Brookwood Village with local food vendors. This market is open every 2nd Saturday of the summer. July 14 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.; Aug. 11 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
PEPPER PLACE MARKET
Live music and chef demonstrations are not the only draw to Pepper Place Market. You’ll find locally-grown prepared foods, coffee, and arts and crafts. Check the Pepper Place calendar for weekly updates and guest chefs. Open Saturdays from 7 a.m. – noon through early December. Located at 2829 2nd Avenue South; Pepper Place. pepperplacemarket.com
VALLEYDALE FARMERS’ MARKET
Valleydale Farmers’ Market offers produce, cheese, and arts and crafts. Open Saturdays from 8 a.m. – noon, the market runs through Sept. 1. Features local growers and vendors including Burnette Farms. Located at 4601 Valleydale Road. valleydalefarmersmarket.com
Open every Saturday through Aug. 9 from 8 a.m. – noon 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 Owls Hollow Hydroponic Farm, Finer Grind Coffee, and the Dreamcakes food truck for an extra special treat! For more information and a complete list of vendors, visit urbancookhouse.com/homewood-farmers-market.
MT. LAUREL FARM SCHOOL
Find more than 75 varieties of vegetables at Mt. Laurel Farm School located 1.5 miles from the Mt. Laurel town center. Open Monday – Friday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. mtlaurel.com/community/farmschool
WEST HOMEWOOD FARMERS’ MARKET
Meet area farmers in West Homewood. You’ll find produce and local arts and crafts. The market is open from 8 a.m. – noon in June and July and will host a Saturday evening market from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. on Aug. 15, Sept. 19 and Oct. 17. westhomewood.com
Birmingham's farmers' markets are about so much more than fresh food. Each one exemplifies a community coming together in support of each other and of a healthier lifestyle.
Photography by Major Adam Colbert