Growing up in Winter Park, I always loved downtown. Park Avenue is beautiful, with its upscale shops and cafes, and it’s generally an area that oozes southern hospitality. The weekly farmer’s market is one of my favorite events in Winter Park and I thought I’d share it with y’all so you know how great it is too!
The best (actually, it’s pretty much the only) place to start is inside the old train depot where there are local bakers and chefs selling their ridiculously delicious creations. We tried these pastries and an empanada. They were all fantastic (and the pastries were definitely big enough to share).
Jon found a great fruit farmer who sells juice concoctions that are so tasty. We had pineapple mango.
There are so many stalls with local goods ranging from honey to hot sauce, salad dressing to jerky. My favorite part, though, is all the way at the back where the plants are. There are so many varieties of plants that would be gorgeous in any yard. Plus you’re pretty much guaranteed to find something that will thrive in our climate because it’s grown locally! This is key if you’re like me and can kill plants just by being within a 5 mile radius.
If you’re not looking for plants to grow yourself, you can take home some beautiful fresh cut flowers (some are even already arranged into bouquets!) to enjoy throughout the week.
- Location: 200 New England Avenue, Winter Park 32789
- Day/Time: Saturdays from 7AM to 1PM
- Ages: All! You can even bring your dog!
- Go early. Not only does it get hot in the summer months, you’ll want first pick of the produce. Plus, you’ll have an easier time finding a parking spot on the street!
- If you can, don’t take a stroller. The area is very crowded with the vendors and customers. While it’s very well organized, it’s just easier to navigate without a stroller.
- Make a day of it and walk around Park Avenue afterward, have lunch or grab some ice cream and just enjoy Central Park.
Make sure you check out my list of 100+ Adventures in Central Florida for more fun ideas!