UPDATED FEBRUARY 2020
Looking for a budget-friendly and easy date day idea? Pay a visit to an Orlando farmers market. We have a dozen located around the city and in nearby suburbs, each offering a huge assortment of produce, local meats, artisan products and eat-on-the-fly nosh.
The Old Train Depot off New England Avenue
Held at the restored historic building just a hop, skip and jump from Park Avenue, this farmers market has great vendors in a prime location. It is so beloved by locals that it even has its own “I LUV The Winter Park Farmers' Market Facebook page where patrons and vendors post about featured or popular products. Go early; this market gets super crammed by 10am. Go hungry; you can buy your entire breakfast as you meander from stall to stall.
Lake Eola Park
Lake Eola Park draws hundreds of visitors on Sundays for the Orlando Farmers Market. You can find almost anything at this market, including fresh produce, baked goods, crafts, handmade jewelry, food and more. Many families attend this event and so do many four-legged, furry family members too. Bonus: a wine and beer garden with live music opens in the market's center every Sunday at noon.
The Maitland Farmers Market is a great spot surrounding the tranquil shores of Lake Lily. Grab something to eat and wander around the market to shop at vendor booths, or order an ice pop and sit near the lake for a relaxing Sunday morning snuggle.
Historic Downtown Winter Garden
Just like Winter Garden itself, this local farmers market has grown into a happening place to be on Saturdays. It offers a variety of vendors, many of which are local to the Winter Garden community and surrounding areas. There is also live music every weekend starting at 10am. With the market’s location off Plant Street, you can also wander around Historic Winter Garden and check out other local spots, like Axum Coffee, Al Fresco and Plant Street Market. Read our full guide to the Winter Garden Farmer's Market here.
What you'll find there: gourmet pickles, organic produce, ready-to-eat nosh, burrata, European breads, flowers and Sprout Up Urban Farm.
Stardust Coffee Parking Lot
Looking for something different to do on a Monday evening? Head on over to the Audubon Park Community Market. It's been around since 2009 and features a collection of all local prepared meals, art, produce, baked goods and other yummy finds. It is a pet-friendly event, and this market has one of the best selections of dessert vendors due to its location in the Audubon Garden District, which houses many local bakeries. It also features pop-up dinner options from time to time.
Lake Nona Town Center
The newest recurring farmers market takes place Saturday mornings in Lake Nona. The market is held on the first floor of the Lake Nona Town Center parking garage and hosts produce, crafts, jewelry, and food and beverage vendors.
Here are some other Orlando farmers markets in the area to check out:
- Kissimmee Valley Farmers Market – Tuesdays 3pm – 7pm
- Lake Mary Farmers Market – Saturdays from 9am – 1:30pm
- Oviedo Farmers Market – First Saturday of the month from 8am – 1pm
Audubon Park Community Market: Audubon Park District
Winter Park Farmers Market: Life with Beagle
Feature image: Winter Garden Farmer's Market
All other photos by Kristen Manieri