South Florida is one of the nation’s top growers of produce, and the prolific winter growing season helps the local farm-to-table movement thrive. Whether open seasonally or year-round, there are plenty of choices when it comes to finding a fabulous farmers market in the Fort Lauderdale area. Markets are listed alphabetically.
S. Federal Highway & S. Mizner Blvd., Boca Raton
Hours: Open seasonally on Saturdays only, early October-mid May, 8 am –1 pm
Boca residents and tourists flock here to shop for locally grown produce, baked goods, fresh seafood, prepared gourmet foods, pet foods and gifts from more than 40 vendors. There are arts and crafts demonstrations for children and live entertainment on select days. The market is located in a bustling shopping and dining area, so it’s a great way to spend a Saturday morning with the whole family.
Hollywood Location, 4191 N. State Rd. 7
Davie Location, 6807 Stirling Rd.
Hours for both locations: Open Year-round, Monday–Friday 8am–5pm, Saturday-Sunday 8am-3pm
Established in 2003, Brothers Farmers Market supports Florida farming by offering a bounty of fresh organic and conventional produce at reasonable prices. The market is very popular, so the produce cases are constantly being restocked. Beyond fruits and veggies, the shelves are filled with so many unique gourmet products that shoppers tend to spend a lot of time here browsing. The staff is friendly and helpful.
On SE 4th Ave., just south of Atlantic Blvd.
Hours: Open seasonally on Saturdays only, mid-October-May, 9 am-2 pm
This outdoor green market is held in historic downtown Delray Beach, attracting health-conscious residents who love to cook and shop for local produce, herbs, dairy products, all natural chicken and grass-fed meats. You’ll also find gourmet foods, plants, flowers and gift items. Every week brings a different live performance and animals from local farms.
Flamingo Road Nursery and Farmers Market
1655 S. Flamingo Rd., Davie
Hours: Year-round, Monday-Friday 8 am-6 pm, Saturday 8 am-7 pm, Sunday 9 am-6 pm
This colorful, supersized nursery also sells fresh, local produce--such as ruby red, vine-ripened hydroponic tomatoes--in a quaint market on the property. In addition, there are gourmet foods, a mouth watering sweet shop with luscious handmade chocolates and pastries, and a Boar’s Head Deli and sandwich counter. While there, check out the plants, fountains and other garden items on the sprawling grounds, plus the 7,000 square foot gift shop.
Josh’s Organic Garden and Juice Bar
Ocean Walk, 101 N. Ocean Dr., Hollywood
Hours: Year-round on Sundays only, 9 am-5:30 pm (Occasionally the market closes, so call first.)
Tucked away under an awning at Ocean Walk right on Hollywood Beach, this 100% organic market sells the freshest local produce in South Florida. Many of the vegetables are picked the day before the market opens, bringing new meaning to the word “fresh.” The prices are high, but given the superior quality of the produce, they’re not unreasonable. Josh can usually be found at the market, setting up displays, hugging customers and yelling out the specials of the day. Patrons line up at the juice bar to sample the latest exotic organic delights. Arrive early to avoid the crowd and long check-out lines.
8350 Ranch Rd., Parkland
Open seasonally on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month, November-April, 9 am-1 pm
Parkland’s popular Farmers Market at the Equestrian Center attracts locals and tourists who haul out bags full of fresh produce, homemade pastries, crafts, and flowers. Live performances and children’s activities make a morning at the market a special outing for the entire family.
100 N.E. First St., Pompano Beach
Hours: Open seasonally on Saturdays only, late October-April, 8 am-1 pm
Located in downtown Pompano Beach, this outdoor market is a favorite for locals. Vendors sell fruits, vegetables, seafood, coffee and packaged gourmet foods. There are also books, historical photos, orchids and plants for sale. Some market days coincide with other city events such as art festivals and historical walking tours. Live entertainment is provided every week.
1305 E. Commercial Blvd., Fort Lauderdale
Hours: Year-round, Monday-Saturday, 8 am-7 pm, Sunday 8 am-6 pm
This indoor neighborhood market in Fort Lauderdale is known for its fair prices and a wide selection of produce, eggs, and nuts. The spacious store is well organized and uncluttered, making it easy to shop. The market offers weekly specials.
1940 N. 30th Rd., Hollywood
Hours: Year-round, Friday 7 am-10 pm, Saturday & Sunday, 8 am-4 pm
Housed in an old, open warehouse with a metal roof, this market was created to support local farming and to educate the community about healthy seasonal eating. Dozens of vendors sell conventional and organic produce, herbs, grains, fresh fish, dairy and eggs, pastries, packaged and bottled foods as well as clothing jewelry, home goods, pet and garden supplies. There are several foods stands where you can buy lunch and eat in a large covered dining area behind the market, where live performances are sometimes held. Leashed dogs are permitted in the market.