Right off Winter Park's famed Park Avenue shopping destination, at 200 W. New England Avenue, is a historic train depot that's also the site of one of the many unique, popular weekly farmers markets in the greater Orlando area. It's the Winter Park Farmers' Market, and it's a pleasant stop on a Saturday for perusing and purchasing a variety of fresh produce, baked goods, other artisanal foods, and plants.
The market runs from 7:00 am to 1:00 pm every Saturday all year round, except for the third Saturday in March, when the Winter Park Sidewalk Arts Festival takes place. Vendors are located indoors and outdoors.
A Quick Note About the Market
It's helpful if you have an accurate idea of what to expect before heading over to the Winter Park Farmers' Market. As compared to other Orlando-area farmers markets, it isn't all that big, the produce offerings aren't extensive, and you won't find all the crafts, jewelry, accessories, beauty products and other non-edible offerings you might expect.
However, there's more emphasis on flowers, succulents and other plants than you find at other Orlando-area farmers markets. There's still lots of great stuff to eat, the setting is beautiful and there's no shortage of other stuff to do all around.
A Few Vendor Highlights
Even though the Winter Park Farmers' Market isn't one of the bigger farmers markets in the area, it packs plenty of high-quality offerings.
Below are some recommended merchants to seek out during your visit.
- Davis Bakery & Co.: Hit this fantastic bagel stand for a breakfast to fuel the rest of your farmers market visit. Build your custom bagel creation from the line of ingredients offered.
- Frog Song Organics: A reliable stop for fresh, organic, high-quality produce. Like much of the produce in Orlando area farmers markets, it's localish, if not exactly locally grown; it comes from a little over 100 miles away in Hawthorne, Florida.
- Juice Lab: With an everyday home nearby on Park Avenue, this juice bar also sets up a stand at the Winter Park Farmers' Market, offering refreshing, healthy cold-pressed juices, as well as more indulgent creamy beverages.
- Mountain Kettle Corn: Grab a giant bag of this amazing kettle corn for just $5 to snack on throughout your morning and afternoon at the market. And on your way home. And at home. At only 240 calories and 6 grams of fat per bag, you don't even have to feel guilty about this vegan treat.
- Olde Hearth Bread Company: Everything from this Orlando bakery is always fresh, delicious, made with minimal automation, and free of preservatives and artificial flavors. Many of their breads are vegan, too. Bonus tip: Check out their outpost in East End Market for another great market experience.
- Peak Seasons Pops: Another offering of the artisanal popsicle trend, these freshly prepared frozen treats are so refreshing and delicious, and they come in a variety or interesting and creative flavor combinations. There's an emphasis on organic ingredients.
- That's A Lot O Crepe: Watch your made-to-order sweet or savory crepe (or both!) get made and hit your plate in just a few minutes. There are lots of quality ingredients to choose from to fill your crepe and your belly.
- The Fry Bar: If you're going to partake of some less healthy food for lunch, go for the Greek, Parmesan, rosemary, or other creative French fry preparations from this merchant. You get a large, amply filled container and several different types of dipping sauces to choose from.
Edited by Sandra Ketcham.