Birmingham farmer’s markets make it easy to enjoy local & affordable foods.
Whether you’re downtown or in one of the surrounding communities, or need to pick up dinner ingredients on a Thursday afternoon, our guide to Birmingham farmer’s markets is your go to resource to figure out which local markets meet your needs best.
Alabama Farmers Market is open seven days a week, 24 hours a day, with the majority of vendors open from 6 a.m.-5 p.m. Located at 344 Finley Avenue, the Alabama Farmers Market has been in its current location since 1956-making it the longest running farmers market in the Birmingham area. See their vendor list for further details on which growers you can find there each week.
Pepper Place Market is open 7 a.m.-12 noon on Saturdays–rain or shine–from mid April through early December each year. Located at 2829 2nd Avenue South between 28th and 29th streets, in downtown Birmingham, Pepper Place is an award-winning farmer’s market that is host to a wide range of locally grown and prepared foods and artisan goods. Peak summer months usually feature an average of 30 plus farmers and other related vendors. Live music, chef demonstrations, and visiting food trucks are a few of the other features guests can enjoy. Pepper Place will re-open for the 2014 season on April 12th and will run through December 13th. For updates on weekly events, check the Pepper Place calendar.
Valleydale Famer’s Market is open 8 a.m.-12 noon, Saturdays beginning in mid May through the end of August. This market features local farmers including Whitted Farms, Stone Oak Farms, and Burnette Farms, as well as other vendors and food artisans such as Bare Naked Noodles, Dough to Go, and Tiki Bar Soaps. Valleydale Farmer’s Market also features fun activities for the kids and live music. The 2014 opening date is Saturday, April 27th.
Downtown Homewood Farmer’s Market takes place from 8 a.m.–12 noon, every Saturday mid May through mid August. Hosted by the Homewood Chamber of Commerce and Urban Cookhouse restaurant, the Homewood Farmer’s Market is located in the Soho parking lot at 2850 19th street S., in downtown Homewood. The market typically features more than 15 local farmers and vendors, including Owl’s Hollow Hydroponic Farm, Finer Grind Coffee, and the Dreamcakes food truck–for those wanting indulge in an extra special treat! Check out the most current Homewood Farmer’s Market vendor list. 2014 dates are from May 10-August 9 (excluding Memorial Day, May 24th).
West Homewood Farmer’s Market operates on Saturday mornings from 8 a.m.-noon during June and July, and usually offers one evening market during mid August. In addition to fresh food from area farmers, arts & crafts, and other artisan products, this market also features live music from 9:30-11:30 a.m. The West Homewood Farmer’s Market is located at 160 Oxmoor road, in Homewood. The 2014 schedule runs from June 6th through July 26th, with night markets scheduled for 6:30-8:30 p.m., August 15th, September 19th, and October 17th.
The Summit Market is open on Thursday afternoons from 2-6 p.m., beginning in mid May and operating through the end of July. Located in the Summit, in front of Urban Cookhouse, the Summit Market will feature local farmers, plus a variety of fun kid’s activities and crafts. The 2014 season goes from May 15th – August 14th (excluding July 3rd). The Summit Farmer’s Market is hosted by Urban Cookhouse and is located outside of the UC restaurant in the Summit Shopping Center, 214 Summit Boulevard Suite 102, Birmingham.
Crestline Farmer’s Market is a brand new market this year and will be located at 29 Vine Street in Mountain Brook. The market will be open for business on Wednesdays from 4-8 p.m., beginning June 4th through August 6th.
UAB Farm Stand is an award-winning produce program targeting Birmingham’s downtown food desert by making fresh, seasonal fruits and vegetables available for purchase on the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) campus. The Farm Stand operates from March-mid fall, and is open on Tuesdays, 8:30 a.m.- 2 p.m. on the 2nd floor atrium of The Kirklin Clinic, and on Wednesdays, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Hospital West Pavilion atrium (on the ground floor next to the coffee kiosk).
Eastlake Farmer’s Market is open Saturdays from 8 a.m.-12 noon, beginning in early May through the beginning of October. Located at the corner of 2nd Avenue South and 78th Street in the Eastlake neighborhood (near Ruffner Mountain), the Eastlake Farmer’s Market features locally grown fruits and veggies, local musicians and artists, cooking demonstrations and fun activities for the whole family.
Mt. Laurel Farm School grows and sells more than 75 varieties of vegetables throughout the year. In partnership with Jones Valley Urban Farm, the Mt. Laurel Farm School operates a farm stand located just 1.5 miles from the Mt. Laurel town center. Hours of operation are from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., daily.
Gardendale Farmer’s Market operates on Thursdays, 1-5 p.m., from May through the end of September. Located at the Gardendale Civic Center, at 970 Main Street in Gardendale, this local market also hosts occasional Bake-Off contests. The 2014 season will operate from May 22-September 25.
Fultondale Fresh Farmer’s Market serves the community every Wednesday from 2-6 p.m. from May-October. The opening day celebrates with an annual strawberry festival, and the remaining season features locally grown fruits and veggies, honey, jams, and other local artisan products. The 2014 dates are May 7th-Oct.29th.
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