Local farmers markets make it easy to access fresh, local, & affordable food all week long
Whether you’re downtown or in one of the surrounding communities, or just wanting to pick up fresh and local dinner ingredients on a Thursday evening, our guide to 2015 Birmingham farmers markets is your go to resource to figure out which local markets meet your needs best. Here in the Birmingham area, we’re lucky to have an extended farmers market season, leaving you with lots of opportunities to visit each and every market!
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 opens for the 2015 season on April 18th and runs through December 13th. For updates on weekly events, check the Pepper Place calendar.
My Green Birmingham Tip: Find ou more here about participating vendors for Pepper Place Market
Valleydale Farmers Market is open 8 a.m. – 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 2015 opening date is Saturday, May 23rd.
Downtown Homewood Farmers Market takes place from 8 a.m.– noon, every Saturday with an opening date of May 30th through August 15th (closed July 4th). 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.
West Homewood Farmers Market operates on Tuesday nights from 5-8 p.m., during June and July. 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 2015 schedule runs from June 2nd through July 28th, with additional market nights scheduled for August, September, and October on every 3rd Tuesday, from 5-8 p.m.
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 is now operated by Boozer Farms, a small, family run farm located in Chilton County. Open from April through October, and is open on Tuesdays, 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. on the 2nd floor atrium of The Kirklin Clinic, and on Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Hospital West Pavilion atrium (on the ground floor next to the coffee kiosk). The 2015 schedule runs from April 7th-October 28th.
The Summit Market is open on Thursdays from 3-7 p.m., beginning its 2015 season on May 28th and operating through August 13th (excluding July 3rd). 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 Summit Farmer’s Market is hosted by Urban Cookhouse and is located outside of the Urban Cookhouse restaurant in the Summit Shopping Center, 214 Summit Boulevard Suite 102, Birmingham.
Read more about Urban Cookhouse sponsored farmer’s markets and their efforts to connect folks with local food.
Crestline Farmers Market features fresh produce by vendors such as Owl’s Hollow and the “Peach Man.” Located at 29 Vine Street in Mountain Brook, the Crestline Farmers Market also offers a children’s area, and will be open for business on Wednesdays from 4-8 p.m., beginning June 3rd through August 5th.
East Lake Farmers 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 East Lake neighborhood (near Ruffner Mountain), the East Lake Farmer’s Market features locally grown fruits and veggies, local musicians and artists, cooking demonstrations and fun activities for the whole family. Opening day and strawberry festival is Saturday, May 2nd.
Mt Laurel Farmers Market and Craft Fair hosts local vendors and farmers at its Manning Place location every Saturday morning from June to October. Visitors can purchase a range of locally grown produce as well handmade craft items such as reclaimed furniture, pottery, and woodcarving. Aside from fresh produce, on site farmers also offer honey, eggs, goat cheese, bread, and even fresh flowers. The 2015 Mt. Laurel Farmers Market and Craft Fair opens on June 6th, and is held each Saturday from 8 a.m. – noon, and is located in Manning Place at 5 Mt Laurel Avenue, Mt Laurel.
Gardendale Farmers 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 2015 season opens on May 21st.
Fultondale Fresh Farmers 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.