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Alachua County Farmers Market
December 5 @ 8:30 am - 1:00 pm
Farmers markets can exist for many different reasons. No one reason is better than any other, but each market’s mission is the basis for its rules and operating procedures.
The Alachua County Farmers’ Market (ACFM), was founded to give growers a place to sell home grown produce directly to the public so they can generate sustainable income from farming. By doing so, it has enabled many farmers to keep on farming instead of having to take other jobs or to sell their land for development.
A Growers Only Market
Because of this mission, the ACFM is a grower’s only market. What this means is that the people selling produce, plants, and other products at the ACFM must have grown the items themselves. They are NOT allowed to purchase produce from other farms or wholesalers and resell it. That is why there are certain crops, like asparagus, that are not available. They simply don’t grow well in Florida.
When you go to the market, you are meeting real farmers. While they may have some non-farming helpers behind their booths, there will be at least one person who can tell you how the crops were grown, whether or not they are organic, and what variety they are. Plant sellers can tell you whether a particular shrub needs shade or sun and how often it should be watered.
By shopping at the ACFM, you are supporting Florida farmers at the same time as getting wonderful fresh produce and beautiful plants at a great price. We thank you for helping Florida agriculture thrive.