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To Market, To Market

Whether you are looking for a weekly, entirely open-air outdoor market that’s an event in itself, or a permanent structure you can turn to daily to satisfy your food desires, the Florida-Alabama border area has got you covered. Although each market has distinguishing factors of its own, be it size, location, variety of spread, or all of the above, one thing is for sure—all consistently host fresh, seasonal produce options.

Here are a few area markets to check out—some familiar, some not. For a full listing of markets and all of your harvest needs, visit localharvest.org.

WEEKLY (& semi-weekly) MARKETS

Palafox Market
Downtown Pensacola
Saturdays, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Weekly, year-round unless otherwise noted
palafoxmarket.com

If you haven’t visited the bustling year-round Palafox Market by now, you are missing out. Rain or shine, Saturday after Saturday you can find vendors lining up and down Palafox Street from Wright to Chase streets. Sip on a cup of Keen’s Beans coffee while you browse arts and fill your bags full of local produce from a variety of farmers. The market also features canned food items, baked goods, plants, treats for your pets, jewelry and more.

The Market at Saint Monica’s
699 S. Hwy. 95A (Old Palafox Hwy.)
Cantonment
First and third Saturdays, May – Oct., 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
st-monicas.org/market.html

A self-supporting ministry, this seasonal open air market at Saint Monica’s Episcopal Church features fresh produce, fruits, vegetables and other consumables from area farms and back yard gardens, in addition to arts and crafts.

Habitat for Humanity ReStore Craft & Farm Market
6606 Elva St.
Milton
Wednesdays, 10 a.m. -2 p.m.
981-0009

The recent lineup includes fresh corn, squash, zucchini, tomatoes, potatoes, fresh from scratch Chinese buns, local honey, jams, jelly, potted plants like hibiscus, trumpet plants, herbs, and more.

DAILY PERMANENT MARKETS

Bailey’s Produce & Nursery
4301 N. Davis Hwy.
Mon. – Sat., 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
332-5959
baileysproducepensacola.com

A Pensacola tradition, Bailey’s Produce & Nursery consistently offers a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables as well as local honey, yard eggs and other specialty items. They also bring in seasonal produce from across the Southeast, such as Florida citrus from the Indian River region, Chilton County Alabama peaches or Carolina apples.

Burris Farm Market
3100 Hwy. 59 (corner of Hwy. 59 and Hwy. 64)
Mon – Sun, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Loxley, Ala. 
burrisfarmmarketandbakery.com
A family destination for 25 years, Burris Farm Market will meet all of your vegetable and bakery product needs. The market offers produce, breads, sandwiches, salads and a large variety of famous sweet breads, cobblers, pies, Strawberry Shortcake and more.
Flora Bama Farms
6404 Mobile Hwy.
Mon. – Sat., 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
facebook.com/florabamafarmsofpensacola

With an emphasis on quality, sustainable food produced by local farmers, Flora Bama Farms offers a variety of local seasonal produce, honey, cheeses and more. Flora Bama Farms is constantly and consistently bringing in a great variety of items to share with the community.