Central Fla. farmers markets offer organic grub, artisan goods
Dozens of vendors line the walkway, left and right, where craft items, artwork and fresh food are sold. Welcome to a Central Florida farmers market.
Whether you're looking to spend a nice weekend morning outside, drinking a cold one, or interested in experiencing and learning about local companies, here are a few farmers markets around Orlando:
Lake Eola Park
Located on the corner of East Central Boulevard and North Eola Drive in Downtown Orlando, the Orlando Farmers Market takes place every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The market consists of an array of vendors and food. Owners of local companies come together to promote their products and inform the community about themselves. This month, visitors can enjoy live music with guitarist Joseph Martens every Sunday from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
From colorful, patterned scarves to necklaces and rings, Cindi Bernloehr took her hobby to a more advanced level and created WoodStone Jewelry five years ago. With original handmade designs, she spends three days per week, six hours per day designing and creating the jewelry.
"I call it WoodStone because, to me, I wanted to go for a more earthy, little eclectic, kinda funky, natural kind of feel," Bernloehr said. Being the only one who runs the stand, she promotes her designs at both the Lake Eola location on Sundays and at Winter Garden on Saturdays.
Located at 200 W. New England Ave., the Winter Park Farmers' Market is held at the old train depot that has been renovated into a historical landmark.
Every Saturday from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., the market acts as a popular community gathering that provides a variety of fresh produce, baked goods, plants and more.
Although it's subject to change weekly, the market lists vendors such as Little Italy, Nature Way, The Gun Shake, Waterkist Farms, Paradise Cheesecake and Sweet Potato Pie.
Scraggs Grove's owner Chris Cornine has been working with his wife at both the downtown and Winter Park locations to promote their 100 percent, all-citrus products.
"We are citrus growers. We grow it, pick it, wash it, bag it and juice it," said Chris, who has been seen on the weekends for the past four years.
Also on Saturdays is the Winter Springs Farmers Market, located on State Road 434 and Tuskawilla Road in the Winter Springs Town Center. The primary goal of this location is to provide fresh, homemade, homegrown fruits and vegetables, as well as promote health and wellness with its handmade products.
According to its website, the market's motto states that there are quality products with affordable prices.
Marina Guerges is a Digital Producer for the Central Florida Future. Follow her on Twitter at @marinaguerges or email her at MarinaG@CentralFloridaFuture.com.