Florida Farmer’s Market

So…I’ll say this quickly… I just got back from a two week holiday in Florida. What can I say, it was gorgeous. No need for temperature details here but one thing I wanted to post about was this amazing farmer’s market that I went to in Orlando.

It was in the centre of the park, there was jazz music, tons of people baking yummy food and a myriad of stalls overflowing with Oranges, Lemons, all colours of Bell Peppers and hot Peppers and all sizes and shapes of Tomato – plus a few things that I’d never seen before, including a Pear-Apple hybrid!

The presentation – overflowing baskets – made me want to scoop up the whole lot and take it all home.

I like the fact that you were given a woven basket to shop with. I felt like the head cook of a stately house, browsing the kitchen garden and picking only the best produce for my recipe. Gorgeous!

19 Responses to “Florida Farmer’s Market”

  1. Debbieon 01 Feb 2011 at 9:48 pm


  2. Adaon 01 Feb 2011 at 10:22 pm

    Wow indeed.
    Makes me want to hop on a flight and catch some sun and warmth.

  3. Nick Pettiton 01 Feb 2011 at 10:53 pm

    Oh wow! Do you know where in Orlando? There are a few different farmer’s markets, but this one looks great! :)

  4. Susanon 01 Feb 2011 at 11:14 pm

    The colours are amazing. It really brings home how drab it is here at this time of year. Roll on spring.

  5. TubbyMikeon 02 Feb 2011 at 1:40 am

    Rats! I lived in Lake Mary for a while and I never got wind of this. Wish I had. Those tomatoes do look very good. The closest I got was at my friend’s house when he offered me juice and then walked out to his back yard and took some clemantines off the bush and straight into the juicer. Yum. I guess not hearing about these markets is part of the joy of working in IT. All work and no play…
    At least I tried to walk Daytona Beach every Saturday. Happy days.

  6. Jameson 02 Feb 2011 at 8:18 am

    wow, those chillies look awesome!

  7. Siobhanon 02 Feb 2011 at 11:34 am

    That looks so juicy and delicious. I can’t wait til the spring kicks in here!

  8. mtpon 02 Feb 2011 at 1:53 pm

    Hi Nick, It’s at Lake Eola Park, every Sunday, so I believe. The fresh squeezed orange juice was amazing too.

  9. Karinon 02 Feb 2011 at 5:07 pm

    My mouth is watering just looking at the pictures. It’s too much for a cold February day in Britain. Those fruits are just to dream of at this time of the year.

  10. normalityandmeon 02 Feb 2011 at 5:47 pm

    I love farmers markets. I live in Winchester which has a great one twice a month. Won the 2011 Farmers Market of the year too. Whoop for Winchester!
    I think if we had Florida temperatures and woven baskets to shop with as well as the great food i might just die and go to foodie heaven.

  11. Nikion 02 Feb 2011 at 7:18 pm

    Great photos – a visual treat on a snowy day like today – 8 inches last night and another 18 to 24 inches today! Love the blog..

  12. janerowenaon 02 Feb 2011 at 7:30 pm

    I used to live in Winchester – I can vouch for the farmer’s market, normailtyandme!

    My mother had one of those trees that are a cross between pears and apples. They are lovely. She called it Asian Pear. The crops on it were enormous, far greater than on a pear tree. I used them to make wine, as well as pies etc.

  13. Svetlaon 03 Feb 2011 at 2:37 pm

    I don’t want to disappoint you, folks, but what you see is not locally produced. It is stuff imported from Mexico and further south. This winter is one of the coldest in Florida on record. And yes, you can have early tomatoes and peppers in Florida. Early June, not early February.

  14. Damoon 04 Feb 2011 at 6:22 am

    Amazing selection of peppers!

  15. Bridgeton 04 Feb 2011 at 10:13 am

    Wow, all that produce looks amazing! I don’t care if it comes from Mexico. It’s just the inspiration needed to get going here at this time of year.

  16. feron 06 Feb 2011 at 12:38 pm

    Everything looks so yummy!
    great to have you back, hope you had fun

  17. K Thomason 06 Feb 2011 at 4:02 pm

    Look at that presentation! Only the Americans can it like that. We were in New England during fall, and their roadside displays of squashes, pumpkins and chrysanthemums nearly made us crash the car!

  18. Siobhanon 20 Feb 2011 at 8:30 pm

    I was just saying to my boyfriend that the People’s Supermarket should display their produce like this. It would be like a food shop equivalent of lush.

  19. womanon 20 Mar 2011 at 12:06 pm

    Great selection of vegetables and they all look so delicious!