The Best Local Farmers Markets in Miami

By Carissa Chesanek

Farmers markets are primarily the place to get locally-sourced ingredients. And as we become more conscious about what we eat, more and more farmers markets are popping up in Miami. Local and sustainable food is now not just something we see in many restaurants today, but also something widely seen in our own kitchens at home. If you’re interested in finding local, organic goods in your area, or while you’re here visiting Miami, here are a few of the top farmers markets in town.

Miami Beach & Aventura

Lincoln Road Farmers Market: Between Washington and Meridian Avenues on Lincoln Road 

When: Open year-round on Sundays from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Tourists and locals alike enjoy strolling Lincoln Road’s busy outdoor mall especially during this popular farmers market with local vendors offering fruits, veggies, fresh plants, honey and jams. This market is open year-round so you’ll never have to worry about missing out on trying those freshly-made fruit smoothies everyone talks about. Vendors line up along the Lincoln Road pedestrian mall between Washington and Meridian Avenues, but the organic produce is found in front of Lincoln Theatre (at Pennsylvania Avenue and Lincoln Road).

South Pointe Triangle Park: Alton Road Between 1st and 2nd

When: Open year-round on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Explore the picturesque South of Fifth neighborhood, also known as SoFi, and you'll find a lovely fresh and local farmers market every Saturday. You'll find delicious food for breakfast and lunch from Crepemaker Cafe, La Provence Artisanal French Bakery & Cafe, Zak the Baker and more. Then head over to the beach park for a day of fun in the sun.

Normandy Village Farmers Market: Normandy Isle Fountain at 7892 Rue Vendome

When: Open year-round on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

More of a mini farmers market, here at the Normandy Isle Fountain on Miami Beach, you'll find a small selection of fresh produce, juice, artisan honey and colorful orchids.

Aventura Mall Farmers Market: 19501 Biscayne Boulevard

When: Mid-February through October, two weekends a month

Unlike most of the other outdoor markets, this one is set up indoors at the always-busy Aventura Mall. You’ll find a vast selection of vendors set up by the fountain at Center Court selling a solid selection of local products. You'll find a diverse selection of vendors selling food and crafts like freshly cut flowers, tropical plants, baked goods, fresh guacamole, cooking oils and potpourri. You'll also find already prepared delights and high-quality crafts.

Downtown, Brickell & Surrounding Area

Upper Eastside Farmers Market at Legion Park: Biscayne Boulevard at 66th Street

When: Open year-round on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Led by the Urban Oasis Project, this farmers market sells certified organic produce from Verde Farm and offers an incentive program to encourage patrons to buy fresh Florida food. A non-profit organization, the mission of the Urban Oasis Project is to make healthy and local food options available to everyone in the community.

Mary Brickell Village Farmers Market: 901 South Miami Avenue

When: Open year-round on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Set within the busy surroundings of Mary Brickell Village, this popular location with lots of foot traffic holds vendors that feature weekly-changing goods rather than local produce. Local artisanal jewelry highlights the show, with unique items for both people and their pets.

Brickell City Centre Farmers Market: Between 7th & 8th Street, underneath the Metromover Track

When: Open year-round on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Shop organically grown produce as well as a variety of artisan cheese, honey, bread, prepared foods, olive oil and more. There's a great selection of beautiful orchids and other plants. Order a fresh fruit smoothie or nosh on authentic Argentinian empanadas.

Adrienne Arsht Center Farmers Market: Thomson Plaza for the Arts at 1300 Biscayne Blvd.

When: Open year-round on Mondays from 4 to 8:30 p.m.

Start the week off right with a visit to this bustling farmers market in the heart of Downtown Miami. You'll find fresh-from-Florida produce like seasonal fruits and vegetables, as well as a variety of prepared foods. There are also seasonal workshops and cooking demonstrations from notable chefs and authors, as well as live music.

Jackson Memorial Hospital Farmers Market: 1601 Northwest 12th Avenue

When: Open year-round on Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Located near the hospital, this farmers market offers the perfect opportunity to load up on fresh produce and baked goods every Tuesday.

Government Center Farmers Market: 101 NW First Street

When: Open year-round on Thursdays from 9 a.m. 4 p.m.

Head to the street level plaza in front of the Stephen P. Clark Governmental Center Metrorail station and you'll discover stands full of fresh local produce and more.

Coconut Grove & Coral Gables

Coconut Grove Farmers Market: 3300 Grand Avenue and Margaret Street

When: Open year-round on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

For nearly two decades, the Coconut Grove’s Farmers Market has been a staple to shop for fresh fruits, veggies, spices and herbs, and continues to wow its shoppers today. There’s a section devoted to raw vegan desserts with ice “creams” made from cashew and coconut milks, along with other must-try food stands that offer items like Nori wraps, tiramisu or strawberry shortcake. You’ll also be able to find local homemade breads, organic homemade creams and Jamaican raw food. The hours at this market are more flexible, opening earlier and later than many others within the Miami area.

Coral Gables Farmers Market: 405 Biltmore Way (in front of City Hall)

When: Open mid-January through March on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Walk along the lushly landscaped, tree-lined streets at this market and you’ll feel right at home. Locally-grown fruits and vegetables are key players here, but there’s also fresh coffee, baked goods and an herb stand with authentic spices and mixes to choose from. Adults and kids alike can take part in a variety of activities offered throughout the day, including cooking demos from local chefs, gardening workshops from top green thumbs and free Tai Chi classes from the pros. While you’ll need to slather the sunscreen and sport sunglasses, you can enjoy plenty of shade found adjacent to the festivities, which makes for a great spot for a picnic.

University of Miami: Between the Library and Student Center

When: Open on Wednesdays when school is in session from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Find healthy items such as locally grown and organic produce, baked goods, artisanal cheeses, local honey, marinades, ceviche, pasta and more. There are also vegan and gluten free dessert options.

South Miami & Pinecrest

South Miami Farmers Market: 6130 Sunset Drive, in front of South Miami City Hall

When: Open year-round on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

This market promotes a community-focused environment that is focused on a healthy, life-sustaining lifestyle by offering some of the best local produce. Don’t let the small size fool you, this market has everything you need including Florida fruits, veggies, eggs, and grass-fed beef. Sample spicy jams, and fresh salsas while checking out cooking demos and informative lectures about South Florida’s edible plants. The market is open year-round and currently only accepts cash. Parking is free and easy, right by City Hall and South Miami Library.

Pinecrest Garden Green Market: 11000 Red Road

When: Open year round on Sundays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Located in the former Parrot Jungle property (now renamed as Jungle Island and located in Miami Beach), this farmers market location is perfectly situated under large, shady banyan trees and is known for offering a mix of organic growers and producers selling fresh, local agricultural goods. Enjoy sampling items like homemade guacamole, exotic fruit, olive oil and artisan breads. And if you’re really hungry, head to the food stands offering crepes, conch fritters and ribs. But you don’t have to be hungry to shop here, as there’s other non-food items to enjoy too, such as organic shea butter, Tibetan teas, medicinal herbs and traditional remedy books. There’s plenty to see and lots of people ready to see it, so be sure to arrive early to beat the crowds and bring cash as many of the stands don’t take credit cards.

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