Farmers’ Markets and U-Picks

providencemarket_fmupickguideWe all love fresh food and by now most of us know that the very best way to feed our families fresh food is to shop local. So Rocket City Mom has made that even easier with this list of local Farmers Markets and U-Picks, PLUS a map to make it even easier! Who says we don’t go the extra mile? Really? Who says that? 🙂

Farmers’ Markets

Athen’s Saturday Market
409 Green Street, Athens, AL 35611
(256) 232-9040
June – August, on Saturdays from 8AM – Noon
Spirit of Athens is proud to be hosting the Athens Saturday Market. Their mission is to support local agriculture and increase economic opportunities for farmers, small businesses, and artisans; to educate and provide access to healthy local foods; and to build a vibrant gathering place for Athens residents and visitors.

Bailey Cove Market at St. Thomas
12200 Bailey Cove Rd, Huntsville, AL at St. Thomas Episcopal Church
Mini-Market all May
June – September, on Saturdays from 8AM – Noon
The full Bailey Cove Farmers’ Market will open on June 1st at 8:00 AM. They will be open every Saturday through September except for Saturdays which are part of a national holiday weekend, i.e., Independence Day weekend and Labor Day weekend. We will have fruits and vegetables of all kinds, all grown and supplied by North Alabama and southern Tennessee farmers, plus artisanal breads, jams, jellies, etc. as well as eggs, meat, flowers, and plants. NOTE: A “mini-market” will be open the month of May and just a few vendors with seasonal foods.

Madison City Farmers Market
1088 Hughes Rd, Madison, AL 35758
April 11 – September, 8AM-Noon
October – November 22, 9AM-1PM
Come early for the best selection of local veggies, fruits, cheese, eggs, beef, pork, chicken, fresh herbs, honey, home baked goods, relishes, jams and jellies. There are also creations from local artisans including handmade cards, soaps, lotions, candles, wood crafts, sewn items and other handmade items.

Madison County Farmers’ Market
1022 Cook Avenue, Huntsville, AL 35804
(256) 532-1661
Tuesdays, Fridays & Saturdays from 7AM-3PM June – November
You can phone to find out about its assortment of seasonal organic food, vegetables, local specialties, fruits and crafts.

Ayer’s Farmer’s Market
2015 Memorial Parkway in Huntsville, AL
(256)533-5667
Closed Sunday, but open every other day from 8AM – 6PM.
The Ayers supplied the residents of Huntsville with farm-fresh produce for over 30 years. Open daily, some produce is even picked on the very day of its sale. In addition to fruits & veggies, they carry a full line of canned fruits and jellies, custom fruit baskets (they deliver to Huntsville Hospital!), homemade pies, and more.

Decatur/Morgan County Farmers Market
211 1st Ave. SE, Decatur, AL 35602
(256) 476-5595
6AM-6PM, Monday-Saturday starting in April
Takes WIC, SFMNP. Phone to learn more about its assortment of organic food, fruits, vegetables, local specialties and crafts.

The Greene Street Market At Nativity
208 Eutis Avenue & Greene Street, Huntsville, AL 35801
Thursday 4-8PM, May – October
This is a local, producer-only market where you can know the farmers who grow your food. Items available: produce, meat and dairy, breads, honey and relishes, fresh herbs and flowers, cooking demonstrations and live music! Another great part of this market is its conjunction with downtown Huntsville’s Sidewalk Arts Stroll beginning in June.

HealthWorks Market at Huntsville Hospital
101 Governor’s Drive at the Plaza Resource Center Tram Station
Thursdays May-October, 7:30AM – Noon
Fresh local produce, delicious artisan breads, herbs, gourmet slaw, cheese, jams, jellies, and more! Cash & check only.

Latham United Methodist Church Farmer’s Market
109 Weatherly Road, Huntsville, AL 35803
Tuesday 3-6PM, May – September
Wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as specialty foods and goods by local artisans. Family friendly entertainment and you help support local farmers.

Village of Providence Artisans & Farmers Market
7 Town Center Drive, Huntsville, AL 35806
256-469-3066
Saturdays from 8:00 AM – Noon, May – November
Tuesdays from 3:30 – 7:00 PM, May – November
New in 2016, a combination of Artisans, Farmers, Entertainment and Community Services will combine to make this a unique and fun Saturday morning destination.

Terry Heights Farmer’s Market
1000 Meadow Drive, Huntsville, AL 35816
Spring opening TBD. Open Wednesdays from 4PM – 7PM. A brand-new offering that started in May of 2013, this neighborhood’s market features fresh produce and goodies made by locals.

The Market at Good Shepherd, Decatur, AL
1000 Meadow Drive, Huntsville, AL 35816
Spring opening TBD. Open Wednesdays from 4PM – 7PM. A brand-new offering that started in May of 2013, this neighborhood’s market features fresh produce and goodies made by locals.

Tuesday Farmer’s Market at Meridianville
3809 Spring Ave SW, Decatur, AL
The Market is an open-air weekly community gathering to visit, be entertained, learn about a craft or a food.  Vendors are local farmers and artisans.  Often, there are wonderful musicians and singers on the front lawn.  Come, enjoy the fellowship, and support your local artisans and farmers

Open Air Farmer’s Market
Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment
Shop local farmers, artisans, and makers for your organic vegetables, handmade jams jellies and cheeses, and more! This market will focus on primary producers and makers and their products, all of which have been produced within 125 miles of Lowe Mill. Opens April – October

Winchester Road Farmers Market
2940 Winchester Rd, New Market, AL 35761
Opens May 19, 2016 and runs every Thursday, May through September, 4:00-7:00PM, Local Farmers, Fruit, Vegetables, and much more!

Have you been berry picking yet? Photo by Rhett Maxwell, Flickr Creative Commons

Orchards, U-Picks, & Roadside Stands

Note: Please call ahead before visiting, as some places only offer U-Pick at certain times of the year.

S&J Produce & Farm Fresh Vegetables
8154 Hwy 72, Madison
No phone or website
Open June – September, Monday – Saturday from 8:30 AM – 5:30 PM. This is the newest roadside stand in Madison and is located across from the Target Shopping Center. Seasonal veggies and Amish canned goods can all be found here.

Blue Willow Farms
336 John Cross Road, Toney
(256) 503-4855
Open mid-June through late August, Blue Willow Farms invites visitors to pick their own blueberries. The farm is located less than an hour away from downtown Huntsville.

Isom’s Orchard & Roadside Stand
24012 U.S. Highway 72 East, Athens, AL 35613
(256) 232-0808
Open 7AM – 7PM in May – November with seasonal fruits and vegetables.
The past year has been rough on the Isom family, with their orchards and fields taking the brunt of last year’s devastating tornadoes. But they are back in business with their fresh peaches, apples, gourds, pumpkins, and fresh produce in the summertime.

Mary Mac Farm
2060 Dug Hill Road, Brownsboro
(256)534-5328
With more than 1,200 blueberry bushes on two acres of land, Mary Mac Farm offers U-pick blueberries as well as blackberries. Open from June 15-August 15th. Be sure to call ahead.

Brown Farms
384 Walnut Grove Road, New Market, AL 35761
(256) 828-0710
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Brown’s has been a u-pick staple for years. Their sweet strawberries are local and legendary.

Crow Mountain Orchard
6236 County Road 39 Fackler, AL 35746
(256) 437-9254
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A bit of a drive, but totally worth it. Fruit is grown on 150 acres of apples, peaches, nectarines, pears, berries, and cherries. Stand hours are 8:00 am to 5:00 pm 7 days a week. (Closed on Thanksgiving.)

Gin House Branch Farm
1579 Bethel Road S., Decatur, AL
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For more than 10 years, Gin House Branch Farm has grown various berry crops. Since 2004, the farm has been exclusively a U-pick enterprise and welcomes visitors to pick their fresh blueberries and muscadine grapes.

Isom’s Orchard
24012 U.S. Hwy 72 East, Athens, Alabama 35613
Isom’s Orchard in Athens, now in its fourth generation of growers, has been selling peaches since 1957. Wes Isom, current owner and farmer is proceeded by his grandfather, E.K, who started growing peaches before World War II, and his father, Joe, who began a peach stand in 1957. Isom’s will provide you with a wide variety of only the freshest and tastiest produce! Open June-November with seasonal fruits and vegetables. Best known for peaches, apples, and apple cider & slushies. Follow them on Facebook.

Scott’s Orchard
2163 Scott Road, Hazel Green, Alabama 35750
(256)828-4563
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Specializing in apples and apple goodies like cider, apple butter, jams, and jellies, this long-standing orchard in Madison County is very popular in the Fall.

Steele Apple Orchard
1695 County Road 1141 Cullman, Alabama 35057
(256) 734-5249
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Located in North Central Alabama, in the unique and beautiful old German town of Cullman. Visit our gift shop and bakery located in the orchard surrounded by apple, peach, and plum trees. Buy your fresh hand picked fruit from over 20 different varieties of apples and 6 different varieties of peaches.

Bill’s Honey Farm,
8714 Moores Mill Road, Meridianville, AL 35759
(256)828-4836
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Don’t believe that old wives tale about local honey helping allergy sufferers, but you’ll still want to grab a jar of Bill’s. He also offers blueberries, blackberries, and beeswax candles.

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