We 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?
Athen’s Saturday Market
409 Green Street, Athens, AL 35611
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
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
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
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
Saturdays from 8:00 AM – Noon, 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.
J Sparks Hydroponic Strawberry & Vegetable Farm
312 Esslinger Drive, Gurley, Al 35748
Opening in May, Tuesday – Friday 9AM – 4:00 PM, Saturday 8AM – 3PM
That’s right… HYDROPONIC. This working farm houses an on-site market and even sells home hydroponic garden systems. Strawberries, lettuces, melons, herbs, and fresh produce of all sorts are offered. Group farm tours can also be arranged with an advanced call.
Isom’s Orchard & Roadside Stand
24012 U.S. Highway 72 East, Athens, AL 35613
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.
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.
Three Rivers Farmer’s Market
2421 Winchester Road, Huntsville, AL 35811
Formerly known as the South Huntsville Farmer’s Market located on South Parkway, this market is open daily in its new Riverton area from 9AM-6PM Mon-Sat. It still features all the great local produce it did previously.
Tuesday Farmer’s Market at Meridianville
175 Monroe Road, Meridianville, AL 35758
This market is located onsite at the First Baptist Church Meridianville every Tuesday. Opening day will be May 20, 2014 from 4PM – 7PM. Hope to see you there!
Orchards, U-Picks, & Roadside Stands
Note: Please call ahead before visiting, as some places only offer U-Pick at certain times of the year.
Blue Willow Farms
336 John Cross Road, Toney
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.
Mary Mac Farm
2060 Dug Hill Road, Brownsboro
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.
384 Walnut Grove Road, New Market, AL 35761
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
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
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.
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.
2163 Scott Road, Hazel Green, Alabama 35750
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
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
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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