“The Lord will give what is good, and our land will yield its increase.” Psalm 85:12
If you and I ever get to hang out on a Saturday morning, it’s likely that I’ll try to get you to the Winter Park Farmer’s Market. It’s one of the best farmer’s markets around, and it’s worth the drive from anywhere you might be coming from in the Orlando area.
While I’ve visited the market several times over the past four years, a friend and I decided to meet up for a little wandering a few Saturdays ago. There’s no shortage of flowers, plants, and people-watching to enjoy. There are countless vendors, and all of them are consistently pleasant and helpful. Local honey. Fresh flowers. Artisan olive oils. Dried fruits and vegetables. Plants. Bagel sandwiches. Coffee. Cheeses. Homemade breads. Kettle corn. Cupcakes. And a random barbecue stand that’s surprisingly busy before 10am. It’s all there for your viewing (and purchasing) pleasure.
And what a pleasure it is. While i don’t make it to the market consistently, I usually purchase vegetables for the upcoming week (along with the occasional pastry and coffee). The quality is always excellent, and prices are better or comparable to the grocery store. Add that to the benefit of supporting local growers, and you have the makings of a great morning excursion.
I love that people often bring their dogs to the market. There are even a few vendors specifically for pets. And one of my favorite things to get is a homemade Arnold Palmer from the couple that owns the lemonade stand. Fresh-squeezed lemonade and iced tea is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.
If you live in the Orlando area and haven’t yet made it out to the market, you’ll want to make this a priority soon, especially before it gets too hot during the summer. The farmer’s market is open year-round on Saturdays at the train depot in Winter Park, Fla. You can find out more at the City of Winter Park website. If crowds aren’t your thing, be sure to get there on the earlier side, by 9:30 or so. There will still be a crowd, but it doesn’t seem to get really busy until the 10am or 11am hours. When you’re done, take a stroll up Park Avenue past some of the great shops and restaurants, or sit in the park and watch the trains and the people go by. It’s seriously one of my favorite ways to spend a Saturday morning.
P.S.–“Weekends are for wandering” is a new category/blog series I’m working on about fun and affordable things to do primarily, though not exclusively, on the weekends. Most of the activities will be in Orlando and around central Florida, but you may see a few other places mentioned, like the Fort Worth Stock Yards in Texas that I was able to visit back in March. Stay tuned, and happy wandering!