Fresh, natural in abundance at farmers market

Fred and Ty bringing in fresh produce photo by Aaliya Rashad

Searching for cream of the crop produce every Saturday seems to be the norm for many Tallahassee residents. This Saturday was no different.

Families gathered in the open, grassy field of the Cornerstone Church from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. hoping to find fresh produce and other items. 

Now in its 40th year, the Tallahassee Farmers Market is one of the oldest in the state of Florida.  The market pulls in more than 25 local and regional vendors with a wide selection of items for sale such as fruits, vegetables, mushrooms, meats and cheeses. Many of the vendors have been long time participants. 

“We love our family owned businesses at the market. For over eight years, Mac, Fred, and Ty have been bringing fresh produce to the market. Their regionally sourced Plant City strawberries are delicious,” the official Tallahassee Farmers Market instagram page said in a post.

The market encourages an environment that is accommodating to a variety of people with different income levels. Each individual vendor has their own payment system that usually accepts cash, checks, credit cards and seasonal Farmers Market Nutrition Program Vouchers.

Outside of products, the new location of the market near Thomasville Road and Kerry Forest Parkway makes it pet and kid friendly. It also occasionally has cooking demonstrations and other events while customers have a look around.

According to, vendors tend to offer free samples of their products and there are great shops and restaurants nearby to make a day out of the entire experience. 

Husband and wife Bobby and Catherine Holden bring their 100 percent grass-fed beef every Saturday from their farm in Grady County, Georgia.

Bobby and Catherine Holden at the Farmers Market photo by Aaliya Rashad

“All of our cattle are born, bred, and raised here on our fourth generation farm. The cattle are allowed to graze and grow at their own rate. They are free of hormones and antibiotics. We feel that grass fed, all natural, pasture raised beef is better for the environment, for the animal, and for you,” Bobby Holden said.

Officials with the market recommend customers and anyone interested in making a purchase arrive before noon for the best selection of products.

The Tallahassee Farmers Market, for many years located at Market Square, now is at2904 Kerry Forest Parkway in northeast Tallahassee.

For more information, visit both their Facebook and Instagram @tallahasseefarmersmarket.