Jacksonville Farmers Market Celebrates 75 Years

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Many believe that Jacksonville is a community that lacks a marketable attraction. The type of unique and enjoyable travel destination that helps a city create a name for itself. Just west of downtown, we already have that type of destination in the Jacksonville Farmers Market. This weekend, the Jacksonville Farmers Market is celebrating 75 years of serving the First Coast in the form of a three-day Anniversary Celebration & Fall Festival filled with family-friendly activities, entertainment, and food, creating an ideal opportunity for the greater community to explore this special local landmark.

Fresh oysters at Junior's Seafood.

Fresh Mayport whiting at Junior's Seafood.

An assortment of homemade pies including sweet potato, pecan, and cherry at Spouses Bakery & Deli.

Smoked meats including sausage and Roger Wood sliced pork fatback at Millers Produce, Greens, & Meats.

A young lady models the "small" gift basket offered at Alma Produce.

Jerry Whitehead of Whitehead Farms specializes in an array of preserves, tomatoes, peas, Mayhaw jelly, flavored syrups, and other wide ranging produce.

Kids love Hawaiian ice and Icees on the weekends and ice cream, cookies, and more from market vendors and businesses, such as Andy's Farmers Market Grill.

Junior's Fish & Shrimp offers fresh local seafood of every kind including Mayport shrimp (headed, headless), live blue crabs, fresh caught fish (whole, fillet, and smoked) including whiting, grouper, croaker, mullet, snapper, flounder, black sea bass, and trout, fresh Apalachicola oysters, & clams. Junior also sells fresh smoked salmon and frozen tilapia fillets to round out his offerings.

Today's Jacksonville Farmers Market totals 9 acres. Plans are being developed for incorporating an adjacent former grocery store building into an indoor public market, retail space and more.

Article by Ennis Davis, AICP. Contact Ennis at edavis@moderncities.com

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