5 More Places That Existed Then That Are Better Now

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Here are five more historic sites in Jacksonville that have gotten better with age.

4. Jacksonville Farmers Market

Aerial of Jacksonville Farmers Market on September 16, 1953. State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, http://floridamemory.com/items/show/166908

The Jacksonville Farmer’s Market, formerly the Jacksonville Produce Market, opened in 1938. Originally, the JFM was a wood and sheet metal structure, featuring a produce packing plant, a barbershop, and a steakhouse.

Today, the JFM is one of Florida’s oldest farmers markets, and covers approximately 9 acres. It is approximated that the JFM has over 20,000 visitors a week! In the future, it has been mentioned that the JFM would like to bring in some new vendors—primarily bakers and meat makers. Nevertheless, today, there's over 100 vendors selling everything from flowers, honey, and boiled peanuts to baked goods, fresh local seafood and organic or specialty products.

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

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