After labor day I planned to make jelly and jams with fruit from the fall harvest. For weeks I talked about going to the Winter Park Farmers Market, certain that I would find a wealth of choice fruit, but time got away from me and before long it was Thanksgiving Day.
I finally went on the Saturday after Thanksgiving weekend. The Winter Park Farmers Market is located at the old renovated train depot (according the City of Winter Park’s website) on the corner of New England Avenue and Aloma Avenue near Rollins College. I was somewhat surprised by the size of the market. It was smaller than what I anticipated, but it was definitely worth the trip.
There were a number of vendors at the market. Fruit and vegetable vendors, and vendors who sold plants, poinsettias, and mums made up the majority of the market. One vendor offered freshly made pastas; another sweets. Two or three vendors offered local honey or jarred olive salads.
The quality of the produce was superb and reasonably priced. Most of the fruit and vegetables were healthy and much larger than supermarket counterparts.
My husband picked up a bunch of gigantic radishes. I grabbed a few enormous yet perfect pomegranates for my jelly. I was really tempted to walk away with a crate of citrus, but I was eager to make pomegranate jelly.
Bromeliads, mums, orchids, and poinsettias in full bloom adorned the market along with many other plants and flowers.
I nearly picked up a bromeliad or two and a dark purple Christmas cactus (one of my favorites).
The market also had several food vendors, but honestly, after I picked up the pomegranates, I could only focus on getting home and crushing my pom seeds. We did pass one vendor who made hot kettle corn on the premises. The smell permeated the market, and we almost succumbed to the temptation.
The Winter Park Farmers Market is located within walking distance of Park Avenue, a popular Winter Park shopping and dining area. If you haven’t been, it’s definitely worth the trip. While you’re in the area, you should stroll along Park Avenue, and if time permits, walk over to the Rollins College campus.
Winter Park Farmers Market
200 W New England Ave
Winter Park, FL 32789
Hours: Saturday, 7 am to 1 pm