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Local Farmers Markets: Bringing fresh foods and produce direct to local communities

Few of us understood the complexities of our food supply chain – until the recent “supply chain issues” plagued us. Now, we all see the importance of having food available to us when we need it, and of the highest quality possible. And that’s exactly what local farmer’s markets do for us. These enterprises connect farmers to local communities. Best of all, you’ll never have to take a trip to the farm – unless you want to, and you’ll always be welcomed!

Thanks to farmer’s markets like the Jacksonville farmers market and the Gainesville farmers’ market, all the fresh, organic, and sustainable meats, dairy, herbs, fruits and vegetables come right to your neighborhood. They’re just around the corner from you!

DIG Local Network – Jacksonville Farmers Market

The Dig Local Network is an organization that firmly believes in the power of community gardens and farmers’ markets. In order to provide a sustainable future food supply, where everyone has access to better food choices, the Network strives to deliver nutrition education and foods that help everyone to eat better. As part of that vision, the Network runs the Jacksonville farmers market – your one-stop shop for everything fresh and sustainable!

Come rain, sleet, or sunshine, you can head on out to Penman Park in Jacksonville Beach every Wednesday and Saturday, between 10 AM to 2 PM, to get your fill of local and organically-grown produce. So, what’s on the menu? Well, you name it – and it’s there:

  • Freshly harvested local and organic fruits and vegetables
  • All-natural meats
  • Vegan and gluten-free foods
  • Homemade cheeses and teas
  • Locally made, freshly baked breads
  • Honey cultivated at local apiaries (also known as a beehives)

If it’s vendor produced only food that you’re looking for, then the  Jacksonville farmers market at PENMAN PARK 321 Penman Road Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250 is where you’ll find it

Frog Song Organics – Gainesville Farmers’ Market, Florida

Just 30-minutes from the University of Florida, you’ll find Frog Song Organics, part of the Gainesville farmers’ market where sustainable farming, and locally produced foods are the focus. Established with a sustainable and local-centric vision, this family operated enterprise has embraced sustainable, organic, small-scale farming practices.

So, what’s on offer? Frog Song Organics, located at 4317 NE US HWY 301, Hawthorne, FL 32640, offers a wide range of local-grown produce, including:

  • Fresh eggs and poultry
  • Pasture-raised pork
  • Flowers
  • Herbs
  • Pickles
  • Kimchi
  • Jams
  • Syrups

Just prior to the ongoing health crisis, the farm supplied 100 Community Supported Agriculture organizations, and made its produce available to local grocers, restaurants, and other distributors, including the Gainesville farmers’ market. They even offer home delivery service – from their farm to your kitchen! And, in case you’re wondering: Are the products safe? Well, with USDA Certification[i] in 2012, there’s absolutely no reason to hesitate buying and enjoying Frog Song Organics products.

Show Your Support

These enterprises, like so many listed here on Local Corners, are part of your community. Supporting them means assuring yourself, and your future generations, that there’ll always be a sustainable food chain you can rely on.


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