Now that summer crops are starting to appear, it is time to shop at my favorite places… farmers markets! I love going to see what produce and food is available in order to plan my menu for the week. Sometimes I am surprised by a delicious drink or snack. It is also a great opportunity to get my hands on delicious local honey and pickles. During the summer and fall months, I make a point to visit a farmer’s market at least once a month. Now that social distancing is becoming a little less strict, I recommend visiting your local markets.
Here are my top 5 on the Gulf Coast.
Location: 12321 Preservation Dr. Gulfport, MS 39503
When: First Sunday of Every Month 1-4 P.M.
This one is hands down my favorite Farmers Market on the Gulf Coast. They only have it a short time once a month, but I try to go each time. I find a variety of snacks, vegetables, homemade goods, and even meat. I usually get Mrs. B’s Honey and buy some of the most delicious egg rolls. (We affectionately call her the Egg Roll Lady!). Booths change from month to month so it is always a surprise who you will find.
Location: Under I10 Bridge Howard Ave. Biloxi, MS
When: Every Tuesday and Thursday 6 A.M.-4 P.M.
I often pass by the market on my way to work and see a good number of vendors each week. The market also is able to continue rain or shine since it is covered. Sometimes Main Street Biloxi has bands or events during this time as well! This is a great place to check for live plants as well as produce.
Location: 1000 Washington Ave. Ocean Springs, MS 39564
When: Every Saturday Mornings
This is a great place to spend Saturday mornings. (When you are done, you can enjoy the shops in downtown Ocean Springs.) Ocean Springs Fresh Market has much more than just produce. There is fresh baked goods, beef jerky, and more. Keep track of new items on their Facebook page.
Location: War Memorial Park Pass Christian, MS 39571
When: Saturday Mornings (Call the City of Pass Christian for Specific Times)
Forever and a day ago, Leah and I participated as vendors in this market! On Saturdays, Pass Christian hosts a market at War Memorial Park. This one has more crafts and art than the other markets on this list. However, there is food and produce as well. This market is weather depending so check the radar before going!
Location: Town Green Jefferson Davis Ave. Long Beach, MS 39560
When: Saturday Mornings 8 A.M.-12 P.M.
I visited this one awhile back, but hope to go by again soon. (Working almost all Saturdays puts a damper on Farmer Market times!) I see they have Serious Bread as a vendor as well. This is a local bakery that has a delicious selection of bread, muffins, and cookies. Their flat bread is often fought over! The market is also located next to one of my favorite coffee shops Bankhouse Coffee.
Honorable Mention: Woolmarket Produce
Location: 8416B Woolmarket Road, Biloxi, MS 39532
When: Monday-Saturday 9 A.M.-5:30 P.M.
If you need a more flexible time for buying local produce, I recommend stopping at Woolmarket Produce stand. They are friendly and have a variety of seasonal vegetables and even free range meat. Woolmarket Produce also helps me get my fancy pumpkin fix in the fall and even sell fresh cut Christmas trees. They are also located next to a snow cone stand too!
Why I Love Farmers Markets
Shopping at Farmers Markets is a great way to support both local growers and reduce your carbon footprint. A lot of produce at these markets travel a shorter distance and reduce the use of gas used in transport. It is fun for me to look at the face of the person who grew the vegetables and fruit. I hope this summer I can score a few yellow watermelons and plenty of local honey!
What do you like to buy at Farmers Markets?
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