If you’re green in or around Gainesville, Florida, I want you to be able to use this as a brief guide to just some of the available and plentiful farm food on a local level. Sustainable living is gaining awareness and has a nice following in our city, but there is a lot to discover in the surrounding areas. Here you’ll find where the Winter farmer’s markets/farms are as well as details on each.
1. High Springs Farmer’s Market
James Paul Park, N. Main Street & NW 2nd Avenue in downtown historic High Springs, Florida
(386) 454-2889 or 352-672-5308 firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursdays 2-7 pm or 2-6pm/dusk
This is where to go if you’d like a little of everything and don’t have to have the straight-from-the-farm visit experience. A farmer’s market is a great place to experience green and local farming’s goods in many facets. They are open year-round and in addition to the fresh farm-grown produce available, they also sell trees and shrubs, baked goods, and local artisans sell their crafts here, too. Lots of good stuff to see and interesting people/businesses. While you’re considering shopping there, think about donating your time also as a volunteer. In addition to cash and food stamps, they also accept major credit cards.
2. Laughing Chicken Farm
2397 SE 37th Ave., Trenton, FL
(352) 472-1315 email@example.com
Hours are strictly by call-ahead; they are also available at the High Springs Farmer’s Market
Situated on 10 acres, this farm has truly free-range eggs available. A lot of us have learned that the packaged stuff in the grocery store isn’t always as honest as we’d prefer, or that in fact nothing is (cage-free doesn’t always mean free-range, and neither always means cruelty-free, or humane). The birds they keep on their farm are all humanely raised and treated (although their animals are ultimately killed for meat), and they do not involve hormones or chemicals or even vaccinations in any of their practices. Products are listed as “not for human consumption”, and this is because nothing there is state-inspected. This is a very natural approach. They give tours by appointment if you’d like to check it out for yourself.
3. Jenny Gomes
(352) 315-9051 firstname.lastname@example.org
Looking for real, raw milk? Ms. Gomes has it fresh from the cow. It too is listed as for animal consumption only, much like the Laughing Chicken Farm products. Also like Laughing Chicken Farm is that they carry eggs, which are brown and white and come from naturally fed chickens.
Surely those in and about the Gainesville, Florida area will know at least one or two places in the city to find farm-fresh food this Winter, but if you’re willing to venture outside the city there are even more experiences to be had. Whether you’re looking for another interesting Farmer’s Market to check out, need some free-range eggs you can gather at a real farm, or are interested in raw cow’s milk, supporting green and sustainable living through food purchases in our area is something nearly exhaustive in terms of options. These were but 3– for more in and around the city of Gainesville, be sure to visit the Gainesville Farm Fresh site.