Your ultimate guide to exploring 19 Birmingham Farmer’s Markets

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Eat the rainbow. (Ross Bridge Farmer’s Market / Facebook)

Birmingham Farmer’s Markets are the best place to find seasonal, fresh produce and support local farmers. Read on for some of our favorite spots in The Magic City to stock up on artisan baked goods, meats, farm-fresh fruits and veggies and more! Brought to you by our friends that know a thing or two about staying healthy, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama.

This list is in no particular order.

Birmingham Farmer’s Markets you need to check out:

1. Local Source Market & Grocery

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Find them in Five Points South. (Matthew Niblett / Bham Now)

Local Source calls themselves a “Farmer’s Market inspired Grocery” in the heart of Five Points South. They offer a variety of locally-sourced goods, including seasonal produce, cheese, eggs, meats and so much more. Bonus? You can get the goods delivered straight to your house via their website!

2. Burnette Farms Market & Café

fresh made fudge from Burnette Farms Market & Café
There’s nothing like fresh made fudge. (Burnette Farms Market & CafĂ© / Facebook)

Support a local, longstanding family business—Burnette Farms is a fourth generation family farm! Their Pelham storefront sells fresh produce from the farm, along with specialty items in the café.

3. The Market at Pepper Place

This one is especially popular among Birminghamians. On Saturday mornings, you’ll find Pepper Place buzzing with folks picking up deliciously fresh local produce, meats and goodies for the week, and maybe a pastry…or two…

4. Central City Urban Farm

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Greens on greens. (Central City Urban Farm / Facebook)

No soil? No problem! The pros at Central City Urban Farm are on their hydroponic game and produce some gorgeous looking gourmet lettuces, kale, spinach, basil, chives and more. Check out their website to place your order.

5. Ross Bridge Farmer’s Market

Ross Bridge Farmer’s Market is a must-visit for those looking to experience some of Birmingham’s best produce and most popular treats. They also feature art from local artists as well as things like handmade candles and home decor.

6. West Homewood Farmer’s Market

Every Tuesday evening in June and July and the first Tuesday in August, you’ll find us at the West Homewood Farmer’s Market. The feel-good community event is dedicated to “feeding both the tummy and the soul” of those that attend. Home to food trucks, local vendors and more, it’ll be your new summer go-to.

7. Live HealthSmart Alabama Mobile Market

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Rolling right up to your neighborhood. (Bham Now)

Mobile Markets bring affordable, fresh food straight to neighborhoods at great prices. The trend has been growing in popularity across the country and we now have one in Birmingham, too. The Live HealthSmart Mobile Market brings fresh food to multiple Birmingham communities, including Norwood, Fountain Heights, Tarrant and Bessemer. Inside, you’ll find a wall of fresh produce, plus pantry staples, dairy and proteins.

8. Alabama Farmer’s Market

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Farm fresh. (Alabama Farmer’s Market / Facebook)

This long-standing market has been supporting our state’s farmers for over 100 years! The year-round market is open seven days a week, and hosts vendors from across the state. Their website also has a helpful tool to educate customers on what is currently in season, so you can plan your shopping before heading to the market.

9. East Lake Farmer’s Market

The East Lake Farmer’s Market is a program of P.E.E.R. Inc., developed in 2005 to combat the limited access to fresh food and other resources for healthy living in South East Lake. Head to the market for plenty of delicious fruits and vegetables, plus baked goods and more. They also offer regular health screenings, children’s activities AND have a mobile market of their own.

10. Birmingham Central Market

birmingham central market
Produce galore. (Bham Now)

You’ll find Birmingham Central Market at the BJCTA Intermodal Facility. The market, conveniently located in the heart of downtown Birmingham, makes fresh fruit and veggies easily accessible.

11. The MarketPlace at Lee Branch

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Market season is upon us! (The MarketPlace at Lee Branch / Facebook)

Head to the MarketPlace at Lee Branch for Alabama fruits, vegetables, meat, honey and more. The “rain or shine” market takes place on Saturday mornings from late April to August each year.

12. Little Giant Farm Market

Up for a little road trip? Head to this Sumiton market. It’s less than 30 minutes from Birmingham and prides itself on great customer service.

13. Murphree’s Market & Garden Center

Open year-round, this Vestavia Hills storefront boasts an impressive selection of plants, plus plenty of seasonal produce. Locals flock to Murphree’s for strawberries and peaches each year. The family-owned biz celebrates their 45th anniversary this year, so be sure to swing by and help them celebrate!

14. Birdsong Farmer’s Market

You’ll find this Saturday morning market right outside Automatic Seafood and Oysters. Local farmers set up shop and bring their finest—from muffins and eggs to fresh vegetables.

15. Yellow Hammer Farms

Yellowhammer Farms
Teenage plants at Yellow Hammer Farms. (Pat Byington / Bham Now)

Let’s welcome another indoor hydroponic farm to the list! Yellow Hammer Farms is the newest downtown farm growing everything from kale and lettuce to fresh herbs. How adorable are those “teenage” Georgia Collards? Head their way to stock up on some fresh veggies.

16. Vestavia Hills Farmer’s Market

Fans of the Vestavia Hills Farmer’s Market are on the edge of their seat as they await the final vendor list, anticipated to be released on their Facebook page soon. Popular past vendors include sno balls, specialty coffee, fruits, vegetables and more. The Wednesday market begins on May 4 and will run weekly through August 28, from 10AM-1PM.

17. Bessemer Farmer’s Market

Bessemer Farmers Market
Veggies on veggies. (Bessemer Farmer’s Market / Facebook)

The Bessemer Farmer’s Market prides itself on showcasing socially disadvantaged farmers, which they define as poor farmers, farmers of color and women farmers. They’ll open for the season on April 16, and opening day will feature live music and (of course) plenty of delicious treats! Keep an eye on their Facebook for more details.

Looking for more tips on eating healthy and feeling your best? Visit Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama’s website.

18. Helena Market Days

Happening every Saturday from the first weekend in June through the last weekend in August, Helena Market Days features local farmers and producers selling fresh vegetables, flowers, honey, bread, jams, jellies, baked goods and much more. Each week, they also highlight a different non-profit for fundraising and mission awareness purposes.

Don’t miss their live music and chef demonstrations, too!

19. Hueytown Harvest

Hueytown Harvest is a Certified Alabama Farmer’s Market taking place on Saturdays from 8AM—Noon, March—August 2022. Take a peek at their 2022 vendors and you’ll find everything from local artisans to brunch food, meats, desserts and more.

They also offer free yoga at 9AM, cooking demonstrations with tasty samples at 10AM, and free hands-on crafts for children (on most Saturdays) from 9-11AM. Talk about having something for everyone!

Contributors: Cecilia Wood

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