Local Farmers’ Markets are in full swing around Birmingham. Thankfully, many have strategized options to help maintain public safety during the ongoing pandemic.
As markets spring up around the city, it’s a perfect time to try something new. From fruits and veggies to homemade goods, something will surely tickle your fancy.
Check out our roundup of markets you shouldn’t miss this season!
Started in 2009, The Market at Pepper Place is located in the Pepper Place Entertainment District.
This event responds to the uptick in family farmers needing to connect to the Birmingham community. Fresh, healthy foods are accessible to everyone, and the event adds vibrancy to the corporate Southside area.
To address the ongoing pandemic, there is a curbside pickup option. With just a few clicks, shoppers can experience contactless shopping at Pepper Place Curbside online here. Then, arrive on Saturday and pick up items between 7:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.
Patrons will also be glad to know that The Market accepts SNAP/EBT for goods. Simply visit The Market tent, purchase Market Tokens with your EBT card, and shop! For specific details and a list of eligible items, visit the SNAP/EBT page here.
Products ranging from food to artwork are available to online shoppers throughout the week until 9:00 a.m. Friday, or until items are sold out.
- Address: 2829 2nd Avenue South, Birmingham, AL 35233
- Frequency: Every Saturday, 7 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
- Website: www.pepperplacemarket.com
The Alabama Farmers Market is state-chartered and operated by the Jefferson County Truck Growers Association. Since 1956, it has been located off of Finley Avenue and is the largest market in the state.
Shoppers purchase fresh, seasonal fruits and vegetables here year-round while enjoying a good, old-fashioned farmers’ market atmosphere.
The Alabama Farmers Market offers the Senior Nutrition Program Voucher for seniors to purchase produce. Those interested should contact Deidra at 205-325-1416 for details. You can also visit the Farmers Market Authority of Alabama website here.
- Address: 344 Finley Avenue West, Birmingham, AL 35204
- Frequency: Year-round, 7 Days A Week, Daylight – Until
- Website: www.alabamafarmersmarket.org
- Address: Bessemer Recreation Center, 100 14th Street Hwy 150, Bessemer, AL 35020
- Frequency: Saturdays, 8:oo a.m. – 12Noon, April 17 – September 25
- Website: www.bessemerfarmersmarket.com
- Address: 90 Parkway Dr & Main St. at The Episcopal Church, Trussville, AL 35174
- Frequency: Saturdays, 8:oo a.m. – 12Noon, April 18 – November 21
- Website: www.facebook.com/Trussville-Fresh-Farmers-market-1391022637829551
GENERAL FARMERS MARKET TIPS
- Dress comfortably. Most farmers’ markets require standing and a lot of walking.
- Stash a cooler in your ride so you can store any items you may want/need to keep cool while you’re out and about.
- Bring cash just in case some farmers do not accept plastic, or for tips and those divine extras.
- Most farmers ‘ markets open, rain or shine, so keep an umbrella and/or poncho in the car.
- Remember your reusable bags, hat, and shades!
- Check with the venue prior to bringing your pet. Busy markets can be intimidating for our furry friends!
Please be sure to check the schedule weekly, as well as be aware of any COVID-19 guidelines that will be in effect.
Wear your mask and remain 6 feet apart to protect yourself, as well as farmers and their families.