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The Union Street Farmers’ Market opened for the first time on Apr. 3, 1996. Formed by a dedicated small group of local farmers with the assistance of Ken and Linda McGurn and the city of Gainesville, the original purpose of the market was twofold: 1] to provide local farmers a new venue to sell their produce at retail prices; and 2] to create a weekly family oriented event in the Union Street entertainment district that would reflect the vibrant diversity of this university community.

Contact can be made by emailing Charlie Lybrand @ charlielf@msn.com.

From humble beginnings selling under market umbrellas provided by the Sun Center, after 8 great years the market outgrew the Sun Center and moved to the Bo Diddley Community Plaza. Every Wednesday afternoon, 52 weeks of the year- rain or shine- around 65 vendors selling conventional, hydroponic, and seasonal organic produce, plants, honey, fruits, baked good, free range meats, seafood, as well as vegan and other types of prepared foods fill the plaza.
Also each week there are multiple performers of live music on the main stage. Enabling the market to become the premier weekly event occurring in the downtown area.
So come to the Community Plaza and support local producers, bakers and musicians while sharing some quality time with your neighbors. Help us succeed in our quest: to make the world a better place- one vegetable at a time.