Market closed permanently 1/21/21

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. After more than  sixteen years of vibrant markets serving downtown and east Gainesville when covid-19 arrived the city of Gainesville’s reaction was to declare the farmers market a nonessential business and to deny it any access to alternatives to continue serving both the patrons and vendors of so many years. Because of this the Union Street Farmers Market began its new chapter of continuing existence at Celebration Pointe on June 3rd, 2020.  Every Wednesday afternoon, 52 weeks of the year- rain or shine- around 40 vendors selling conventional, hydroponic, and  organic seasonal produce, plants, honey, fruits, baked good, free range meats, seafood and eggs as well as vegan and other types of prepared foods fill the green on Celebration Pointe Ave.
Also each week there are multiple performers of live music on the main stage. Enabling the market to remain  the premier weekly event occurring in the Alachua County area.
So come out 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.


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