These Are The 10 Best Farmers Markets In Alabama For 2018


These are the best farmers markets the state of Alabama offers.

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Who doesn’t love a great Farmers Market?

According to the United States Department of Agriculture, the popularity of Farmers Markets is growing. What was once a niche shopping experience for the wealthy and ultra health conscious has become mainstream. And to appease the diverse populations that have shown interest in farmers markets, vendors have expanded their offerings. You can now get ice cream, homemade soap and even beer to go along with your organic beets and mushrooms.

And they aren’t just popular in liberal enclaves and on the west coast.

Farmers markets are booming in areas that had trouble making inroads in the past. 20 years ago, you’d never think you’d find farmers’ markets in Kansas City, Detroit or St. Louis.

Simply put, farmers markets aren’t just for farmers any more.

So, where are the best farmers’ markets in Alabama? We’ve got the answers here. (We’ll explain our methodology below.)

These are the best Alabama farmers markets:

  1. The Market At Pepper Place, Birmingham, AL
  2. Tuscaloosa Farmers’ Market At The River Market, Tuscaloosa, AL
  3. Morgan County-Decatur Farmers Market, Decatur, AL
  4. Madison City Farmers Market, Madison, AL
  5. The Greene Street Market At Nativity, Huntsville, AL
  6. College Street Farmers Market, Florence, AL
  7. Valleydale Farmers Market, Birmingham, AL
  8. Homegrown Alabama Farmers Market, Tuscaloosa, AL
  9. Urban Cookhouse Farmer’s Market – Homewood, Homewood, AL
  10. Urban Cookhouse Farmer’s Market – The Summit, Birmingham, AL

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how each market ranked. If you have a smile on your face, you probably live in one of these cities where things are oh-so farmers market friendly.

And after you find a great farmers market, check out the best places to live in Alabama or the cheapest place to live in Alabama.

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How do you decide if a farmers market is awesome or not in Alabama?

In order to rank the best farmers markets in Alabama, we had to determine what criteria makes for a good market experience. It isn’t a stretch to assume that great farmers’ markets have a variety of options, are up to date with the latest technology, and are in areas with decent populations. Because everyone should be able to take home some homemade jam, right?

So we researched the internet for a database that contains all that information.

How we crunched the numbers for the Heart Of Dixie

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using Department of Agriculture data produced for the state of Alabama, along with the government census numbers, we looked at every single farmers market in the state. We paid particular attention to:

  • Number of amenities
  • Each market’s technology improvements
  • Variety of items to buy
  • Nearby population
  • Number of organic vendors

We then gave each market a HomeSnacks Score. The higher the score, the better the farmer’s market ranked. What we found is there seems to be a balanced number of large farmers markets near major city centers as well as awesome farmers markets in smaller communities. That’s the way it should be!

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1. The Market At Pepper Place

The Market At Pepper Place -- Birmingham, AL

Source: Public Domain

Score: 80.0
City: Birmingham, AL
Address: 2829 2nd Avenue South, Birmingham, AL 35233
Times: Sat: 7:00 AM-12:00 PM

Credit Cards: Y
WIC: N
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: Y
Coffee: Y
Flowers: Y

2. Tuscaloosa Farmers’ Market At The River Market

Tuscaloosa Farmers' Market At The River Market -- Tuscaloosa, AL

Source: Public Domain

Score: 71.4
City: Tuscaloosa, AL
Address: 1900 Jack Warner Pkwy, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401
Times: Sat: 7:00 AM-12:00 PM

Credit Cards: Y
WIC: N
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: Y
Coffee: Y
Flowers: Y

3. Morgan County-Decatur Farmers Market

Morgan County-Decatur Farmers Market -- Decatur, AL

Source: Public Domain

Score: 68.6
City: Decatur, AL
Address: 211 1st Ave SE, Decatur, AL 35601
Times: Mon: 7:00 AM-3:00 PM Wed: 7:00 AM-3:00 PM Fri: 7:00 AM-3:00 PM Sat: 7:00 AM-3:00 PM

Credit Cards: Y
WIC: Y
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: Y
Coffee: Y
Flowers: Y

4. Madison City Farmers Market

Madison City Farmers Market -- Madison, AL

Source: Public Domain

Score: 68.6
City: Madison, AL
Address: 1088 Hughes Road, Madison, AL 35758
Times: Sat: 8:00 AM-12:00 PM

Credit Cards: Y
WIC: Y
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: Y
Coffee: Y
Flowers: Y

5. The Greene Street Market At Nativity

The Greene Street Market At Nativity -- Huntsville, AL

Source: Public Domain

Score: 62.9
City: Huntsville, AL
Address: 208 EUSTIS AVE. & GREENE STREET, Huntsville, AL 35801
Times: Thu: 4:00 PM-8:00 PM

Credit Cards: Y
WIC: N
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: Y
Coffee: Y
Flowers: Y

6. College Street Farmers Market

College Street Farmers Market -- Florence, AL

Source: Public Domain

Score: 60.0
City: Florence, AL
Address: 526 E College St, Florence, AL 35630
Times: Thu: 3:00 PM-7:00 PM

Credit Cards: Y
WIC: Y
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: Y
Coffee: Y
Flowers: Y

7. Valleydale Farmers Market

Valleydale Farmers Market -- Birmingham, AL

Source: Public Domain

Score: 57.1
City: Birmingham, AL
Address: 4601 Valleydale Rd., Birmingham, AL 35242
Times: Sat: 8:00 AM-12:00 PM

Credit Cards: Y
WIC: Y
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: Y
Coffee: Y
Flowers: N

8. Homegrown Alabama Farmers Market

Homegrown Alabama Farmers Market -- Tuscaloosa, AL

Source: Public Domain

Score: 57.1
City: Tuscaloosa, AL
Address: 812 5th Avenue, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401
Times: Thu: 3:00 PM-6:00 PM

Credit Cards: Y
WIC: Y
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: N
Coffee: Y
Flowers: Y

9. Urban Cookhouse Farmer’s Market – Homewood

Urban Cookhouse Farmer's Market - Homewood -- Homewood, AL

Source: Public Domain

Score: 57.1
City: Homewood, AL
Address: 2850 19th Street South, Homewood, AL 35209
Times: Sat: 8:00 AM-12:00 PM

Credit Cards: Y
WIC: N
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: Y
Coffee: Y
Flowers: N

10. Urban Cookhouse Farmer’s Market – The Summit

Urban Cookhouse Farmer's Market - The Summit -- Birmingham, AL

Source: Public Domain

Score: 54.3
City: Birmingham, AL
Address: 250 Summit Boulevard, Birmingham, AL 35243
Times: Thu: 3:00 PM-7:00 PM

Credit Cards: Y
WIC: N
Baked Goods: Y
Prepared: Y
Coffee: Y
Flowers: N

There You Have It – The Best Farmers Markets In Alabama

If you’re looking for a breakdown of farmers’ markets in the Heart Of Dixie ranked by criteria that vendors and customers agree on, this is an accurate list.

For more Alabama reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Farmers Markets In Alabama

Name City Rank Score
The Market At Pepper Place Birmingham 1 80.0
Tuscaloosa Farmers’ Market At The River Market Tuscaloosa 2 71.4
Morgan County-Decatur Farmers Market Decatur 3 68.6
Madison City Farmers Market Madison 4 68.6
The Greene Street Market At Nativity Huntsville 5 62.9
College Street Farmers Market Florence 6 60.0
Valleydale Farmers Market Birmingham 7 57.1
Homegrown Alabama Farmers Market Tuscaloosa 8 57.1
Urban Cookhouse Farmer’s Market – Homewood Homewood 9 57.1
Urban Cookhouse Farmer’s Market – The Summit Birmingham 10 54.3
Eastchase Farmers Market Montgomery 11 54.3
Latham Farmers Market Huntsville 12 54.3
Poplar Head Farmers Market Dothan 13 48.6
Jacksonville Alabama Farmers Market Jacksonville 14 48.6
Chicago Street Farmers Market Foley 15 45.7
Jack Oo Lantern Farm Muscle Shoals 16 45.7
East Lake Farmers Market Birmingham 17 40.0
Tuscaloosa County Truck Growers Association Northport 18 40.0
Fairhope Outdoor Farm Market Fairhope 19 40.0
Mainstreet’s Dowtown Farmers Market Alexander City 20 40.0
Bessemer Farmers Market At Medical West Bessemer 21 37.1
Festhalle Farmers Market Cullman 22 37.1
Calera Farmers Market Calera 23 37.1
Riverchaseumc Farmer’s Market Hoover 24 34.3
Enterprise Farmers Market Enterprise 25 34.3
Athens Saturday Market Athens 26 34.3
Selma/dallas County Farmers Market Selma 27 34.3
Walker County Farmer’s Market Jasper 28 34.3
The Market At Good Shepherd Decatur 29 31.4
Sylacauga Farmers Market Sylacauga 30 31.4
84 West Farmers Market (Dothan) Dothan 31 28.6
City Of Albertville Farmers Market Albertville 32 28.6
Alabama Gulf Coast Market Gulf Shores 33 28.6
Jefferson County Truck Growers Association Birmingham 34 25.7
Mt Laurel Farmers Market Birmingham 35 25.7
Madison County Farmers Market Huntsville 36 25.7
O Grows Farmers Market Opelika 37 25.7
Leeds Farmer’s Market Leeds 38 25.7
Calhoun County Farmers Market Anniston 39 22.9
Uab Farmers Market Birmingham 40 20.0
Wiregrass Farmers Market Dothan 41 20.0
Gardendale Farmers Market Gardendale 42 20.0
Prattville Autauga Farmers Market Prattville 43 17.1
Linn Place Market Birmingham 44 14.3
Pioneer Farmers Market Troy 45 14.3
St. Clair County Farmers Market Pell City 46 11.4
Halls Mill Road Farmers Market Mobile 47 8.6
The Market At Ag Heritage Park Auburn 48 2.9
Mount Laurel Farmers Market Birmingham 49 0.0
Fairview Farmers Market Montgomery 50 0.0
Montgomery Curb Market Montgomery 51 0.0
Cumc Farmers Market Mobile 52 0.0
Market On The Hill Mobile 53 0.0
Market On The Square Mobile 54 0.0
Bridge Street Farmers Market Huntsville 55 0.0
Fresh Market At Ross Bridge Hoover 56 0.0
Russell County Farmers Market Phenix City 57 0.0
Gadsden Farmers Market Gadsden 58 0.0
West Homewood Farmers Market Homewood 59 0.0
Trussville Fresh Market Trussville 60 0.0
Trussville Springs Farmers Market Trussville 61 0.0
Helena Market Days Helena 62 0.0
Center Point Farmer’s Market Center Point 63 0.0
Center Point Parkway Market Center Point 64 0.0
Talladega Square Fm Talladega 65 0.0
Scottsboro Farmers Market Scottsboro 66 0.0
Ozark Farmers Market Ozark 67 0.0
Hartselle Farmers Market Hartselle 68 0.0
Dekalb County Farmers Market Fort Payne 69 0.0
Barbour County Farmers Market Eufaula 70 0.0
Irondale Farmers Market Irondale 71 0.0
Atmore Farmers Market Atmore 72 0.0

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