Orlando’s Farmers Market at Lake Eola: Eating, shopping and strolling at the city’s original outdoor market
Orlando’s Farmers Market at Lake Eola has a history dating back to 1987. Here’s a little background from their website:
In 1987 the Downtown Development Board started the Orlando Farmer’s Market to help provide a shopping opportunity for residents who lived in the downtown area.
The Orlando Farmer’s Market’s first home was located in a high-traffic area under I-4 across from the infamous Church Street Station where it drew a large attraction from tourists and locals alike. Even the chefs from the local downtown restaurants would come in their full uniforms and chef hats to buy fresh vegetables from local farmers for their signature menus.
In the late 90’s an increase in Downtown construction made access to the Orlando Farmer’s Market difficult for visitors so the DDB relocated it to a more centralized and less busy part of the Downtown area known as Heritage Square at Central and Magnolia. The Farmer’s Market remained there until 2004 when the revitalization of the Downtown area boomed and the Farmer’s Market would have to move one final time to it’s current home at Lake Eola.
A beautiful backdrop of Lake Eola, a centralized location of Downtown Orlando, a host of high-rise condominiums and downtown residents have made the Orlando Farmer’s Market’s newest location at East Central Blvd and North Eola Drive a great success!
Indeed it is a success. We try to stop by at least once a month to enjoy the scenery and the shopping. It is a very relaxing environment with plenty for the adults and the kids to enjoy.
Currently the market is open on Sunday’s from 10am to 4pm. And starting at noon they even have a wine and beer garden. The address and other information are listed at the bottom of the post.
If you’d really like to make a day of this, consider incorporating the farmers market at Lake Eola into this: Walking tour of Lake Eola and Thornton Park
Here are a few photos from our last trip. Click on any picture to view it full-screen. You can also view an expanded photo gallery with 22 images on the OI Facebook page.
Remember, you can also view an expanded photo gallery with 22 images on the OI Facebook page.
Official website: http://www.orlandofarmersmarket.com