Fall Time and Local Foods

Shop local and organic during the fall season and enjoy fresh foods while also helping sustain local family-run farms.

  • Where does your food come from? If you're not sure or are afraid to even look, make a positive change and shop local in St. Augustine! Fall is harvest time and that means delicious, organically grown produce that is ripe for the picking!

    If you love to cook or are looking for healthy options, check out these local farmer's markets or food stands to fill your pantry with fresh, organic foods. Visitors and locals will not only help themselves, but they'll also help the local economy of St. Augustine.

     

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    Every Wednesday from 8 am - 12:30 pm there is a farmer's market at the St. Augustine Beach Pier Park offering local produce from around Florida. This market provides organically grown vegetables, fruits and herbs. The market is located at 350 A1A Beach Blvd, St. Augustine, FL 32080.

    If you can't make it to the Wednesday market there is another farmer's market on Saturdays from 8:30 am - 12:30 pm at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre! Here you can also find locally grown vegetables, fruits, herbs and more. The harvest season will produce a large variety of local foods so come out and see for yourself. The Amphitheatre is located at 1340 A1A South St. Augustine, FL 32080.

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    The St. Augustine Flea Market is a great stop for local produce as well. They have their own plot of land at the St. Augustine Marketplace that serves as a hydroponic, U-Pick farm. Hydroponics is a method of growing plants using mineral nutrient solutions, in water, without soil, "U-Pick" simply means you can cut off the vegetable or herb right from the source! Find the St. Augustine Flea Market and Hydroponic U-Pick farm at 2495 State Road 207 St. Augustine, FL 32086. They are open Saturdays and Sundays from 9 am - 4 pm.
     

    KYV Farms is a prime example of a community effort to produce fresh, organic foods. KYV Farms plants, nurtures and harvests fresh produce, and they even practice animal husbandry for local meats. The farm is a certified organic family farm located in Northeast Florida.

    Their mission is to produce fresh and healthy foods for the local community as an alternative to buying food at the grocery store. They grow over 60 different varieties of certified organic vegetables, fruits and herbs.

    KYV Farms is a CSA or a Community Supported Agriculture meaning that members of the local community share the responsibility for the cost and maintenance of the farm, as well as the income for those who run it. Supporters receive a weekly bag or box of the fresh produce from the farm at a lower retail price. This keeps the community in tune with how and where their food comes from.

     

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    So this fall go by KYV Farms or call them to see how you can become a part of this local effort to maintain a healthy diet and a healthy local economy. KYV Farms' fields are located at 7086 County Road 16A, St Augustine, FL 32092 and their office is located in Switzerland, Florida. Contact KYV Farms at (787) 232-7359 or by email at info@kyvfarm.com.

    As of October 12, 2013 KYV Farms will partner with the St. Augustine Flea Market and offer their rich selection of produce and herbs at the flea market's U-Pick Hydroponic section!

    KYV FARM sells at the farm stand (1670 Borrow Pit Rd) Saturdays from 10 am - 2 pm as well as at the St. Augustine Beach Market on Wednesdays from 8 am - 12:30 pm, the beach market is located at 350 A1A Beach Blvd, St. Augustine, FL 32080.

    (Due to Florida weather KYV Farms' season typically runs from November to June. So, while their crops aren't ready yet, you can join the farm as a member and start reaping the benefits in about a month or so!)

    Sykes and Cooper Farms is another local, family run farm near St. Augustine, in Elkton, Florida. Sykes and Cooper Farms puts on many fun events throughout the year and this fall they have a few exciting things going on! In addition to their family friendly Corn Maze event that they do every fall, Sykes and Cooper Farm is throwing a Fall Harvest Hoedown on October 12th. This event will include a live & silent auction, a delicious low country boil, live music & square dancing! This event is to benefit the Alpha Omega Miracle Home.

     

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    Their farm is located at 5995 Brough Rd. Elkton, FL 32033 and their contact information is (904) 692-1370 or reach them by email at growwithus@sycofarms.com.

     

    For more info on Farmers Markets visit our Calendar of Events...

     

    Stewarts Market on Anastasia Island sells local produce, meats and breads.
    Diane's Natural Market is also a great source for organic and some local foods.





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Updated: Monday, September 30, 2013

Sarah Worthington