September 02, 2010
Audubon Park Community Market
It's pretty amazing how the farmers' market trend has exploded within the last year. Not only have they popped up in towns big and small across the country, but right here in Orlando it seems that just about every community has its very own farmers' market.
I haven't been to all of them here, but it makes me happy to know that people in our community are striving to support sustainability and the locavore movement. Clearly, I can't do all of my shopping at the various farmers' markets, but I'm certainly willing to pay for quality items where I can.
With that said, I finally made my way to the Audubon Park Community Market for my first time this past Monday. Most markets are Saturday or Sunday mornings, so I just never think to go on a Monday night. But since a friend invited me along, it was my chance to finally check it out.
With tents situated in the parking lot at Stardust Video and Coffee, the market has a very intimate and bohemian feel. While a group of musicians were tuning up, market-goers strolled around sampling, buying, talking, and hanging out. And the best part is everything at this particular market is made or grown locally.
I ended up coming away with a half-dozen eggs ($2.50) from Lake Meadow Naturals farm in Ocoee and a wedge of cheese ($5.75) from the Winter Park Dairy. My friend also purchased eggs and a tomato plant ($4). For us it was a successful first visit... and I'll certainly be going back.
What: Audubon Park Community Market
When: Mondays, 6 to 10 pm
Where: Stardust Video and Coffee, 1842 E. Winter Park Road, Orlando