Auburn Opelika farmers marketThere are lots of things which can make you feel like summer is truly here, but we feel that a visit to a farmer’s market is one of the best of those. Taking a few hours out of your day to take in all the sights and smells on display at a local market is a great way to get some grocery shopping done and to unwind. It’s also a far more personal experience than heading to the local convenience store.

Auburn and Opelika have some wonderful farmer’s markets for you to visit, and here are just five of our favorites:

1. Market at Blooming Colors

If you’re looking to find some of the freshest produce on offer in Alabama then you won’t have to look any further than the Market at Blooming Colors. All your favorite vegetables and fresh herbs are for sale, as well as a range of organic fruits, including peaches and blueberries. In addition to being one of the best markets in the area Blooming Colors also features a store where you can purchase all your gardening and landscaping materials, and they even run a series of Success Seminars on different topics. This market is open between 8am and 7pm each weekday, and from 10am to 6pm each Sunday.

2. Opelika Farmers Market

A very popular market with something to offer every visitor, including not only fresh locally-grown produce, but also some other culinary treats like boiled peanuts, cordials, a dizzying selection of secret sauces, baked goods and they even have freshly frozen dinners for those of you who want to enjoy fresh produce, but simply don’t have the time to cook meals yourself. There’s a whole range of baked and dairy goods on offer here too, so you can do pretty much all your weekly grocery shopping in one place. This farmer’s market opens between 8am and 5:30pm Monday to Saturday, but is closed all day Sunday.

3. O Grows Farmers Market

Some of the markets on our list are open throughout the year, but the O Grows market is a little bit different in that it only opens during the summer months – typically each Tuesday from May through to September. Just be warned that this market can shut up shop several weeks earlier if their supply of produce is exhausted earlier than expected, which happens on a regular basis.

The different vendors at this market sell everything from all the very best in local produce you’d expect, right through to fresh local honey, some of the best peaches and blueberries you’ve ever tasted, homemade ice cream, fresh bread, cinnamon rolls and other baked goods. It’s worth visiting this market at least once this summer.

4. The Market at Ag Heritage Park

This market is open for business every Thursday between 3pm and 6pm, from May until the end of August each year. The popularity of this market has grown with each passing year, and that’s thanks in no small part to the wide range of goods and produce on offer here. You can choose from a full range of fresh organic fruits and vegetables, but the vendors who set up here also sell everything from handmade jams and jellies, to handmade cheeses and even soaps. Remember that buying produce at a market like this means you’re supporting local business. Plus, you know the source of everything you’re eating.

5. Parkway Farmers Market

Open all year round, this market is also open 7 days a week, so you don’t have to cram testing all their produce and goods into a few short months each summer. No matter what time of year it is this market has something you’ll want to buy, from season vegetables and flowers, to Pumpkins for Halloween and even Christmas Trees for the holiday season. You’ll also find a full range of dairy products, eggs, baked good, jams, preserves and jellies, and even candy for your kids. You owe it to yourself to visit Parkway Farmers Market at least once this year.