The Union Street Farmers Market was held for the first time on April 3,1996. Formed by a dedicated small group of local farmers with the assistance of Ken and Linda McGurn and the City of Gainesville, the original purpose of the market was twofold: 1] to provide local farmers a new venue to sell their produce at retail prices; and 2] to create a weekly family oriented event in the Union Street entertainment district that would reflect the vibrant diversity of this university community.
After eleven great years in the Sun Center the market moved to the downtown Bo Diddley Community Plaza. Having evolved into the preeminent weekly event for this area the market hosts 60 plus vendors each week. As of Oct. 18, 2017 in order to facilitate continued growth the market now consists of two entities the Sun Center Arts and Crafts portion- a return to our roots- and the BDP farmers and prepared foods section.
Every Wednesday- rain or shine- 52 weeks of the year they come together from 4-7pm with our loyal customers and help continue our quest to make the world a better place- one vegetable at a time.
So please come downtown and support local producers, musicians and artisans while sharing some quality time with your neighbors.
Contact may be made by emailing Charlie Lybrand,director: firstname.lastname@example.org, or by submitting an online application available on this site. Our Facebook site is strictly a vendor originated site meant to help them reach out to potential customers but has nothing to do with the administration of the market. It should be noted that this is a producer market so you must produce the products you might wish to sell. Also all farms are subject to inspection prior to admission and at any other time that may be deemed necessary.