Shopping at a farmers’ market can be quite a delight. It’s overflowing with all kinds of fresh colorful produce, samples are usually yours for the asking, the growers are right there to answer your questions, and you can feel at ease giving the merchandise a quick sniff or thump. It’s a good time, a learning opportunity, and great shopping all rolled into one. And, in Savannah, we’ve got our pick of fantastic farmers’ markets, all within a hop, skip, and a jump.
Here are five that you’ll find either in the heart of Savannah or less than 25 minutes away.
Forsyth Park (Downtown Historic District)
Saturdays, 9:00am to 1:00pm
You can pop by Forsyth Park any Saturday morning throughout the year, rain or shine, and weave your way past the vendor tables and tents set up at the south end of the park. Simply check out the chalkboards and hand-written signs to get clued in on what’s available that day. Seasonal local and regional produce are on the list of course. Plus lots of other items like jams and jellies, locally roasted coffee, and various meats. There’s an info booth too and a youth tent offering kids’ activities.
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Garden City (Savannah’s west side)
Weekdays, 6:00am to 6:00pm
Saturdays, 9:00am – 5:00pm
On the west side of town, we’ve got the State Farmers Market where you can get up close and personal with a myriad of locally grown products. Pick and choose among organic and seasonal fruits and vegetables including favorites like “Sweet Vidalia Onions” and vine-ripe tomatoes. You’ll also find a wide selection of jams, jellies, and syrups. At holiday time, you can get your hands on goodies like just-picked pumpkins and pecans. And the market also has a local spice company.
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American Legion (near the Tybee Lighthouse)
Mondays, 10:00am to 1:00pm
If the ocean is calling your name and you also want to get on a shopping trip, don’t forget about the farmers’ market on Tybee Island. Like most things Tybee, it has its own unique vibe. Vendors vary each week. And, in addition to the usual edibles like fruits, veggies, and baked goods, you are just as likely to see everything from seafood to beef jerky and artisan wares to organic dog treats. The market is also pet-friendly by the way.
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Islands High School (Whitemarsh Island)
Saturdays, 9:00am to 1:00pm, March-June, September-December
In the spring and fall, you can switch up your Saturday morning shopping and head out to the Wilmington Island Farmers’ Market. It’s got a wide variety of local farmers, growers, artisans and food vendors. Plus, it boasts programs such as guest chefs, musical entertainment, Storytime for kids, and an Artisans Market on the first Saturday of each month and Crafty Corner on the last.
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J.F. Gregory Park (under a covered pavilion)
Tuesdays, 2:00pm to 7:00pm, April to October
Then there are our neighbors just 20 minutes to the south in Richmond Hill who—each week from spring to early fall—provide a place where we can purchase fresh produce as well as other items like honey, flowers and arts and crafts. Remember, the market is open rain or shine, the vendors vary, and you can catch live entertainment as well as fun activities for the kids.
As both shopping spots and gathering places, farmers’ markets in the Savannah area are thriving community hubs. You can meet up with friends for a social outing and socialize with like-minded strangers as you peruse the booths of colorful produce and enjoy the other activities. And you can spend a little family time learning from the growers and enjoying each other’s company.
It’s in keeping with the sense of community that’s commonplace in Savannah. We see it every day at Live Love Savannah when helping home buyers and sellers to realize their desires, and it’s one of the things that we keep top-of-mind in all that we do.