Category Archives: Shopping

Buy Your Produce at the Jacksonville Farmers Market

The Jacksonville Farmers Market, a local tradition since 1938, is Florida’s oldest farmer’s market.   There, over 200 farmers and vendors offer the widest and freshest selection of fruits and veggies available at a fraction of grocery store prices.  The market is also your place to purchase unique, ethnic, and specialty items not easily found elsewhere.

Browsing the shopping area is a delightful experience and a trip back to yesteryear, when most of our food items were grown and purchased locally.  My new goal – to buy one  fruit or veggie weekly that I rarely or never use and prepare it!

If you go:  The Jacksonville Farmers Market is located at 1810 Beaver Street, one mile West of downtown, and is open from predawn to dusk 365 days a year.  While you’re there, sample some of that fresh produce at Andy’s Farmer’s Market Grill, open for breakfast, lunch or take-out.


Visit the Olde Mandarin Corner Market

Olde Mandarin Store & Post Office

Open on alternating Sundays from noon until 4:00 pm, the Olde Mandarin Corner Market is located on the grounds of the Mandarin Community Club at 12447 Mandarin Road (corner of Mandarin Rd and Brady Rd).  There, you will find free admission and parking, local artisans, the Book Exchange, great food, and fresh produce.

While you are strolling the grounds, just as Harriet Beecher Stowe and other residents of yesteryear, be sure to visit the Old Mandarin Store  and Post Office.  The original proprietor was Walter Jones, and the store and post office were the hub of village social life from 1911 until it closed in 1964.

There are 3 more dates to enjoy this free Mandarin event before it closes for the summer: May 20th, June 3rd, and June 17th.  For more information, visit their website at Olde Mandarin Corner Market.

See you there!

Shop at the Riverside Arts Market

Situated under the canopy of the Fuller Warren Bridge is Jacksonville’s premier arts market.  You can find anything here – handmade soaps, farm fresh organic produce, exotic plants, street performers, great food, and more!

Best of all, admission is free, with plenty of parking within walking distance.  A great way to enjoy a beautiful Jacksonville Saturday!

The Riverside Arts Market is open every Saturday March to December from 10:00am to 4:00pm.  For more information and to see who will be performing this Saturday, visit their website at