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Farmers' Markets: Eat healthier this spring with fresh, local produce

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UPDATED: 4.8.14

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Farmers’ markets and community gardens can be a great way to find local and low-cost fruit and vegetables to help you eat healthier. As spring returns, many of the farmers’ markets will be re-opening soon! Here are few markets you may want to check out in the coming weeks:

Pepper Place Saturday Market

This lively market on 2nd Avenue South will be re-opening on Saturday, April 12! This market not only features great fresh food vendors, but also has live-music every week and chef demonstrations by local Birmingham chefs. You can also find local artisans selling their work. The market is open from 7 am to noon every Saturday until December.

The Birmingham Farmers’ Market

One of Birmingham’s oldest farmers’ market is open year-round is operated and owned by Alabama farmers. This indoor market located on Finley Avenue has extended summer hours, 7 days a week from 5am to 8pm and offers both whole-sale and retail produce. You can find locally and regionally grown produce, garden plants and flowers, fresh prepared foods, and hand crafted items at this market.

East Lake Market

The East Lake Farmers Market is open May through October at 7753 1st Avenue South. However, they also have a lot of events going on around town all year round.  They have Mobile Markets visiting different locations in April. Check out their calendar for more information.

West Homewood Market

The West Homewood Farmer’s Market will open a little later in the year. This market located at 160 Oxmoor Road in Homewood will be open ever Saturday in June in July from 8 am to noon and will feature night markets in the fall.