When the Jacksonville Farmers Market opened in 1938, the Great Depression still had three years to run. Florida’s population was 1.77 million, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
And in January 2018, you would need $1,745.54 to buy what $100 would have purchased in January 1938, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Consumer Price Index Inflation Calendar.
Today, this open-air market attracts over 1 million visitors annually — more than 56 percent of the Sunshine State’s population in 1938. And more than 100 farmers and other vendors set up, selling retail and wholesale.
Pardon the construction, which should be finished in late June. Upgrades include new sidewalks along the sides of each building. New steel awnings covering those sidewalks will allow for shopping in any weather and provide shade for vendors.
But some things haven’t changed. For example, the Jacksonville Farmers Market still offers fresh produce (and lots of other goods). Of course, the offerings have greatly expanded over eight decades, and this market is known for its ethnic and imported specialty items.
In addition to the many produce vendors, other sellers include The Green Spot; among its offerings: plants, shrubs, fruit trees and hanging baskets.
Do you need shrimp, lobster tails, oysters, fish and other denizens of the depths? Visit JR’s Fresh Seafood.
Conscious Eats sells specialty herbs, spices, cheeses and oils.
Days, hours etc.
The Jacksonville Farmers Market is open from dawn to dusk, 363 days a year. (It’s closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day; and it closes early on Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.)
JFM is at 1810 W. Beaver St., about 1 mile west of historic downtown Jacksonville, and easily reached from either Interstate 95 or I-10.
Admission is free.