Old City Farmers Market

Every Saturday morning, from 8:30 – 12:30, St. Augustine’s Old City Farmers Market sets up shop in the Ampitheatre parking lot.  Some people come for the locally raised, all natural Cartwheel Ranch Beef while others beeline it to Pesky’s Taco Trailer.  We meandered through the booths a couple of weeks ago, here’s our trip in pictures.

The first thing we stumbled upon were these folks and their strings.  I was really hungry or we would’ve sat here for a while- they had a basket of instruments for kids to join in with; it was such a welcoming touch & created a great atmosphere at the market!

It was a good thing I was holding out for “real” breakfast, these cute mini cupcakes could have been tempting… my Boot Camp instructor would be proud, I didn’t even try one!

Frances Keiser, author of the Pelcan Pete nature books, was signing her books and handing out Pelican Pete stickers!  She stopped for a moment to snap a picture with the children.

I gave each of the children $2 to buy a breakfast treat.  I got the idea from the Lake Wales Farmer’s Market– they give the first 50 kids $1 to spend at the market!  I was the first person to find my breakfast.  I tried a sweet potato burrito from Anastasia Kitchen… yummy!  They also had smoked salmon and a host of other tasty foods, but I needed a breakfast I could eat while walking.  I can’t remember how much it was… maybe $4 or $6?

Samples abound at the St Augustine Farmer’s Market.  We tried a tasty dipping oil, hot boiled peanuts, datil pepper jelly and some muffins.

About the $2 breakfast allowance… that was wishful thinking for St. Augustine.  I had to supplement their breakfast money.  Andrew found a vegan muffin from Mr. Hugo {we recognized him from The Present Moment Cafe} for $3.  Blueberry.  He was a happy customer.

Lauren opted for the bread lady’s apple strudel and I picked up some goodies for our picnic lunch at Treaty Park later in the day.

I was enjoying our morning & trying new treats… but we were at a Farmer’s Market… where are all the farmers?!  Don’t get me wrong, I respect orchid growers and folks selling fresh herbs & veggie plants.  I even appreciate the good prices on veggies that somebody bought by the case in Plant City and brought up to St. Augustine.  Call me old fashioned, but I was expecting to meet some FARMERS at the FARMERS’ MARKET!

And then I saw the sign…  It opened up my eyes, I saw the sign…  {Ahh! Terrible flashback, sorry!}  A huge booth of produce… all locally raised except the potatoes.  🙂

Now that’s an honest man.  I had to meet him.

Sid & Jane are at the Saturday Farmers Market October thru May.  It’s a family affair for them, they sell their locally {and mostly naturally} grown produce alongside their daughter and adorable grandbaby.  Everything at their booth, from carrots to kale {but not potatoes} is grown by them at their farm in Hastings.  Folks, this is what a farmers market is all about.

These carrots were so crisp & sweet!  We ate them all that day as part of our picnic lunch.  Yum.

Before we left, I stumbled upon a booth that sold locally roasted Kenyan Coffee.  I think it was organic.  It was intense and delish.  And I loved the Kenyan man’s accent!!  {I missed your name- if you’re reading this, email me & I’ll update the post! SimplyStAugustine at gmail.com}

Old City Farmers Market
Saturday St Augustine Farmers Market Hours: 8:30 – 12:30
A1A South (between the lighthouse/Anastasia State Park entrance and the turn to go to St Augustine Beach/Aqua East)

St. Augustine has another weekly farmers market! St Augustine Beach Farmers Market is every Wednesday.  See ya there!


  1. michael walters says

    looking to find a steady supply of your southern boiled peanuts. LOVE THEM. can you please give a price on salty nuts, shipped direct to me on a monthly basis? would like 2-5 pounds every month or two. Hope to hear from you soon.

    • says

      Hi Michael- I don’t have any connection to the farmer’s market… I’m just a local who enjoys going & sharing my favorite discoveries! My hubby said I should offer to ship them to you for $300 a month. Haha

      Good luck! 🙂

    • Leslie Marchalleck says

      Try checking out Vern’s Peanuts! He may be able to help you out 🙂

  2. Ivy says

    Hello everyone!
    I am in search of the contact information for the gentleman that makes and sells fresh pasta at this market. Any idea of this is and how I can find him?!
    Many thanks!

    • says

      Ivy- I don’t know his contact info but I’ll ask around! If I learn anything, I’ll let you know ASAP! ~Allie O

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