20 Things to Love About the Farmer’s Market at Lake Eola

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No longer a best-kept secret, the Orlando Farmer’s Market at Lake Eola is a bustling party every Sunday from 10am – 4pm. Located at the southeast corner of Lake Eola Park, the market now hosts nearly 50 vendors offering everything from gourmet cheese and kettle corn to one-of-a-kind art and handmade jewelry.

It’s also a great place to pick up your provisions for the week thanks to the piles of fresh produce for sale.

But if you’re just looking for a place to hang out, you’ll be delighted to find a beer and wine garden (which opens at noon and serves $5 drinks and $12 bottomless mimosas), live music and loads of delicious nosh for you to enjoy while you wander through the market or lounge under the shade of a tree.

We visited recently and couldn’t believe how much the market has grown and how many wonderful offerings are now housed in this weekly outdoor gathering. Here are some pics of some of our favorite finds…

1. Cool drinks

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It doesn’t get any fresher than this pineapple juice poured right back into its skin for easy sipping

2. Cake on a stick

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We loved these delicious nosh-and-go treats

3. Swans

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Enjoy the friendly swans… just don’t feed them anything other than the pellets in the lakeside vending machines.

4. Yoga

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Join the outdoor yoga class that gathers at the northeast corner of Lake Eola Park on Sundays at 11am. Cost is $5

5. Crepes

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The Crepe Company features a rotating array of breakfast crepes, savory crepes and sweet, dessert crepes

6. Organic and local produce

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We saw just one stand touting organic and local (wish we saw more). It’s located by The Eola House

7. Dogs, dogs and more dogs!

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Dogs, on a leash, are welcome to wander through the market with you!

8. Tons of tasty grub

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Come hungry! There are so many different things to eat, including a ton of international dishes!

9. Kettle corn

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You’ll smell the lovely aromas of kettle corn from nearly every inch of the market

10. Fresh flowers

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Take some of these gorgeous orchids home with you

11. Fresh produce

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If local or organic is important to you, be sure to ask where the produce is coming from. Our hunch is that it’s not direct from a farmer but we could be wrong.

12. DIY Bonsai Trees

For $15 , you can sit down and learn how to create your own Bonsai tree. All the tools and your own tree in a pot are included. Offered on select Sundays by Emergent Creations Garden Centers.

13. Grilled corn

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Who knew grilled corn was so delicious!!??

14. Chair massages

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Relax with a chair massage, starting at $18 for 15 minutes

15. Artisan ice pops

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You’ll swoon over Peak Season Pop‘s flavors like Avocado Lime, Chocolate Sea Salt and Hibiscus Berry

16. Shady places for a nap

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Catch some zzzzzs under the shade of this gargantuan tree located by the Eola House on the park’s east side.

17. Cool stuff to buy

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Handmade pottery, birdhouses, jewelry, soaps, clothing and dog accessories are just a few of the items to purchase every Sunday.

18. Sugar cane juice

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Don’t knock it ’til you’ve tried it. The sugar cane juice was a terrific treat on a hot day.

19. Swan boat rides

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Swan Boats can be rented at the northwest corner of Lake Eola Park for $15/half hour from 10am-10pm Wednesday thru Saturday and from 10am-7pm Sunday thru Tuesday.

20. Stellar downtown views

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We live in a beautiful city (duh… it’s nicknamed The City Beautiful) and Lake Eola Park is one of the best places to take in the views.

For more information, visit orlandofarmersmarket.com.

All photography by Kristen Manieri


2 Responses to “20 Things to Love About the Farmer’s Market at Lake Eola”

    • Kristen Manieri

      Yes. Every Sunday unless it lands on Christmas or New Year’s.

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