Tucked behind a winding path of vendors peddling everything from sunglasses, tools, vintage treasures, T-shirts and housewares stands a large, open-air pavilion. Inside hides what is arguably the biggest and most impressive weekly cache of fresh produce in Lake County.
Every Thursday, growers and distributors fill the cavernous metal pavilion at Lake County Fairgrounds as part of the Lake County Farmers' & Flea Market which began serving the community over 40 years ago.
The sprawling produce tables boast bountiful selections of fresh fruits and vegetables that range from the ordinary to the exotic. Vendors provide tasting samples of many of their offerings, so customers can purchase with confidence. Outside of the produce pavilion, shoppers can find fresh eggs, local raw honey, fresh seafood, plants, handmade soaps, artisan nut butters, chicharrones and other foods sprinkled among an eclectic mix of flea market vendors. (see video below)
Lake County Farmers’ and Flea Market is located at 2101 CR 452 in Eustis. October through May the market’s hours are Thursdays from 8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. June through September the market is open from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Shoppers are encouraged to bring their own bags and arrive early for the best selection.
TOP MARKET PICKS:
Chocolate Sunflower Seed Butter ($4)
Smoked Fish Dips ($8-$10) The multiple varieties of fish dips are simply the best-tasting fish dips we’ve found in any Central Florida farmer’s market.
Fresh Chicharrones (pork cracklins). These savory snacks are made on site in two varieties.
Organic Honey Tangerine ($4) - Incredibly sweet and locally grown.
Organic edible plants - Great variety
Local raw honey - Available in different varieties and sizes.
Freshly popped kettle corn
BEST MARKET PRICES (prices vary weekly at different vendors)
Fresh Cilantro (two bunches for $1)
Avocados - Up to ten for $10
Sugar Snap Peas ($1 bowl)
Limes - Prices vary
Strawberries - flats and baskets available.
Freshly-popped kettle corn
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