在大型連鎖超市裡吹著冷氣推著購物車，這是大部份人採買食物的熟悉場景。不可否認，像 Publix, Walmart, Sweetbay 這類的連鎖超市才是現今的主流，不過在甘城也有些不太一樣的選擇 ─ 農夫市集。
小有名氣的有機咖啡 -- Sweetwater Coffee 的攤位。我很少喝咖啡，也不會分辨咖啡的好壞，還是留給別人去品嚐吧。
這個攤位是我只要去逛農夫市集，就固定會報到的攤位。相較於大部份市場上餵飼料養大的牛，他們的牛是吃草長大的，當然也不打生長激素。這個攤位除了有賣特別香濃的牛奶之外，還有生牛奶 (Raw milk)、優酪乳、牛肉、雞蛋及起士。價格也不便宜，半加崙的牛奶和優酪亂分別要價 $5 及 $8。不過為了吃的安心，還是有很多人願意花這個錢來購買。
2nd Street Bakery 也有個小攤，他們的法國麵包特別吸引人，也賣各式配麵包的沾醬。
註1: 甘城所在 Alachua 郡裡的農夫市集 (資料來源: http://www.visitgainesville.com/press/item.aspx?id=21)
Union Street Farmers Market
The Union Street farmers market on the Downtown Plaza in Gainesville is one of the larger markets in the county. Brightly colored tents surround the outskirts of the plaza with produce, bakery goods, a hot dog stand, arts and crafts items, and more. A refrigerated truck holds beef from grass-fed cows and milk that is certified. A band may play and one may sometimes find baby farm animals for children to pet. A large grassy area is perfect for children to play and folks to relax.
When: Every Wednesday, 4 to 7 p.m.
Where: Downtown Community Plaza, East University Avenue and SE 1st Street, Gainesville.
Alachua County Farmers Market
This is more strictly a farmers’ market, with items for sale limited to food, produce and plants. From the backs of trucks comes an amazing bounty at this bustling market.
A band might play, and you might pick up a marvelous pastry from a local bakery. Or a bouquet of flowers to bring your honey. And, of course, honey, too.
When: Every Saturday - 8:30 a.m. to 1p.m.
Where: At the southeast conjunction of the intersection of NW 34th Street and Route 441, Gainesville
Haile Plantation Farmers Market
Haile Plantation, a developed community, boasts a town center and, on Saturdays, a farmers’ market. A few streets are blocked off to accommodate many sellers of produce, but also promoters of community groups and even an organizer of trips to France.
When: Saturdays, 8:30 a.m. to noon
Where: Haile Village Center, off SE 98th Street
High Springs Farmers Market
A park alongside a creek is the setting for this market. Underneath the trees, the bright tents shelter a variety of produce and arts and crafts. This market also provides a portable ATM, so there’s no excuse to be low on cash.
When: Thursdays, 2 to 6 p.m. Also, Saturdays, April through July, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: James Paul Park, Northwest 2nd Avenue and Main Street, High Springs
Hawthorne Farmers Market
Set beside a former church that now houses the Hawthorne Historical Museum and Cultural Center, this small market in a laid-back small city offers a relaxing atmosphere among tall pines. Barbecued chicken was available one Saturday as well as the usual produce and local wares. Visitors might want to wander over to the museum, which is usually open on Saturdays.
When: Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: SE 221st Street and SE 73rd Avenue, Hawthorne
Tioga Town Center Farmers Market
The newest farmers’ market and one of the smallest, this market is gaining popularity. Located in front of the shops in this relatively new upscale shopping center, the market offers more craft items than most. A local artist was displaying her oil paintings one Monday along with a producer of honey as well truck farmers and their goods.
When: Mondays, 4 to 7 p.m.
Where: Tioga Town Center, on Newberry Road (Route 26), five minutes west of I-75.
Mosswood Farm Country Store
This country store serves as background for produce (and pies!) lined up before its old-fashioned porch. Country goods, such as overalls, herbs, breads and even rocking chairs are sold inside.
When: Sundays, 1 to 5 p.m.
Where: 703 Cholokka Blvd., Micanopy
Waldo Farmers and Flea Market
This is the largest flea market in the area with more than 1,000 booths of produce and old and new merchandise— from “green beans to blue jeans.” Covering 50 acres, it has both indoor and outdoor space.
When: Saturdays and Sundays, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Where: Highway 301, just north of Waldo.