Sarasota's Best Farmers Markets

Autumn means back-to-school for many students and dropping temperatures for many states. In Sarasota, however, the onset of autumn means that some of the best farmers markets are coming back. To find fresh produce at unbelievable prices, live music and other local vendors, check out these farmers markets - coming to you this fall in Sarasota!

1. Sarasota Farmers Market

This year-round market is a downtown staple. Every Saturday morning from 7am-1pm, more than 70 vendors occupy over 5,000 square feet in the heart of downtown Sarasota to showcase some of the greatest local food, plants and artisans in the state. Check out Awesome Orchids for "just bloomed" beauties and Honeyside Farms for delicious, fresh-picked strawberries.

2. Phillippi Farmhouse Market

Opening again in October, the Phillippi Farmhouse Market is a local Wednesday favorite. From 9am-2pm through April, visitors can visit Phillippi Estate Park, grab lunch from a choice of food trucks, listen to live music and peruse the local wares. Don't miss The Amish Baking Company, where you can get a life-changing Amish doughnut.

3. Siesta Key Farmers Market

This market is also year-round, held Sundays on beautiful, world-famous Siesta Key. From 8am-1pm, the market is booming with locals and visitors alike as they soak up the beautiful beach views and walk among the colorful storefronts of Siesta Village. One reviewer calls it the "Best little homegrown market on [Florida's] west coast."

4. Detwiler's Market

The Detwiler family started their operation as a road-side produce stand. From there it grew into a grocery store with three locations in the Sarasota/Venice area. Their mission? To build a farmers market inside a grocery store. They have Amish grown organic eggs, fresh seafood, and of course pyramids of fresh produce all for great prices.

5. Old Miakka Farmers Market

This old-fashioned market is held at a Methodist church the second and fourth Saturdays of each month. Aside from tropical fruit, vegetables, healing herbs, goat milk, goat cheese, and cajeta (caramel sauce), customers can buy baby goats for their own farm.

Asia Dekle studied media arts at Brigham Young University and runs a professional writing business from her home in Sarasota, Florida. She enjoys exploring local beaches, museums and other points of interest so readers know what's fun and unique about her hometown. She also loves to sing, dance, and read. Follow her on Instagram: @asiadekle and Twitter: @asiadekle.