A guide of where to eat for the health conscious—and those who want a few guilty nibbles.
(Photo by Scott Cook)
Fresh goat cheese crumbled onto butter-softened bread; butterflies hatching in plastic jars; cuts of wild flowers; organic honey whipped into glass cups; bagels leveled with any topping: This is The Winter Park Farmers’ Market. Located right off Park Ave (200 W New England Ave), the Winter Park Farmers’ Market is a keystone in the Winter Park community. Hundreds of people gather every Saturday (open 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.) to select fresh produce, have a picnic, and buy gourmet meals. The Market’s diverse offerings, ranging from food to services, calls to every audience regardless of their taste preference or age.
Yet the highlights of the Winter Park Farmers’ Market can be easily missed, especially when it’s swamped with people or you’re taxed for time. These are just a few of the must-try places that make the Winter Park Farmers’ Market an incredible experience every week.
1. That A lot o Crepe
A crepe stand on the far side of the market serves up both sweet and savory crepes. These pastries can be piled high with anything you could want. You can watch your custom-made, fresh crepe go onto the pan, cook, and come to life. The batter is poured right in front of you and the crepe is on the plate in a matter of minutes.
We recommend: Peanut butter and banana
Rollins students Sophia Goodlive ’18 (left), Jill Alcott ’18 (center), and Kenady Bickel ’18 (right) shop for fresh produce. (Photo by Scott Cook)
2. Davis Bakery & Co
Behold the bagel stand to end all bagel stands. Located inside the main building, Davis Bakery & Co is one of the most popular breakfast options at the Farmers’ Market. Trailblazing away from the typical American Bagel, soggy with cream cheese, these bagels are served up to order. You select your toppings from a row of choices, deciding what you want as you go.
We recommend: A banana bagel with blueberry cream cheese
Cost: $3 - $10
Rollins student Lauren Morales ’18 places an order. (Photo by Scott Cook)
The Fry Bar
Located in the main circle, the Fry Bar serves rosemary, garlic, Parmesan, and Greek fries accompanied by variety of dipping sauces. These fries are stacked high in a 16-ounce containers (trust me, it’s a lot.). Everything is hot and perfect for a snack on a crisp morning. Whether you get them with melted cheese, dusted with Parmesan, or slathered in some form of confectionary sweet, the Fry Bar is a highlight of any Farmers’ Market trip.
We recommend: Greek Fries
(Photo by Scott Cook)
Winter Park Honey
Pure. Raw. Local. That is the slogan. Winter Park Honey produces raw, unfiltered, and organic products from apiaries located in Winter Park, Florida, and Winter Park, Colorado. The honey can be used in various ways: infusing into tea, assisting with asthma, drizzled over desserts, and whipped into salad dressings. The honey comes in a variety of flavors, including avocado, cinnamon, orange, key lime, blackberry, tangerine, and chocolate mint. You can get fragments of real honeycomb, which make an incredible dessert. All the flavors can be purchased in different sizes. You can buy the 2 oz. sampler or the 16 oz. full size.
We recommend: Chocolate mint honey
Cost: $6 - $20
Mountain Kettle Corn
A bag of this kettle corn has become the marker of a good morning. People carry gigantic bags of freshly popped kettle corn around all day. My parents drive up from Orlando for this kettle corn. For just $5, you get a massive bag of freshly popped kettle corn, which is churned in a vat directly in front of you. Best part? There is no guilt. If you visit Mountain Kettle Corn's Facebook page, they divulge all nutritional information. One bag of kettle corn is 240 calories, 6 grams of fat, and tallies up to 8 weight watchers point. No animal products are used in making the popcorn, which is lightly dusted in white sugar and salt before being bagged and handed over the counter.
We recommend: Traditional (you really can’t skip this!)
Cost: $2 - $5
(Photo by Scott Cook)
Olde Hearth Bread Co.
Located inside the main building, Olde Hearth Bread is a million times superior to you run-of-the-mill grocery store. The bread is amazing and freshly made. Everything is affordable and unique. If you want to step away from your standard grocery store brand and experience bread that is well crafted and fresh, this is the place. Outside of the bread, Old Hearth Bread Co. does a variety of outstanding cookies and treats every week. What exactly is at their stand varies but you can always expect some staples like homemade guava, blueberry, and raspberry tarts. You can also pick up crisp scones, lightly warmed Danishes, and even mango chocolate bread.
We recommend: Sourdough bread and the vegan fig bars
Frog Song Organics
With organic food comes a promise, the unspoken expectation that food has been grown with care and to nourish. This is the promise that you get at Frog Song Organics, a small organic produce stand just outside the main stretch of the farmers market. The produce sold here is grown in high quality soil. No synthetic fertilizer or pesticides are used. The seeds used are local and have not been genetically modified. Once at the stand, the produce is packaged conveniently and prices are easily identifiable. It is also fun to get more exotic produce once in a while. If you are looking to take home farmers market produce that raises the bar and introduces you to something new, Frog Song Organics is your place.
Suggestion: Sweet Potatoes