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August 19, 2020 Jack Tuthill

A Comprehensive Auburn Farmers Market Guide

Typically, regardless of the state, a city only has one farmers market where the region’s finest agronomists, botanists, and craftspeople gather in hopes of selling some of their organic, locally-sourced products. Here in the Auburn/Opelika area, visitors and locals alike have the rare opportunity to visit four distinct markets in one day, all of which vary in style and scope. The more, the merrier! Today, The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center will shine a light on the always spectacular Auburn farmers market scene that stretches from our very own Ag Heritage Park up to downtown Opelika.

Auburn Farmers Market at Town Creek Park

The Saturday morning Auburn farmers market, known to most as “City Market,” remains the most popular food-related gathering in the area. From 8–11 a.m. in peaceful Town Creek Park, nearly two dozen of the region’s most beloved growers, bakers, and craftspeople set up shop beside a well-trafficked dog park. Local favorites, such as Hornsby Farms, Jilly Jo Jams, Heavenly Candy Brittle, Serenity Farms and Bakery, and Nellie’s Southern Fried Pies, draw quite a bit of traffic to this well-organized Auburn farmers market.

O Grows

Along the southern rim of downtown Opelika, a local organization, known as “O Grows,” slings a bevy of organic vegetables, fruits, and jarred goods. Patrons can swiftly peruse through delicious delights, such as fresh-baked sourdough bread, ripe peaches, organic mushrooms, plump summer squash, and crisp pickle spears. O Grows gathers every Tuesday from 3–6 p.m. at the Geneva Street Historic District’s entrance.

The Market at Ag Heritage Park

Approximately 1.5 miles from The Hotel at Auburn University (a perfect mid-morning bicycle ride through campus) lies Ag Heritage Park near various Tiger sports facilities. On Thursdays, from 4–6 p.m., townspeople can purchase a variety of locally-sourced goods from nearby farmers. The event is hosted by the College of Agriculture, emphasizing fruit, vegetables, ornamental plants, baked goods, honey, and cheese.

 

Another excellent Auburn farmers market is 1st Avenue’s “Parkway,” a family-owned business that operates year-round. They purchase products from several regional growers. Locals seem to gravitate toward the spiced peaches, white acre peas, Pixie Sweets, and those scrumptious Wickles Pickles.

University Hotels in Auburn on College Street

There are a handful of places to stay near Auburn University. However, nothing compares to the overall experience at The Hotel at Auburn University. The hotel itself hosts many events, such as conferences and weddings, while also providing an undeniably romantic haven for couples. Guests can dine on fine Italian cuisine, swim in the pool, or simply explore College Street’s bustling nightlife. When you’re not strolling through an Auburn farmers market, remember to play 18 holes of championship golf, sip on medal-winning craft beer, and visit Toomer’s Corner. To obtain the best guaranteed rate on a well-deserved vacation, please visit us online at AUHCC.com (or call us directly at 800-228-2876).