Union Street Farmers Market

Every Wednesday, 52 weeks of the year, rain or shine, the cobblestone streets of Bo Diddley Plaza become a hub for local culture at downtown Gainesville’s Union Street Farmers Market.

From 4 p.m. through 7 p.m., white tents teeming with local music, good deals and even better eats, decorate the space.

The Union Street Farmers Market was formed by a small group of local farmers back on April 3, 1996, with the help of Ken and Linda McGurn and the City of Gainesville.

The market was created to provide local farmers a venue to showcase their goods and to create a weekly, family oriented event to reflect the vibrant diversity of the community.

Now, the market lays claim to several dozen vendors, including local favorites like Cilantro Tacos, LEJ Pretzel, Wellspring Kombucha, Jodi’s Canoli, Opus Coffee, Humble Wood Fire Pizza, Mayflower Cellars and Vine Bread Co. – all hailing from Hogtown.

Whether you’re looking to pick up locally grown, fresh produce, browse through some vintage threads, listen to some local tunes, grab a quick snack or pick up something for tonight’s dinner, the market offers opportunities to support local businesses for any need.

In addition, local farms, like Frog Song Organics and Swallowtail Farm, ensure that your produce is truly farm to table, never leaving the 352 area code.

So skip the trip to the mall and treat yourself to local and handmade cosmetics by Nirvana Bath and Body with their bath bombs, soaps and other products.

Shoppers can also immerse themselves in the variety of different cultures that have come to call Gainesville home. Think of it as eating around the world at Epcot with even less walking. Tents dish up ready-to-eat authentic treats eats from arepas, empanadas, latkes, franks, tempeh, curry and everything in between.

Union Street houses everything from kombucha brewed with water from the local freshwater springs (Wellspring Kombucha), to an entire tent dedicated to hot sauce (The Wizard of Odd).

For a day typically dubbed the biggest hurdle of the work week, Wednesdays at Bo Diddley are just the midweek motivation you needed.