Bureau of State Farmers' MarketsDivision of Marketing and Development
Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
Bureau of State Farmers' Markets
Mayo Building, M37
407 South Calhoun Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0800
The Bureau of State Farmers' Markets operates a system of 13 markets that specialize in fresh Florida produce. More than 25 million units of fresh fruits and vegetables valued at more than $225 million are annually sold through the 13 State Farmers' Markets. Nearly a billion units of fresh fruits and vegetables valued at more than $5.5 billion have been sold through the State Farmers' Markets since the first one opened in 1935. The State Farmers' Market program is authorized by Chapter 570.07 (18), Florida Statutes, "to acquire suitable sites and erect thereon necessary marketing facilities and properly equip, maintain, and operate same for the handling of all staple field crops, meats, fruits and vegetables, poultry and dairy products, and all farm and home products and for selling and loading livestock and other activities determined to be beneficial to the production or sale of agricultural products and to let or lease space therein and thereon; employ such managers and other help as may be necessary to operate the plants and the costs of operation and maintenance."