One of the best ways to immerse yourself in the local culture is at the local farmers market and Lakeland just so happens to have a fantastic one.
The Curb Market is teeming with talented artisans, fresh produce, plants and food. On top of that, you’re already in the heart of downtown’s storefront shopping and dining– jackpot!
Every Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., the streets of downtown Lakeland fill with a variety of vendors. It’s an invigorating sight to behold on a crisp morning, and a favorite local pastime. Some come for breakfast with vendors found nowhere else, others for groceries, gift shopping, or just to look.
Patrons of all ages delight in the sights and smells that fill the streets, and love visiting with the friendly, knowledgeable vendors. You’ll find that the plant man is happy to offer tips on pruning or plant care tips, while the duck egg vendor may tell you a funny story about his “fowl” friends. Everyone feels like family when you’re at the farmers market, that’s part of the experience. The other part of the experience is checking out all of the goods.
Visit Central Florida’s Favorite Finds
The other part of the experience is discovery new favorite items. Some of our favorites include:
To Dye for Tie Dye
If you have an inner flower child like we do, your spirit will come alive when you see the rad tie dye vendor. Sheets, duvet covers, pillow cases, shirts and bags dance in the wind. And we’re not just talking about traditional tie dye. To Dye for Tie Dye features uniquely patterned textiles like an entire bedding set that had a tie dye sea turtle in the center. That’s right, a tie dye sea turtle.
Leather Work that Will Mooove You
There is just something about quality leather work that catches our eye. One of our favorite vendors, Boondock Studios, crafts some of the most amazing leather purses, bracelets, key chains and notebook covers we’ve ever seen. You’ve got to check out their woven beanies and “Hipster Coffee Mug,” which is a mason jar with a leather sleeve and handle. It’s awesome.
KRaP-py Jewelry and Art
Air plants growing in snail shells, earrings made of bottle caps, purses made of T-shirts – they’re all part Kimberly’s Recycled Art projects collection, or KRaP ART. She is immensely talented. We are always amazed at her ability to turn trash into beautiful one-of-a-kind treasures.
Comic Conversions sells geeky gifts handmade from upcycled comics. Their posters, wall art and gift cards are Marvel-ous!
A Tasty Farmers Market Superstar
Born & Bread Bakehouse
One girl, one table and a couple hundred pastries that sell out that sell out in 40 minutes when she sets up shop.
What to order: You haven’t lived until you’ve tried a Born & Bread cruffin, which is a sugar-dusted croissant manipulated into a muffin of flaky perfection. We’ve never met a flavor we didn’t like, so try it plain, with dark chocolate and maldon sea salt, filled with Patriot Coffee cream, milk and honey, or whatever delicious flavor she’s dreamed up this time.
Follow the Red Brick Road to a Hidden Treasure
Follow the red brick road west down Traders Alley on a Saturday morning and you’ll find Pumpernaks, the cutest little antique shop you ever did see. The owner has a keen eye for classy collectibles, and unique pieces from local artisans. She’s got jewelry made by a local mother of handicapped child who uses the proceeds to fund her son’s care, globes, porcelain swans, antique typewriters and more. You never know what you’ll find, but know that each time you visit, there is something new.
Shop Local in Downtown Lakeland
Downtown Lakeland is home to some cute, quirky mom and pop shops where you can score cool stuff.
Simple Vintage with Scout & Tag blends urban industrial design with hand-painted furnishings, antiques, home décor and unique local artisan gifts like spoon rings and head bands. They are also an exclusive local retailer of Rafa Natural Bath & Body and Amy Howard at Home Paints. Rafa’s candles and soaps are divine! It’s also worth mentioning that they have an A Cow Named Moo ice-cream cooler in the shop, because everyone stops for ice cream when they shop. Think about it.
Other favorites include Brooke Pottery, Black Swan Bazaar, Two Hens and a Hound and Traditions Unlimited.
Other Central Florida Farmers Markets
- Main Street Bartow Farmers Market – Wednesday weekly
- Haines City Farmers Market – Wednesday weekly
- Dixieland Twilight Farmers Market – Wednesday weekly
- Winter Haven Farmers Market – Thursday weekly
- 1st Saturday Market in South Lakeland
- Lake Wales Farmers Market – 2nd & 4th Saturday
- Highland City Community Market – 3rd Saturday
- 2nd and 4th Saturday Market Winter Haven