Jacksonville Farmers Market

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Jessica Palombo / WJCT News

About a year and a half ago, business owners in the area west of Downtown Jacksonville came together to rebrand their neighborhood as the Rail Yard District.

The Jaxson’s Ennis Davis and I visited one of the longest-running of those businesses, the Jacksonville Farmers Market, so we could learn how the Rail Yard District Business Council defines success.

Steve Cannon and Lynne Sladky / AP

Tuesday on First Coast Connect we spoke with faculty director of the University of North Florida’s Public Opinion Research Lab Mike Binder about UNF’s latest polling numbers regarding Florida’s U.S. Senate and Governor races (01:03).      

Beatrice Sanchez / WJCT News

A bill to fund improvements to the Jacksonville Farmers Market will be up for a vote at Tuesday's City Council meeting.

City Councilman Garrett Dennis says revitalizing the Farmers Market is important to that area, which has been a "food desert" lacking healthy options.

Market General Manager Greg Tison says the the company has been planning the improvements for years. 

We discuss the week's biggest news stories with our roundtable of local journalists: Andrew Pantazi, Florida Times-Union reporter; Claire Goforth, Folio Weekly writer; Tim Gibbons, Jacksonville Business Journal editor; A.G. Gancarski, Florida Politics writer.

Topics include the investigation into the missing cargo ship El Faro, concerns about public housing in Jacksonville, and more.

There's a renaissance in local and regional food, and it's not just farmers markets in urban areas that are driving it.

The Green Spot

Local farmers are taking the fear out of managing a year-round backyard garden with a program designed to educate people on the logistics of growing fresh produce.

Based at the Jacksonville Farmer's Market, The Green Spot takes an Earth-friendly approach to sustainability by showing people how to care for plants and introducing them to new and emerging gardening technologies.

"I show alternative methods of growing," said Carmel Mayo, owner of the Green Spot. "I teach folks what not to do; how to conserve water and the environment."

Jax Farmers Market Celebrates 75 Years With Weekend Events

Oct 11, 2013
Patrick Donges / WJCT

Florida’s oldest public market, The Jacksonville Farmers Market, is celebrating its 75th year in business this weekend with fresh food, fun and live entertainment.