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The Market at MidCity | Huntsville, Alabama
It’s no surprise that farmers’ markets have stood the test of time; they encompass everything that is good.
When one shops at a farmer’s market, he or she is often supporting a small family business while snagging fresh, locally grown or raised produce to enjoy with friends and family. These events are often held outdoors in the spring and summer months, offering shoppers a pleasant opportunity for fresh air and vitamin D.
Many artisan and non-food vendors have popped up in the last couple of decades at farmers’ markets as well, making these free events wonderful options for the entire family to venture to and roam.
MidCity District in Huntsville has taken the concept of a traditional farmer’s market and jazzed it up just a bit to make its third year bigger and better and more elevated than ever. This is one farmer’s market you’re going to want to make plans to attend!
Beginning next Sunday, March 14th, 2021 MidCity District invites the Madison community to travel a few short miles to Huntsville and attend their opening day of “The Market at MidCity District“, an event that will take place from 1 – 5 p.m. each Sunday afternoon through November.
Shoppers can expect over 40 talented vendors who are excited to share their tables with you.
Lindsey Pattillo, MidCity’s Marketing and Property Activation Coordinator, says that 70% of the vendors are farmers or food growers and that the other 30% are artisan and non-food vendors.
Vendors of all kinds will be present to wow market attendees with items such as :
- wood crafts
- custom cutting boards
- custom homemade soaps
- beard oils
- custom toymakers
- plant vendors
- handmade jewelry
- lavender farm products (
- custom table makers (pick your slab of beautiful wood on-site!)
- and much, much more.
Pattillo shared that the impressive list of vendors is just a fraction of what The Market at MidCity will offer. She says that attendees will enjoy live music each and every week on the stage at The Camp, so bring your kids that are ready to bust a move!
She also shared that event attendees should come hungry because the food and drink options will be plentiful! In addition, a slew of food trucks, a full-service bar, and a coffee shop will also be open.
Pattillo says that guests should plan to come week after week throughout the year because vendors’ produce items will constantly change.
“We are starting out with a lot of meat vendors because a lot of crops aren’t quite ready yet,” she says. “But just wait until Peak Season when the fruits and vegetables will be everywhere!”
As aforementioned, The Market at MidCity runs from March 13th through November, making it the longest-running farmer’s market in the region. Pattillo shared that it’s also the only Sunday market in the area.
“A lot of people shop for groceries on Sunday, so we think this is such a great way for them to come out and do that while also supporting local farmers.”
The Market at MidCity District is pet-friendly, so bring your furry friends!
Masks are required, and sanitizing stations will be placed throughout the market.
Vendors will be serving single-serve samples only.
Parking is free and plentiful, spread throughout the entire MidCity district.
PS: Not comfortable getting out just yet but would still like to shop from local food growers and farmers? Check out MidCity’s virtual shopping list!
About MidCity District and The Camp
If you’ve driven past The Camp on University Drive, you’ve likely done a big head-turn towards it. It’s an attractive, modern facility that is designed to be representative of the entire MidCity development.
“We built The Camp so that people can eat and drink and enjoy this area while watching MidCity grow.”
Pattillo shared that The Camp was designed with people of all ages in mind.
“It’s truly the best patio in Alabama!” says Pattillo.
(Author note: I have to agree that the setting over there is pretty phenomenal! We’ve enjoyed it many times with other adults as well as our children and think it’s a super enjoyable spot.)
Pattillo says that what’s to come over at MidCity District is thrilling and encourages readers to follow along with The Camp on Facebook and Instagram to stay updated with community events, drive-in movies, fundraisers, the opening of facilities like Trader Joe’s and the new Huntsville Amphitheater, and so much more.
MidCity District | 5909 University Drive, Huntsville, AL 35806
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