On farms across Alabama this month, winter crops are giving way to early spring’s harvest of vegetables, herbs, and flowers. Strawberries are in abundance this year.

April also marks the unofficial start of farmers market season in the Yellowhammer State. While a few pop-up markets get an early start, opening days pick up pace for these community gatherings of farmers, crafters, and cooks. By early June, scores of markets will be open, providing consumers a direct connection to the families who grow our food.

All fresh food sold at these markets is grown in-state, often using organic and regenerative farming methods. Multiple markets feature beef, lamb, pork, chicken, and other meats raised and processed nearby.

This month, Alabama farmers are harvesting cauliflower, lettuce, sweet onions, radishes, and early summer squash. Strawberries remain the big draw on market stands. You’ll also find just-dug beets, savoy cabbages, greens, and sweet potatoes.

Here are markets that start at various points in April.


The Village of Providence Farmers Market

April 6

Located off U.S. 72 between Huntsville and Madison, the market is open Saturdays from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. through November 30. You’ll find produce, meats, baked goods, and crafts. Dogs are allowed on a leash.

1 Town Center Drive, Huntsville


Festhalle Farmers Market

April 6

It’s hard not to eat local in Cullman. The covered Festhalle market is open Saturdays, Tuesdays (starting April 9), and Thursdays (starting April 11) from 7 a.m. until 2 p.m. through October.

209 First Avenue Northeast, Cullman


The Market at Pepper Place

April 13

Although the Saturday market at Pepper Place has a short winter session starting in January with a handful of farmers and vendors, Alabama’s largest pop-up market hits full stride starting in mid-April. The footprint expands to 29th Street South, which is closed between Second and Third Avenues, and musicians perform weekly. And, of course, more farmers, artisans, and prepared food vendors will be there as well. The expanded market is open from 7 a.m. until noon through mid-December. Dogs on leashes are welcome.

2829 Second Avenue South, Birmingham


Hueytown Farmers Market

April 16

Billing itself as “the little market that could,” the non-profit, certified farmers market offers more than two dozen vendors offering produce, honey, and prepared foods, as well as local artisans and small businesses. It’s open Tuesdays from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. through September.

104 Forest Road, Hueytown


Trussville Fresh Farmers Market

April 20

Trussville’s community gathering spot and entertainment district hosts markets on Saturdays, from 8 a.m. until noon through November. Note that the location has changed from previous years.

100 Beech Street, Trussville


Pinson Fresh Farmers Market

April 26

Find locally grown vegetables and fruit, eggs, baked goods, dog treats, and freshly roasted coffee. The market is open Fridays, from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m., through October.

4509 Center Point Road, Pinson