Jacksonville Farmer's Market


This is happening almost everywhere I go: “Ma’am what are you taking pictures for?” “I’m sorry, but you can’t take pictures without the manager’s permission.” So I tried to shoot from the hip….not very successful with a prime lens.

I took my Canon AE-1 35mm SLR camera to the Jacksonville Farmer’s market. The Jacksonville Farmer’s Market is Florida’s oldest farmers market. At 1810 West Beaver Street (U.S. 90), it provides a forum in which customers can buy directly from over 200 farmers and year-round vendors retailing and wholesaling the widest and freshest selection of produce in North Florida.

Operating much as farmers markets have for hundreds of years, the Jacksonville Farmers Market offers a unique shopping experience that takes place in a festive outdoor market where people from across the area hand pick produce and assorted food products from amongst the broadest offerings found anywhere, all at the most competitive prices available. The Jacksonville Farmers Market also features ethnic specialties, imported items, and unique, hard-to-find varieties.

During my trip to Washington DC, I missed out on the opportunity of visiting the Eastern Farmer’s Market; Washington DC’s favorite farmer’s and flea market. My mom and my grandma went though and they got this amazing chocolate hazelnut spread. It’s similar to Nutella, but a lot less in calories and just as good! As soon as we came back home to Jacksonville, FL I researched on all the farmer’s markets in town. I found the Jacksonville Farmer’s Market about 25 minutes from my house. Not too bad of a drive, so I set me iPhone’s GPS and I was off. Honestly, it wasn’t as quaint as I thought it would be. I imagined it would look like an open farmer’s market like seen in New York City or the streets of Italy.

The market was in the middle of a commercial storage park – y’know the storage cars you see on trains? Yeah, and there was also some kind of factory on the other side. Anyway, this market was under a metal roof with no walls. Not very many vendors. I’d say about 10 small vendors under two roofs. The first vendor I come up to was selling pure honey and honey combs. Before I could take a picture, the vendor says, “Ma’am what are you taking pictures for?” I told her I’m a Lomographer…hahaha just kidding. She don’t know what that means! So I told her I’m a photography student and I’m taking a course on photo journalism; taking my camera everywhere I go. She then tells me, “You need to get the manager’s permission to do that.” I said, “fine”. I didn’t get the manager’s permission. I figured I’d just take hip shots the rest of the walk. Only until when I got my film developed (Kodak 200), I found out I was taking REALLY BAD hip shots. It would’ve have been easier if I had a wide-angle lens, but all I had was my 50mm 1.4 prime lens.

Credits: itsdebraanne

I wasn’t planning on buying any fruits but I did visit the small sandwich place they had. Andy’s Farmers Market Grill; It’s open Mondays through Fridays, 6:30 AM to 3:30 PM, and 7 AM to 4 PM Saturdays, serving “quality breakfast, lunch, snacks, beverages, and other hot and cold food items. There is ample drive up parking, table seating, and a walk-up takeout window for to-go orders.” Of course that’s just a typical advertisement to sell their food. I ordered the french fries and a V8 drink because I don’t eat hamburgers that much. Plus, I didn’t want to spend too much on a sandwich that I might not finish. The fries weren’t crunchy AT ALL. I’m kinda European when I eat french fries because I eat them with mayonnaise. But even with the mayo, the fries were even more terrible. I had to finish them though so not to waste them.

Credits: itsdebraanne

Perhaps next time I’ll bring my smaller, more discreet camera made for street photography.

written by itsdebraanne on 2011-05-18 #places #location #venue


  1. myloveletter
    myloveletter ·

    I live in St. Augustine! That's (practically) right next door! Yeah, maybe bring an lc-a next time... Nice article!

  2. danpickford
    danpickford ·

    Nice article - but dont worry its not just an American problem! I was recently in a nice old town in Italy (on Sardinia), in a very nice clothing shop which had an antique piano in the middle of the store. I had my LC-A loaded with B&W film and took 2 pics of the piano (they are posted in my 'Alghero B&W album) - not the clothes on sale, not the staff, not the price tags, just pictures of an old piano. The store assistant comes up and tells me that I cannot take pictures. I asked why not (as he hadnt actually asked me not to take pictures) - and obviously I didnt get any kind of intelligent reply.
    The result - an increased interest in street photography, including practice at hip-shots!!! I think we need rail against this ridiculous and unthinking objection to recording human existence. Cartier-Bresson will be turning in his grave!! Apparently we are to believe that CCTV is ok, but dont anyone take a picture with care and composition and some soul.

    "What use having a great depth of field, if there is not an adequate depth of feeling?"
    - W. Eugene Smith

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