Volusia County Wednesday Farmers Market is one of the largest and longest-running farm markets in Volusia County in Florida.
“It provides an outlet for those who sell and a source for those who buy,” said Bill Hester, executive director of the Volusia County Farm Bureau.
Hester opened the market in 1975. At the time, he served as president of the Volusia County Farm Bureau’s board of directors. The Volusia County Farm Bureau board agreed that having a central location for agriculture producers to present their merchandise to the growing population of Volusia County was a good idea.
The market opened on 18 acres inside the Volusia County Fairgrounds. As word got out that the market was a place to purchase fresh produce at bargain prices, it took off in popularity. It’s a place where families can come and enjoy breakfast at a picnic table and then shop for vegetables, plants, baked goods, honey, jam and other food items. Sorry, but no pets are allowed except for service animals.
Vendors also sell…well, everything under the sun. At both indoor and outdoor booths, shoppers can find musical instruments, glassware, pots and pans, pet items, jewelry, handbags, fishing gear, cosmetics, tools, small livestock and more.
Most vendors accept cash only. An ATM machine is available on site.
Today, the Wednesday Farmers Market is as popular as ever. Vendors line the walkways inside the fairgrounds and there’s still room for more. Spaces are available Oct-April at $8 for an outdoor space, $11 for an indoor space. From May-Sept. rates are $7 and $10 respectively. Payment for the month is due the first Wednesday of each month. Merchandise sold must be family-friendly.
The Wednesday Farmers Market is located at 3050 E. New York Ave., DeLand, Florida 32724. It’s open rain or shine from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Admission and parking are both free.
For vendor information contact Bill Hester, executive director Volusia County Farm Bureau at 386-734-1612.
Vendors must comply with the following…
Vendors must be in their place at the market before 7 a.m.
Vendors who sell taxable goods must be registered as a sales tax dealer, collect sales tax and remit those taxes as required by the Florida Department of Revenue. Vendors must complete an Application to Collect Tax in Florida (form DR-1) and submit it to the Department of Revenue prior to engaging in business. Call 800-352-3671 (in Florida only) or 850-488-6800 or go online to dor.myflorida.com for form and information.