Farmers market at Rainbow Blossom in St. Matthews | File photo

Updated Aug. 22.

Farmers markets are kind of a thing in Louisville. If you’re a regular, you likely have a favorite. It’s usually the market where you bump into your friends or where you’ve made a pact with a farmer who will stash away some of the best cucumbers just for you.

It’s farmers markets season again, and if “your” market isn’t open yet, it likely will be this weekend or next week.

Farmers markets aren’t just for fruits and veggies. Depending on where you go, you may find food trucks, snow cones, homemade soaps and candles, fresh flowers, coffee and omelet stations. Other farm-fresh ingredients are also offered like meats, poultry, eggs, potted plants, milk and cheese. Some allow pups (on leashes, of course) and some even have rescue agencies with cats and dogs ready to adopt. Most have a musician or two or some other form of entertainment, even if the only entertainment is excellent people-watching.

This year there’s a new Louisville Farmers Markets Association that “works to unite communities and support farmers markets, farmers and local food producers to create access to a just, healthy and sustainable food system in Louisville Metro,” according to the government web page. It was established as part of the Mayor’s Healthy Hometown Movement to promote healthy eating.

Part of the group’s efforts is to make sure that as many Louisvillians as possible have access to fresh, healthy food at farmers market.

Many farmers markets take SNAP/EBT. Some even give SNAP recipients double dollars for fresh fruit and vegetables, so you could spend $10 in SNAP credits and take home $20 in vegetables. The Kentucky Department of Agriculture has yet to allocate funding for the double dollars program, but the Metro Council has already voted to provide the program at the Gray Street Farmers Market.

If you’re elderly and living on a limited income, you may be eligible for the Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program. Low-income seniors are provided with SFMNP credit to purchase fresh, locally grown fruits, vegetables and herbs at certain farmers markets.

Below, is a list of all of the local farmers markets, when they open, what days and hours they’re open and what types of payment they accept. So, check it out then grab your shopping bag or basket and enjoy.

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Here’s a directory of area farmers markets in alphabetical order:

Beechmont Open Air Farmers Market
Located at the Beechmont Baptist Church parking lot
4574 South Third Street
June 10-Oct. 28
Saturdays: 8 a.m.-12 p.m.
Cash, credit/debit cards, SNAP, SFMNP

Douglass Loop Farmers Market
Located in the loop at Douglass Blvd Christian Church
2005 Douglass Blvd
March 4-Dec.16
Saturdays: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Cash, credit/debit cards, SNAP, SFMNP

Gray Street Farmers Market
Located on Gray Street, Middle of Street (blocked during market hours)
400 East Gray St.
May 18-Oct. 26
Thursdays: 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Cash, credit/debit cards, SNAP, SFMNP

Louismills Farmers Market | File photo

Jeffersontown Farmers Market
Located at the J-town Chamber
10434 Watterson Trail
May 6-Oct. 28
Saturdays, 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Cash

Louismill Anchorage Farmers Market
Located on LaGrange Road in the Anchorage area
12102 LaGrange Road
May 13-Oct. 28
Saturdays: 8 a.m.-12 p.m.
Cash, credit

The Original Bardstown Road Farmers Market
Located at the Bardstown Road Presbyterian Church parking lot
1722 Bardstown Rd.
April – December
Saturdays: 8 a.m.-12 p.m.
Cash, credit/debit cards, SNAP, SFMNP

Phoenix Hill Nulu Farmers Market
Located at the corner of Jefferson and Baxter, Phoenix Hill Neighborhood
1007 East Jefferson Street
Open Date: May 16-Oct. 31
Tuesdays: 3-6 p.m.
Cash, credit/debit cards, SNAP, SFMNP

Rainbow Blossom Farmers Market
Located in the parking lot of Rainbow Blossom Market
3738 Lexington Road
Year round
Sundays: 12-4 p.m.
Cash, credit/debit cards

Phoenix Hill NuLu Market | File Photo

Schnitzelburg Community Farmers Market
Located in the parking lot of The Cure Lounge
1481 South Shelby Street
April 15-Nov. 4
Saturdays: 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Cash, credit/debit cards, SNAP, SFMNP

South Point Farmers Market
Located in the Hazelwood Shopping Center Save-A-Lot parking lot
4148 Taylors Blvd.
May 7-Sept. 24
Sundays: 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Cash.
Credit/debit cards, SNAP, SFMNP will be accepted beginning June 4

St. Andrew Farmers Market
Located at the St. Andrew United Church of Christ
2608 Browns Lane
May 11-Oct. 12
Thursdays: 3 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
Cash, credit/debit cards, SNAP, SFMNP

St. Matthews Farmers Market
Located at the Beargrass Christian Church Campus/Parking lot
4100 Shelbyville Road
May 13-Oct. 14
Saturdays: 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Cash

Westport Road Baptist Farmers Market
Located at the Westport Road Baptist Church Parking Lot
9705 Westport Road
April 29-Oct. 28
Saturdays: 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Cash, credit/debit cards, SNAP, SFMNP

Updated: There is no farmers market at Crescent Hill United Methodist Church on Wednesdays.