While I love Pepper Place Saturday Market, I don't want to trek all the way downtown every weekend from Hoover to get fresh fruits and veggies. So I recently checked out the Valleydale Farmer's Market, now in its second year. They're located at 4601 Valleydale Road, in a church parking lot near the intersection with Caldwell Mill, each Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon.
It's not as big as Pepper Place, but also refreshingly not as crowded. There were fewer than 20 booths, a few of them non-food-related crafts and the like, but overall there was a good variety of local produce. I brought home peaches, heirloom tomatoes, burgundy okra, Japanese eggplant, hot banana peppers and more. In addition to fruits and veggies, there also were stands selling goat cheese, Alabama honey, and meat.
There are some chef demonstrations scheduled, although not for every week. Upcoming ones include Hot & Hot's Chris Hastings, Cantina's Guillermo Castro, and Little Savannah's Clif and Maureen Holt.
For more info, visit www.valleydalefarmersmarket.com