One of the best things about the summer season is the fresh produce. There’s nothing like biting into a juicy peach or a fat, fresh tomato. Even better when your kids ask for fruits and veggies like these as their preferred snack choice. 

If you don’t have a green thumb (or the time) to tend your own garden, and you’re longing for that homegrown taste, head to a local farmer’s market. This is a great way to get fresh, healthy food, support local farmers, and try new fruits and vegetables. Right now, there’s an abundance of places to go to pick up delicious produce. 

It’s easy to bring the farm to your table when you shop at a farmer’s market. A lot of the farmer’s markets in the area are more than just a vegetable stand. You can take the whole family for a fun Saturday morning outing, as many of the markets feature local artisans, food trucks and more. 

There are a lot of great places to check out in the area, but here’s a few that rank on our list as a must-see this summer. 

2nd Street Market
600 E 2nd Street, Dayton
Saturdays, 9am-1pm 

Visit 2nd Street Market to get choice items from local growers and bakers. Here you’ll find fresh produce, meat and dairy from local farmers, along with artisan breads and yummy sweets. You’ll also find a selection of beautiful flowers, and fun home decor items. 


Miamisburg Farmers Market
Miamisburg Christian Church
1146 E Central Ave, Miamisburg
Wednesdays, 3pm-7pm

If you need to do a mid-week grocery run, this is a great place to replenish your produce supply. The Miamisburg Farmers Market has a wide variety of seasonal fruits and vegetables, baked goods and locally sourced meats. You’ll also find great specialty items here, like delicious homemade salsas. 


Shiloh Farmers Market
5300 Philadelphia Drive, Dayton
Saturdays, 10am-2pm

Start your weekend at Shiloh Farmer’s Market and load up for the week with fresh vegetables, fruit, and local meat. You’ll also want to pick up a jar or two of jelly jams to complement the fresh bread you’ll find at this market. 


Oakwood Farmers Market
22 Orchard Drive, Dayton
Saturdays 9am-1pm

Nestled in the heart of the Oakwood business district, the Oakwood Farmers Market gathers local farmers, gourmet food vendors and local artisans. At this market you can easily find delicious vegetables and fruit, along with one-of-a-kind homemade items. 


Bayer’s Melon Farm
9555 W 3rd Street, Trotwood
Monday- Saturday, 10am-6pm 

Bayer’s Melon Farm is a local produce farm on the western edge of Dayton that grows a variety of fruits and vegetables. Bayer also partners with other local farmers to provide an assortment of local produce, peaches, dairy and local honey. If you’re in the market for a mouth-watering cantaloupe or watermelon, you’ll want to swing by this market this summer.