It's a major milestone for the Jacksonville Farmers Market... it's turning 75. And to celebrate, the market is hosting a 3-day festival this weekend. We can't wait, we're celebrating by giving you a glimpse into the past. Channel 4's Ashley Mitchem tells us how the market has changed and grown over the years. 3 00-07 12- 22 32-50 2:05- 2:1201:12 Here at the Farmer's Market off Beaver Street...this is the fruit of labor after 75 successful years in Jacksonville.Today the parking lot full of cars...but it didn't always look this way.) These pictures from Jacksonville Farmer's Market Facebook page ... date back to 1938 when the market was founded.It's the OLDEST Farmers Market in Florida AND the MOST VISITED- with more than 25-thousand visitors a year.The market's General Manager says he's been coming here for 45 years.Greg Tison GM Jax Farmers Market 24:41 there's a lot of history with this farmers market I can remember when i was a child coming here with my grandparents ........it was butted up to the railroad tracks, back in those days most of the produce came in on the railroad.The market, is open EVERY day of the year, dawn to dusk.You can find seafood, LOCAL produce and more at affordable prices. 23:32 Families can come out here in these economic times and save up to 70-80 percent on their produce bills. Families like the Hamiltons... The Hamiltons, Customers Since the 80s 01:56 You can always get a good price- good price and fresh produce. It's a nice little outing and we always support the local farmers Not just great deals-- but fresh and organic produce- which drives a lot of customers to the market instead of other outlets.24:18 Usually you can get fresh produce which has only been out of the field a few days- if you go into a local retailer..where it sits for maybe a week or so in cold storage. The sense of freshness is out here.Right now they only use about half of its property and since business is doing well , organizers say they plan to make the Farmers Market even bigger.23:11 We're looking to expand in the future and pretty much double the size double our parking To celebrate 75 years in business ... this weekend there will be a festival with musical guests, a kids zone, prize giveaways, and tons of food from local vendors and food trucks.NAT POP-03:09-03:12 03:17 The festival runs all weekend from 9 A-M to 4 P-M. Ashley Mitchem Channel THE Local Station.