Here are a few of my favorite tips to help you enjoy both the Art Market and the Fernandina Beach Market Place farmers market.
The Fernandina Beach Arts Market is back Saturday, January 9, adjacent to the farmers market on North Seventh Street in historic downtown. Here are a few of my favorite tips to help you enjoy both markets.
-The Arts Market is only open on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month.
-Both markets are open from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and are busiest from 10 to noon.
-Shop early for the biggest selections.
-To avoid crowds, shop between 9 a.m. and 10:00 a.m., or between noon and 1:00 p.m.
-Bring your own shopping bags: one for wet or frozen items and another for dry goods.
-Dress appropriately and wear comfortable shoes, after all, this is an outdoor experience.
-The markets are a great attraction for out of town company and visitors.
-Farmers, ranchers, artists, producers… they all love to talk about what the sell. Ask lots of questions. Where else can you so easily talk with the owner of a company?
-Most vendors accept credit cards, but always bring small denominations of bills when you shop at community markets. Vendors carry a limited amount of cash.
-Return your reusable containers to the booth, many give discounts or a refill price.
-The Arts Market and the farmers market are pet friendly. Animals must be leashed and well-behaved. Please do not let them urinate on booths or signage.
-Musicians are working for tips only, please be kind.
-Produce is seasonal, look to try new foods year ’round.
-While the public is not currently required to wear masks outdoors, please continue to adhere to social distancing guidelines.
Remember, both markets are open rain or shine!