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Amazing Line Up Saturday at Farmers Market

January 28, 2017, brings an amazing line-up of vendors to the farmers market on North Seventh Street. Me, Myself and Pies is returning for the first time this year with a large selection of sweet and savory pies. Steephill Vermont Syrup is making their monthly appearance with a trunk full of syrups straight from their farm in Vermont, and Rose’s “An”Believable Egg Rolls has added pot stickers to her line up. Continue reading

New Year – New Products at the Farmers Market

The Fernandina Beach Market Place is the hot spot on Amelia Island to find new delightful treats for 2017. Strolling through the farmers market on North Seventh Street you will notice several expanding product lines from our existing vendors for the new year. Continue reading

Dan Voll and Shell’s CD Fits Well in Your Christmas Stocking

Dan Voll and Shell's CD Fits Well in Your Christmas StockingLooking for last minute Christmas gifts? You should put the new CD, Kiss Me Salty, by local musicians Dan Voll and Michele Anders in EVERYBODY’s Christmas stocking!

Wisconsin native Dan Voll has been playing guitar since he was nine years old. He studied guitar in Los Angeles with esteemed recording artist Ted Greene and was honored with several top music awards and countless accolades while living in Rockford, Illinois.

Known for his dazzling instrumentals and soulful vocals, Dan’s versatility is second to none, easily blending and crossing genres including rock, pop, blues, jazz, country, Latin and world music.

After moving to Fernandina Beach, Florida, in 2010, Dan could be heard playing regularly on his own and along with several acts and became one of the most popular guitarists in Northeast Florida. It was a chance meeting that led to his partnership with Michele “Shell” Anders in the summer of 2011.

Hailing from Pennsylvania, Shell played bass and sang in cover bands in central Pennsylvania, and the Maryland and Delaware beaches, before moving to Florida in 1999. As her career took a turn towards radio broadcasting, Shell put her musical aspirations aside and enjoyed popularity on the air waves in Jacksonville, Florida, only picking up her guitar and singing for friends and family.

Soon after meeting, the two began playing music together and a wonderful friendship was born. Dan and Shell can be seen and heard all over Fernandina Beach performing an entertaining mix of covers and now their own original music!

With beachy undertones and catchy lyrics, their new CD, Kiss Me Salty makes a fabulous addition to the music collection of anyone on your list.

Dan and Shell will be performing Saturday morning at the Fernandina Beach Market Place farmers market on Christmas Eve in historic Fernandina Beach, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., if you’d like to see these two perform, or perhaps pick up a CD or two.

Crescendo Amelia Big Band Holiday Show

Get ready for a two night Crescendo Amelia Big Band Holiday Show at the Amelia Community Theatre with a 21-piece band performing holiday tunes with six singers and a number of additional acts.

Performances will be held on Tuesday, December 20th and Wednesday, December 21st at 7:30 p.m.

Featuring over twenty-one musicians with a variety of professional singers, entertainers and other acts, this family friendly holiday show is sure to get everyone in the spirit. Ask anyone that attended the last two years, and they will tell you this show is a “must-see” event.

This full theatre production will include all your favorite holiday songs, local celebrity singers, dancing, acting and a few surprises we can’t even announce just yet. And if you’re nice, maybe St. Nick will pay us a visit too!

Two dates to choose from, one incredible show!

Singer line-up: Marah Lovequist, Reed Meyer, Tyra Dant, Kim Reteguiz, Jeff Groden-Thomas & Robbie Eccles.

Bonus: Free holiday photo booth, concessions and drinks will be available for purchase.

CLICK HERE to get tickets.

Quick and Easy Snacks and Meals Found at Fernandina’s Farmers Market

The farmers market in historic, downtown Fernandina Beach will be open December 10, 2016, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., rain or shine.

As the holidays leave many of us running short on time, the farmers market is a great place for quick and healthy, meals or snacks. Whether you are looking for a quick pastry like you’ll find at Maria’s Bakery or Nana Teresa’s Bake Shop, or a prepared gourmet dish you’ll find at Bottega by Liz Grenamyer, you’ll find something convenient at the farmers market to set on your family’s table.

African Love Kitchen offers ready to eat Tanzanian dishes such as sambusa, curry chicken, and piri piri wraps, and Sunshine Grindz offers delicious tuna or Mayport shrimp poke, a healthy alternative to fast food. Or perhaps a tasty quiche from Me, Myself and Pies will get you and your family warmed up and out the door on a chilly December morning?

Kings Kountry Produce offers ready-to-eat nutritious snacks, too, like carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, strawberries, blackberries, apples and citrus.

Another convenient and healthy snack are the shelled pecans from returning vendor Sarah Cohen of Cohen Pecans, whose final visit for the season is December 17th. Another seasonal vendor attending this Saturday is the Steephill Vermont Syrup Company. They will be here Saturday and are accepting holiday orders for both hard and soft maple candy for delivery December 17 – 21st.

December 10th is also the Best Decorated Holiday Booth Contest at the Fernandina Beach Market Place farmers market. Vendors will display their best holiday decorations in hopes of winning a free booth rental, and customers are the judges, so be sure to stop by the management booth to place your vote.

Music will be provided by the crowd pleasing Laid Back Band, and of course your well-behaved leashed pets are always welcome.

For more information, please visit FernandinaBeachMarketPlace.com.

Dan Voll, New Vendors and More at Farmers Market Saturday

New products and vendors can be found at the Fernandina Beach Market Place farmers market this first Saturday of December and with chilly temperatures in the forecast, the addition of hot coffee now available at the Lemon Sensations booth will be welcomed. Try their new, flavored coffees and sip your way through the farmers market with peppermint, hazelnut, and pumpkin spice.

A new vendor in the farmers market is Sunshine Grindz, owned by Chef Jonathan Haynes. Chef Haynes has international experience including work in high end kitchens in Japan and Spain. He recently opened Sunshine Grindz, specializing in Hawaiian and Asian Cuisine. At the Market Place his specialty is poke, a raw fish salad served as an appetizer in Hawaiian cuisine. Stop by for a sample on his homemade tortilla chips and you’ll see why this dish is so popular.

Have you had enough turkey in your diet lately? Well, JD Beef is returning this Saturday with fresh cuts from his all natural Angus herd, free of hormones, antibiotics, and steroids.

Does the holiday shopping have you tied up in knots? Come to the farmers market and get a message from the students enrolled in FSCJ’s Massage Therapy program. Approved by the Florida Department of Health, these students are developing skills and knowledge to pass the certification exam and apply for licensure in the state of Florida.

Musicians Dan Voll and Michele “Shell” Anders are returning to the farmers market on December 3rd with promises to play cuts of their newest CD, “Kiss Me Salty”.

The Fernandina Beach Market Place farmers market is open every Saturday, rain or shine, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., and is located on North Seventh Street in historic, downtown Fernandina Beach, Florida.

Alarming Addiction Rates Reported at Farmers Market

You awaken on a Saturday morning and glance at the nearest clock, 9:00 a.m. You feel a rush of adrenaline trigger your fight or flight instinct and jump to your feet. The morning routine is conquered in record time and you notice an elevated pulse rate when you realize your favorite parking space near North Seventh Street, in historic Fernandina Beach, is already taken. Uttering profanity you spy a young family loading their mini van and quickly slap on your turn signal claiming their spot. As you exit your vehicle you exhale an exaggerated sigh of relief. You are so close now you can taste victory, literally, and you lick your lips in anticipation.

The above scenerio is being reported to Fernandina Beach Market Place farmers market Manager Judie Mackie, in record numbers. “Customers tell me they are developing addictions. We have one guy who claims to be addicted to the hydroponic lettuce from Bacon’s Select Produce. My husband is hooked on the semi-sweet chocolate toffee from Topsy Toffee, and I, too, have a standing order for three pounds of local, wild caught shrimp every single Saturday,” Mackie confessed.

Many visitors to the farmers market find themselves surrounded by fresh baked artisan breads and pastries, seasonal produce, and tasty, but possibly habit forming, hand-crafted delicacies. “These temptations are causing friction between couples, and often the entire family is involved.”

These vendors really know what they are doing,” said one man who asked to remain anonymous. “Some of these booths have food prepared by professional chefs, like Lulu’s at the Thompson House and Nana Teresa’s Bake Shop, and their presentation is often, well, irresistible. I just can’t say, ‘No!'”

“Some of our vendors do not come to the Market Place every Saturday and it breaks my heart to see a child cry when they learn we don’t have egg rolls, gluten-free sweet breads, or maple syrup in the market every week,” Mackie continued, “These are hard lessons to learn, even for many adults.”

With all of these temptations, we asked the question: What should a customer do to protect themself?

Mackie suggests coming to the farmers market early, when the selections are abundant. “This helps avoid unwanted withdrawal symptoms, especially if your favorite dealer is known to sell out early.”

“Instead of giving up a delicious dish from Me, Myself and Pie, for example, step down instead. Don’t quit cold turkey! Rather than purchasing the family sized pie, perhaps a mini-pie would satisfy your craving.”

“Trying new products is also a way to break free from your farmers market addiction, but be careful; our friend with the lettuce addiction confided to me that he is afraid the butterhead is just a gateway to carrots or Heaven forbid, beets.”

If you need to talk to someone about your farmers market addiction(s), find Judie at the Fernandina Beach Market Place farmers market every Saturday, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Located on North Seventh Street in Fernandina Beach, the Market Place is open rain or shine.

November 12th will see the return of An Unbelievable Egg Roll, Amish Popcorn, and Cohen’s Pecans, a pecan farm vendor who will be joining the market again this year for just two visits in both November and December. This week’s music is provided by Spanish Guitarist Dennis Fermin, and to learn more about a non-profit organization with a mission to build a new skate park in our community, be sure to stop by our Booth with a Cause. The Fernandina Beach Arts Market. located adjacent to the farmers market will also be open and Celebration Church will be offering free face painting for the kids, and a fall scarecrow will be given away at the end of the market.

For more information, please visit FernandinaBeachMarketPlace.com.FernandinaBeachMarketPlace.com

Waymore Return to Evening of Story and Song August 13th

The Waymores (waymores.net) return to Amelia Island, and if you aren’t leaving town to beat the Florida heat, check them out on Saturday, August 13, 2016, at 7:30 p.m.

Tom Kimmel, Sally Barris, and Don Henry are three of Nashville’s finest singer/songwriters; quite successful as solo artists with more than a dozen albums between them and songs recorded by Linda Rondstadt, Johhny Cash, Ray Charles, Miranda Lambert and many others… who realized that they could make way more music and have way more fun by performing together.

If you haven’t already made your reservations, please email: eveningofstoryandsong@gmail.com.

For a sneak preview, visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-lZh61Iiqfw to see The Waymores on Nashville Public Radio’s “Live in Studio C.”

Doors will open (along with the wine bar) at 6:45 pm; concert begins at 7:30 pm. A $20 donation at the door (100% goes to the artist) is requested and very much appreciated!

Saturday, August 13th at 7:30 pm
Burns Hall at St. Peter’s Episcopal Parish
(9th & Atlantic in Fernandina Beach)

“An Evening of Story & Song” is made possible thanks to the generous support of First Coast Community Bank and the Community Outreach program at St. Peter’s.

Kick-off Independence Day Weekend with Sounds on Centre

flipturn-sounds-on-centreJuly 1, 2016, join your neighbors and friends at Sounds on Centre. From 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., the corner of Centre and Second Streets becomes a dance party. Bring your lawn chairs and dancing shoes, and dance with members of the Fernandina Pirates Club, too. There will be t-Shirts, raffles prizes, popcorn and more.

This month’s band is “flipturn”, a local, five-piece indie rock, garage band that you don’t want to miss. Fun for the entire family, you need to hear this up and coming group of youngsters.

Members: Adrian Walker, Dillon Basse, Madeline Jarman, Taylor Allen, Tristan Duncan
Hometown: Fernandina Beach

If you would like to volunteer to help with Sounds on Centre please meet us outside of Debonair at 4:15pm.

African Love Kitchen Joins Fernandina’s Farmers Market

African Love Kitchen Joins Fernandina's Farmers MarketJune 25, 2016, is the 4th Saturday of the month and that means both the Fernandina Beach Arts Market and the Fernandina Beach Market Place farmers markets will be open near the corner of Centre and Eighth Streets in historic, downtown Fernandina Beach.

The farmers market is welcoming one of our newest vendors back this week, African Love Kitchen. You will be delighted with their authentic Tanzanian foods created by Chef Ibrahim. Ibrahim uses the flavors of his culture to entice your appetite, and you can taste the culture in every bite. Try sambusa filled with beef, chicken, vegetables or bison, and their piri piri wraps are fabulous. If you are a fan of curry, their sauce is a must have.

Cabbage Creek, a farm located in Nassau County, has been a weekly vendor of the market for years and this time of the year their butternut and spaghetti squash, cucumbers, fresh garlic, and mixed and sunflower cut flowers are all beautifully displayed in their popular booth.

Summer means heat, and what better way to cool off when walking through the farmers and arts markets than with a nice cool lemonade, smoothie, or an iced coffee by weekly vendor Island Juice and Java? Prepared to order, these refreshing drinks are made just the way you want them.

Kings Kountry Produce is another weekly vendor that brings seasonal vegetables to Fernandina Beach from their family farm in Starke, Florida. Harvesting this time of the year includes ample supplies of eggplants, tomatoes, Patty pan, zuchinni and golden rod squash, corn, okra, and Florida blueberries.

In addition to these fine food vendors, there will be another 30 or so vendors with displays of breads, pastries, soaps, lotions, honey, jams, jellies, eggs, beef, salmon, local shrimp, cheeses, dips, dressings, hot sauces, and more, as well as almost 20 artists and craftsmen set up with their handmade creations including jewelry, pottery, apparel, art, frames, and pictures in the adjacent Arts Market.

Our Market Sponsor this week is Bath Fitters. A representative will be available to answer your questions about remodeling your bathroom in as little as one day. Affordable and quick, their professional service offers you a wide variety of finishes and accessories, and the peace of mind knowing the job is being done right!

Both markets are open from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., and the farmers market is open every Saturday of the year. For more information, please find either market on facebook, or stop by the management booth any Saturday.

Bluegrass Jam at Sliders on Sundays

Down Yonder is a local bluegrass band made up of Michael Spicer, Dan Forney, John Fleming and Brian Absher. They will be hosting a “Bluegrass Jam” all summer long, at Sliders Beachside Grill.

The restaurant is located at 1998 S. Fletcher Avenue, and the “jams” will take place every Sunday, from 6 to 9:00 p.m. Down Yonder invites you to come play along or sing your favorite bluegrass tunes.

Everyone is welcome.

Contact downyonderbluegrass@gmail.com for more information.

Sounds on Centre June 3, 2016

Sounds On Centre is this Friday, June 3, 2016. From 6 to 8:00 p.m., this is a dance pary in the street! Join your neighbors, friends, Pirates and more to listen to The Decades Band, Amelia Island’s premier party band comprised of four talented local musicians put together by the bands drummer and manager, Robert Severance. Ray Hetchka, owner of Kayak Amelia, plays bass guitar player, Vic Deacon is the lead guitar player, and James Geiger plays the keyboards.

Like many great bands, there is no single lead singer. All of the members sing lead on different songs. This band is known for their ability to please the crowds with note for note precision and they are proud to call Fernandina Beach “home”!

Located at Centre and Second Streets in historic, downtown Fernandina Beach.

Bring lawn chairs if you’d like, and don’t forget your dancing shoes.

Memorial Day Weekend at the Saturday Farmers Market

Memorial Day Weekend at the Saturday Farmers MarketThe farmers market on North Seventh Street in historic Fernandina Beach will be a great place to entertain your Memorial Day Weekend company. We are introducing a new vendor this week, Amish Popcorn. The Mlyniec family recently moved to Fernandina Beach and we are looking forward to seeing their different varieties of one of America’s favorite snacks.

This is the final Saturday Steephill Designs will be at the Market Place until they return in the fall with the fresh maple syrup they harvest from their Vermont home, and Island Juice and Java returns this week with their iced coffees, fresh squeezed lemonades, and flavorful smoothies.

The Fernandina Beach Arts Market will be open adjacent to the farmers market with a wide selection of local arts and crafts. Come on out and meet the artists while you peruse booths full of jewelry, apparel, wood crafting, furniture, pottery, stained glass and more.

black-frog-design-post-officeThere will be a book signing with the three artists of, “A Day on Amelia Island.” Stephan Leimberg, Dawna Moore, and Scott Moore, have put together a beautiful coffee-table style book featuring their amazing photography.

The City of Fernandina Beach will be on hand to promote the upcoming 6th Annual Boat Show and one of their vendors, Olde Town Marina, will have a boat on display to get you in the mood for some on-the-water, summer fun. Stop by their booth to learn more about this FREE event that is open to the public.

Music this week is provided by the crowd pleasing Bruce Beville and the Laid Back Band.

The Fernandina Beach Market Place farmers’ market is located on North Seventh Street, between Centre and Alachua Streets, in downtown, historic Fernandina Beach. The Market Place is open from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., rain or shine, and your well-behaved, leashed pets are welcome to join you.

For more information, please find us on Facebook, or visit FernandinaBeachMarketPlace.com.

A Duo of Markets in Fernandina Beach May 14, 2016

The Fernandina Beach Market Place farmers market and the Fernandina Beach Arts Market will both be open on Saturday, May 14, 2016, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. There is a new palm tree vendor joining the farmers market this week. Paul Bazzell, with A1 Landscape and Tree City, will be bringing a variety of seven gallon palm trees such as Sylvestris, Lady palm, Washintonia, and Roebellini; all palms have been grown from seed right here in Fernandina Beach.

Maria’s Bakery has been perfecting their artisan breads and will have fresh baked sourdough, Italian ciabatta, jalapeno and cheese, rye, and pumpernickel. Kings Kountry Produce is bringing seasonal Patty Pan squash, purple cauliflower, romanesco, and pole and green beans; you’ll fine their early harvests of corn and homegrown tomatoes on their tables, too. Joy of Garlic has added two new flavors to their line-up: spicy mango salsa, and tangerine teriyaki hot sauce, which makes an excellent salad dressing. Also returning this week is Rose’s Authentic Vietnamese Egg Rolls, Savannah Oatmeal, and this is one of the last two markets until fall that you will have the opportunity to pick up some genuine Vermont syrup from Steephill designs.

The arts market is shaping up to be one of our biggest markets to date with over 25 vendors at last count. Enjoy shopping directly from the artists such as BC Gemstones, who turn their stones on-site, paintings by Sarah Bash Gleason, and our newest vendor, Gourds Gone Wild. There will be stained glass, jewelry, pottery, photography, tie dye apparel and much more.

Music this week will be by Jim Barcaro, and Community Hospice will be on hand to answer any questions you may have. The markets are located on North Seventh Street in historic Fernandina Beach, and will be open rain or shine.