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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.

Hickox Now President of Florida Property Appraisers

Nassau County, FL – Property Appraiser A. Michael Hickox has been elected by his peers to serve as the President of the Florida Association of Property Appraiser’s.

The Florida Association of Property Appraiser’s (FAPA) is a statewide professional organization composed of locally elected, constitutionally authorized Property Appraisers. The mission of FAPA is to actively work with the Florida Legislature by providing technical assistance and advice in drafting ad valorem legislation affecting Florida citizens and property appraiser’s offices.

Hickox, took the position last month and is ready for the challenges ahead. “My goal is to ensure that property tax policies will benefit citizens throughout the state. Our organization will do this by effectively advocating for residential and commercial property owners.”

Hickox previously served as the organizations President-Elect and Legislative Committee Chairman where he met with legislators regarding proposed policies affecting property valuation and property tax exemptions.

Holiday Mailbox Decorating

Landscape Matters is holding a class on “Holiday Mailbox Decorating, Wednesday, November 30, at 10 a.m. at the Yulee Extension Office located at 86026 Pages Dairy Road.

UF/IFAS Nassau Master Gardener Carol Ann Atwood and avid holiday decorator Sylvie Baxter will conduct a Landscape Matters class on how to make your mailbox “holiday ready” using cuttings from your own yard like magnolia, spruce, pine, palmetto, pittosporum, palms, holly with berries, etc. and ornamental decor. They will decorate two mailboxes and participants will have an opportunity to win one for their own mailbox! The session takes place at the Yulee Extension office on Pages Dairy Road, beginning at 10 am.

For more information, see the Extension website at http://nassau.ifas.ufl.edu/horticulture/landmatters/landmatters.html, or contact the Extension office at 530-6350. Master Gardeners are ​on phone duty Fridays, from 10 am until 2 pm at 530-6350, press “1” for the Yulee Extension office

Shop Small, Shop Local, for Small Business Saturday

Shop Small, Shop Local, for Small Business SaturdayNovember 26, 2016, is Small Business Saturday and the Fernandina Beach Market Place farmers market is asking you to shop local. Traditionally one of the busiest shopping weekends of the year, American Express launched this shop small movement in 2010. In 2011, the United States Senate unanimously passed a resolution of support for Small Business Saturday.

So, come on down to historic Fernandina Beach and see what great gift giving ideas the small business owners within the farmers market are putting on display for you.

Lizzie’s Cheese Straws are a savory baked crackers, shaped like a French fry. Their irresistible flavor has been featured in Delta Magazine and can be found in airport gift shops. While gaining in popularity across the region, the owners and bakers who made this little snack famous still attend the farmers market twice a month here on Amelia Island, and these cheese straws are a great stocking stuffer or addition to a gift basket.

Another great treat that won’t be “our little secret” much longer is Joy’s Gourmet Garlic who make all of their delicious products right here in Florida. Many of their products are gluten free, no sugar added, no trans fats, no preservatives, no hydrogenated oils, low in sodium, low in carbohydrates and low in cholesterol. Their 100% natural treats include salad dressings, pasta sauces, garlic spreads, and salsas. My personal favorite is the garlic artichoke salad, perfect for use in dips, spreads and scampi recipes.

B & D Hot Sauce specializes in Bahamian Bird Peppers, a seed brought to the United States that absolutely thrives on their farm here in NE Florida. For the holiday season they are offering gift boxed sets. The “whole deal” is a complete product line-up including three, full size three sauces, the mash, and their salt rub in a gift box for only $40.00. They will also be featuring three gift wrapped bottled sauces for $28.00, and for $21.00 you can pick up a gift basket with your choice of two sauces.

A great gift to bring to holiday parties, or perhaps to keep for yourself, would be a colorful, blooming Christmas cactus or a beautiful poinsettia. Both will be available from Seven Trees Nursery every Saturday throughout the holiday season.

This week’s featured Brick and Mortar Business Booth will be Bat-bikes. These are electric assisted, Cruiser, Fat Tire, and Cargo bicycles. They will also have prototypes of their 2017 models as well as used e-bikes, electric scooters, and hover boards.

Music will be provided by local musician Alain Lelait, and the Booth with a Cause is the Amelia Island Museum of History who will be on hand to answer all of your questions about the upcoming, 10th Annual Holiday Home Tour. This week’s market will be sponsored by Bath Fitter and All American Gutter.

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, between Alachua and Centre Streets in historic Fernandina.

For more information, please visit FernandinaBeachMarketPlace.com.

Thanksgiving Shopping at Fernandina’s Farmers Market

Historic Fernandina Beach is home to the Fernandina Beach Market Place farmers market and you have just one more opportunity to shop at this delightful open air market prior to the Thanksgiving Holiday! It doesn’t matter whether you are planning to cook the dinner this year, visiting relatives, or phoning it in, the Market Place vendors can help make the holiday easier for you.

Check out Boatright Farms for garden-fresh green beans and squash for traditional casseroles. Do you have twice-baked sweet potatoes with browned butter and mini marshmallows on your menu? Or perhaps a sweet potato pie? Al and Anna will have plenty of sweet potatoes on hand for you, as well as succotash, peas, greens, onions and some late season corn.

You’ll find white potatoes for mashing, carrots for glazing, and plenty of Brussel sprouts and broccoli at Kings Kountry Produce’s extra large booth.

Come on down and pick up some dinner rolls from Maria’s Bakery, eggs from A Natural Springs Dairy, or some salmon and scallops from Upstream Seafood.

Chessers Seafood will sell out of their wild caught, local shrimp early, so if you want to sleep in on Saturday I’d suggest you pre-order by calling Debbie or Eddie Chesser at (904) 509-3337 or (904) 485-6853.

Me, Myself and Pies is once again offering their Pop-Up Pie Shop and Saturday will be your last day to pre-order your custom baked pecan, pumpkin, key lime, buttermilk, sweet potato, or apple pie. Their Pop-Up Pie Shop will be in town to deliver your pie, Monday – Wednesday of Thanksgiving week, for your convenience.

Perhaps you don’t feel like cooking this year and would rather have Thanksgiving catered? Bottega: Catering by Liz Grenemyer is happy to do the cooking. Their chive butter basted boneless turkey breast will serve 8 – 10 people, and you can add all of the sides like turkey gravy, cranberry relish, dressings, macaroni and cheese (made with three cheeses), pumpkin cheesecake, southern bourbon pecan pie and more. To pre-order, or if you have questions, simply call them at (904) 387-8483.

Monthly vendors Steephill Vermont Syrup and From Bluegrass to Sawgrass, with their delicious bourbon glazes pecans, are also returning this Saturday, and music this week will be the toe tapping, sing-a-long favorites performed by Bruce Beville and the Laid Back Band.

The Amelia Island-Fernandina Beach-Yulee Chamber of Commerce will be at the market to promote their ‘Give the Gift of Local’ campaign and Small Business Saturday! Both campaigns encourage shopping in our own community, keeping dollars local. Come by their booth for a canvas shopping bag and a chance to win fabulous prizes!

The Fernandina Beach Market Place farmers market is open from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. every Saturday, rain or shine. Located on North Seventh Street, between Alachua and Centre Streets in Fernandina, this is a great place to bring your entire family – including your well-behaved, leashed pets.

For more information, please call (904) 557-8229.

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

Comedian Amy Beckham’s Take on Election 2016

Just in time for Election 2016, local Comedian Amy Beckham offered her poetic take on the presidential candidates.

Amy Beckham is the optometrist at the Yulee Mall, better known as the Super Walmart. Most of the people I know use her as their eye doctor, including my entire family, BUT – did you know she is also a stand-up comedian? I had the pleasure of catching her show at the Amelia Musical Playhouse theatre on Amelia Island Saturday evening, and she gave me permission to film and share a portion of that show… this 3 1/2 minute take on Election 2016 is sure to put a smile on your face!

To learn more about Amy, please visit: AmyBeckham.com

Storm and Yard Debris Pickup Information

In order to receive financial reimbursement, it was necessary for the City to activate a pre-positioned contract with a FEMA-approved debris management company, Ceres. Hurricane Matthew storm debris clean-up began on October 12. Since then, normal yard debris pick-up by Advanced Disposal has been postponed until at least one complete tour was done by Ceres.

The first tour will be completed by Saturday, November 5, 2016. A second tour by Ceres through the City limits will start on Monday, November 7.

Advanced Disposal will also resume the normal scheduled route for yard debris collection on Monday, November 7, as well. So far, over 1,600 tons of storm debris material has been removed following Hurricane Matthew.

Thank you for patience and assistance in making this clean-up a success.

Vote for Eric Childers

Vote for Eric Childers

I have a very good reason to cast my vote for Eric Childers, and this may come as a complete surprise to many of you, but he is the best big brother a girl could have!!!

eric-and-judieThat’s right, Eric and I are brother and sister, so if you see me waving election signs that say Vote for Eric Childers, now you know just one of the many reasons I am voting for him.

As a big brother, Eric has been my confidante, my protector, and my most trusted friend for ALL of my life. Like most siblings, boy, do I have some great stories from our childhood, too. Oh, and just for the record… he IS older than me.

Eric is accessible, and he studies the issues – taking pride in hearing from YOU on the subjects that are most important to those he wants to represent. He is embedded in our community, a married man, and works a full time job, so his decision to run for public office and “serve” his neighbors was not made lightly. He understands the day to day concerns of working families. He sees the importance of welcoming our tourists, and he listens when you express concerns about growth, infrastructure, and the delicate balance of man v nature.

Having served in the Navy, and having grown up a Military Brat, Eric understands commitment, sacrifice, and pride of country… but most of all, he truly cares about the future of Fernandina Beach, her residents, her business owners, and her visitors.

If you want to see a fun, and very short video endorsement I made when I was in Las Vegas earlier this year… scroll down on my facebook page to October 25th and take a look. If you want to hear a really, really funny story from our childhood… come find me, I’ve got some great ones!

We thank you for your support.

This shameless plug is of my own personal opinion. He did not hold my arm behind my back, give me “noogies”, or make me say, “Uncle” to write this endorsement. We still retain our right to express, so I don’t reckon I need any disclosures typed up in this space.

College Goal Sunday Makes Transition to College Easier

Jacksonville, FL – Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ), in partnership with the University of North Florida, Edward Waters College, Duval County Public Schools, the Nassau County School District, Year Up Jacksonville and RealSense, a United Way-led coalition, is hosting College Goal Sunday, a free event that helps college-bound students and their parents or guardians complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form.

College Goal Sunday takes place Sunday, November 6, 2016, from 1-4 p.m. at both the FSCJ Advanced Technology Center, located on FSCJ Downtown Campus, and the FSCJ Betty P. Cook Nassau Center.

This annual event provides free, in-person, financial aid guidance to help students and parents prepare for a smooth transition from high school to college. Students who attend College Goal Sunday also have the opportunity to enter for a chance toreceive scholarship money. Participating colleges and universities are giving away more than $20,000 in scholarships.

The addresses for each location are listed below:

FSCJ Advanced Technology Center
(next to Downtown Campus, between Pearl and Broad streets)
401 W. State Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202

FSCJ Betty P. Cook Nassau Center
(just east of I-95 off of SR A1A)
76346 William Burgess Blvd., Yulee, FL 32097

Professional financial aid staff and counselors will be on hand at both locations to offer free help in all aspects of the application process. In order to complete the FAFSA, parents and students should bring the following:
 
*Social Security number, driver’s license or alien registration card
*2015 IRS 1040 or latest tax return and W-2 statements
*Federal Student Aid ID (Don’t have one? Create one at fsaid.ed.gov.)

For more information, visit http://www.collegegoalsundayfl.org.

National Pasta, Seafood, Vegetarian Awareness and More at Farmers Market

Autumn is a busy season and October traditionally kicks-off the start of the holiday season, but did you know there are a number of October specialties that are recognized and/or celebrated at the Fernandina Beach Market Place farmers market? Continue reading

Farmers Market, Arts Market and Car Show in Fernandina This Saturday

October 15, 2016, brings the Fernandina Beach Market Place farmers market back to Amelia Island, and because we had to cancel both the farmers market and the arts market last Saturday due to Hurricane Matthew, this Saturday there will be a special “make up” edition of the Fernandina Beach Arts Market.

Never a dull place, Saturday morning will be alive with activity with the farmers market, the arts market, and the Amelia Cruizers 20th Annual 8-Flags Car Show.

This week we are showing off a couple of new vendors. One new booth you will see is local restaurant, The Patio Place. Stop and visit Amy and her crew while they serve up crepes this week as well as on October 29th. Another new vendor, Bluegrass to Sawgrass Gourmet Foods, specializes in beautifully packaged pecans that are glazed in a variety of amazing, handcrafted flavors. We encourage you to show them both a friendly Fernandina welcome!

In addition to these new vendors, this week there will be over 60 tents full of amazing vegetables, fruits, meats, seafood, dips, prepared dishes, olives, pickles, plants, trees, shrubs, rice, breads, pastries, jewelry, pottery, paintings, woodworking, apparel, home decor, furniture and so much more.

We are open rain or shine, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., and your well behaved leashed pets are welcome. Music will be provided by the talented Spanish guitarist Dennis Fermin, and our Booth with a Cause will be The Ben Byrns Foundation. They will be sharing information about their annual 5K Runway Rally coming to the Fernandina Beach Airport on October 22, 2016, and you can learn more about their mission to educate and guide young adults to make good choices in their lives.

For the latest information be sure to find either market on facebook or the world wide web.

Property Appraiser to Estimate Hurricane Damage

Nassau County, FL – Property Appraiser Mike Hickox, along with his field staff, began inspecting properties damaged by Hurricane Matthew immediately after the storm passed. “We are tracking structural damage throughout the county to estimate how much was adversely affected from the Hurricane,” said Hickox. “It’s hard to estimate the actual effect on value at this time, but we anticipate the properties most affected are on the Island and low lying areas in close proximity to the Island.” According to reports from the Emergency Operation Center (EOC), over 700 properties were damaged from the storm. The Property Appraiser will now begin locating those properties and monitoring their repairs to determine if they warrant a value reduction for 2017 based on the severity of the damage.

The market value is estimated based on the condition of the property as of January 1st of each year. Properties damaged from Hurricane Matthew could possibly see a reduction in their 2017 value based on the severity of the destruction if repairs are not completed by January 1st. The Property Appraiser and his staff will make every effort to locate and inspect each property, but those wishing to make the office aware of their damage may do so by calling 491-7300.