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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

Farmers and Art Markets in Fernandina Beach Open on Chrismas Eve

Farmers and Art Markets in Fernandina Beach Open on Chrismas EveThe farmers market in historic, downtown Fernandina Beach will be open on Christmas Eve from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Full of your last minute dinner supplies and stocking stuffers, there is something for everyone at this cozy, open-air market.

Enjoy body balms for Crows Warrior Salves, delicious handcrafted toffee from Tucker at Topsy Toffee, and soy candles from Tranquil Formations.

Bring your holiday guests for a stroll in our lovely Victorian village, and enjoy live music provided by Dan Voll and Shell, while tasting your way down North Seventh Street on Amelia Island.

You will find an amazing variety of unique gifts that are handmade by the artisans at The Fernandina Beach Arts Market, which will also be open on Christmas Eve.

Through December the Arts Market will be open every Saturday, but in January, it will return to the regular schedule of opening on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month.

The Fernandina Beach Market Place farmers market is open every Saturday of the year, rain or shine, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Well behaved, leashed pets are welcome! For more information, please visit FernandinaBeachMarketPlace.com.

Arts Market Open December 17, 2016, in Fernandina Beach

Have you made your list and checked it twice, and still have gifts to buy? The Saturday morning Arts Market in historic Fernandina is a great place to finish your holiday shopping and support small business owners.

No matter who is on your list this year, with over 30 vendors, you’ll find a sack full of joys for everyone.

You’ll find handmade purses, pocket books, and satchels by talented seamstresses, as well as hand crocheted scarfs, and sets with matching earrings.

Displaying an amazing array of talent are the painters: framed and unframed art in pastels, oils and watercolors, and hand painted (dishwasher and microwave oven safe) glassware, and recently a hand-blown glass work vendor has joined the Arts Market.

Our jewelry vendors offer a wide variety with pieces to fit just about any budget. Shop among the copper rings and bracelets, children’s and whimsical jewelry. You’ll see gifts made of the finest silver, gold, and gemstones are on display as well.

Don’t miss the custom designed T-shirts, tie dyed apparel, wall hangings, hand sewn aprons, and other apparel, too.

There is furniture, wood working, pottery, bird houses, bird baths, and other items of yard art. You can even pick up something for the pets on your list from Taylor’s Treats or Lucy Lou’s like leashes, collars, pet dishes, and pet treats, too.

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

The Arts Market will be open on Christmas Eve. For more information, visit www.FernandinaBeachArtsMarket.com.

Farmers Market Offers Creative Christmas Gifts

Open every Saturday, in historic Fernandina Beach, many vendors of the Market Place farmers market have paired up to offer you convenient and fabulous gift giving ideas.

Soy candles, honey candles, and goat milk candles are easy to find from a variety of vendors within the market, and when you pair those with the goat soap lotions from Soap-crafters, you create a gift of relaxing, soothing, “me-time” for the busiest of friends on your shopping list.

Congaree and Penn, a company from Jacksonville that grows rice and grits, also sell Mayhaw jelly, which is delicious when paired with gluten free biscuits from Something Good, or a slice of toasted cinnamon bread from Maria’s Bakery.

Chesser Seafood’s local, wild caught shrimp is always a sell-out, but when you pair it with lemon, habanera, or garlic pasta, or those fresh Jacksonville grits, you’ve created a culinary delicacy from ingredients sourced locally.

A farmers market special this week is a ready-to-give stockings with a large jar of Joy of Garlic’s flavorful marinara sauce, and your choice of three bags from Amelia Pasta for just $30.00. Visit the Amelia Pasta Booth for details.

Denise, with Jay’s Marketplace, is returning this week with her popular chopped olive salad. If you don’t know what to do with this amazing stocking stuffer simply blend 4 ounces of cream cheese with 2 – 3 tablespoons of chopped olive salad for a great spread on those delicious crustinis from Bottega by Liz Grenamyer, or use as a dip with fresh farmers market vegetables like carrots, sliced squash, cauliflower or broccoli.

December 17th will be your last chance to order a savory or sweet pie from Me, Myself and Pies for Christmas Eve delivery at the farmers market. Among their many specialty pies, their holiday selections include savory pies such as quiche Lorraine, vegetable quiche, spinach and bacon quiche, or pork sage sausage quiche. Sweet pies include pecan, coconut cream, chocolate French silk, sweet potato (in traditional or deep dish), mixed berry crumb, or pumpkin pie with a white chocolate option.

The Fernandina Beach Market Place farmers market is located on North Seventh Street, between Alachua and Centre, on Amelia Island. The hours are 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., every Saturday, rain or shine. We will be OPEN on Christmas Eve.

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.

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

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.

Farmers and Arts Markets Scheduled to be Open October 8th

Due to Hurricane Matthew, the Fernandina Beach Market Place farmers market and the Fernandina Beach Arts Market will be CLOSED on Saturday, October 8, 2016.

October 8, 2016, brings back both the Fernandina Beach Market Place farmers market and the Arts Market to historic, downtown Fernandina Beach. Currently involved in a contest to be named “America’s Happiest Seaside Town” by Coastal Living, a leading authority on coastal home and travel, the City of Fernandina Beach is indeed a happy place. Continue reading