Give Your Sweetheart Crabs for Valentine’s Day

Shopping for Valentine’s day at the Fernandina Beach Market Place farmers market and Fernandina Beach Arts Market will be easy on Saturday, February 10, 2018. Both markets are in historic, downtown Fernandina Beach and offer a plethora of booths containing home-made and hand-crafted, artisan foods, locally grown seasonal produce, and arts and crafts. Several vendors will be running amazing specials on gift and dinner ideas for you to share with your sweetheart.

Sugar Flour Pastries has rebranded their delicious ice cream sandwiches as Epic Creamery. For Valentine’s Day they will be offering some of their epic flavors in a decorative sampler box. Their Local Expresso ice cream recently won Best Tasting at Desserts of Amelia. Be sure to tune in to WJXT February 12th for their cooking demonstration with Nikki Kimbleton on WJXT at 9:00 a.m. where they will show you how to glam up a brownie for your sweetie with Chantilly Lait, a mousse-like, chocolate whipped cream. Other holiday delights include Valentine sugar cookies decorated in red and white frosting by Great Harvest Bread Company, and JD Beef will be offering a sale on their ribeye steaks from cows who have never received antibiotics, never received growth promotants, and never received animal by-products.

More special Valentine’s ideas are serving your loved ones king crab legs, king salmon, or scallops for dinner from Upstream Seafood. Topsy Toffee is making a seasonal dried strawberry and white chocolate flavor, and Scents Amelia has adorable, unique soy candles. Consider buying your heartthrob a lovely orchid from Jaxma, honey for your Honey, or perhaps African Love Kitchen’s cheesecake or apple sambusa. Chesser’s Seafood always sell out of their delicious wild caught shrimp and now they are bringing fresh fish. This week they will have flounder, sheepshead, whiting, and b-line snapper. For special orders or to reserve your shrimp or fish, please call Debbie or Eddie at (905) 509-3337.

Also open on February 10th is the Arts Market; this is home to nearly 20 vendors who hand make their fine jewelry, apparel, paintings, stained glass, wind chimes, wood working, furniture and more. Open from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., you’ll find the markets located on North Seventh Street, between Alachua and Centre Street. This week’s music will be performed by Lyle Rickards. Lyle has been playing the fiddle and the dulcimer for over 25 years and has traveled across the country. Making music his life, he is on the road and Amelia Island is where he has chosen to soak up some sun, music and campfires. To answer your sensitive questions, our Booth with a Cause will be Community Hospice of Northeast Florida.

Both markets are open rain or shine, and your well behaved, leashed pets are always welcomed.

Farmers Market, Arts Market, and Fall Festival, Too

Saturday, October 28th, brings tons of family fun to historic Fernandina Beach including the Arts Market at the corner of Eighth and Centre Streets, the Market Place farmers market on North Seventh Street, and the Fall Festival on North Sixth Street.

The Fernandina Beach Market Place farmers market returns every Saturday with over 40 tents of edible delights, farm fresh fruits and vegetables, and homemade lotions, soaps, balms, and candles. In addition to our weekly vendors of jams, honey, dips, sauces, seafood, and beef, returning this week is Rose’s An Unbelievable Eggrolls; Me, Myself, and Pies; new vendor Oizeo and their Asian tapas, and Denise and her mom are back with Jay’s Marketplace’s chopped olive salad and olive juice. Golden Olive Press is also back in the farmers market with hand selected olive oils from Paul’s family’s native Spain, the largest producer of olive trees in the world.

The Fernandina Beach Arts Market is home to over 25 booths of artists and crafters who bring their hand-crafted jewelry, pottery, apparel, quilts, woodworking and much more. Joel Vendetti is a local musician and artist and he makes tie dye T-shirts, wall hangings, and onesies for the youngest (and cutest) of mankind. Unique and comfortable for all ages, these are home crafted with Joel’s own secret process. Bowls w ith Holes is another vendor who sells unique pottery. Cindy shapes these handmade bowls – with holes – and they are perfect for baking breads or giving as gifts. Individually painted in a variety of colors and themes, the bowls are displayed at unbelievable low prices. CC Jordan Jewelry is custom jewelry made by Candy Jordan. Candy sets up shop with the style of a designer showroom all in a 10 X 10 tent. Big chunky pieces are delicately designed for fashion. You don’t want to miss her display at the Arts Market.

This is also Georgia/Florida Weekend and farmers market booths will be decorated to win your votes for the Best Decorated Booth. Look for Bulldog, Gator, or Halloween themes and then vote for your favorite at the Market Place Management Tent, where you can also pick up a complimentary edition of Edible magazine.

Music will be provided by Spanish Guitarist Dennis Fermin from St. Augustine, Florida, and Community Hospice will be our Booth with a Cause.

Please keep in mind North Sixth Street will be closed to traffic because of the Fall Festival, but it will be filled with giant slides, bounce houses, an entertainment stage, and tables and chairs for dining on free hot dogs. Kids will enjoy game booths, cookie decorating, face painting, and a petting zoo!

Downtown Fernandina Beach is the place to be on the morning of October 28, 2017. Both markets are open from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m., rain or shine.

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.

Georgia, Florida and Halloween Celebrated at Farmers Market in Fernandina

Georgia, Florida and Halloween Celebrated at Farmers Market in Fernandina Georgia Bulldogs, Florida Gators, and Halloween will all be celebrated at the farmers market on North Seventh Street in Fernandina Beach on October 31, 2015. Each year the Ga/Fl Weekend brings the Best Decorated Booth Contest to the Fernandina Beach Market Place. This is where customers vote for their favorite booth decorations. The winning exhibitor receives a free booth space for the week!

Once again Memorial United Methodist and the First Presbyterian Church are joining forces to present a Fall Festival from 10:00 to 1:00 on North Sixth Street, so look for lots of little witches and goblins trick-or-treating in the farmers market.

Island Juice and Java will be serving up pumpkin latte, homemade ginger ale, locally roasted coffee, and new this month is their strawberry lemonade. Our produce vendors are starting to harvest the cooler weather vegetables such as radish, turnips and baby greens from Cabbage Creek Farms, and Boatright Farms is bringing winter greens and pecans. Bacon’s Select Produce has plenty of arugula, and red or green butterhead, and King’s Kountry produce has squash, sweet pie pumpkins, and a limited crop of strawberries.

Robert, with Everblooming Gardens, has been bringing a wide variety of landscaping plants that are perfect to spruce up your yard before the arrival of holiday guests, and Seven Trees Nursery is bringing their popular, but seasonal, holiday cactus plants.

Florida State College at Jacksonville’s Nassau Center will be joining us at the market this Saturday, too. Did you know you can earn your degree or certificate without leaving Nassau County?

Located in Yulee, this state-of-the-art facility offers the general education courses needed to earn an associate in arts degree, which will easily transition to one of the 13 bachelor’s degrees, or to transfer to a state university under Florida’s admission guarantee. You can access over 150 high-quality, relevant programs. Learn more at their booth on Saturday.

Entertainment this week will be provided by the Laid Back Band.

The Fernandina Beach Market Place farmers market is open from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, every Saturday, rain or shine. With nearly 40 vendors there truly is something for everyone. Bring a blanket and the family and join us on the lawn for a morning of fellowship and people watching; your well-behaved, leashed pets are welcomed, too.

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Pasta, Pastries, Pork and More

Pasta, Pastries, Pork and MoreAmelia Island’s popular farmers’ market, The Fernandina Beach Market Place, located in the historic district of this small NE Florida community is open every Saturday on N. 7th Street, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm with over 30 true farmers market exhibitors and vendors.

You will find the seasonal produce, plants, baked pastries, and jams you’d expect to see in an open air farmers market, but the Market Place also has some unique vendors, too.

A Natural Wave Soap are homemade bath and body products featuring natural oils and fragrances. Stop by their booth and check out the March Madness 2-for-1 specials she is having all month long.

Amelia Pasta brings homemade linguini, spaghetti, orzo and more that are all natural, low fat, low carb and low sodium. These Vegan pastas are cholesterol free and contain no eggs or fillers. No sauce is required for this pasta, stop by and pick up one of their delicious free recipes.

Short and Sweet, home of the 50 calorie cupcake, now has gluten-free options like brownies and cupcakes; stop by their booth to learn more. If you haven’t tried these tasty little treats, be sure to ask for a free sample.

ARS Cake Creation’s owner is always experimenting with new flavors in their handcrafted jams. Currently, Mango Pineapple Habenero is my favorite but that is likely to change by the end of the month, and his two new berry offerings are just perfect for those comforting peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.

Returning to the market this week are Moore Pigs and their delicious pork products, and Magnolia Hills who specialized is herbs; she will be introducing her heirloom tomatoes to the Market Place this week.

March 15, 2014 the Fernandina Beach Market Place farmers’ market is featuring a special treat with the Island Chamber Singers. They will be at the market to promote their upcoming classical jazz concert on March 28 (7PM) and March 30 (3PM), featuring Dave Brubeck and George Shearing music done in classical vocal style.

The Fernandina Beach Market Place farmers market provides a family environment, where well-behaved pets are welcomed every Saturday of the year, except for the Saturday of the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival.

For more information about the market, how you can become a vendor, or how we can feature your Fernandina Beach brick and mortar business for FREE, please visit our website at, or call (904) 557-8229.

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Best Little Farmer’s Market in Florida

Best Little Farmer's Market in FloridaThe new farmer’s market in downtown may turn out to be the Best Little Farmer’s Market in Florida!

After a workshop with the City of Fernandina Beach Commissioners, Chiropractic Doctors Joe and Elizabeth Lee are now negotiating a Franchise Agreement with City officials to keep the Amelia Island (Fernandina Beach) Market Place operating as a farmer’s market on N. 7th Street in the historic district.

Dr. Lee presented her plan which includes keeping the market in its current location on N. 7th Street, adding occasional special events and inviting a local brick and mortar, Business of the Week to be featured. “This will be 51 different businesses each year,” Lee said reminding the audience that there is no market during the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival.

The unanimous vote to work with the Lees’ included comments from some commissioners to keep the market in its current location for now and show a favorable preference to admitting local vendors into the Market Place when possible.

Commissioner Pelican asked if there would be room for non-profit organizations, an invitation that has been accepted every week since the Market opened on September 7, 2012.

Moving out of the paperwork and into the Market Place, here are some crumbs to hold you over until the next Amelia Island Market Place opens, from 9:00 AM until 1:00 PM, on October 13, 2012.

Amelia Island Market Place Twinn Bridges uses innovative and traditional, sustainable farming techniques to grow a variety of seasonal vegetables and culinary herbs. While their farm is open to the public for tours of their field and greenhouses, Farmers Denise and Scott Francis bring their tasty treats fresh from their farm to the Market Place each Saturday morning.

Another popular delight found in the Market Place is the Great Harvest Bread Company. This local baker brings tempting sweet breads, muffins and coffee that is so fresh, it is actually roasted in Yulee, Florida.

In Search of Me Cafe is this week’s non-profit corporation, a 501(c)(3) established to reach teenagers with programs and conversations delivered by their peers on topics such as bullying, underage drinking, peer pressure, substance abuse, self esteem, dating/sex, violence, the environment, careers, health care, nutrition and more.

Come visit the Best Little Farmer’s Market in Florida each Saturday from 9:00 AM until 1:00 PM on 7th Street, north of Centre, in historic, downtown Fernandina Beach. For more information, please visit or call Judie (yep, that’s me) at (904) 583-0659.

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New Farmer’s Market Opens in Downtown Fernandina Beach

New Farmer's Market Opens in Downtown Fernandina BeachFernandina Beach, FL – When the popular farmer’s market in historic, downtown Fernandina Beach suddenly relocated to the Omni Amelia Island Plantation, the Amelia Island Market Place stepped up to fill the void.

Originally planned to open in a different location this fall, the Fernandina Beach Market Place was prepared to take on the unexpected challenge of opening a new farmer’s market with only three days notice of approval from the City Commissioners of Fernandina Beach.

The new market opened September 8, 2012, with just a handful of vendors, and the community responded by showing up in numbers. Fresh produce, home-made soaps, breads, honey, olives and more were displayed on N. 7th Street. Popular, local dishes such as Lulu’s crab cakes, and pickles from Kelley’s Courtyard Cafe were wildly popular at the friendly market. One vendor, The Bread Company, completely sold out of product before noon, and Melanie of Lulu’s at the Thompson House had to bring in additional crab cakes. Local musician Gabriel Arnold delighted shoppers and exhibitors alike as he aptly displayed his amazing talent by playing the saxophone.

Each week the market is adding new vendors. September 15th brings more new vendors, a local pastry company, coffee made in Yulee and more. The Bread Company is so delighted to be part of the Amelia Island Market Place he is offering free pita bread to his first 50 Amelia Island/Fernandina Beach residents.

Amelia Island Market Place is open Saturdays, from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM on North 7th Street in Fernandina Beach. The owners, Drs. Elizabeth and Joe Lee, are committed to see a farmer’s market stay in Fernandina. Expect additional exhibitors to be added each week. The Market Place hopes to add a little variety each week by featuring exceptional vendors, showing off the local talents of our community, creating the occasional fun event, and by offering a local, non-profit organization the opportunity to share their messages.

For more information, visit, find us on Facebook or call Market Managers Judie or Lawrence Mackie at (904) 444-2407.

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Love Your Local Farmers Market Contest

fernandina-farmers-market-contestPersonally, I avoid most Web site contests as many are only collecting my email address to be sold to the highest bidder, but SearchAmelia has received many contacts about helping to move our local Fernandina Farmers Market to a higher position in this contest, I felt obligated to share the information and let you make up your own mind. is an online destination for people who care about making a difference. Whether you’re passionate about animal welfare, the environment, green living or human rights, this is the place for activists to browse their hottest petitions. They are also asking people to vote on their favorite farmers market and Fernandina is in the top ten.

Here were the rankings as of yesterday evening:
1. Flint Farmers’ Market, Flint, MI (2322 votes)
2. Carrboro Farmers’ Market, Carrboro, NC (1339 votes)
3. Durham Farmers Market, Durham, NC (1259 votes)
4. Carolina First Saturday Market, Greenville, SC (936 votes)
5. Market Square Farmers’ Market, Knoxville, TN (825 votes)
6. Fernandina Farmers Market, Fernandina Beach, FL (800 votes)

The contest began on June 19, 2009 and ends on September 17, 2009 with prizes in five award categories totaling $16,208.85 in value including a $5,000 cash prize awarded to the Market with the most eligible votes. Only one vote per participant is permitted. Another prize is for the Market with the highest number of eligible votes to win $3,000; 2nd highest wins $2,000 and 3rd highest wins $1,000. You can read the prizes, rules and other fine print on their Web site.