Farmers Market Tips for Customers

As we find ourselves free-falling into the holiday shopping season, there are unspoken rules in the retail world. You expect to haggle with the salesman at a car dealership, you don’t expect service at the fitting room at Bealls Outlet, and you expect to be asked your name at Starbucks. Well, farmers markets have their own set of unwritten rules and customer expectations, too. Read more

March 12th Farmers Market is a Full House

lizzies-cheese-straws-feb-2016-fernandina-300The Fernandina Beach Market Place farmers’ market will be open March 12, 2016, with nearly 40 vendors. The adjacent Fernandina Beach Arts Market, will be open, too!

New to the farmers market this week is Sunny Skies Acai. Sunny Skies is bringing traditional, Brazillian Acai Bowls. This frozen, organic treat is loaded with healthy omegas, antioxidants, amino acids, and is dairy free.

Also returning to the farmers market this week is authentic Vietnamese egg rolls handmade by Rose of An Unbelievable Egg Rolls, and local’s favorite sweet shop Nana Teresa’s. Also returning for an unscheduled visit is Steephill Designs; these snowbirds bring syrup directly from their Vermont farm. Dee of Something Good returns this week with her gluten-free breads and desserts, and Tucker returns with his amazing Topsy Toffee. Among these vendors you will still find your weekly favorites such as Rudy with Maria’s Bakery, Olive My Pickle, King’s Kountry Produce, Cabbage Creek Farm, Jaxma Orchids, Winnie’s Soap Factory, Lulu’s at the Thompson House, and many, many more.

The Arts Market will host about two dozen arts and craft booths, all handmade or handcrafted. There are no re-selling of items permitted and this is not a “flea market”. This is quality craftsmanship at its finest!

Both markets are open from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., rain or shine. Located on North Seventh Street in historic, downtown Fernandina Beach, your leashed, well-behaved pets are welcome.

This week’s Booth with a Cause is Florida State Community College of Jacksonville, and your entertainment is being provided by the talented and energetic Nora Ricci. Nora is fairly new to our musical line-up and if you haven’t seen her perform, you will be impressed!

The farmers market is open every Saturday of the month, year ’round, and the Arts Market is open on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month. There will be NO markets on April 30, 2016, due to the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival.

Please visit the FernandinaBeachMarketPlace.com (farmers market) or the FernandinaBeachArtsMarket.com for more information.

New Vendors Joining the Farmers Market in Fernandina

New Vendors Joining the Farmers Market in FernandinaSeveral new vendors have recently joined the Fernandina Beach Market Place farmers’ market including local bake shop Nana Teresa’s, The Golden Olive, Press, Mike Smith’s Planter Boxes, Cohen Pecans and Vanessa’s Posies.

The Golden Olive Press was founded, by Brothers Omar and Paul, with the purpose of introducing premium Spanish olive oils to American households. They carry true, extra-virgin olive oils that have been selected on the basis of quality, regulatory accreditation and taste. They guarantee oils of the highest possible quality.

Vanessa’s Posies is delighted to join the Market Place offering plants for indoors, sunrooms and patios, including specialty plants that butterflies and hummingbirds love. Her pots and containers are recycled, and cut flowers are arranged in nosegays (small bouquets) and in French-style handhelds (larger bouquets). Special orders and gift certificates are available. Holiday wreaths and arrangements will be available in the upcoming weeks.

This is the last week Robert, Ever Blooming Gardens, will be joining us on North Seventh Street until January 9, 2016, as he wants to be with his family on Saturdays through the holiday season.

Eddie and Debbie Chesser are selling out of their local, wild caught shrimp each and every week, and with holiday company coming, you may want to pre-order your shrimp to make sure they don’t sell out before you get yours. Call (904) 509-3337 or (904) 485-6853 to place your shrimp order.

Also returning this week will be Steephill Syrup, Olive my Pickle, and our new wood vendor, Aaron Rawls. This week enjoy the music of Jennifer Burns.

The farmers market is located on North Seventh Street in downtown Fernandina Beach. We are open form 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, every Saturday rain or shine.

For more information, please visit FernandinaBeachMarketPlace.com.

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Catering by Liz Joins Fernandina’s Farmers’ Market

Catering by Liz Joins Fernandina's Farmers' MarketThe farmers market in historic Fernandina Beach being held on August 29th is shaping up to be one fantastic morning! Customer favorite’s such as Olive My Pickle, Joy of Garlic, King’s Kountry Produce, Cross Creek Honey, and Great Harvest Bread Company will be joined by our newest vendor, Bottego by Liz Grenamyer. Catering by Liz is a full service catering company voted “Best Caterer in Jacksonville” by Jacksonville Magazine for two years in a row and Bottega will be joining us weekly at the Fernandina Beach Market Place. Food enthusiasts and convenience seekers alike now have the opportunity to buy Liz’s delicious creations at the market, to be enjoyed at home. Available will be a selection of prepared entrees, sides and desserts, in oven and microwave safe containers. Heating instructions and ingredients are on the label.

Besides bringing your favorite re-useable shopping bag, we encourage you to bring a small or rolling cooler so you can linger longer. The kids are back in school and the weather should be a little cooler this week as we say, “Goodbye” to August. This is a great opportunity to relax your pace and listen to the music, pet the live goat at White Hawk Farm’s booth, or simply catch up with your friends and neighbors at this family friendly event.

This week’s “Booth with a Cause” is represented by the Fernandina Beach High School Men’s Soccer Team who will be promoting their First Annual Pirate Soccer Golf Tournament. This all ages event is open to anyone who would like to compete at kicking a soccer ball into 21-inch diameter cups at the Fernandina Beach Golf Course.

One of Fernandina’s newest businesses, Crafty Kids Amelia Island, will be at the farmers’ market offering a free activity for our youngest patrons. This new, hands-on studio permits kids to express themselves through a variety of mediums. Projects are daily or weekly, and they have an outdoor movie and craft night, so be sure to stop by their booth to create a quick and crafty project.

Live musical entertainment this week is provided by Jennifer Burns, who incorporates elements of rock, blues and folk into her shows and is often compared to a young Bonnie Raitt.

Our growers, farmers and producers don’t carry a lot of cash to the market, so please remember to bring small bills with you while you shop over 35 booths of seasonal produce, freshly baked breads, and other delicious delicacies.

Located between Alachua and Centre Streets, on North Seventh, the Fernandina Beach Market Place is open every Saturday of the year, rain or shine, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. For more information, please visit fernandinabeachmarketplace.com.

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Fernandina Farmers’ Market Has a Theme Song

Fernandina Farmers' Market Has a Theme SongWhile each Saturday at the Fernandina Beach Market Place farmers market has a unique feel with a variety of talented musical guests, charitable “Booth with a Cause”, or a featured Fernandina Brick and Mortar business booth, our market on June 6th is going to be especially exciting!

Some folks come to enjoy the fresh baked pastries and breads, and others come to see the newest crops harvested from our seasonal produce vendors. You may want to meet our newest vendors, Veggie Confetti, who sells micro-greens and pea shoots, or meet our newest soap and bath product vendor. Some people quickly run in and out of the market picking up specific items like a head of hydroponic butter-head lettuce and a pound or two of wild caught shrimp. My neighbor comes to socialize their well behaved, leashed dog and chat with their friends, and my brother comes to the market on a mission to always try something different! No matter why you come to the Market Place, you don’t want to miss the farmers market on June 6, 2015!

In addition to nearly 40 vendors, our entertainment will be provided by country music recording artist, Smoky Coe. Smoky has written a very special song about the Fernandina Beach Market Place farmers’ market. Lyrics describe some of the things that make our market special like the Hambone Stumps Band, our local Preacher, and of course, Felix – the Original Peanut Man. His band, featuring Dan Voll on guitar, will be performing and the new song has been worked into their playlist.

Since June 1st marks the beginning of hurricane season, folks from Nassau County Emergency Management Services will be on hand to describe the county’s role in for disaster preparedness. They will have valuable information regarding natural and man-made disasters, and other emergency situations including evacuation route and shelter information.

Rendezvous Festival, a film, music and gaming festival held on Amelia Island June 5th through 13th, will have an informational booth to answer your questions about their film/lunch series, film-talk, gaming expo, and their many other events. Actors, directors, and other industry professionals are expected to pop in at their booth. Two of Rendezvous’ local concerts include alternative rock band, Blistur, on June 10th, and country music artist Shane Wooten will perform Thursday, June 11th.

The Fernandina Beach Market Place farmers market features farmers, producers and ranchers. The people you meet in the booths are part of the team who make, grow or create the products you’ll find in our market. Our goal is to provide you with the best food vendors in the regions, as well as a unique experience each time you visit. We believe we may very well be the friendliest farmers market in Florida! We are open every Saturday, rain or shine, from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM, on North Seventh Street in historic Fernandina.

For more information, please visit our website at FernandinaBeachMarketPlace.com, or find us on facebook.

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Organic Blueberries Return to Fernandina’s Farmers Market

Organic Blueberries Return to Fernandina's Farmers MarketThe Fernandina Beach Market Place farmers’ market will be open on May 16th, from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Located under the Spanish moss draped water oaks and cedar trees of North Seventh Street, this is the place to mingle on Saturday mornings on Amelia Island.

Come in for a fresh cup of coffee or a smoothie from Island Juice and Java, and grab a tasty pastry from Great Harvest Bread Company, Bakery Ribault or Maria’s Bakery.

Be sure to sample the delicious blueberries from Harrietts Bluff Organic Blueberry Farm. Located in Woodbine, Georgia, Dr. Krewer and his team will be at the Market Place each Saturday through June. Owned and operated by Gerard Krewer, a specialist known worldwide for his expertise in blueberries and other fruits, the farm is dedicated to growing blueberries organically. They grow several varieties to provide you with the best and tastiest blueberries.

As the blueberries come into season, the Vermont Syrup goes out of season. This will be Steephill’s last visit in the farmers’ market until fall. Be sure to stock up on their Grad A Fancy, Medium Amber, Dark Amber, Grade B Dark, and fresh maple creme syrups, and their traditional soft or hard maple syrup candies.

Musical entertainment is provided by the lovely and talented Jennifer Burns. The Market Place is open every Saturday of the year, rain or shine. Well behaved, leashed pets are always welcome. Visit www.FernandinaBeachMarketPlace.com to learn more.

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Bacon Wrapped Radish Recipe

Bacon Wrapped Radish RecipeMy husband and I love to experiment with recipes and some of the most unusual sounding turn out to be favorites of our friends and family such as Zucchini Cobbler or Eggplant and Turnip Parmesan.

But, when one of the vendors in the farmers market in Fernandina Beach asked us if we had tried making a bacon wrapped radish, honestly, we laughed out loud! Then of course, we set out on a mission to learn more.

We found a variety of recipes and approaches to this promising appetizer, but none were exactly what we were looking for, but with a bit of trial and error, we have perfected the Bacon Wrapped Radish.

Ingredients:
Three dozen fresh-fraom-the-farmers-market radishes.
2 Tablespoons of your favorite bar-b-q sauce, slightly diluted with one tablespoon of water.
1 package (12 slices) of fresh, regular thickness, bacon slices.
1 Box of toothpicks.

bacon-wrapped-raddishDirections:
-Preheat oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit.
-Wash radishes off and pat dry.
-Stab several hole into each radish with a toothpick.
-Wrap 1/3 of a slice of bacon around each radish and secure with a tooth pick.
-Arrange radishes on a broiler pan, about an inch apart.
-Brush gently with the bar-b-q sauce.
-Cook in oven about 45 minutes, or until bacon browns.

These are fabulous, but the heat seems to build up within the radish and they stay hot out of the oven for longer than you would expect.

TIP: Save some leftovers, these Bacon Wrapped Radishes are even BETTER on day two!

Enjoy!

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Georgia, Florida and Booth Contest at Farmers’ Market

Georgia, Florida and Booth Contest at Farmers' MarketWe have a very special farmers’ market planned for Saturday, November 1, 2014 at the Fernandina Beach Market Place on Amelia Island.

It is Georgia/Florida Weekend and that means it is time for our Best Decorated Booth Contest where our farmers and producers decorate their booths for either Georgia, Florida or Halloween. The winning exhibitor receives a FREE booth space and YOU are the judges. Swing by the management booth to pick up a ballot and vote for your favorite, decorated booth on Saturday.

With barely 50 days left until Christmas, we are rapidly approaching that most wonderful time of the year… Joy Shepperd of Shepperd’s Farms will be bringing a variety of gift baskets so you can mix and match your favorite jams and jellies for holiday hostess and gift giving; completed basket prices start at only $10.00.

Harlows All Natural Products have conjured up some holiday scents and will be offering Pumpkin Spice Beer Bar Soap, and Sugar and Spiced Apple Cider Bar Soap. Fall Harvest and Autumn Night room sprays, and Fall Harvest and Vanilla Bean, and Peppermint lip balms are now available, too.

New to the farmers’ market is one of the island’s most popular restaurants, Jack and Diane’s. There will be no tricks when it comes to vegan and gluten free cookies, a specialty item they plan to bring every Saturday, and in addition they will be treating us to suprise dishes each week.

Lulu’s at the Thompson House is famous at the farmers market for their crab cakes and pimento cheese spreads, but what you may not realize is that owner Melanie Grimley is an accomplished writer as well. Come see her new book, “Lulu’s Island Cat” and meet the illustrator, Sallie Haugen, who is joining Melanie in her booth this Saturday. Sallie is an art instructor and freelance illustrator living with her husband and two cats in Minneapolis, MN. Amelia Island has always been a place that is close to her heart; she has been vacationing here with family since she was very young. She holds a BFA from the University of WI Madison, and an MA from the Savannah College of Art & Design in Historic Preservation. She hopes that her love for animals (cats in particular of course!), historic buildings, and Amelia Island show in her work on Lulu’s Island Cat.

The market has grown and we now have about 40 weekly vendors treating you to seasonal produce, fresh baked breads, delicious desserts, honeys, goat cheese, dairy, dog treats, beef, jerky, dips, sea salts, granolas, pickles and so much more.

Entertainment this week is provided by the one-and-only Dan Voll. Members of the Fernandina Pirates Club will be on-site with the Blood Mobile encouraging you to donate blood and help save lives. Unique donor T-shirts, sporting the Blood Alliance’s mascot dressed-up as a pirate with crossed bones, are available free to donors while supplies last. You can schedule your appointment to donate online by visiting FernandinaPirates.com or www.thebloodalliancedonor.org.

The Fernandina Beach Market Place farmers’ market is located on North Seventh Street in historic, downtown Fernandina Beach. The Market Place is open form 9:00 am to 1:00 pm every Saturday, rain or shine. For more information call (904) 557-8229, find us on facebook, or visit our website at www.FernandinaBeachMarketPlace.com.

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Plants, Granola and Pasta at Fernandina’s Farmers Market

Plants, Granola and Pasta at Fernandina's Farmers MarketFernandina Beach Market Place farmers market is open every Saturday from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, rain or shine, on N. 7th Street in historic, downtown Fernandina Beach and we are still adding wonderful new vendors to our line-up of community favorites.

New to the Market Place is Nate & Sassy’s Granola. Yes, Pam has returned to Fernandina Beach and is selling the popular granola she created in her Amelia Island bakery years ago. Named after her beautiful children, this granola is made by hand, in small batches and cooked to perfection. With amazing, unique flavors and whole grain oat, it is like nothing else on the market today!

Fernandina Mulch and Stone has joined the Market Place and they are a premier provider of landscape supplies in NE Florida. Every other week they bring a wide variety of mulches, rock, gravel, trees, plants, annuals and more to the market and are happy to answer your questions. Whether you are looking for groundcovers, filling in a large area, adding hedges or looking for a dynamic accent piece, come see Vanneza at the farmers’ market for some great ideas!

You’ve been asking, and I’m happy to share that Peter is back and the Amelia Pasta booth will be fully stocked with this outstanding, homemade and hand crafted pastas! Whether you select the linguine, fettuccine, penne, orzo or a gluten free variety, you will NOT be disappointed in these 100% fresh pastas made with all-natural ingredients.

Stop in and visit these three, and about 25 other vendors on September 20th. Our Booth with a Cause will be hosted by the Ben Byrns Foundation as they gear up for the annual race held entirely on the taxiways and runways of the Fernandina Beach airport. Their mission it to educate and guide young adults to make good choices in their lives. This charitable organization benefits programs such as Nassau Alcohol, Crime, Drug Abatement Coalition, Boys and Girls Club of Nassau County and the Nassau Humane Society. Stop by their booth to learn more about this 5K fun run/walk that takes place on September 27th.

Live music will be provided by Joel Vendetti.

We are located on N. 7th Street, between Centre and Alachua Streets on Amelia Island, Florida. There is something for your entire family, including your well-behaved, leashed pets!

For more information, “like us” on facebook, visit FernandinaBeachMarketPlace.com or call (904) 557-8229.

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Seasonal Produce has Many Advantages

Seasonal Produce has Many AdvantagesA local farmers market provides seasonal produce. The farmers in our Fernandina Beach Market Place farmers’ market grow and harvest different fruits and vegetables based on the time of the year. For example, you may prefer baby spinach in your smoothies, but June in Florida is not the best time to grow spinach, which is a winter crop. Shoppers often ask us why we don’t have baby spinach in June when you can find it in the grocery stores? Well, the grocery store spinach is either grown in a climate controlled green house, or it could be shipped in from California or even South America. You may be eating healthy, but you are not living a “green” lifestyle until you learn to take advantage of the locally grown seasonal produce. Locally grown means your food is fresher and costs less to distribute. After all, how fresh can your spinach be if it gets shipped across the country? Let’s not begin to discuss the cost of fuel to get a handful of spinach to NE Florida from South America!

Florida farms offer an abundance of variety to the summertime table as well as seasonal fruits and vegetables for your smoothies.

Cabbage Creek Farms harvests fresh eggplant, ocra and squash this time of the year. Their fresh cut flowers are gorgeous! They make beautiful arrangements and a bouquet of flowers can brighten someone’s day when given as a gift. The watermelons they grow come to the Market Place ripe from the vine. Available in both red and yellow flesh, their personal-sized watermelons are of a smaller variety than you’ll find in the grocery store and they have the cutest names like Little Baby Flower, Sunshine, and Sugar Baby.

Al and Anna Boatright are bringing black eye, pink eye, zipper, white acres (lady fingers), and fresh butter beans from their farm to the market this time of the year. They are also growing corn, onions, watermelon, squash, eggplant, pickling cucumbers, cherry tomatoes red bounty tomatoes. If you like peppers you must try their cubanelle, Pablano, jalapeno, and sweet banana peppers.

King’s Kountry Produce is bringing a truckload of fresh produce including silver queen corn on the cob, blackberries, blueberries, yellow and red flesh watermelons, cantaloupe, peppers, and tomatoes. Two of King’s customer favorites this time of the year include his farm fresh yellow zucchini and the cute little, dreidl-like Pattypan squash.

Our newest vendor is Percy’s Sea Salts who will bring a variety of naturally flavored sea salts that never go out of season.

Join these and about 25 other vendors with who bring fresh baked breads, natural soaps, candies, jellies and jams, grass-fed beef, cheeses, organic pet treats, sauces, dips, ethnic specialties, and so much more.

The Fernandina Beach Market Place farmers market will be open on July 12th as well as every Saturday, rain or shine. You’ll find our friendly market on N. 7th Street, between Centre and Alachua Streets in Fernandina’s historic district, and we are open from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.

Your family, your neighbors, your friends and even your well behaved, leashed pets are welcome, so come on and spend a Saturday morning with us. There will be live music, and the Fernandina Beach Arts Market will be open adjacent to our farmers’ market.

For more information, please visit FernandinaBeachMarketPlace.com or call (904) 557-8229.

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New Items at this Week’s Farmers Market

New Items at this Week's Farmers MarketThe Fernandina Beach Market Place farmers’ market will be open on Saturday July 5, from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM, on N. 7th Street in historic, downtown Fernandina Beach. This is the location locals have loved for over a decade!

We have over 40 vendors who come to Amelia Island to share their special products with you. You will always find the seasonal produce you’d expect to find, but if you stroll a little slower through the market you may find a new favorite treat or sample something new.

Joy Shepperd and her sons grow hot peppers on their Callahan, Florida farm. Joy then turns the peppers into marvelous jellies, crushed peppers and pepper flavored vinegars. Imagine jellied combinations like habanero and peach, mango and jalapeno, or kiwi and cayenne. Hot pepper flavors are now available as crushed peppers or vinegars that will wake up your taste buds!

New to the market is Jay’s Market Place. Denise brings jars of olive salad made from green Italian olives with an assortment of chopped vegetables blended with olive oil. Perfect for a Muffuletta sandwich!

Alex’s Russian Bakery has changed his name to Ribault Bakery. This is fresh baked, organic sourdough bread, and now Alex is baking plain and chocolate croissants, too. This is indeed one of our local resident’s favorite booths.

The Florida Georgia Blood Alliance and the Fernandina Pirates will be at the market if you want to donate blood, and if you don’t? Well, those Pirates may spill a pint for you.

Music will be provided by Nassau County singer and guitarist, Hambone, who comes to the Market Place nearly every Saturday to help his mother, Joy Shepperd, with her hot pepper jelly booth mentioned earlier.

The Market Place farmers market is open every Saturday, rain or shine, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. This open air, street market is located on N. 7th Street, between Centre and Alachua Streets on Amelia Island, Florida. Bring your family, your neighbors, your friends and even your well behaved, leashed pets are welcome to join you.

For more information, please visit FernandinaBeachMarketPlace.com or call (904) 557-8229.

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Farmers’ Market Farewell to June 2014

Farmers' Market Farewell to June 2014
Fernandina’s famous farmers’ market, located on N. 7th Street in the historic district, is home to over 30 booths of producer-only vendors. This means our bakers, cheese maker, pasta maker, soap maker, and other specialty food vendors create their individual treats and treasures from scratch. They use raw, seasonal and local ingredients, and then mix them up with a lot of love and determination to provide our families with the finest, healthiest and freshest products.

The farmers you will meet at the Fernandina Beach Market Place are the ones who grow what they are selling. Boatrights Family Farm and Kings Kountry produce bring onions, tomatoes, squash, peas, beans, strawberries, blueberries, peaches, citrus, nuts, melons and more that they rotate seasonally to grow on their lands. Cabbage Creek Farm grows specialty greens, exotic squash, herbs, carrots, fresh cut flowers and more, while Bacons Select Farms grows hydroponic lettuces, seedless cucumbers, fresh potted herbs and more!

New at the market is Tressa’s Treasures – these are delicious treats handmade by Tressa, a regular vendor of the Market Place who has taken on a new product line, including hand dipped pretzel rods and Rice Krispie Treats covered with lots of goodies like mini M & M’s, Reese’s Pieces and coconut. Tressa also makes a heavenly peanut butter brittle made with local orange blossom raw honey instead of corn syrup. She has over 10 varities of flavored nuts. Some nuts are sweetened with raw honey, and some are mixed with spicy chipotle and cajun flavors. If you like toffee, her’s is topped with chocolate and nuts.

Bruce Beville and the Laid Back Band will be entertaining us with their family friendly songs, and located right next to the band is the Fernandina Beach Arts Market, where over 20 local artists bring their crafts, glass, apparel, wood work, paintings, pet products and more on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month.

The Market Place farmers market is open every Saturday, rain or shine, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. This open air, street market is located on N. 7th Street, between Centre and Alachua Streets on Amelia Island, Florida. Bring your family, your neighbors, your friends and even your well behaved, leashed pets are welcome to join you.

For more information, please visit FernandinaBeachMarketPlace.com or call (904) 557-8229.

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Family Friendly Fernandina Farmers’ Market

Family Friendly Fernandina Farmers' MarketEnjoy a family friendly atmosphere at the Fernandina Beach Market Place farmers market, where locals love its historic location under the Spanish moss draped oaks and cedars found on N. 7th Street in downtown Fernandina Beach.

Meet fascinating local farmers and small business owners while you shop in the open air among a wide variety of seasonal produce vendors including organic blueberries, specialty lettuces and salad mixes, Georgia peaches, corn, Vidalia onions, eggplants, squash and more. There will be vendors sharing their organic products, specialty items, fresh baked breads, desserts and pastries, gourmet jams and jellies, hand crafted dog treats, goat cheeses, all natural beef, plants, fresh cut flowers, honey and more.

Returning twice a month is River City Gourmet, formerly known as Dips 2 Go. Located in downtown Jacksonville, Sherry’s “foodie haven” has a wide variety of specialty gourmet dips mixes, rubs, French vinegars, soups, flavored Himalayan salts (think pink) and much more that she brings along to the Market Place. Her bread dipping spices are fantastic! Her award winning olive oils, and balsamic vinegars are said to be the best in North Florida.

Bring a chair or blanket and throw it out under the shade trees while you share a spectacular Florida morning with your friends and neighbors. The talented Larry Lemeir will be strumming your favorite tunes, and your well behaved, leashed pets are always welcome.

The Fernandina Beach Market Place farmers’ market is open from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. every Saturday, rain or shine. There is plenty of free parking throughout downtown and near the market area, so come on out to the shore and make a day of it!

New vendors are invited to apply. For more information, please visit FernandinaBeachMarketPlace.com or call (904) 557-8229.

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Farmers Market in Fernandina Open June 14, 2014

Farmers Market in Fernandina Open June 14, 2014In addition to the spectacular line-up of healthy seasonal produce, hand crafted soaps, fresh baked breads, honey, plants, jerky, goat cheese, beef, flowers and other great vendors of the Fernandina Beach Market Place farmers’ market, we will also be joined by Country Singer Patrick McGill, Peterbrook Chocolates and the local Fernandina Pirates Club on June 14, 2014.

Known locally for his Evil Seed Hot Sauce booth that frequents this friendly farmers’ market, most people don’t know this co-owner, Patrick McGill, is also a talented musician. With his music getting lots of air play, not only will Evil Seed have their popular sauces in the market Saturday, but Patrick will be entertaining us with his musical talents, too. Every sauce introduced to the public from Evil Seed has to live up to the high quality standards set by their original, award winning recipe. Their popular Big Evil BBQ sauce is the perfect compliment to meatloaf, burgers, chicken, and dips with it’s sweet style and mild bacon flavor.

Local brick and mortar Business Owner Sandy Carroll will be on hand with samples of her fabulous Peterbrook chocolate covered popcorn and telling people about Chocolate Camp 2014. These “Be a Chocolatier for a Day” classes will be offered every Tuesday and Wednesday through July 23rd. Chocolate Camp is open to campers aged eight to adult!

Invading the farmers’ market this week is the not-for-profit organization, Fernandina Pirates Club, Inc., who will be at the market to promote their upcoming membership drive. This is a great opportunity to learn about the pirates, what it is they do in the community and how you can join them.

New to the market is White Hawk Farms from Yulee, Florida, where Jamie cooks up her delicious cupcakes and cookie mixes for the market, and Andy tends to their goats. A couple of our returning vendors include owner and Chef Adam Sears of Merge Restaurant, and Rose returns with her delicious Vietnamese egg rolls.

Next door to the farmers market will be the Fernandina Beach Arts Market who set up on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month.

Open from 9:00 AM until 1:00 PM, the Fernandina Beach Market Place is open every Saturday, rain or shine, on N. 7th Street in Fernandina’s historic district.

Your well-behaved, leashed pets are welcome. For more information, please visit FernandinaBeachMarketPlace.com or call (904) 557-8229.

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It’s Blueberry Season at the Farmers Market

It's Blueberry Season at the Farmers MarketLocated on N. 7th Street in historical, downtown Fernandina Beach is the Fernandina Beach Market Place, a true farmers’ market.

When you shop a local farmers market you find an outstanding variety of foods that are fresh and tasty. You are also supporting a local and sustainable food system that not only supplies us with local foods, but you are also helping to keep these small farm owners in business.

Joining us on June 7th is Olive My Pickle who brings stuffed olives, sour pickles, KimChi, sauerkraut, hummus, Ganoush, and stuffed grape leaves to the market every other Saturday.

Also joining us this Saturday is Blue Planet Organic. Sonya brings us organic nut butters, quinoa, hemp seed, fennel seed, organic black beans, chickpeas, and more.

It is also blueberry season and Harrietts Bluff Farm has been joining us weekly with organic blueberries. Owned and operated by Gerard Krewer, a specialist know worldwide for his expertise in blueberries and other fruits, Dr. Krewer has agriculture and horticulture degrees from the University of Georgia and a Ph.D. from Clemson University.

Our featured non-profit booth this week will be our friends at Community Hospice, and musical entertainment will be provided by the talented Jennifer Burns.

The Fernandina Beach Market Place farmers market in located in the open air, under the Spanish moss draped oak and cedar trees of N. 7th Street in Fernandina Beach, Florida. The market is open rain or shine, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, and your well-behaved, leashed pets are always welcomed.

For more information, please visit FernandinaBeachMarketPlace.com or call (904) 557-8229.

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