The Fernandina Beach Market Place farmers market is open every Saturday and beginning this week, the Fernandina Beach Arts Market will be open every Saturday until the end of the year except for November 2nd. Yes, with the holidays racing towards us like reindeer pulling a sleigh, we are excited to announce Nuthouse Farm is attending, for one week only. This is a family owned chestnut farm located in Newington, GA. They have ten acres and 500 chestnut trees, and an overproduction of chestnuts this year. For the first time ever they will be joining us at the farmers market in Fernandina Beach. Don’t miss this one-time opportunity!

But wait, there’s more. This week we have not one, but two new family farms joining us. Fresh Jax has been handcrafting gourmet organic spices since 2011. They use only pure, organic ingredients for flavorful, healthy seasonings that taste great on every dish. We hope you will come on down and show them both a warm Fernandina Beach welcome.

In addition to nearly 40 booths of fresh baked breads, seasonal produce, jams, honey, yard eggs, wild caught shrimp, frozen and prepared meals, hydroponic lettuce, landscape and foundation plants, succulents, flowering baskets, beef, pork, dairy and other pet foods, you will find semi-monthly vendors such as Me, Myself and Pies, and Topsy Toffee. Really, this little town produces one amazing farmers market that is open year ’round, rain or shine.

The Arts Market will be featuring Dave’s Custom Wood Work this week. He offers a spectacular variety of handcrafted wooden products. Davy has recently added fractal wood burning to his talents. Fractal wood burning creations are made using an electrically conductive method to first burn, then shock the wood into art with high voltage electricity. He will be bringing these artistic sofa tables, made from ash trees, to the Fernandina Beach Arts Market. Though he sells a lot of cutting boards and kitchen bow saws, too, he turns bottle stoppers, beautiful wooden handles for razors, crochet hooks, seam rippers, needle threaders and other sewing accessories.

J. Paul Thibault is back this week with his hand blown glass, J. Thompson is back with his custom knives, and Carol Anderson is back this week with Ocala Country Ventures and her handmade cowboy boot purses and hand crafted horse hair jewelry.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and our Booth With a Cause is Micah’s Place. This is Nassau County’s only certified domestic violence center. Micah’s Place provides a 24/7 hotline, emergency shelter, support groups, legal assistance, financial assistance and advocacy to survivors of domestic violence and their children. If you or someone you know has experience domestic violence and is in need, call the Micah’s Place hotline at (904) 225-9979. Also, this week we are hosting the Amelia Island Tree Conservancy, and our music will be provided by the talented Dylan Bailey.

The markets are located on North Seventh Street, between Alachua and Centre Streets, and are open from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.; for more information, please find both markets on facebook or the World Wide Web.