The Fernandina Beach Market Place farmers market and the Fernandina Beach Arts Market will be open in historic, downtown, October 26, 2019. These two markets offer a wide variety of arts, crafts, and natural food and beauty products. Last weekend’s rain kept customers away, which is a shame, because the markets are open rain or shine. The only time we will close the markets is if we are under a Tropical Storm Warning or higher, and we always close the first weekend in May for the Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival.

This week our vendors would appreciate some love, and there will be many deserving businesses on display for your shopping pleasure, including a new cupcake vendor. Need to wash down that cupcake? Then we encourage you to play, “Challenge the Barista” at Chaunie’s Coffee booth. Test their knowledge to make the perfect chai tea or espresso based latte, cappuccino, cold brew, or iced coffee. Extras include vanilla, mocha, vanilla cream, caramel, almond milk, sweet milk, and half and half. They serve cortado, too, espresso with milk to reduce the acidity. Sizes are 16 ounce and 12 ounce, and four-ounce cups are available for your single or double shots of espresso.

Cuno Creek returns October 26th to the Arts Market with photographs taken by Norma Mcleod around NE Florida and SE Georgia. The images are then stretched into large canvas works of art. Her photographs are so amazing she now has published Amelia Wild and Wonderful. This beautiful book features mostly birds and is available at the Book Loft or the Story and Song Bistro and Book Store.

The heat of summer has finally begun to subside and Cabbage Creek Farms is growing Dino, winter bore and baby kale, salad mix, radish, collards and mustard greens, arugula, Asian spinach, jalapenos, and bok choy. How fresh are their vegetables? Well, they harvest on Friday – the day before the market; it doesn’t get much fresher than that!

Looking for a small gift or pocket souvenir? Cross Creek Honey has adorable honey candles in stock. They have tapers, pillars, bears, houses, trees, pine cones, and other decorative and holiday styles. And I didn’t even begin to mention the fine supply of honey they offer.

The markets are an amazing way to spend a Saturday morning, raining or not, and our vendors would love to see you! This week’s musician is Jenn Burns, and our Booth with a Cause is Community Hospice. Bath Fitter and All American Gutter are our Market Place sponsors. If your business would like to be sponsor, stop by the management booth to learn more. 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., rain or shine. Well behaved, leashed pets are welcome.

For more information, contact “me”.