Once in a while the farmers and arts markets in Fernandina Beach have a line-up so outstanding, we should sell tickets… but we don’t, the market admission is always free! Open every Saturday until the end of the year, the Fernandina Beach Arts Market and the Fernandina Beach Market Place farmers market is your headquarters to shopping local in our community.

The weather has turned to autumn and it’s a great time to mask up and shop outdoors. Featured in the arts market this week include handmade knives like butcher, filet and carving knives by J. Thompson knives. Island Boxes by Michael Kelly are unique cigar and storage boxes that make an ideal gift for those hard to shop for men and boys in your life. Looking for something practical? Our newest vendor has wooden walking sticks. Great for walking assistance or self-defense, these solid wood canes are as beautiful as they are practical. Gloria is back with Sew What? This booth is packed full of women’s apparel, homemade children’s clothing, and customizable pillow cases. This is all in addition to another 20 booths of fine arts and crafts like fine and whimsical jewelry, pottery, glassware, home decor and so much more. Adjacent to the Arts Market is the farmers market.

The farmers market has over 40 booths of plants, flowering baskets, and succulents. There are vendors with seasonal produce, fresh baked breads, gluten free breads, vegan specialties, and wild caught shrimp. We have vendors with salmon, beef, pork and chicken. Others sell candles, soaps, body products, and honey. You will find Lizzie’s Cheese Straws, Sassy Grass’s cold pressed juices, Dave’s Rub A Dub Dub spices, and flavored salts and vinegars from Percy’s Spice Pantry. There are so many vendors you do not want to miss this market.

Music this week was supposed to come all the way from Toledo, Ohio. Jeff Tucker plays from Northern Michigan to the Florida Keys, including everywhere in between. With superstar guitar skills and a rock & roll soul, Jeff performs at the market place only once or twice per year. It truly is a treat to have him at the farmers market. He won’t be playing Saturday, however. With the curfew of 10:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. established in the state of Ohio, our musician won’t be able to get out of Ohio in time to get to Florida. We are trying to find a substitute for Saturday.

Our Booth with a Cause this week is the Amelia Island Book Festival, on hand to answer your questions and promote this exciting upcoming event.

Grab a blanket or lawn chair and come on down to North Seventh Street, between Alachua and Centre Streets, stroll the streets, and catch some live music. Both markets are open from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., rain or shine. Well-behaved, leashed pets are welcome. For more information, follow each market on Facebook.