February 23, 2019, brings the Fernandina Beach Market Place farmers and arts markets to historic Amelia Island. With art and crafts located in the rear parking lot of Pineland Bank, and the home grown or produced food, bath and body products located on North 7th Street, this gives you a great reason to meander downtown on Saturday morning.

Stroll the artists and craftsmen for unique gifts, household items, personal wear and accessories. There is fine and fun jewelry, coasters, furniture, art, paintings, glass works and more. Look for Lisa Pulley; she makes home sewn trash bags embroidered especially for the car, truck, SUV or kitchen, home, office, or playroom. J. Thompson is back this week with his handmade knives that are true works of art. And who can miss Troy Hoper with his wooden whimsical signs? One beautiful piece he makes is the Last Supper. This is made with different types of wood to express the differences in color, there is no staining or painting involved. This picture is worth the time to stop by and take a look. We have a new vendor in the Arts Market Saturday, My Empty Nest by Nora. They will bring homemade coasters and fun yard flags for every reason and every season.

The farmers of the Market Place will include about 40 booths of fresh baked breads and pastries, Me, Myself and Pies is back, Rose’s An-believable Egg Rolls, and Lady Bug Gourmet will be back with a short supply of her Kluckers yard eggs. Seasonal winter produce is still available in spite of the warm weather we’ve been having, so come get your traditional greens and root vegetables, and Tommy King’s juicy and delicious strawberries are still in season, too. We have a new vendor this week in the farmers market, Dave’s Rub-A-Dub-Dub, meat, seafood, and veggie seasonings. These are dry rubs made from a premium blend of spices that you just add a pinch to your own favorite recipes. Salt is the last ingredient giving these rubs a more intense flavor. Flavors include Dave’s Dittle Datil Pepper Rub Seasoning, Dave’s Happy Habanero Rub Seasoning, Dave’s Mighty Mild Rub Seasoning, and Dave’s Original Rub Seasoning.

Alain Lelait will be our musician this week, and our not-for-profit Booth With a Cause is the Fernandina Beach Christian Academy. Both markets are open from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., rain or shine. Well behaved owners and their leashed dogs are always welcome. Please, we request you keep a very good eye on them. Dogs who urinate on table cloths and signage, and owners who put their dogs on long leashes creating tripping hazards are not considered well behaved.

Come find us on Saturday morning on North 7th Street, between Alachua and Centre Streets in historic Fernandina Beach. On the Pineland Bank lawn you will find members of the all-volunteer Isle of Eight Flags Shrimp Festival Committee peddling their past T-shirts and souvenirs. This time they are having a White Sale. Buy two white T-shirts for only $5.00.

After visiting the markets, take a stroll downtown to window shop the quaint shops of our seaside village or enjoy lunch, coffee, dessert, or a drink from one of our many fine restaurants.

For more information, find Market Manager Judie Mackie (me) at the on-site management booth.

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