Farmers Markets by nature are cooperative and communal events. They provide businesses an environment to interact with each other and share ideas while presenting their wares to the community. They also allow business owners access to event managers, giving them a voice within the organization that runs the market.
For consumers, farmers markets provide a direct connection to the people that produce the goods and services they consume. This immediate access to the producers allows customers more information about what they purchase and the opportunity to present their thoughts about the products or services they buy.
From Tampa to Venice, the Sun Coast area is fortunate to have many farmers markets that operate seasonally or year round. Below is a list of some of the markets in the area.
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Bradenton Farmers Market
From October through May, downtown Bradenton is home to the Bradenton Farmers Market on Old Main Street. The market has been growing over the years and boasts over forty vendors. Keeping in stride with modern farmers market traditions, the Bradenton market offers an array of events and activities including arts & crafts days, cooking demonstrations, and family activities.
You can get more information about this market at the website: www.realizebradenton.com/
Englewood Farmers Market
The Englewood Farmers Market is open Thursdays from 9am til 2pm, typically from October through April or May (check their website for details). Located on historic Dearborn Street in Englewood, Florida, the market hosts dozens of vendors and service providers from BBQ to herbs to produce to plants to cheese to…. whatever!!
Englewood is a beautiful town to do some shopping on a Thursday morning or afternoon.
Old Miakka Farmers Market
Every Saturday from 10am til 3pm, year-round, you can shop the Old Miakka Farmers Market. The market operates on the grounds of the Old Miakka United Methodist Church and hosts an array of different vendors including honey, fresh eggs, raw goat’s milk, artisan bread, jams, plants and, of course, local and small farm produce.
While visiting the market you can also shop at the church’s resale shop or stop in for a cup of coffee that the church offers.
Downtown Sarasota Farmers Market
The downtown Sarasota farmers market has been a part of the growing Sarasota community since 1979. Over the decades the market has continued to expand, evolving with the changing needs and wants of our residents. Now hosting over 70 vendors, the downtown market estimates a whopping 12,000 weekly visitors during season.
Undoubtedly, the downtown market is one of the great Sarasota traditions. Through its popularity and dedicated stewards, the market has become a movement representative of the greatness we can achieve together.
Phillippi Farmhouse Market
Since 2009, the Phillippi Farmhouse Market has been the area’s mid-week market. Operating on Wednesdays, 9am til 2pm, from October through April, Phillippi market boasts over 40 vendors, free parking, and live entertainment. Be sure to check out their website, it is one of the best farmers markets sites in the area: easy to use, attractive, informative, and up-to-date.
St. Petersburg Saturday Morning Market
One of the largest and most successful markets on the sun coast, the Saturday Morning Market in St. Petersburg attracts more than 10,000 visitors every week. With approximately 200 approved vendors, the market provides a plethora of products and services, produce, entertainment, and activities.
The clarity of purpose and dedication of the organizers is apparent. This market has been built with joy, creativity, and community participation.
Siesta Key Farmers Market
Siesta Key is well known for its white sandy beaches, tropical village, and, since 2008, its weekly farmers market. Every Sunday year round Siesta Key and surrounding residents gather to shop the array of fresh produce, prepared food, art, handcrafted products, and more.
Whether you live on the key or are vacationing there, stop by the Siesta Key Farmers Market.
Venice Farmers Market
Every Saturday morning on Tampa Avenue, between Nokomis and Nausau Avenues, in historic downtown Venice, Florida, you will find the Venice Farmers Market. The market hosts the traditional array of local farmers, prepared food vendors, artists, and artisans.
Starting at 8am, the Venice farmers market is a great way to start your weekend.
You can also get information about farmers markets across the country at www.farmersmarketonline.com