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EDIBLE TRAVELS: FARMERS’ MARKET FINDS

WORDS BY KAYE WARR
PHOTOS BY DANIEL PERALES

There’s nothing quite so charming as a farmers’ market. There’s easy banter floating in the air, mixing with the aromas of fresh savory crepes, chocolates, plants, and handmade candles. Wandering from booth to booth one can stock up on supplies for dinner, gifts for beloved pets, unique home accents, and stylish handmade accessories.

These are a few of our favorite things.

SARASOTA CANDLE COMPANY
Sarasota Farmers’ Market

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We like to start a morning at the market with a giggle. Drew of Sarasota Candle Company is not only a talented candle craftsman, but he’s also something of a comedian. The candles are beautiful and natural with names and flavors ranging from the ridiculous to the sublime. The floating coconut candles are filled with palm wax and who could resist a sky-blue candle named for a Sarasota Breeze?

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ROVERTA’S CRAZY CREPES
Sarasota Farmers’ Market

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If you’re looking for a hand-held, fast food treat made with good-for-you ingredients, look no further. Roverta’s crazy crepes are lovingly made to order using fresh, seasonal produce. These are an incredibly popular choice and people line up for their favorites. There’s a variety of savory and sweet options like bacon, egg, and cheese or banana and chocolate with fresh whipped cream.

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PICKLES PLUS
Venice Farmers’ Market

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Did you know that pickle juice is purported to cure heartburn, hangovers, and reduce PMS symptoms? We learned this fun fact perusing Pickles Plus’ page—on Facebook, that is. Pickles Plus has been a staple at the Venice Farmers’ Market since 2005 and the “plus” in Pickles Plus is raw, unprocessed honey and some utterly yummy homemade preserves. Come for the pickles and stay for the plus—you’re sure to enjoy this booth as much as we do.

facebook.com/PicklesPlusVenice

SARASOTA SORBET
Sarasota Farmers’ Market

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Sarasota Sorbet features fruit sorbets served in their natural shells but there’s plenty more to this booth than just frosty confections. Mary is an inspired chocolatier and you can’t go wrong with flavors like key lime truffles, sea salt and caramel, or our favorite extra-spicy sweets: chocolate covered with ghost pepper salt!

As their banner declares, “Life is uncertain, eat dessert first!”

sarasotafamersmarket.org

BIG D’S JERKY
Sarasota Farmers’ Market
Phillippi Farmhouse Market

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Calling all carnivores: Dave of Big D’s Jerky has you covered with his high-quality, all-USDA, no-filler dried meats. Big D’s has a variety of flavored beef jerkys, from teriyaki to peppered, but he also carries more exotic options such as elk, venison, and buffalo. We like to keep this enjoyable jerky on hand as a post workout snack or to curb late night munchies.

bigdjerky.com

DAVID’S AQUAPONICS
Sarasota Farmers’ Market

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Aquaponics is the term for an incredible symbiotic system whereby plants extract nutrients from waste water created by fish, thereby purifying the water, which is then recycled back to the fish. David’s Aquaponics utilizes hundreds of tilapia housed in David’s backyard to grow the fresh spinach and lettuce that he then sells at the market. Who needs an entire farm to be a farmer? Not David!

sarasotafamersmarket.org

FARMERS’ MARKETS

BOCA GRANDE

Boca Grande Farmers’ Market
305 Wheeler Rd
Friday 9:30am- 1:30pm
October-April
Bocagrandefarmersmarket.com

BRADENTON

Bradenton Farmers’ Market
Old Main St (12th St W)
Saturday 9am–2pm
October–May
bradentonfarmersmarket.com

Bridge Street Market
Historic Bridge St
Sunday 10am–3pm
November–April
bridgestreetmerchants.com

ELLENTON

Ellenton Farmers’ Market
6750 US 301(Rocky Bluff Library)
Saturday 9am–2pm
Year Round

Ellenton Sunday Market
5309 29th St E (Ice & Sports Complex)
Sunday 8am-2pm

ENGLEWOOD

Dearborn Street Market
348 W Dearborn St
Thursday 9am-2pm
October- April

Englewood Farmers’ Market
Historic Dearborn St
Thursday 9am–2pm
October–May
englewoodfarmersmarket.org

NORTH PORT

North Port Farmers’/Craft Market
14942 Tamiami Tr
Saturday 8am–2pm
Year Round
northportfarmerscraftmarket.com

PUNTA GORDA

Punta Gorda Farmers’ Market
Taylor St
Saturday 8am–1pm
Year Round

SARASOTA

Central Sarasota Farmers’ Market
4748 S Beneva Rd
Saturday 8am- 1pm
Year Round
centralsarasotafarmersmarket.com

Old Miakka Farmers’ Market
Old Miakka United Methodist Church
1620 Myakka Rd, Sarasota
Saturday 10am–2pm
Year Round

Phillippi Farmhouse Market
Phillippi Estate Park
Wednesday 9am–2pm
October–April
farmhousemarket.org

Sarasota Farmers’ Market
Main St & Lemon Ave
Saturday 7am–1pm
Year Round
sarasotafarmersmarket.org

Siesta Key Farmers’ Market
5124 Ocean Blvd
Sunday 8am–2pm
Year Round
siestafarmersmarket.com

The Market at Five Points
First St & N Pineapple Ave
( Five Points Park)
Wednesday 10am-2pm
November-April
sarasotafarmersmarket.org

VENICE

Venice Farmers’ Market
Nokomis & Tampa Ave.
Saturday 8am–12pm
Year Round
thevenicefarmersmarket.com

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