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lulus-at-thompson-house2014We have a very special farmers’ market planned for Saturday, November 1, 2014 at the Fernandina Beach Market Place on Amelia Island.

It is Georgia/Florida Weekend and that means it is time for our Best Decorated Booth Contest where our farmers and producers decorate their booths for either Georgia, Florida or Halloween. The winning exhibitor receives a FREE booth space and YOU are the judges. Swing by the management booth to pick up a ballot and vote for your favorite, decorated booth on Saturday.

With barely 50 days left until Christmas, we are rapidly approaching that most wonderful time of the year… Joy Shepperd of Shepperd’s Farms will be bringing a variety of gift baskets so you can mix and match your favorite jams and jellies for holiday hostess and gift giving; completed basket prices start at only $10.00.

Harlows All Natural Products have conjured up some holiday scents and will be offering Pumpkin Spice Beer Bar Soap, and Sugar and Spiced Apple Cider Bar Soap. Fall Harvest and Autumn Night room sprays, and Fall Harvest and Vanilla Bean, and Peppermint lip balms are now available, too.

New to the farmers’ market is one of the island’s most popular restaurants, Jack and Diane’s. There will be no tricks when it comes to vegan and gluten free cookies, a specialty item they plan to bring every Saturday, and in addition they will be treating us to suprise dishes each week.

Lulu’s at the Thompson House is famous at the farmers market for their crab cakes and pimento cheese spreads, but what you may not realize is that owner Melanie Grimley is an accomplished writer as well. Come see her new book, “Lulu’s Island Cat” and meet the illustrator, Sallie Haugen, who is joining Melanie in her booth this Saturday. Sallie is an art instructor and freelance illustrator living with her husband and two cats in Minneapolis, MN. Amelia Island has always been a place that is close to her heart; she has been vacationing here with family since she was very young. She holds a BFA from the University of WI Madison, and an MA from the Savannah College of Art & Design in Historic Preservation. She hopes that her love for animals (cats in particular of course!), historic buildings, and Amelia Island show in her work on Lulu’s Island Cat.

The market has grown and we now have about 40 weekly vendors treating you to seasonal produce, fresh baked breads, delicious desserts, honeys, goat cheese, dairy, dog treats, beef, jerky, dips, sea salts, granolas, pickles and so much more.

Entertainment this week is provided by the one-and-only Dan Voll. Members of the Fernandina Pirates Club will be on-site with the Blood Mobile encouraging you to donate blood and help save lives. Unique donor T-shirts, sporting the Blood Alliance’s mascot dressed-up as a pirate with crossed bones, are available free to donors while supplies last. You can schedule your appointment to donate online by visiting FernandinaPirates.com or www.thebloodalliancedonor.org

The Fernandina Beach Market Place farmers’ market is located on North Seventh Street in historic, downtown Fernandina Beach. The Market Place is open form 9:00 am to 1:00 pm every Saturday, rain or shine. For more information call (904) 557-8229, or find us on facebook.

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