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Farmers Market Celebrates Six Years as Market Place

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The Fernandina Beach Arts Market and the Market Place farmers market will be open in historic Fernandina Beach September 8, 2018, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., rain or shine. With just over 100 days until Christmas, this is a great opportunity to start checking off your shopping list for gifts whil++e picking up natural body and bath products, as well as fabulous farm-fresh finds.

The Arts Market will host over 20 booths of fine jewelry, apparel, wooden crafts, paintings, and more. Two of our featured wood artists that are setting up in the Arts Market will be Artists Catherine Limp and Kristina Hoover. Catherine Limp owns Crafts by Catherine where she creates hand-made wooden crafts recycled from fence pickets and wood pallets. Kristina Hoover is a woodcut artist currently based in Jacksonville, Florida. She creates unique and custom works of art using woodblocks.

The Arts Market also hosts a fabulous leather vendor, House of Jaguar, and they are introducing new medicine bags this week. The ancient use of a medicine bag was to maintain balance and harmony with the physical and the spiritual world of the wearer. The contents had a sacred significance to ensure healing, personal power and protection. To help balance and harmonize, the wearer would add something from the plant, animal, mineral and modern world. So grab your crystals, lipstick, herbs, pocket knife, cell phone, feathers and keys, instill good vibes and add them to your personal medicine bag!

The farmers market will host nearly 40 booths of fresh baked breads and pastries, plants and herbs, seasonal vegetables, fresh cut flowers, hand squeezed lemonade, beef, salmon, shrimp, and more. You will find Asian tapas, African dishes, and American cuisine. Hot sauce, dip mixes, and garlic spreads are all available for tasting, as well as body sprays, salves, lotions, and soaps.

Local non-profit, Kenya Partners, will be our Booth with a Cause. They will be sharing information and building awareness about the extent of poverty existing in other parts of the world. Their mission is to make a significant impact on the lives of orphans in Kenya by providing quality education, reliable health care, and a feeding program. Kenya Partners will be promoting their annual fund raiser scheduled for September 23, 2018, at Walkers Landing on Amelia Island.

September 8th is our sixth anniversary as the Fernandina Beach Market Place farmers market and to celebrate we will be introducing our new “Leave One Take One” program. This is a free service for our community to share those reusable shopping bags that we all have accumulating in our cars and pantries. Simply bring your extra bags or feel free to take one to use when you are shopping at the farmers market. We all have those bags, but many of us simply forget to use them. We hope Saturdays at the farmers market will become that reminder for us all to do our part when it comes to recycle, reuse, and repurpose!

Entertainment this week is provided by Musicians “RAE” Alix Rae and Ana Rae Delfs. Both markets are located at the corner of Eighth and Centre Streets. Learn more by “liking” the Amelia Island Market Place on facebook.

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