Farmers Market Opens After Irma


Thankfully, Irma spared our little town from her direct wrath and our friends and neighbors are pulling together to bring back a sense of normalcy to Amelia Island. It is this “one for all and all for one” mentality that makes Fernandina Beach such a great community!

At your local farmers market, produce vendors are small farmers who grow seasonal vegetables, fruits, nuts and flowers, in and around our community and they display their weekly harvest in baskets and bins on their market tables just as it comes from the field. For the next few weeks you may notice that some vegetables and other produce may be windburned or bruised from Irma’s violent actions, but at least you know it is real, local food. Wax coated cucumbers come from the produce isle of your local grocer, they don’t come that way picked fresh from the vine. Oranges in bulk aren’t always orange, and those blemish free tomatoes are likely imported. What you get at the farmers market is fresh, seasonal produce, grown by rugged farmers with calloused hands and great big hearts. Kings Kountry Produce, Boatright Farms, Cabbage Creek Farm, and Bacon Select Produce, work tirelessly to bring you some of the best edibles Mother Nature has to offer. We appreciate the risks they take, like hurricanes, frost, and tornadoes, to help you put local healthy food on your family’s table.

This week, Soap-Crafters is offering a new product in bath bars that are one half sugar scrub and one half goat milk soap bar. The new scents include cucumber melon; vanilla lavender; and oatmeal, milk and honey. One of their most popular scents is a bath bomb called, “Fruit Loops”, and yes, it does smell like Fruit Loops.

Our town may have taken a beaten this week by Irma, but the Fernandina Beach Market Place will be open on Saturday, September 16, 2017, from 9:00 to 1:00 p.m., rain or shine. Music this week will be provided by Dennis Fermin, and our Booth With a Cause will be

Young Life, an organization dedicated to introducing adolescents to Jesus Christ and helping them grow in their faith. Every adolescent deserves the chance to consider the Christian faith in terms they understand from people they trust. However, Young Life doesn’t start with a program -it starts with adults who are concerned enough about kids to go to them, on their turf and in their culture, building bridges of authentic friendship. Young Life is like one big “party with a purpose” where all are welcome and treated like honored guests – whether it is Club (the best night of the kids’ week) or Camp (the best week of their lives). But before the party ends, we share a simple message about God’s love for them. After all, that’s what the celebration is all about.