Lizzie’s Cheese Straws will be returning to the Fernandina Beach Market Place farmers market on February 20, 2016. Owner and baker, Elizabeth Bacher, was born and raised in the Southern Delta town of Yazoo City, Mississippi, and she offers an elegant twist on a timeless, Southern tradition. Cheese straws lace a rich cheddar cheese flavor with a subtle butter taste, then they are topped off with just enough spices to give it a ‘lil kick. These straw-like crackers are made from her Grandmother’s recipe and she is proud to carry on her family’s tradition.
Also at the farmers’ market is Veggie Confetti. Veggie Confetti is a small, family run farm that produces premium microgreens and pea shoots. Owners Lynn and Jim Wettach are committed to growing in the organic style using non-GMO seed, organic plant based nutrients, and never any chemicals, pesticides, or herbicides. Microgreens are tiny, edible vegetable and herb greens harvested at one to three inches tall. Researchers have found that the leaves of microgreens had four to six times more nutrients than the mature leaves of the same plant. You are invited to stop by their booth to learn more and try a sample.
Another popular vendor I’d like to tell you about is Joy of Garlic. Located in a small warehouse, the team mixes up salsa and marinara in 60 and 80 gallon batches. Michael, who works the booth in Fernandina, has been with the company since 2011 and worked in the factory, too. He says, “The nutritional factors of the marinara are impeccable with only 55 calories per half-cup serving. There is only 55 mg of sodium, and zero added sugars and sweeteners.” Covering about 50 farmers markets in Florida the company is family run and trains their employees thoroughly, including product history. Their newest additions are baked pita chips in low-sodium garlic or sea-salt. Just this month they introduced their gourmet cocktail sauce made with their popular marinara instead of ketchup.
This week we are holding a community drum circle, so feel free to bring an instrument – or your voice – and sit in for a spell. We are open from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
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