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Seasonal Produce has Many Advantages

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Seasonal Produce has Many AdvantagesA local farmers market provides seasonal produce. The farmers in our Fernandina Beach Market Place farmers’ market grow and harvest different fruits and vegetables based on the time of the year.

For example, you may prefer baby spinach in your smoothies, but June in Florida is not the best time to grow spinach, which is a winter crop. Shoppers often ask us why we don’t have baby spinach in June when you can find it in the grocery stores? Well, the grocery store spinach is either grown in a climate controlled green house, or it could be shipped in from California or even South America.

You may be eating healthy, but you are not living a “green” lifestyle until you learn to take advantage of the locally grown seasonal produce. Locally grown means your food is fresher and costs less to distribute. After all, how fresh can your spinach be if it gets shipped across the country? Let’s not begin to discuss the cost of fuel to get a handful of spinach to NE Florida from South America!

Florida farms offer an abundance of variety to the summertime table as well as seasonal fruits and vegetables for your smoothies.

Cabbage Creek Farms harvests fresh eggplant, ocra and squash this time of the year. Their fresh cut flowers are gorgeous! They make beautiful arrangements and a bouquet of flowers can brighten someone’s day when given as a gift. The watermelons they grow come to the Market Place ripe from the vine. Available in both red and yellow flesh, their personal-sized watermelons are of a smaller variety than you’ll find in the grocery store and they have the cutest names like Little Baby Flower, Sunshine, and Sugar Baby.

Al and Anna Boatright are bringing black eye, pink eye, zipper, white acres (lady fingers), and fresh butter beans from their farm to the market this time of the year. They are also growing corn, onions, watermelon, squash, eggplant, pickling cucumbers, cherry tomatoes red bounty tomatoes. If you like peppers you must try their cubanelle, Pablano, jalapeno, and sweet banana peppers.

King’s Kountry Produce is bringing a truckload of fresh produce including silver queen corn on the cob, blackberries, blueberries, yellow and red flesh watermelons, cantaloupe, peppers, and tomatoes. Two of King’s customer favorites this time of the year include his farm fresh yellow zucchini and the cute little, dreidl-like Pattypan squash.

Our newest vendor is Percy’s Sea Salts who will bring a variety of naturally flavored sea salts that never go out of season.

Join these and about 25 other vendors with who bring fresh baked breads, natural soaps, candies, jellies and jams, grass-fed beef, cheeses, organic pet treats, sauces, dips, ethnic specialties, and so much more.

The Fernandina Beach Market Place farmers market is open every Saturday, rain or shine. You’ll find our friendly market on N. 7th Street, between Centre and Alachua Streets in Fernandina’s historic district, and we are open from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.

Your family, your neighbors, your friends and even your well behaved, leashed pets are welcome, so come on and spend a Saturday morning with us. There will be live music, and the Fernandina Beach Arts Market will be open adjacent to our farmers’ market.

For more information, please call (904) 557-8229.

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