September 24, 2016 – Arts and Farmers Markets


Fernandina Beach Market Place farmers marketSeptember 24, 2016, brings both the Fernandina Beach Market Place farmers market and the Fernandina Beach Arts Market to downtown, historic Fernandina Beach.

This week the farmers market features nearly 40 producer and grower booths offering you a delicious adventure into eating seasonally. You will find their booths displaying plentiful bounties of fresh-from-the-farm produce, appetizing pastries, natural dairy products, yard eggs, hormone-free meat, Alaskan salmon, wild caught shrimp, thirst quenching beverages, regional honey, indigenous plants, tasty spreads and dips, flavored pecans, pickles, popcorn and plenty more.

Come for the traditional favorites you’ve come to love, and experience the international flavors you will also find in the farmers market in booths such as the African Love Kitchen, B & D’s Sauce Company, Joy of Garlic, and Bunna Coffee.

African Love Kitchen’s creations are made by Tanzanian Chef Ibrahim Mahem. He uses authentic recipes to provide restaurant quality dishes. Some of their most popular menu items include beef, chicken or veggie sambusa. Another Market Place customer favorite is their curry goat, curry chicken, and curry vegetables – and all are accompanied by jasmine rice.

Bunna Coffee brings fresh roasted, Ethiopian Coffee available by the bag. Supporting the fair trade of Ethiopian coffee farmers, they grind, package, and distribute this Ethipian coffee for the great folks of Fernandina to enjoy.

Golden Olive Press was founded for the purpose of introducing premium Spanish olive oils to American households. The geographical region of the world known for the “Mediterranean Diet” is closely associated to Spain, France, Greece, Italy, and Malta. It is here where their olive oils originate from. Not only is olive oil a healthy addition to your diet, but you can use it on your skin to cleanse, fight acne or treat sunburns. It will remove paint from your skin, and condition your scalp, and you can use it as a household lubricant, to detangle your hair, or as a natural massage oil. There are hundreds of uses for olive oil. Did you know olive tree cultivation and olive oil extraction artifacts and archaeological remains date back to the most ancient of civilizations? Even the bible tells us that after the great flood, it was an olive leaf a dove brought to Noah to prove the waters were receding.

B and D Sauce Company brings their specialty hot sauce to the farmers market each week made from Bahamian Bird Peppers. Bottled by hand, each bottle holds a unique, smoky pepper sauce that is amazing on greens, fish, beans, or try just a dash to light up the flavor of a simple cheese and cracker. All of the above vendors offer tasting samples of their products.

The Fernandina Beach Arts Market, located adjacent to the farmers market, is home to over 20 local artists and craftspeople who display their amazing talents. Affordable, unique, and award winning artists offer paintings, photography, jewelry, furniture, re-cycled art, apparel, stained glass, home decor, pottery, sculptures, handbags, and more. This is a limited space market, so if you are interested in becoming an exhibitor, fill out an application at soon, upcoming markets are filling up fast as we approach the holiday shopping season.

This week’s Booth with a Cause is Trees for America’s Troops. Their mission is to support U.S. troops serving overseas who can’t be home for the holidays by providing Christmas trees and other items that will help them cope with the holiday season during their deployment.

Market Place sponsors include All American Gutter, Energy 1 USA, and Granite Transformations for Kitchens and Baths. All American Gutter is a company specializing in seamless aluminum gutters who never subcontract their work, and Energy 1 USA brings you the world’s first porbiotic air/surface and object treatment for allergies and healthy environments. Granite Transformations engineer stone slabs to install over existing structures such as countertops, showerwalls, fireplace fronts and more.

Music this week is provided by Jenn Burns, so grab a blanket for the lawn and head on down to Florida’s friendliest farmers market. This is a great way to spend a Saturday morning with family and friends.