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The farmers market in Fernandina Beach, Florida, reflects the charm of our Amelia Island community. Located on historic North Seventh Street, the Fernandina Beach Market Place features locally produced specialties like seasonal produce, fresh baked breads, nursery and landscape plants, and so much more. Our vendors love to talk about their farms and artisan dishes so we encourage you to ask questions such as where is your farm located, what is the best way to cook a particular vegetable, can I visit your farm, and what are you growing now?

There has been an increase in the popularity of fresh foods and this movement supports small farms and local businesses. Those who shop our local farmers market have been the reason for our growth. We encourage all of our customers to become familiar with the seasonality of local crops and when they are available for harvest. Some of our farmers produce their vegetables in greenhouses making some of these great items available almost all year long. Ask questions, and really get to know those who are growing and preparing the food you put on the dining table for your own families.

Oizeo is back this week. This company is run by five sisters who have built a catering business and offer Asian tapas like firecracker shrimp, chicken kabobs, and Asian noodles twice a month at the farmers market. “Try before you buy” by sampling from the variety of dishes they provide. Another weekly vendor who always has samples is the African Love Kitchen. Jen serves up sambusa in a variety of flavors including bison, goat, and vegetable. Her curry dishes are popular, too. Have you met the new owners of Lulu’s at the Thompson House? Wes and Anka are at the farmers market every week with the same pimento cheese spread and crab cakes that you are used to getting from Brian and Melanie.

This week our Booth With a Cause will be the City of Fernandina Beach along with Main Street Fernandina. They will have representatives at the Market Place to tell you all about the October 6th festival celebrating Peg Leg Pete and his 40th birthday. Jenn Burns Staples will be providing this week’s entertainment. The farmers market is open every Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., rain or shine.

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