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Cucumbers, Honey and a Banjo

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Cucumbers, Honey and a BanjoFeaturing cucumbers, honey, and the banjo, the Fernandina Beach Market Place farmers’ market will be open November 22, 2014, from 9:00 to 1:00 PM on North Seventh Street, rain or shine, in historic, downtown Fernandina Beach, Florida.

The farmers’ market is a favorite among locals and visitors to Amelia Island. With over 40 booths of natural foods and products, every week brings something fresh and new to savor.

When the opportunity arose to operate the Island Juice and Java bar at the Market, Peter and Patti Jubell jumped at the chance. Tom and Lucy had run Island Juice and Java since April, 2012. Their organizational skills made the transition a seamless one allowing the Jubell’s to step right in and keep serving high quality products. Using fresh produce and fruit found at the market, they will continue to create great juice and java concoctions such as coffee, smoothies, hot cocoa, tea and a few specialty items from time to time.

Joy of Garlic is bringing an artichoke dip. This is a Mediterranean dish with artichoke, hearts of palm and roasted yellow peppers swimming in olive oil spiced with garlic, parsley and lemon juice. This dip is excellent on sliced fresh French bread, or mixed with bow-tie pasta and feta cheese.

A staple no pantry should be without is a jar from Cross Creek Honey. Whether your favorite flavor is Orange Blossom, Tupelo, Gallberry, Palmetto or Florida Everglades, honey is a fabulous substitute for sugar in those holiday recipes. Don’t know which flavor to choose? Don’t worry, Tara offers all the samples you need to make up your mind.

We were pleasantly surprised when one of our youngest farmers, Owen, the seven month old son of Heather and Freddie Bacon, joined us at the farmers’ market last Saturday. These “Fabulous Bacon Boys” are bringing the biggest, seedless cucumbers I’ve see to date. Each one is individually wrapped to protect their thin skin. These cucumbers are not bitter, and their tender skin requires no peeling; my family eats them like a banana.

Joining us this Saturday is the Amelia Island Museum of History to tell you about their Holiday Home Tour on December 5th and 6th. Part of the Fernandina yuletide season, the Home Tour showcases five vintage, private homes, decorated by professional florists and designers. Enjoy costumed carolers and characters from Amelia Island’s colorful past as you are returned to Fernandina’s Victorian era.

Entertainment will be provided by Banjo Man, Chuck Hall.

The Fernandina Beach Market Place is open every Saturday! For more information please find us on facebook, or call (904) 557-8229.

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