Enjoy a local, June 18th farmers market whether you are at the coast or near I-95. There are two great farmers markets open from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., rain or shine, June 18th in Nassau County. At the coast, you will fined the Fernandina Beach Market Place farmers market open on North Seventh Street in the historic, downtown area. In Yulee, the Wildlight Market Place farmers and arts market will also be open just east of I-95 in the new Wildlight community.
Fernandina Beach offers up nearly 40 booths of seasonal produce, fresh baked breads and other amazing natural foods and products. There will be blooming baskets, fresh cut bouquets, succulents, and landscape and patio plants. You will also find flavored sea salts, chef prepared dishes, dog treats, wild caught shrimp, and more. Check out King of all Guacamole and their ceviche, tomato, pineapple and green salsas, and their amazing guacamole made fresh right before your eyes! JD Beef is back this week and owners Danny and Sandra Durrance know a thing or two about ranching. Their’s is a fourth generation farm and cattle operation. They raise USDA certified, Angus, grass-fed cattle that have never received antibiotics, never received growth hormones, and never received animal by-products. Another vendor you need to meet is Tommy King of King’s Kountry Produce. From Lawtey, Florida, farming has been in Tommy’s family for generations and he farms about 40 acres in Starke, Florida. He and his family grow a variety of seasonal vegetables such as beans, peas, squash and strawberries, in fact, he is currently one of the biggest strawberry farmers in the area. He also has a produce stand along U.S 301 if you are ever in the area where you will also find homemade pickles, jams, jellies, salsa, bar-b-q sauce and more.
In addition to these fine exhibitors, you will also find rubs, vegan and gluten-free bakeries, soy candles, goat and olive oil soaps and body products, dips, fresh garlic and mushrooms, salmon, dog treats and much more. Entertainment this week is provided by recent Fernandina Beach High School graduate, Alix Delfs.
In the middle of the county is the Wildlight Market Place farmers and arts market. 21 Queen Street Coffee, a fully independent and woman-owned coffee roasting company will be onsite with their food truck and their bagged coffee. WickWax Candles is back at Wildlight with their clean burning, high-quality coconut-soy candles. If you are a fan of boiled peanuts, don’t miss Mitchell’s Boiled Peanuts. Her gourmet flavors include original, spicy, teriyaki, and seafood. Another popular vendor to check out is Hodges Home Grown. This family farm is located in Callahan, Florida, and offers grass-fed beef from cows who graze on Bahia and luscious clover grasses and are never given antibiotics, and their free-range pigs roam wooded paddocks with a natural creek, grasses, flora, and grubs.
In addition, Wildlight offers a large selection of fine arts and crafts, as well as additional food vendors. Performing this week is Vioette Lani and Iris Andie, a talented duo who write and produce their own songs.
The Fernandina Beach Market Place is open every Saturday, and the Wildlight Market Place is open on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month.