The Fernandina Beach Arts Market and the Fernandina Beach Market Place farmers market will be open Saturday in historic downtown, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., rain or shine. With 30 art booths and another 45 food and natural product booths, including Mediterranean flavors, these markets will provide something of interest to just about anybody.
The Arts Market includes vendors who specialize in woodworking, watercolors, oils, pottery, fabrics, jewelry, and more. One vendor, Our Glass Creations, designs nautically inspired themes on glass using a variety of mixed media. Offering a variety of sizes, their wall hangings include fish, seahorses, flamingos, mermaids, turtles, birds, and more with naturally colored shells, acrylic rocks, seashells, tin and other materials. They also offer commissioned, or custom pieces. Another interesting vendor is Mike Crowder’s publications from GraySheep Graphics. Mike is an author and illustrator who brings two fun books to the market. Wild About the Alphabet! (and Other Tales) displays interesting creatures featuring each letter of the alphabet. You won’t find “C is for Cat, D is for Dog” in this book as it was written as much for the reader, as is was for it’s likely young listener. His other book, Hammy Hammerhead’s (almost) BIG ADVENTURE!, tells a story of a young hammerhead who is having one of those days. He just wants to hang out with a few friends including a pufferfish, a nurse shark, and a tiger shark, when of course, the great white shark shows up. Patricia Johnson is a popular jewelry artist who creates boho, tribal, and primitive inspired necklaces. Every piece is bold, modern, and makes a statement.
Over in the farmers market you will find our weekly vendors who bring truck loads of seasonal produce, fresh baked breads, vegan bakers, jams and jellies, honey, elderberry syrup, beef, Chicago style pizza, chicken, pork, duck, coffee, salmon, and wild caught shrimp. Saturday also brings specialty vendors like Me, Myself and Pies. This is a pie catering company specializing in sweet and savory pies in a variety of size (2, 3, 6, & 9 in”). Everything is made from scratch, by hand, and their pies include sweet, savory, and cream pies. Something Good will be at the market with her gluten-free baked goods like chocolate chip cookies, biscuits, brownies, and sweet breads. Joy of Garlic, a long-time vendor at the farmers market, brings a wonderful selection of sauces, dressings, and spreads – all with a taste of the Mediterranean. They make products that are vegetarian, vegan, and free of preservatives, dairy, cholesterol, trans-fats, and sugar. Pasta sauces and salsas are low in sodium, garlic spreads use more than 20 bulbs of garlic in each jar, and their dressings are delicious. Try a sample of the Florida Fusion; this is a blend of tangerine and teriyaki with a touch of chipotle peppers.
We invite you to join us on North Seventh Street for a morning in the fresh air with live entertainment provided by Alix Delfs. This week’s Booth with a Cause is Nassau Habitat for Humanity. We offer not-for-profit organizations a free booth space to share their mission with you. Nassau Habitat has a local board of directors that raise money, select families, choose building sites and house plans, organize volunteers, supervise construction, and administer the mortgages. They completed their 46th home in 2021. For more information about either market, check out FernandinaBeachMarketPlace.com or FernandinaBeachArtsMarket.com.