Events - Sarasota Farmers Market
Downtown Sarasota every Saturday 7:00 AM - 1 PM
What began in Sarasota over 28 years ago as a smattering of vendors
has now grown into a 3-block-long, year-round, weekly Farmers
Market, with a glorious variety of products, including food, flowers,
top quality arts and crafts, ready-to-eat prepared treats, live
music, and lots of convivial socializing. And, as with the best
of Farmers Markets, it's a veritable dog show, with every breed
imaginable socializing on ground level while their owners chat
Every Saturday morning before dawn, rain or shine, you can see
intrepid entrepreneurs setting up their tents and displays along
Lemon Avenue, from the "purple fountain" at Pineapple
Ave all the way to Whole Foods Market at 1st Street in historic
Unfolding before your eyes are numerous produce vendors, including
two organic farmstands, and a major citrus grower. In the plant
category, there are separate retailers specializing in climbing
vines, fruit plants, bromeliads, orchids, cut flowers, indoor
decorative plants, and wonderful bedding plants and shrubs.
Forget about dieting at this market. You'll be tempted by baked
goods galore, Italian breads, pesto and pasta sauce dips, crab
cakes, breakfast wraps, seafood sandwiches, frozen ices, local
coffees, raw food delights, and lots of samples to taste.
Intermingled with the food and flower offerings are artist-wares
such as pottery fountains; clothing, hats and bags featuring collages
of vintage photos and amusing quotes; charming paintings of familiar
Sarasota scenes and landmarks; bead and wire wrapped serving ware;
jewelry; stained glass; Colombian belts, paintings, and jewelry;
engraved wood display objects; natural grass rugs; beautiful nature
photography; handknit scarves, shawls, and decorated flip-flops;
locally made scented candles; and the list goes on . . .
Just when your shoulders are tired from carrying all the wonderful
edible, plantable, and wearable loot, you can lay your burdens
down and surrender to a deeply restorative chair massage, located
across Lemon Avenue from Mattison's City Grille. Aaahhhh . . .
A nice way to extend the fun is to head over to Whole Foods Market
at 1st Street and Central Ave, around the corner from the Farmers
Market, for a lazy brunch at the outside cafe tables. And on several
weekends during Season, you might happen upon an arts and crafts
show set up in the park in front of Selby Public Library, a block
west of Whole Foods Market on 1st Street.