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March 30, 2017

The Top 5 Farmer’s Markets in the Sarasota Florida Area

Colorful produce at Farmers Market in Sarasota Florida

The Top 5 Farmer’s Markets in the Sarasota Florida Area

We are so very blessed to live in the Sarasota area with Farmer’s Markets year round. Please enjoy our short video.

Farmer’s Markets are so much more than just places to buy, fruits, vegetables and flowers. They provide a wonderful gathering place, for diverse groups of neighbors to meet and mingle, to share news, stories and conversations

Who can resist the colorful sight of booths piled high with colorful, locally grown produce, the beautiful flowers, the smell of fresh brewed coffee and artisan bread?

Our local Farmer’s Markets offer us a chance to try products we have not tried before while supporting our area small farms and artisans. It helps to boost the local economy as well.

Farmer’s Markets are by nature cooperative and communal events. They provide local small business people an opportunity to interact with each other and share ideas while presenting their wares to the community.

For us, as consumers, Farmer’s Markets provide a direct connection to the people that produce the goods and services that we consume. This gives us immediate access to the producers and therefore more information about what we purchase.

We truly enjoy visiting the different markets in our area. Each seems to have its own personality.

Here are our picks for the Top 5 Farmers Markets in the Sarasota Area:

Englewood Farmer’s Market

Historic Dearborn Street, Oct. – May, Thur. 9am-2pm 
This one is a real surprise. It is huge. It is an outdoor market set on one acre located among the pines in historic downtown. Englewood Farmer’s Market offers everything you can imagine including farm-fresh produce, flowers, herbs, honey and citrus. This is the second largest farmers market in the area with over 50 vendors.

Phillippi Farmhouse Market

Phillippi Estate Park, 5500 S. Tamiami Trail, Oct. – May, Wed. 9am-2pm 
Here is a mid-week fix for your Farmer’s Market callings. The Phillippi Farmhouse Market is situated on the grounds of the gorgeous Phillippi Estate Park. There are over 40 vendors offering local, fresh produce and plants as well as prepared foods.

Sarasota Farmers Market

Main Street & Lemon Avenue, Year Round, Sat. 7am-1pm 
This is the granddaddy of them all and the hip place to be on Saturday morning. It was established in 1979 and is located smack-dab in the heart of downtown Sarasota. Bring the family and the dog and go downtown to enjoy the sights, sounds and smells. The Sarasota Farmers Market includes over 70 vendors and it is really big. Don’t miss this one with all of the products and services of local artisans, businesses and farmers. We love that this one is also open year round.

Siesta Key Farmers Market

5124 Ocean Blvd, Year Round, Sun. 8am-12pm (1pm from Oct. – May) 
The Siesta Key Farmers Market starts a day later than most of its outdoor farmer’s market friends but still provides a beautiful bounty just the same! This laid back, outdoor offering brings an abundance of choices together with music and entertainment. It is one of the smaller markets, however it is open year round. It makes for a lovely Sunday morning scene in the heart of Siesta Village near world famous Siesta Beach.

Venice Farmer’s Market

Nokomis & Tampa Avenue, Year Round, Sat. 8am-12pm 
The Venice Farmer’s Market probably has everything you are looking for and we love that it is open year round.  It is not huge – but a good size. It is a beautiful setting, with palm tree lined streets, near the shops and the beach. If you’re looking for goods from local farmers, fishermen, craftsmen, bakers and artisans, look no further than Historic Downtown Venice for the Venice Farmer’s Market. It is a true outdoor market paradise.


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