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The EFM Donates over $20k Back to Englewood Community

(ENGLEWOOD, Fla. – December 5, 2016) – The Englewood Farmers Market, as a chapter of the Friends of Sarasota County Parks, operates as a non-profit enterprise serving the local Englewood community.

Each season, proceeds above operating costs are donated back to local community organizations that provide services to local residents that need support and assistance.

The Englewood Farmers Market donated over $20,000 to our local food pantries, St. David’s and Helping Hand, Englewood Meals on Wheels, FOSCP and the Englewood Care Clinic.

Pictured standing left to right: Tom and Amy Stone , Marie Laforge, Rose Hutchinson, Ricardo Ruggiero, Mike Hutchinson, Jim Baines and Howard Goodrich, Administrator from Helping Hand, and Bill Lavriha, Executive Director of Meals on Wheels. Kneeling, Lee A. Perron.

Englewood Farmers Market (by Mary Alampi)

The Englewood Farmers Market kicked off its sixth season this past Thursday morning. If you have never been, you are missing out. Although forecasts for Hurricane Matthew cast a little uncertainty as to how the day would play out, the weather was more than cooperative and attendance was up from last year’s first market of the season. The market is open from 9AM to 2PM, so I had not been able to attend in the past. This was my first time and I was so impressed! I will be returning frequently in the future.

I asked guests how they knew about the market’s opening today. Some saw it on Facebook, others mentioned the banners draped across Indiana (SR 776), some said they saw flyers posted locally, and one lady said she wrote it on her calendar last year to make sure she would not miss it.

I spoke with both attendees and vendors, asking about the market experience. One first-time guest was a gentleman visiting from South Carolina. His family evacuated here to stay with his brother, who brought them to the Englewood Farmers Market “for something positive to do together.” Another woman said she attended every week last year and makes a morning of it. She starts with Chai at the Mermaid Café down the street, walks through the market, then sometimes grabs another Chai.

Nearly everyone commented on the atmosphere. I spoke with one group of ladies, perhaps three generations. The toddler danced, mesmerized by music performed by a stringed duo. “We love it here,” said one of the women, citing how warm and friendly the vendors and guests were. “We came here looking for pickles, they have the best pickles, and popcorn…We love it here. There’s something for everyone.” “This is THE BEST farmers market ANYWHERE,” insisted another woman who explained that she has travelled and attended farmers markets all over. She and her husband are centered in Venice but will always come to the Englewood Farmers Market “because it is different. It has great products and the best feel. It really gives you a sense of community.”

When asked about market favorites, besides repeated mentions of the friendly environment, answers were as diverse as the guests. I overheard the vendor at Leah’s Lemonade really raving to a customer about the quality of Joshua Citrus’ fruit. Some guests said the exotic mushroom stand was the most unique. Others listed baked goods from the variety of vendors including BAM German Bakery, Daily Bread, bagels and Island Gluten Free Bakery. Maggie’s Seafood came up most frequently as “must visit” stop for shoppers. Perry’s Original BBQ was said to have the best brisket around. The large paella pan caught the eyes and taste buds of many and Jason’s Fire Fusions made a few eyes water. Furthermore, a number of people told me they preferred to shop here for organic produce, baked goods, and honey, explaining the quality was better and the organic label more reliable. Smiling people purchased vibrant orchids, fruit, and vegetables. It was an explosion of color.

The Englewood Farmers Market started back in 2011 with around 25 vendors and has grown into the thriving market/event it is today. It is a non-profit organization that donates all of its profit to local charities including Meals on Wheels, local food banks, the kids backpack program, Englewood Community Care Clinic, and others. A committee oversees vendor selection to ensure the products are high quality and that duplication and competition with local merchants is limited. For a list of current vendors or for information on becoming a vendor, email them at info@englewoodfarmersmarket.org, visit their website http://englewoodfarmersmarket.org or @englewoodfarmersmarket page on Facebook.

Again, if you’ve never been, you are missing out. The Englewood Farmers Market is open every Thursday from 9 AM until 2 PM, October through May. Support the community and make plans to attend. You will not be disappointed.

Englewood Farmers Market – article written by Mary Alampi, extracted from her blog [click here]

See you in October

efm-veggies-bannerWe are very excited about our 2016 season!! Our season begins on Thursday October 1st. And we are looking forward to having all of the vendors from last season, plus new vendors that are waiting to get into our market! We are excited that we received a record number of applications this summer and we will be selecting the new vendors to join our market soon.  We need to hear from each of the returning vendors by Monday September 7th confirming that you plan to return for this season. This allows our review committee sufficient time to select vendors from the waiting list (which has now ballooned to just under fifty vendors due to the high volume of submissions over the summer). And just as important, it gives new vendors time to acquire all the necessary paperwork and plan their production for starting the season with the EFM.fa

Market Open Wednesday for coming the Holiday Weeks

Since this year, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day fall on a Thursday, The Englewood Farmers Market will be open on Wednesday 12/24 (Xmas Eve)  and 12/31 (New Year’s Eve), so that you can do last minute shopping for the holidays! Mark you calendars…

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Last Market Day until October…

Photo: Don't forget that tomorrow is the last Market day of the season!! Come, shop (and stock up your pantries and refrigerators!!) and make sure to wish our vendors a great Summer!! We'll be there at 9am until 2! See you tomorrow!  the Englewood Farmers Market will be back for it's 4th season the first week of October...

Don’t forget that tomorrow is the last Market day of the season!! Come, shop (and stock up your pantries and refrigerators!!) and make sure to wish our vendors a great Summer!! We’ll be there at 9am until 2pm! See you tomorrow! The Englewood Farmers Market will be back for it’s 4th season the first week of October… We hope everyone had a great time this season and we look forward to seeing everyone again in October!

Florida Peach Tasting Event at the Englewood Farmers Market on May 15th 2014!

3peaches1It’s time for peaches in Florida so make plans to participate in the first annual Peach Tasting Event at the Englewood Farmers Market! The tasting event is free of charge. Renowned agricultural expert Dr. Robert A. Kluson, Ph.D. from the University of Florida Extension in Sarasota County will be conducting locally grown peach tastings at the Englewood Farmers Market on May 15th, 2014 beginning at 9:30 AM until Noon. The market is located in the 300 block of historic W. Dearborn Street in Englewood.

These activities will include surveys of customer preferences of different varieties from the UF/IFAS Peach Breeding Program. The tasting and customer surveys will provide valuable input to these UF/IFAS fruit breeding programs. Dr. Kluson stated “I really look forward to bringing these activities to the Englewood Farmers Market as the Extension’s way of increasing the public’s awareness of Florida’s fruit industry and supporting our local farmers.”

For more information please contact: Lee A. Perron, Market Manager, Englewood Farmers Market @ 941 548-7843 or via e-mail: info@englewoodfarmersmarket.org

“Jingle Bell Rock” Flash Mob

You never know what can happen at our market… Happy Holidays Market Style… Flash Mob. The “Englewood Yoga Center” flash mob, took the market by suprise today with “Jingle Bell Rock” !!!