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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.

Press Release: Englewood Farmers Market Continues Local Community Donations with $1,000 to T.A.S.K.

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FRONT: Lucianna Carney, Savannah Grannan, Ella Piotrowski, Natalee Grannan, Myah Dickerson, Ava Sanchez, Alexa Smith
MIDDLE: Melissa Carney, Jaxon Carney, Jonas Sanchez, Gracie Leonard, Gabe Dickerson. George Baker, Jocelyn Reuss, Cole Grannan, Peyton Mason
BACK: Englewood Farmers Market committee (Mike Hutchinson, Ricardo Ruggiero, Marie Laforge, Evelyn Dales); Nichole Moranda, Trent Moranda, Veronica Grannan.


The Earth T.A.S.K. Crew is an adjunct program of The Open Studio. ETC was founded by three local women: Melissa Carney, Veronica Grannan and Nichole Moranda. T.A.S.K. stands for our core values of Teamwork, Accountability, Service and Kindness. This summer, with help from the Englewood Farmers Market, we facilitated outdoor and classroom activities that included hiking, wading, exploring, paddle boarding, field observations of flora and fauna, scavenger hunts, journal writing, nature and recycled art, geocaching/orienteering, soil/air/water experiments, lessons on self-esteem, team building games, and group service projects such as mangrove/shoreline cleanup, a mosaic to be donated to Lemon Bay Park, garden stepping stones to be donated to several community locations, an experimental archaeology exhibit on the Calusa to be displayed at Lemon Bay Park  and Kiddie Geocache Trail Construction at Lemon Bay Park. For more information please call (941) 662-5600

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

Press Release: Englewood Farmers Market Continues Local Community Donations with $1,000 to Lemon Bay Park

efm foscp lemonbay chkPictured left to right: Lemon Bay Park volunteer Laurel Rhodes, Englewood Farmers Market Committee members Evelyn Dales, Mike Hutchinson, Ricardo Ruggiero, Marie Laforge and Lemon Bay Park volunteer Gaby Ferland.

Most of us would spend a lot more time kayaking if our boats were waiting for us at the boat launch.  Well, the Friends of Lemon Bay Park are working on it.  With the support of the Englewood Farmers Market and parent organization Friends of Sarasota County Parks, the volunteer group is $1,000 closer to building a public kayak storage system at Lemon Bay Park, providing a secure waterfront storage location for kayaks, canoes and stand-up paddle boards.  The goal is to make accessing and enjoying a day on the water as easy and efficient as possible.  The storage bays would be available to the public to rent for a small fee that would be reinvested into park programs and projects.  The Friends of Lemon Bay Park have been actively fundraising to provide this amenity at the park.  If you would like to make a donation or contribute to the project, please call Lemon Bay Park at (941) 474-3065.

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