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Venice Farmers Market to Re-Open on July 11, 2020!

we are back!

Summer vendors will offer produce, fresh baked goods including breads, pies, bagels and pretzels, wild-caught seafood, Florida-grown mushrooms, boutique cheeses, locally roasted coffee, kettle corn, hand-crafted soap, essential oils, nursery plants and fresh-cut flowers. In addition, local artists will be attending the market offering award-winning photography, unique clay art and jewelry, hand-designed clothing for children and adults, and more.

Market staff and vendors have created a CDC-compliant and safe socially distanced outdoor shopping experience for the community, states Farmers Market Manager Lee Perron. All staff and vendors will wear masks and gloves and sanitizing stations will be available. The plan has been reviewed and approved by the City of Venice in order to comply with all federal, state and local guidelines for food and personal safety. Please visit the market website, www.thevenicefarmersmarket.org, and select the FAQ tab to read more about new operating guidelines.

During the construction of Fire Station 1 and expansion of City Hall, the market will relocate out of the parking lot but will still operate at City Hall. The Farmers Market will set up on W. Venice Avenue between Harbor Drive and Avenue des Parques, located between City Hall and the Hecksher Park tennis courts.

Summer market hours will be from 8 a.m. to noon. Only service animals will be allowed during current COVID-19 rules.

For more information, go to www.thevenicefarmersmarket.org. Contact Lee Perron via email at info@thevenicefarmersmarket.org or call 941-445-9209.

Local farmers markets suspended, vendors available

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Farmers markets are closed in the area until further notice. You can still get items like fresh strawberries from vendors, by going to the farmers markets’ Facebook pages. SUN PHOTO BY OLIVIA CAMERON

ENGLEWOOD — As might be expected in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, farmers markets are suspended.
Englewood and Venice markets aren’t happening, organizers announced Tuesday.
The Punta Gorda Farmers Market has also been suspended, but organizers anticipate reopening the market next month.
“Our markets will remain closed until further notice in compliance with federal, state and local guidelines,” manager Lee Perron announced in an email Tuesday.
Perron manages the markets in Englewood, Venice and the new market that started this year at CoolToday Park in North Port, spring training home of the Atlanta Braves. That market was canceled earlier this month after Major League Baseball shut down spring training.
“The phone volume and e-mails regarding our markets have been massive,” Perron said.
But that doesn’t mean people have to deprive themselves of fresh vegetables. Patrons may still contact their favorite vendors individually and make their own arrangements.
“We are also directing customers in a responsible way to use our vendor directory on our websites to contact vendors directly,” Perron said. People need to arrange their own delivery and/or pick up options that comply with current social contact guidance.”
Perron encouraged vendors to use the markets’ Facebook pages as a platform to sell their products.
The vendor directories can be found on www.englewoodfarmersmarket.org or www.thevenicefarmersmarket.org.
“Flexibility, patience and kindness will allow us all to work through our current global crisis,” Perron said. ‘Be well and be safe.”

The Englewood Farmers Market is closed for Thanksgiving

Englewood Farmers Market Closed for Thanksgiving

The Englewood Farmers Market will be closed Nov. 28 for Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

 

 

Englewood Farmers Market ready to sprout new season

By STEVE REILLY, Staff Writer, The Englewood Sun

ENGLEWOOD — Even Lee Perron never imagined the Englewood Farmers Market would be as successful as it is.

“I’ve been really busy,” Perron said Friday. Not surprising.

The Englewood market will be back 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. beginning Oct. 3 and every Thursday after that until May on the 300 block of West Dearborn Street at the Pioneer Plaza.

In 2011, Perron imagined it to become a small community market on West Dearborn Street with local growers and vendors selling fresh produce and other commodities. According to Sun reports, in November 2011, the opening day of the Englewood Farmer’s Market saw 17vendors, 21 booths and attracted 1,500 people.

Now, Perron, the manager of the nonprofit market, said more than 80 vendors are on a waiting list and the market attracted 8,000 or more people regularly last year. The Englewood Farmers Market now is also attracting the interest of growers from Florida’s East Coast and elsewhere in the state, something Perron never expected.

This year, the market will see 56 vendors with four new “rock stars” — a French baker, cut flower and professional floral arranger, fresh pasta maker and an “old country” Greek yogurt maker, Perron said.

The success of the Englewood Farmers Market even impressed Atlanta Braves representatives who asked Perron to start up and manage a similar nonprofit market. The seasonal West Villages Market will operate Wednesdays from October through March, at the Atlanta Braves Spring Training Facility, 18800 S. West Villages Parkway.

Many of the same vendors intend to sell their wares at both the West Villages and Englewood markets. Perron does not see the two markets competing with each other, but rather, they will complement each other. He also manages the nonprofit farmers market Saturday mornings at the Venice City Hall.

Citing the growth in West Villages and North Port that the Villages Farmers Market could serve, Perron suggested the Englewood market shouldn’tlose customers nor vendors, but will level out to what can be handled and provide positive experiences for both customers and vendors.

Jessica McDowell, of Rhoads Produce in Englewood

Jessica McDowell, of Rhoads Produce in Englewood, stands by near the many produce on sale at last year’s Englewood Farmers Market. Organizers are getting ready to reopen Oct. 3 at 300 W. Dearborn St.

The success of the Englewood Farmers Market can be measured by how it helps others.

As a nonprofit under the tax-exempt status of the Friends of Sarasota County Parks, the Englewood Farmers Market contributed more than $84,000 to local charities and other nonprofits from 2011 to 2018. Beneficiaries include the food banks at St. David’s Jubilee Center and Englewood Helping Hand, The Englewood Community Care Clinic, New Paradigm, Friends of Sarasota County Parks and Englewood Elementary School. Email: Steve.Reilly@yoursun.com

Lee Peron, Market Manager

Lee Perron is manager of the Englewood Farmer’s Market on Englewood’s West Dearborn Street. He’s ready to reopen the weekly market on Oct. 3.

Joy and Peace on Earth from the EFM

I would like to take a moment and thank each and every one of you for all your support and assistance in making the Englewood Farmers Market the best market in the tri-county area! We are truly unique in both our qualitative focus on food and agriculture and giving back to the community we serve. Your level of professionalism and talent has set the benchmark for a very successful future.

This is also the time of year that we should pause to reflect on the goodness that life has brought us this past year, even in the face of adversity on occasion.

It is our sincere hope that this holiday season and the year to come bring joy, laughter, and much success to you and your families!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

From the EFM team with much love,

Amy, Bob, Lee, Marie, Mike, Ricardo, Rose & Tom

@ THE Englewood Farmers Market

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Gratitude and Thanks from Executive Director Marty Mesh

Gratitude and Thanks from Executive Director Marty Mesh

Dear Lee Perron,

As I think back on this year and look toward 2017, I am filled with gratitude for the past and optimism for the future as, together, we have accomplished so much in growing the organic food and farming movement in Florida and beyond. There are so many challenges and so much work to be done going forward that it will clearly be a busy year!

This past year, we worked hard every day to increase access to organic, local food; support organic farmers; and provide information and resources to growers and consumers across the state.

From expanding Fresh Access Bucks to more than 30 markets around the state to analyzing public policy and advocating for improvements in food safety, the Farm Bill and local food systems to hosting farmer workshops, we have worked towards making Florida’s organic food and farming movement a real political and economic force.

With your year-end, tax-deductible donation, we can maintain our momentum in 2017.

Next year marks our 30th year of fighting for organic farmers and strengthening local food systems. We have exciting plans for 2017 and want YOU to join us!

Connecting farmers with those who need us most

In 2017, Fresh Access Bucks will work with more than 45 direct-to-consumer outlets to benefit more than 18,000 SNAP recipients throughout Florida, massively increasing farmer revenue! The program will do this by training more than 350 farmer producers to accept SNAP/EBT at farmers markets and direct-to-consumer outlets around the state.

Growing the next generation of organic farmers

We are excited to continue our mission of educating organic farmers and equipping them with the tools needed for both short-term and long-term success. In addition to hosting multiple on-farm workshops in 2017, we are excited to again plan a statewide Organic Farmer Training workshop. Stay tuned for more details!
Further, we are looking forward to continuing innovative ways to educate and train farmers about organic farming and local food systems.

Seeking change through collaboration

FOG will continue to drive public policy and advocacy on behalf of organic farmers and consumers who want to support such common sense priorities as better access to healthier food for all and for protecting our fragile natural resources.

Our presence in Washington, D.C. for Hill days as well as active involvement with leading advocacy organizations has propelled organic and sustainable agriculture forward and helped broaden and deepen the understanding of its importance.

Your generosity is an act of hope 

We are so thankful to those who support FOG – your contributions allow us to continue to invest in organic farmers, farm workers and the education and research needed to help organic farmers be successful.

We need your support now more than ever – join us and let’s make a difference in our state and beyond.

Thank you in advance for your vital contribution.

Marty Mesh

Executive Director

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

2014 Market Season… now thru end of May!!

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Great news!! The Englewood Farmers Market will remain OPEN through the MONTH of MAY!! The last day will be May 29th… Until we return in October!! more details to come…

“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” !!!

Englewood Farmers Market Time Lapse

Watch a day (or two) in the life of the Englewood Farmers Market… who knows you may see yourself shopping!!

New Vendors at the Market.

Come and check out our new vendors this Thursday!!!

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Oltimes German Bakery of Fort Meyers, will start with their German breads, pretzels and pastries this Thursday at D7!

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Beef Country butcher will also start with their meats and sausages! They’ll be at B9.

 

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Stamper Cheese Company, our new Artisan cheese vendor from Chicago, is now in Florida and will begin this Thursday at C3.
Check them out: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Stamper-Cheese-Company/212254005468303

The 3rd Season of the Market Has Started!

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The Englewood Farmers Market has re-opened for its 3rd season. This year the Market will run until May 29th. So, mark your calendars, every Thursday from 9am to 2pm on Dearborn St. in the Old Englewood Village.

Our vendors are excited to be back and we are excited to have them back, so that we can buy their wonderful and tasty fresh products!

We are looking forward to a great season! See you Thursday.

NEW – Postcards at the Market!!!

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Beautiful postcards like this will be available at the Market booth starting October 3rd!!

All the photos were taken in our Market.

 

 

Artwork by Marie Laforge

Market BACK to its normal location…

This Thursday Dec. 6, the Englewood Farmers Market returns to its normal location at “Pioneer Park” on the 300 block of West Dearborn St. See you all there!

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