Tuesday October 11, 2016
Neal residents in Sarasota can enjoy endless options for dining, shopping and entertainment, so there’s never a shortage of things to do. One of the best ways to spend a quiet morning or afternoon, particularly in the fall when the temperatures begin to dip slightly, is to stroll through a local farmers market with your family.
These open-air markets are the perfect place to snag some seasonal produce, fresh flowers and prepared foods, as well as handmade goods, while getting to know the vendors and spending some time with your neighbors. Bring your children — and even the your dog! — to make it a nice outing for the whole family.
The farmers markets you’ll find in Sarasota and the surrounding areas are great weekend stops, whether you’re just looking for a quick snack or doing your grocery shopping for the entire week. Try these five locations with your family this fall, and don’t forget to bring along a few reusable bags to tote your produce home in!
Sarasota Farmers Market
Saturdays, 7 a.m.–1 p.m.
Located at Lemon Avenue and State Street in downtown Sarasota, the Sarasota Farmers Market has provided fresh produce and artisan goods to residents since 1979. You’ll find more than 70 vendors lining the streets on Saturday mornings year-round, so there’s no fear of leaving hungry or empty-handed.
Siesta Key Farmers Market
Sundays, 8 a.m.–1 p.m.
Head over to Siesta Key Village, and you’ll find everything from fresh fruits and vegetables to Italian olive oils, organic skin care products, beautiful pottery pieces and more. Much like the beach it’s close to, the Siesta Key Farmers Market is the perfect way to spend a laid back Sunday.
Old Miakka Farmers Market
Saturdays, 9 a.m.–2 p.m.
Now hosted at the Old Miakka United Methodist Church, the Old Miakka Farmers Market is a perfect taste of down-home Florida life. In addition to the usual market finds, bring your children for games and crafts, goats and mini-horses, and some fresh ice cream they can make themselves.
Venice Farmers Market
Saturdays, 8 a.m.–noon
If you live on the south side of town, head to historic downtown Venice for the Venice Farmers Market. This outdoor market oasis has everything you could possibly want, from essential oils and art to good from local farmers and fishermen. Plus, they host a Kid’s Korner on the fourth Saturday of every month, with plenty of fun and educational (and free!) activities to keep your children busy while you shop.
Phillippi Farmhouse Market
Wednesdays, 9 a.m.–2 p.m. (October–May)
If a quiet mid-week morning at the market is more your style, check out the Phillippi Farmhouse Market at the Phillippi Estate Park. You’ll find more than 40 vendors selling fresh produce and prepared foods, and proceeds go toward the restoration of the 100-year-old farmhouse that gives the market its name.