The Sarasota Farmers Market is a perfect place to spend your Saturday morning. With a variety of local vendors selling fresh blooms and produce, as well as handmade art and jewelry, there is truly something for everyone.
The Farmers Market was founded in 1979 and is a year-round event that takes place in downtown Sarasota, on Main Street and Lemon Avenue, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. It is considered a not-for-profit organization that aims to support local vendors in the community. There are more than 70 registered vendors and each brings something unique to local consumers.
As you walk down the streets and visit each vendor, you'll see families shopping for their weekly produce with their children and dogs in tow. Dogs make a regular appearance at the farmers market, and you're sure to see all kinds of breeds as you mosey up and down the streets. You'll also hear live music.
A favorite vendor: Dynasty Guacamole, which sells homemade guacamole. You can purchase a small portion for $6 or a large portion for $10. Dynasty is always offering up samples, too, so you can make sure that the taste is to your liking before purchasing.
If guacamole isn't your thing, try cooling down in the Florida heat with a handcrafted popsicle from Pop Craft. Pop Craft is a local business that specializes in tasty frozen treats made from the freshest ingredients. All of their popsicles are made from fresh ingredients, fruits, herbs and vegetables. Flavors range from sweet and scrumptious caramel sea salt to light and tangy peach mojito. Whichever you choose, your taste buds will thank you.
The farmers market is a wonderful way to educate local Sarasota residents about products and services that are offered by small businesses, as well as bringing the community together and increasing downtown traffic. Pro tip: At least through September, be sure to get there early to beat the heat and the crowd.