It's one of the best days of the year in Sarasota: the fall Saturday when Worden Farm returns to the downtown Sarasota Farmers Market after its summer hiatus. While the market is, of course, a year-round affair, Worden's exceptional fresh vegetables and fruits are a major draw—and the Punta Gorda farm is finally back this Saturday, Oct. 2. Get ready.
In addition to Worden's return, this is also the time of year when seasonal farmers' markets get going again.
The downtown Bradenton's farmers' market is back this Saturday, too, with a new name: the Downtown Bradenton Public Market. You'll still find plenty of food, of course, but the list of vendors is bigger than before—think jewelry, candles and art, in addition to produce, breads, honey, sushi and tons of other food items. The Bradenton market will set up 9 a.m.-2 p.m. every Saturday on Old Main Street in downtown Bradenton through the end of next May.
The Phillippi Farmhouse Market opens up again 9 a.m.-2 p.m. next Wednesday, Oct. 6, at Phillippi Estate Park, 5500 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. There, you'll find fresh produce and seafood, as well as a big range of artisanal products, like breads and sauerkraut, plus pizza from Polpo Pizza Co., doughnuts from Peachey's Baking Company and coffee from O & A Coffee and Supply. After getting going this weekend, the Phillippi market will return each week through the end of next April.
Down south, the Atlanta Braves Farmers Market starts up again from 8 a.m.-noon next Wednesday, Oct. 6, and will continue each week through next March at CoolToday Park, 18800 S. West Villages Parkway, Venice. The Englewood Farmer's Market, meanwhile, is under new management and has a new location, 250 W. Dearborn St., Englewood, where you can find it from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Thursday from October through May.
Year-round markets include Sunday's Farmers' Market at Lakewood Ranch, Saturday's Venice Farmers Market, the Friday and Saturday Newtown Farmer's Market and Jessica's Organic Farm, which is open from Friday to Sunday each week.