Downtown Sarasota Farmer’s Market
The first time I visited Sarasota on a vacation to escape a snowy Chicago winter, everyone told me I have to go to the Farmer’s Market on Saturday. I heard over and over it is a “must see” attraction. It was a cool, but sunny Saturday in February and what a scene! It was packed with people, vendors, music and a parade of the most well groomed and well behaved dogs. There was so much energy on a Saturday morning!
The market began in 1979 as a way to bring foot traffic downtown and has grown into a huge weekly event attracting thousands of people. For example, volunteers organized a count on 02/23/2019 and tabulated 16,340 people on just that single Saturday.
The market offers a wide variety of vendors from local farms, restaurants and artists. There is always a full slate of entertainment ranging from buskers on the streets to full bands on a stage with dancing. There are cooking classes and rock climbing walls. Television shows have filmed on the street and the Sarasota Opera has staged live performances. You never know what you might see on any given Saturday.
In 2009, the Sarasota Farmers Market Vendors became a not for profit and as a result the community outreach is visible at every turn. As you peruse fresh vegetables, prepared foods and bespoke jewelry, you can also learn about library services, local theater and referendums on the ballot in upcoming elections.
Since moving to Sarasota over 8 years ago, I don’t think I have missed a single Saturday except of course when traveling! I love the ritual of walking over, grabbing a coffee and gathering all my fresh vegetables for the week. I can’t live with the organic portobello mushrooms! Being able spend every Saturday morning year round in the gorgeous weather at the farmer’s market downtown is exactly why I am very happy to have moved here!
The Downtown Sarasota Farmers Market is every Saturday from 7am-1pm at 1 N. Lemon Ave. Visit their website for more info.
Have you checked out the Downtown Sarasota Farmers Market yet?