Area Farmers’ Markets Back in Action
Much to the delight of area residents and visitors, year-round farmers’ markets—like Venice Farmers’ Market (VFM), Sarasota Farmers’ Market (SFM) and Siesta Key Farmers’ Market (SKFM)—have reopened after being closed for months due to COVID-19, and seasonal ones—such as Bradenton Farmers’ Market (BFM), Phillippi Farmhouse Market (PFM) and Englewood Farmers’ Market (EFM)—are set to open this month. New safety and social distancing rules are in place for both vendors and customers.
Shoppers have been flocking to area farmers’ markets to shop outdoors after months of navigating confined spaces in grocery stores during the coronavirus outbreak. In addition to the fresh produce and food and drink items, customers are once again enjoying the live entertainment and special activities for kids that are offered at many of the markets, along with the myriad handmade goods, plants and more.
VFM (TheVeniceFarmersMarket.org/site) was the first in the area to reopen since the onset of the pandemic—opening back up in July. Hours are 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. every Saturday. The long-standing, popular SFM (SarasotaFarmersMarket.org) reopened in August, and is open from 7 a.m. until 1 p.m. every Saturday. And SKFM (SiestaKeyFarmersMarket.org) reopened in September; it operates from 8 a.m. to noon every Sunday.
BFM (RealizeBradenton.com/farmers-market) kicks off its new season on October 3, and will be open from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. every Saturday through May. Starting October 7, PFM (FarmHouseMarket.org) will be open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Wednesday through April. And starting October 8, EFM (EnglewoodFarmersMarket.org/site) will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Thursday through May.
For more information, including safety measures, visit the markets’ websites. For a list of farmers’ markets, visit FarmersMarketOnline.com/fm/Florida.htm.