Anna Maria Island Florida

Top Four Local Farmers Markets to Visit in 2015.

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Anna Maria Island – As summer fades and mild fall weather comes to the island, so do the areas Farmers Markets. Find four different markets to choose from with two on island, one in downtown Bradenton, and a fourth in downtown Sarasota.

Anna Maria Island Markets

The Coquina Beach Market begins November 1st and runs through July. Open 10am-4pm this market happens every Sunday except Easter. Located on the southern most beach of Anna Maria Island this cute beach side market emphasizes arts, crafts, jewelry and gifts by local vendors. Enjoy strolling the market under shady Australian Pines on the sandy beaches of the Gulf of Mexico. Plenty of parking is available at the Coquina Beach access; however, the Anna Maria Island free trolley stops just out side of Coquina Cafe and the Market. For more information call Nancy Ambrose at 941-799-2181, email nancy.ambrose@aol.com or visit the Coquina Market on Facebook.

Beach Market at Coquina Beach
Coquina Beach Market on Anna Maria Island’s southern most beach.

A Bradenton Beach tradition, the Bridge Street Market begins November 15th and runs through April. Open from 10am-3pm this market goes on every Sunday. Typically smaller in size, the Bridge Street Market offers fresh local produce, live music, arts, crafts and tasty goodies. After the market explore all the fun shops, boutiques and restaurants on Bridge Street. Stroll down to the end of the street and enjoy a relaxing walk on the newly redone Bridge Street Pier taking in views of north Sarasota Bay. For information contact the Bridge Street Merchants Market Manager Cindy Thompson at 941-536-4257 or email her at events@visitbridgestreet.com. Stay up to date, and follow the Bridge Street Market Facebook page.

Bridge Street Market
Bridge Street Market located at 107 Historic Bridge Street.

Bradenton Market

The Bradenton Farmers Market located on Old Main Street in downtown Bradenton begins the first week in October and runs through May. Open from 9am-2pm this market happens every Saturday. Put on by non profit organization Realize Bradenton, over the years this medium sized market has turned into a quintessential weekend experience for Bradenton locals. The Bradenton Farmers Market offers tons of fresh local grown produce and plants emphasizing arts, crafts, live music, local chef demonstrations and cottage industry style tasty treats and specialty foods. A great location for this market, Old Main Street offers tons of restaurants and bars, and is with in walking distance of the Bradenton Riverwalk Park. Street Parking is available, or take advantage of free parking in the downtown parking garage located on 10th Street. For information contact Realize Bradenton at (941) 621-6471 or visit them online. Find the market on Facebook.

Bradenton Farmers Market
Bradenton Farmers Market located on Old Main Street in downtown.

Sarasota Market 

In it’s 37th year running, The Sarasota Farmers Market is open all year long every Saturday from 7am-1pm. A truly impressive weekly event, The Sarasota Farmers Market has over 70 vendors in 5000 square feet of space located on 1420 State Street. Everything you want from a market can be found on Saturday morning in Sarasota including tons of fresh produce, herbs, plants, fresh flowers, arts, crafts and yummy specialty foods and snacks. Enjoy the experience of a bustling sleepy Saturday morning in downtown Sarasota’s quaint market with additional shopping and restaurants lining the streets.  Contact the market at 941-225-9256 or email the market manager at manager@sarasotafarmersmarket.org. Find the Market on Facebook.

Sarasota Farmers Market
Sarasota Farmers Market located on State Street in Downtown.

Enjoy the Florida growing season like a local and visit one of four of the areas amazing markets!  For a little more information regarding Main Street Sarasota click here.

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