The Downtown Bradenton’s Farmers’ Market Returns to Old Main Street Oct. 7, 2017

New Additions to the Market include Kids in the Kitchen, Crafty Kids, and other special events

bradenton-farmers-market.jpgBRADENTON, Fla. — Realize Bradenton is pleased to announce the 2017–2018 season of the downtown Bradenton Farmers’ Market, opening Saturday, October 7, 2017, 9 a.m.–2 p.m., and continuing every Saturday through May 26, 2018. The Market takes place on Old Main Street (12th St. W.), between Manatee Ave. W. and Third Ave. W. in downtown Bradenton. Parking is free and dogs on leashes are always welcome. For more information about the Bradenton Farmers’ Market, visit BradentonFarmersMarket.com.

“We are thrilled about the continued community engagement at the Bradenton Farmers’ Market this season with the addition of Sarabay Kids Zone by Sarabay Real Estate and Kids in the Kitchen by Junior League of Manatee County,” said Peg Haynes, Farmers’ Market Manager for Realize Bradenton. “We have also extended our partnership with Florida Organic Growers to continue offering Fresh Access Bucks, which allows Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program shoppers to use their EBT card and double their spending power,” Haynes continued. The Fresh Access Bucks program is available for the purchase of fresh Florida grown produce, up to $20.

Over 30 vendors will line Old Main Street every Saturday at the Bradenton Farmers’ Market, selling locally grown produce, artisan food products, and handmade crafts. Mainly Art, which joins the market every third Saturday of each month, features local artists displaying and selling their creations. Marketgoers will also experience Chef at the Market, a weekly cooking demonstration by local chefs using market produce, and other activities for children and families.

“The Sarabay Kids Zone is a free-to-the-community activity area with crafts from a simpler time. It will be lots of fun, with contests and crafts for children of all ages. Sarabay Real Estate is a stakeholder in our community and has a belief that giving back is paramount,” said Barry Grooms, Realtor at Sarabay Real Estate.

Opening day festivities will also feature Bradenton Herald’s Business Expo, where dozens of local businesses will have booths to share their products and services to the community. The Business Expo is from 9 a.m.–2 p.m., along Fourth Ave. W. and in the Bradenton Herald parking lot.

“The Bradenton Herald is proud to partner with Realize Bradenton to kick off the expanded opening day of the Farmers’ Market,” said Darren Haimer, General Manager of the Bradenton Herald. “We are located in the heart of downtown Bradenton and will be opening up our parking lot for vendors at this exciting event. There will be more booths with more vendors than ever before for opening day.”

Opening Day Activities

    • Chef at the Market: Chef Paul Mattison of Mattison’s City Grille Bradenton Riverwalk will create a delicious dish to sample. He will shop the market around 9:30 a.m. and conduct a cooking demonstration at 10 a.m. on the corner of Old Main Street and Fourth Ave. W. Demonstrations by local chefs will be every Saturday.
    • Sarabay Kids Zone (new): Throughout the month of October, children can paint a pumpkin and enter it in Sarabay Real Estate’s contest. Sarabay Kids Zone continues every Saturday.
    • Live Music: Trevor Bystrom Duo will perform a variety of music on the south block (near Cork’s Cigar Bar) and Syl VEE R will be playing on the north block (across from the farmers’ market information booth). There will be live music every Saturday.
    • Rainbow Kitchen: Food demonstrations, tastings and more, using a rainbow of fresh foods found at the market, from 9 a.m.–2 p.m. Presented by Manatee County Family Nutrition Program’s SNAP-Ed (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education in Florida). Rainbow Kitchen activities will be the first Saturday of each month.

Ongoing Activities 

    • Mainly Art: Dozens of local artists and craftspeople displaying and selling their creations. Art, crafts, and live music, are available from 9 a.m.–2 p.m., on Fourth Ave. W. where it connects with the weekly Bradenton Farmers’ Market on Old Main Street, every third Saturday of the month.
    • Kids in the Kitchen (new): Children will have the opportunity to gather a "grocery list" of fruits and veggies from the market and then prepare a healthy lunch with the help of Junior League members. The free event will take place at noon, with registration required at least 15 minutes prior at the chef's booth at the corner of Old Main Street and Fourth Ave. W. Junior League of Manatee County will host Kid's in the Kitchen every fourth Saturday of each month beginning in November.
    • Master Gardeners on the first Saturday of the month beginning in November; Florida Department of Health Activities on the second Saturday of the month; Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) health screenings for blood pressure and diabetes on the third Saturday of the month; and Creative Learning Stations, presented by the Central Manatee Library, on the fourth Saturday of the month.

Upcoming Special Events

    • October 14, 2017: Fiesta on Fourth. A Hispanic Heritage Month celebration featuring Live Music, Latin Dance, chef demonstrations, and more. 9 a.m.–Noon.
    • October 28, 2017: Howl’ween Pet Parade. Watch as lines of pooches strut down Old Main Street in Halloween costumes with their owners. Signup is at 10 a.m.; the pet parade is at 10:30 a.m. on Old Main Street; judging is at 11 a.m. 
    • November 4, 2017: Farm City Week. Local Future Farmers of America students and 4-H Club Members will be demonstrating and displaying various projects focused on agriculture and leadership.

The 2017–2018 Bradenton Farmers’ Market sponsors are the Bradenton Herald, Downtown Development Authority, Florida Blue, Manatee Community Federal Credit Union, and Mosaic. Sarabay Realty is a Realize Bradenton community partner.

For more information, vendor listings, and schedule of ongoing activities at the Bradenton Farmers’ Market, visit BradentonFarmersMarket.com. Prospective vendors may apply by completing an online application form.

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About the Bradenton Farmers’ Market

The Bradenton Farmers’ Market, a production of Realize Bradenton, features more than 30 vendors who offer locally grown fruits, vegetables, plants, organic products, prepared foods, and the work of local artists and craftspeople. Live music, demonstrations by local chefs, and free family activities are also part of the fun. The market, located on Old Main Street, between Manatee Ave. W. and Third Ave. W. in downtown Bradenton, is open every Saturday through the end of May, 9 a.m.–2 p.m. Parking is free and dogs on leashes are welcome. For more information, visit: BradentonFarmersMarket.com.

About Realize Bradenton

Realize Bradenton is a nonprofit organization that promotes redevelopment and economic growth in downtown Bradenton by transforming places, engaging people, and realizing possibilities. For more information, visit: RealizeBradenton.com.