BRADENTON, 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.”
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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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.
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.