New Additions to the Market include SNAP Bonus Bucks, Kids’ Corner, and Rainbow Kitchen.
BRADENTON, Fla. — Realize Bradenton is pleased to announce the 2016–2017 season of the downtown Bradenton Farmers’ Market, which opens Saturday, October 1, 2016, 9 a.m.–2 p.m., and continues every Saturday through May 27, 2017. The Market takes place on Old Main Street (12th St. W.), between Manatee Avenue West and 3rd 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.
Johnette Isham, executive director of Realize Bradenton, the nonprofit organization that produces and promotes the market, points out that several new initiatives will launch this season. “We are thrilled at the continued community engagement at the Bradenton Farmers’ Market this season with the addition of Kids’ Corner, Rainbow Kitchen, and a recent grant that allows market shoppers utilizing the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) EBT to double their spending power.” The SNAP Bonus Bucks program is available for the purchase of fresh produce, seafood, poultry, beef and other foods such as bread, honey, cheese, olive oil, and herbs, up to $20.
Opening Day Activities Include
- 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 4th Ave. W. where it connects with the weekly Bradenton Farmers’ Market on Old Main Street. Following opening day, Mainly Art will continue every third Saturday of each month until the end of May, 2017.
- Chef at the Market: Chef Dave Shiplett of Birdrock Taco Shack and Dana Johnson of Sugar Cubed Bakery will cook together and create a delicious meal to sample. Chefs 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 4th Ave. W.
- Kids’ Corner (New): Fun 4 SRQ Kids will have a booth where children can decorate a reusable shopping bag to bring with them each time they visit the market, from 9 a.m.–2 p.m. Children can enjoy new activities at Kids’ Corner every first Saturday of each month.
- Rainbow Kitchen (New): Food demonstrations and tastings using a rainbow of fresh foods, from 9 a.m.–2 p.m. Presented by Manatee County Family Nutrition Program’s SNAP-Ed (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education in Florida).
- Live Music: Trevor Bystrom Duo will perform a variety of music on the south block and Paige Merriman, an emerging artist, will perform at Mainly Art. Live music is scheduled for each Saturday until the end of May.
Other ongoing activities include: Master Gardeners on the first Saturday of the month, 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 22: The “Friendly Food Fight” kicks off Eat Local Week, from October 22–30, 2016. In the spirit of the eat local theme “Food Changes Everything,” chefs from local restaurants Birdrock Taco Shack, Chiles’ Group, Ortygia, Sugar Cubed Bakery, and La Mesa Mexican (opening soon on Old Main Street), will demonstrate the creation of delicious dishes, featuring fresh produce and other ingredients from the market. The cook-off will be judged by a team of food-loving Millennials. Patrons can vote for the People’s Choice Award. For more information, visit: LocalWeekSRQ.org
- October 29: Howl’ween Pet Parade. Watch as lines of pooches strut down Old Main Street in Halloween costumes with their owners. Signup is 10 a.m.; the pet parade is at 10:30 a.m. on Old Main Street; judging is 11 a.m.
The 2016-2017 sponsors of the Bradenton Farmers’ Market are the Bradenton Herald, Downtown Development Authority, Florida Blue, Manatee Community Federal Credit Union, and Mosaic. Fun4SRQkids.com is a community partner.
For more information or a complete list of ongoing activities at the Bradenton Farmers’ Market, visit BradentonFarmersMarket.com. Prospective vendors can 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 Avenue West and 3rd 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 non-profit organization that brings people together to create a vibrant and prosperous Bradenton area. For more information, visit: RealizeBradenton.com.