The Summer 50 #27: Farmers Market

/
  • IMG_2491

    Want more? Check out our complete Summer 50 list for a host of fun things to do during the sultry summer months. (Photo by Madison Chapman.)

    Summer 50 #27. Eat breakfast or lunch at downtown Sarasota’s farmers’ market

    Every Saturday 7 a.m.-1 p.m., the Sarasota Farmers Market lines the stretch of N. Lemon Ave and Main St., bustling with a variety of produce, plant and art vendors. But the offerings go well beyond fruit and veggies, with stands that sell fresh crepes, empanadas, breakfast burritos, sandwiches and burgers. Pick up some fresh groceries, but don't neglect the tasty and often economical meal options.

  • IMG_2487

    Want more? Check out our complete Summer 50 list for a host of fun things to do during the sultry summer months. (Photo by Madison Chapman.)

    Rainbow of fruits

    By far the most common type of vendor, produce sellers are spread out across the market, booths devoted to organic or local products.

  • IMG_2563

    Want more? Check out our complete Summer 50 list for a host of fun things to do during the sultry summer months. (Photo by Madison Chapman.)

    Make a meal of it

    Many pastry and sweets vendors offer free samples, allowing you to taste your way through the market before deciding on a meal. And for $3, you can choose from quite the selection of empanada flavors at Peperonata Pasta & Empanadas. The pictured spicy chicken option tasted fresh and was plenty spicy, though don't expect sinus-clearing heat.

  • IMG_2574

    Want more? Check out our complete Summer 50 list for a host of fun things to do during the sultry summer months. (Photo by Madison Chapman.)

    Not just for humans

    The weekly market is as much a dog-socializing event as it is a shopping opportunity for human owners.

  • IMG_2571

    Want more? Check out our complete Summer 50 list for a host of fun things to do during the sultry summer months. (Photo by Madison Chapman.)

    Don't forget dessert

    Fresh strawberries, apple strudel and chocolate-covered pretzels work great as post-lunch dessert.

  • IMG_2554

    Want more? Check out our complete Summer 50 list for a host of fun things to do during the sultry summer months. (Photo by Madison Chapman.)

    Jewelry with a Floridian twist

    At one of many jewelry vendors, these necklaces all included pendants made of shells, dried starfish and other seashore findings.

  • IMG_2552

    Want more? Check out our complete Summer 50 list for a host of fun things to do during the sultry summer months. (Photo by Madison Chapman.)

    An apron for every occasion

    One of only a few apparel vendors, this booth was packed with colorful aprons for cooks who want to make a fashion statement.

  • IMG_2548

    Want more? Check out our complete Summer 50 list for a host of fun things to do during the sultry summer months. (Photo by Madison Chapman.)

    Healing honey

    Winter Park Honey boasted a variety of honey flavors, which apparently have corresponding, condition-specific medicinal benefits.

  • IMG_2545

    Want more? Check out our complete Summer 50 list for a host of fun things to do during the sultry summer months. (Photo by Madison Chapman.)

    Bottoms up

    One of the longest lines for purchase was at this wheatgrass drink vendor.

  • IMG_2543

    Want more? Check out our complete Summer 50 list for a host of fun things to do during the sultry summer months. (Photo by Madison Chapman.)

    Soundtrack to shopping

    Members of the Cadillac Grainer String Band played at the market.

  • IMG_2540

    Want more? Check out our complete Summer 50 list for a host of fun things to do during the sultry summer months. (Photo by Madison Chapman.)

    Have a drink

    Don't feel like grabbing a juice or coffee? Try a fresh coconut from this fruit vendor.

  • IMG_2534

    Want more? Check out our complete Summer 50 list for a host of fun things to do during the sultry summer months. (Photo by Madison Chapman.)

    Select scents

    You can smell the multiple soap and candle vendors from several booths away.

  • IMG_2531

    Want more? Check out our complete Summer 50 list for a host of fun things to do during the sultry summer months. (Photo by Madison Chapman.)

    Colors of summer

    From simple bouquets to lavish arrangements, local plant vendors show off vibrant floral displays.

  • IMG_2528

    Want more? Check out our complete Summer 50 list for a host of fun things to do during the sultry summer months. (Photo by Madison Chapman.)

    Caffeine boost bus

    Every week, the Java Dawg bus pulls up downtown, serving fresh hot, iced and frozen coffee drinks, along with packaged coffee beans.

  • IMG_2527

    Want more? Check out our complete Summer 50 list for a host of fun things to do during the sultry summer months. (Photo by Madison Chapman.)

    Summer in bloom

    Some of the priciest items for purchase at the market, expensive orchids like these are available from multiple flower vendors.

  • IMG_2524

    Want more? Check out our complete Summer 50 list for a host of fun things to do during the sultry summer months. (Photo by Madison Chapman.)

    Knit-chic

    Although these handmade hats and scarves may not be appropriate for the current summer heat, it's worth checking out this unique knitwear vendor's bright display.

  • IMG_2523

    Want more? Check out our complete Summer 50 list for a host of fun things to do during the sultry summer months. (Photo by Madison Chapman.)

    Not your average check-out line

    Customers wait to pay for produce from a local seller.

  • IMG_2517

    Want more? Check out our complete Summer 50 list for a host of fun things to do during the sultry summer months. (Photo by Madison Chapman.)

    Take your pick

    Jewelry vendors range from the affordable to the ornate and expensive.

  • IMG_2507

    Want more? Check out our complete Summer 50 list for a host of fun things to do during the sultry summer months. (Photo by Madison Chapman.)

    Salsa heat

    Barbie-Lu's Sassy Salsa is one of the more unique vendors, along with the guacamole seller and knife company.

  • IMG_2504

    Want more? Check out our complete Summer 50 list for a host of fun things to do during the sultry summer months. (Photo by Madison Chapman.)

    Summer appropriate flowers

    An eye-catchings sunflower display sits among other flowers at a plant vendor's booth.

  • IMG_2501

    Want more? Check out our complete Summer 50 list for a host of fun things to do during the sultry summer months. (Photo by Madison Chapman.)

    Taste of gourmet

    Many specialty foods and cooking items are available, including these olive oils from Sapore Della Vita.

  • IMG_2500

    Want more? Check out our complete Summer 50 list for a host of fun things to do during the sultry summer months. (Photo by Madison Chapman.)

    Fresh and hot

    The kettle corn vendor fills bags with different flavor options.

  • IMG_2499

    Want more? Check out our complete Summer 50 list for a host of fun things to do during the sultry summer months. (Photo by Madison Chapman.)

    Sizzling options

    One of many vendors that will cook and prepare dishes right in front of you.

  • IMG_2498

    Want more? Check out our complete Summer 50 list for a host of fun things to do during the sultry summer months. (Photo by Madison Chapman.)

    Pastry, anyone?

    Don't forget to take advantage of the apple strudel samples at this booth.

  • IMG_2497

    Want more? Check out our complete Summer 50 list for a host of fun things to do during the sultry summer months. (Photo by Madison Chapman.)

    Hanging out

    Airplant arrangements are strung around the border of this booth.

  • IMG_2493

    Want more? Check out our complete Summer 50 list for a host of fun things to do during the sultry summer months. (Photo by Madison Chapman.)

    Urban backdrop

    Beautiful orchids displayed with a the backdrop of downtown Sarasota buildings.

  • IMG_2489

    Want more? Check out our complete Summer 50 list for a host of fun things to do during the sultry summer months. (Photo by Madison Chapman.)

    Red hot

    Peppers displayed at one of the biggest produce vendors at the market.