- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Not just for humans
The weekly market is as much a dog-socializing event as it is a shopping opportunity for human owners.
- Don't forget dessert
Fresh strawberries, apple strudel and chocolate-covered pretzels work great as post-lunch dessert.
- 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.
- 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.
- Healing honey
Winter Park Honey boasted a variety of honey flavors, which apparently have corresponding, condition-specific medicinal benefits.
- Bottoms up
One of the longest lines for purchase was at this wheatgrass drink vendor.
- Soundtrack to shopping
Members of the Cadillac Grainer String Band played at the market.
- Have a drink
Don't feel like grabbing a juice or coffee? Try a fresh coconut from this fruit vendor.
- Select scents
You can smell the multiple soap and candle vendors from several booths away.
- Colors of summer
From simple bouquets to lavish arrangements, local plant vendors show off vibrant floral displays.
- 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.
- Summer in bloom
Some of the priciest items for purchase at the market, expensive orchids like these are available from multiple flower vendors.
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.
- Not your average check-out line
Customers wait to pay for produce from a local seller.
- Take your pick
Jewelry vendors range from the affordable to the ornate and expensive.
- Salsa heat
Barbie-Lu's Sassy Salsa is one of the more unique vendors, along with the guacamole seller and knife company.
- Summer appropriate flowers
An eye-catchings sunflower display sits among other flowers at a plant vendor's booth.
- Taste of gourmet
Many specialty foods and cooking items are available, including these olive oils from Sapore Della Vita.
- Fresh and hot
The kettle corn vendor fills bags with different flavor options.
- Sizzling options
One of many vendors that will cook and prepare dishes right in front of you.
- Pastry, anyone?
Don't forget to take advantage of the apple strudel samples at this booth.
- Hanging out
Airplant arrangements are strung around the border of this booth.
- Urban backdrop
Beautiful orchids displayed with a the backdrop of downtown Sarasota buildings.
- Red hot
Peppers displayed at one of the biggest produce vendors at the market.
The Summer 50 #27: Farmers Market
/ Tuesday, June 11, 2013