Planning a vacation to Longboat Key in the near future? If you love organic and natural foods, you’ll definitely want to stop by the Sarasota Farmer’s Market, one of the most popular family-friendly Longboat Key activities to check out with your group or family.
This long running market is located around the Main Street and Lemon Avenue cross street in downtown Sarasota, just a scenic 20-minute drive from Longboat Key/Casa Del Mar Resort, taking you through St. Armand’s Circle and Bird Key.
It is held every Saturday morning between the hours of 7:00 a.m. or 1:00 p.m., rain or shine throughout the year. So, no matter when you visit Longboat Key, you’ll always be able to visit this exciting farmers market as one of the top things to do during your trip where you can enjoy some of the unique regional produce, food, arts and great live music that Sarasota has to offer.
First established in 1979
This market has been running for over 30 years, first being established in 1979, and it currently is operated as a non-profit organization. It offers both travelers and Sarasota residents the opportunity to meet and mingle, purchase local produce, arts, gourmet foods, coffee, spices, flowers, seafood, baked goods, and handmade crafts, and support local businesses and farmers.
You’ll often find live music and discounted food featured at the market, so it’s an ideal family-friendly vacation activity to experience. It’s a perfect spot to pick up fresh, local organic produce for cooking in your vacation rental as well as incredible artworks produced by local artisans.
Stock up your vacation rental’s fridge and pantry with some of the best seafood, fruits, vegetables, spices and other organic, natural cooking ingredients while visiting this market and also enjoy conversing with local businesses, farmers and Sarasota residents.
Vendors at the Sarasota Farmers Market
There are currently over 70 vendors that attend this regular farmers market, each one offering their own specialties that you won’t find elsewhere.
Some of the produce vendors include unique companies like Grove Ladder Farm, a pasture based soy and GMO free livestock farm, local citrus groves like Brown’s Grove, Gulf Coast Mushrooms, organic family farms, and so many others.
Just a brief list of the many unique food and beverage vendors that you’ll find at the Sarasota Farmers Market include Big D’s Hot Jerky, Cypress Creek Salmon, Amanda’s Gourmet Foods, Alpine Steakhouse, Kurto’s Cake Sarasota, JavaDawg Coffee, Maggie’s Seafood and so many others.
In addition, there are dozens of artisans and merchants and plant vendors, with many different vendors stopping by throughout the year. You’ll find discounts and specials on many of their regular prices, allowing you to get a lot of food or gifts for the money.
Several of these vendors also offer exclusive handmade crafts that you simply won’t find elsewhere, including jewelry made with local sustainable materials, gems, natural soaps and cosmetics, baskets, recycled crafts, and other incredible gifts.
Check out the Sarasota Farmers Market while staying at Casa Del Mar
There’s no better place to find some of the best and most delicious local foods, souvenirs produce at great prices than the Sarasota Farmers Market.
It’s easy to make it a fun day out for your entire family, as there is much to do nearby including the Ringling Museum, Ca’ d’Zan Mansion, Marie Selby Botanical Gardens and many restaurants and shopping areas.
Put it on your to-do list for Longboat Key activities while staying at Casa Del Mar and see why this locally famous farmers market has been running for so long with such great success!