By Keren Swedberg
As weather heats up and snowbirds head home, the Downtown Bradenton Farmers’ Market remains the community gathering place on Saturday mornings with fun family activities, featured chef demonstrations, and an array of vendors with local produce, art, food, and unique services. Want to see what’s up in May? Take a photo tour to see what you’ll discover!
Kevin Webb, the Market Manager, and Downtown Ambassador, Arleen Cagle, at the Farmers’ Market information booth where you can find the most up-to-date information on fun things going on Downtown and in surrounding areas.
In the picture above, curious attendees surround Chef Jim Copening from Arts & Eats Restaurant during a chef demonstration. Chef demonstrations always start at 10 am and are FREE! Below is the schedule through the month of May:
May 4: 9th Street Bistro
Chef Meador will teach participants how to make delicious Mexican dips.
May 11: Ortygia Restaurant
Chef Gaetano CAnnata will do a tour and demo based on market produce.
May 18: Arts & Eats
Chef Jim Copening will demonstrate how to prepare sauteed vegetables with miso sauce.
Photographed here are kids decorating their Farmers’ Market bags. Every week kids can come and participate in a free activity that runs from 10 am to 1 pm. See below for a May schedule of kids’ events:
May 4: Hispanic Heritage
Create papel banners and colorful Mexican blankets to celebrate Cinco de Mayo.
May 11: Paper Airplanes
Join Realize Bradenton to learn how to make the best paper airplanes EVER.
May 16: Face Painting
Get your face painted by the DeSoto Sisterhood of the Crown.
May 25: Scavenger Hunt
Come join in a fun scavenger hunt around the market!
Market goers Floyd & Elizabeth Ellis say, “We live nearby. It’s fun! There are things for the kids to do and we can get our shopping done.”
Local clown “Spaghetti” also comes to the market most Saturdays and is a big draw for the kids! He is always playing a fun tune and making people laugh.
Local musicians enjoy setting up around the streets at the market. Featured here is musician “Syl Vee Reichman” playing acoustic blues.
The key component of the market is, of course, the produce! Pictured here is Kathy Whitlow from Greens on the Gro Farm selling hydroponic vegetables. Greens on the Gro is one of the many regular vendors at the market who sell healthy, local and chemical free produce. To see a full list of vendors, click here.
Professional knife sharpener Gene Tenery hard at work on a Saturday morning. Gene is here most Saturdays — be sure to bring your knives when you come!
Enjoy art? Featured here are wonderful creative pieces sold by vendor “Nautical Odyssey.” Every third Saturday of the month, MainlyArt connects with the Downtown Bradenton Farmers’ Market and hosts dozens of local artists and craftspeople displaying and selling their creations. To learn more, go to this website.
Kettle Cornball and many other vendors sell fresh, delicious food. Other vendors include K.C.B. Barbeque, Split-Fire Grill, Marylyn’s Toffee, Leah’s Lemonade and more! Click this link to see more.
One market attendee says, “We often come to get lemonade. It’s always nice to see people we know, but lemonade is the big draw!”
The market also is the community gathering place for friendly dogs on Saturday mornings. If you are looking for a place to have your dog socialize, look no further than downtown Bradenton! Leashes are required.
So what are you waiting for? This is a great way to connect with your neighbors, get great fresh produce, and spend a relaxing day in downtown Bradenton. The Farmers’ Market will continue until May 25, take the summer off, and then resume Oct. 5, 2013. Parking is free downtown on weekends!
What else would you like to see at the Downtown Bradenton Farmers’ Market?
Keren Swedberg is the Volunteer Program Coordinator, Assistant Market Manager and Creative Fellow at Realize Bradenton.