A year-round Saturday morning downtown tradition since 1980, the Sarasota Farmers Market is a gathering of friendly faces and a place to stop and smell the roses, or whatever other flowers are on display.
This is an event and an experience to behold, where kindred spirits may come and stroll the blocked off area of downtown and simply peruse the open air wares and fresh produce, or maybe seafood, of the downtown vendors.
It's really about "atmosphere," relaxation and the creative, plus fresh food and wares on display.
Even though there can be crowds and chatter it's actually a quite "peaceful" experience, if that makes sense to you. I don't know how else to put it.
There's also usually live music and you can usually find some unique breakfast and lunch items as well.
The largest gathering of local farmers in the area, this open air market features not only the freshest produce and sometimes sea food, right out of the waters of the Gulf of Mexico, but also other foods, flowers, plants and there are artisans displaying and selling their hand made arts and crafts.
It’s a beautiful outdoor setting in which to spend some time and pick up some fresh foods.
AND If you’re staying in accommodations with a kitchen, this is definitely the place from which to stock up.
Plus, you can enjoy the aromas of fresh brewed coffee and baked goods permeating the open air market, so you can even have breakfast here.
Food, fresh produce, music, new friends and the aromas from open air grills and vendors of all sorts all work together to make this a fun, low-key attraction to put on your Saturday morning itinerary.
The Farmers Market takes place every Saturday morning, rain or shine, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Main and Lemon in downtown Sarasota.
The Sarasota Farmers Market is free to attend and there’s usually free parking available on the downtown streets and a free parking lot at the corner of State and Lemon Avenues.
Directions to downtown Sarasota's Farmer's Market: Head to downtown Sarasota and look for the crowd of happy people!
Subject to change and seasonality without notice by organizers.