BRADENTON, FL—Join in the festivities on opening day at downtown Bradenton Farmers’ Market, Saturday, October 5, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., on Main Street, between Manatee Avenue West and 4th Avenue West in downtown Bradenton. Opening day festivities include live music, a chef demonstration, dozens of free offers and discounts and the Manatee County Central Library’s fourth annual Mana-Con: Comics Convention, featuring local comic shop booths, games, prizes, trivia, a costume competition, art workshops, and a student art show. Teens are encouraged to get creative at the Doodle Booth and origami station, or make (and eat) candy sushi. Parking is free and dogs on leashes are welcome. In addition to the special events and programs, more than 30 vendors offer locally grown fruits, vegetables, plants, organic products, prepared foods, and the work of local artists and craftspeople. Market vendors will be wearing Pittsburgh Pirates baseball hats to celebrate the Pirate’s first National League playoff appearance for the first time in 21 years. For more information about the Bradenton Farmers’ Market, visit www.bradentonfarmersmarket.com.
According to Johnette Isham, executive director of Realize Bradenton, the non-profit organization that manages the market, one of the day’s highlights will the “Chef at the Market” initiative. “Every month, we’re inviting the area’s best chefs to conduct cooking demonstrations and offer expert advice on turning the market’s seasonal produce into delectable dishes,” says Isham. On October 5, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., David Shiplett, chef-owner of SOMA Creek Side, will launch the opening day program.
Realize Bradenton is working with the Del Couch Foundation on a new feature, “Music at the Market,” a program that showcases emerging musicians. Participating artists include Sam Woolf, Trevor Bystrom, Jake Castro, and Colton Cason. Opening the season’s series is Sam Woolf, a 17-year-old Braden River High School student who plays guitar and sings original songs and covers.
In addition, Isham explains that many restaurants and shops on Old Main Street will offer specials on opening day, including: B’town Coffee Company: Fifteen percent off on fruit smoothies and blended ice coffees; Jeanne’s 12th Street Bistro: Free coffee with every breakfast; Fav’s Italian Cucina: Two slices of pizza and soft drink for $4.95; Unique Boutique: Twenty percent off of regularly priced items. Isham also invites the public to stop by the Realize Bradenton information tent for a free artist-created downtown Bradenton poster to the first 50 visitors.
“The Bradenton Farmers’ Market is a special place,” says Moses Sheppard, proprietor of Sheppard’s Farms. “We look forward to the opening of the market season to see our regular customers, renew old friendships, and start new relationships with new customers.”
Upcoming Bradenton Farmers Market programs and events include:
October 12: LECOM Health Fair: Free health screenings set up by LECOM. Screenings will include blood pressure, blood sugar, and blood cholesterol.
October 19: The Art of Boat Building at Mainly Art
John Beale, the Education and Volunteer Coordinator at the Florida Maritime Museum will demonstrate small boat building for folks with very little experience working with basic tools.
October 26: Creepy Crawlers!
Investigate tiny creepy crawlers using real science tools with the South Florida Museum. Test your bravery with the Slimy Things Mystery Bucket and create your own spider web!
November 9: Brides Against Breast Cancer
Join The Center for Building Hope in a fun and family friendly activity!
November 16: The Art of Da Vinci’s Machines at Mainly Art
Brandon Scott of Brandon Scott Artworks will demonstrate how to create Da Vinci’s Machines evolved from sketches made by the artist. You will have the opportunity to create your own machines using simple materials.
November 23: Native American Technology
Discover how Florida’s first people utilized their resources with Around the Bend Nature Tours. There will also be guided tours at 10:30AM and 1:00PM of downtown and the riverfront for anyone who is interested!
December 21: The Art of Gelli Printing at Mainly Art
Joey Long, resident artist at Keeton’s Office and Art Supply demonstrates making gelli prints, a simple process to create monoprints without a press.
For more information about the Bradenton Farmers’ Market, visit www.bradentonfarmersmarket.com. Prospective vendors can apply by completing an online application form.
About the Bradenton Farmer’s Market
Supported by the Downtown Development Authority, the Bradenton Farmers’ Market features more than 30 vendors who offer locally grown fruits, vegetables, plants, organic products, prepared foods, and the work of local artists and craftspeople. Live music, demonstrations by local chefs, and free family activities are also part of the fun. The market is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Parking is free and dogs on leashes are welcome. For more information, visit: www.bradentonfarmersmarket.com.
About Realize Bradenton
Realize Bradenton is a non-profit organization that builds community and promotes economic development through collaborative events, strategic partnerships, and interactive strategies. We help make downtown Bradenton one of the best riverfront communities in the country. For more information, visit: www.RealizeBradenton.com.