It has been a while since my schedule allowed me the opportunity to visit the Venice Farmer’s Market. Every Saturday, this awesome market sets up in the parking lot in front of City Hall in Venice. There are so many vendors selling everything from fruits and vegetables to gift items, fresh jellies, flowers, baked goods and more. Keep reading to discover some of the awesome vendors I found during my outing!
The Venice Farmer’s Market
The Venice Farmer’s Market is located alongside the City Hall at 401 W. Venice Avenue in Venice, FL. From October to March, this market is open from 8 am to 1 pm, the rest of the year the market closes at 12 pm. As I mentioned above, there is so much to do and see, you simply have to experience it for yourself.
Maximize Your EBT Benefits to Get FREE Produce
If you or someone you know receives EBT benefits, otherwise known as SNAP or Food Stamps, this market is a real treat. Thanks to a grant through the state of Florida, every $1 spent at the market counts for double up to $40. Meaning if you spend $40, you would receive $40 in red chips to spend anywhere they are accepted in the market. Then you would also receive another $40 in green chips to be spent on Florida grown products. It’s an amazing program to help struggling families eat healthier!
Just wait until you see all the goodies at the market though! I’ll start with one of my favorites…
My first stop at the Farmer’s Market was Stamper Cheese. A sweet woman named Mindy called me over to sample a small piece of raspberry bellavitano, which had a subtle sweetness that I think would pair deliciously with a glass of wine. She was a wealth of knowledge and seemed to genuinely love talking with people and sharing the taste of various cheeses.
She continued to tempt me with various samples: an aged manchego, a dry sheep’s milk cheese with an almost caramel, nutty flavor like a brown butter; From dill cheese curds to applewood smoked gouda, there wasn’t anything on that table that I didn’t like. I could have spent the afternoon just at this booth alone and been completely satisfied. My favorite though? The pistachio roll. A creamy cheddar and blue cheese rolled in crushed pistachios. Stop by and grab a sample, you’ll be glad you did!
Venetian Coffee Roasters
Tropical Island Foods
It’s probably the first thing you smell when you walk up to the market, the glorious aroma of Tropical Islands kettle corn! This little booth has classic kettle corn, but they also have a variety of other flavors and combinations that are worth digging in to! It certainly makes picking a single bag difficult. My personal favorite is the blend of cheddar and kettle corn!
Caribbean Pie Company
The first time I saw this booth, I was intrigued. Key lime pie is amazing, especially when it’s done right. However, cover it in belgian chocolate and put it on a stick? Sounds crazy! CRAZY GOOD. Treat yourself to this unique sweet treat. You’ll be glad you did.
The Brezel King
These handmade German brezel (pretzels) are amazing. With several flavors to choose from, they’ll even heat them up to enjoy them hot as you walk around the market!
I have to stop by this booth every time we attend the market. Their fresh made hummus is totally delicious!
The Happy Pickle
If you haven’t tried these fresh pickles, you don’t know what you’re missing. My daughter is obsessed with their kosher dill while I favor the bread and butter. Never fear, if pickles aren’t your thing… they also have delicious sundried tomatoes and a variety of olives!
- Deep Fried Cheese Curds
- Red’s Farm – Pasture Raised Chicken and Pork, Fresh Eggs
- Jamie’s Jams – low sugar all natural jams
- Sarasota Honey Company – raw local honey, natural soaps, beauty products, beeswax candles, and local natural foods
- Pet Wants Sarasota – Natural Pet Food + Treats
- Maggie’s Seafood
- Lava Ice Shop
- Bliss Nut Butters
- Everything Kosher Challah
Busy on Saturdays? Here are the other Farmer’s Markets near Venice!
- Dearborn Street Market
- 348 W Dearborn St
Tuesdays from October-May 9 AM – 2 PM
- 348 W Dearborn St
- White Picket Produce
- Have your produce delivered right to your door or your office! Read more here.