Imagine a Saturday morning transformed into an enchanting stroll through Venice’s culinary heartland. This is exactly what awaits you at the Venice Farmer’s Market. Nestled beside the iconic City Hall at 401 W. Venice Avenue, this market is an all-year-round haven for foodies and artisan enthusiasts alike, open from 8 am to 1 pm. It’s a vivid tapestry of local vendors, each offering a unique slice of Venice’s rich gastronomic tapestry.

The Venice Farmer’s Market

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In the heart of Florida’s thriving agricultural scene, there’s a gem that’s as good for your wallet as it is for your wellness – the Fresh Access Bucks (FAB) program. Picture this: You’re at your favorite local farmer’s market, shopping for sun-ripened tomatoes and crisp greens. With FAB, your SNAP benefits go twice as far, meaning double the fresh produce on your table!

Maximize Your EBT Benefits at the Venice Farmer’s Market to Get FREE Produce

In a delightful twist, the Venice Farmer’s Market is not just a feast for your senses but also a boon for your wallet! Thanks to the Fresh Access Bucks (FAB) program, your SNAP benefits can double, bringing twice the amount of fresh, Florida-grown fruits and veggies to your table. This program is more than just a shopping spree; it’s a celebration of local produce, a nod to nutritional wisdom, and an investment in our community’s health and prosperity.

  • Stretch Your SNAP Benefits: For every dollar spent from SNAP benefits on Florida-grown fruits and veggies, FAB matches it. You’ll receive red tokens and green tokens to use in the market. The red tokens can be used at a wide variety of vendors selling various goods while the green tokens (the doubled value you receive) can be used on Fresh Florida produce (including plants and seeds!)
  • Empower Local Farmers: Every FAB transaction is a high-five to our local farmers. By buying local, you’re nurturing our community’s agricultural roots and keeping our economy flourishing.
  • Learn and Grow: FAB isn’t just about buying food; it’s about enriching minds. With cooking demos and nutrition tips often part of the package, you’re in for a treat that goes beyond taste.

Why It Matters

  • Health in Every Bite: With FAB, nutritious eating isn’t just for the few; it’s for everyone. This program is a stepping stone towards a healthier, happier Florida.
  • Community Thrives Together: When we support FAB, we’re not just eating well; we’re weaving a stronger, more connected community fabric.

What Vendors Are At The Venice Farmer’s Market?

Just wait until you see all the goodies at the market though! I’ll start with one of my favorites…

Stamper Cheese

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!

Unique Cheese Offerings

Stamper Cheese Florida offers a delightful array of handcrafted Wisconsin artisan cheeses. Their selection includes various cheese types like Havarti, Swiss, Gouda, Monterey Jack, as well as Sheep and Goat cheeses. Some of their unique offerings include the Apricot Brie, Marieke Nettle Gouda, Stettler Swiss, and Horseradish/Chive Havarti. They also feature a Smoked Blue cheese​​​​.

Other Places To Buy Stamper Cheese

In addition to their wide range of products, Stamper Cheese is known for its presence at farmers’ markets across Florida. You can find them at various locations on different days of the week, such as the Captiva Farmers Market, Phillippi Farmhouse Market, Marco Island Farmers Market, and others​​.

For those who can’t make it to the markets, Stamper Cheese also offers an online store where you can have their products delivered right to your door with free shipping to Florida residents on orders over $43.

Venetian Coffee Roasters

Venetian Coffee Roasters in Venice, Florida, is renowned for its high-quality hand-roasted coffee. This family-owned and operated local shop takes pride in offering a diverse selection of coffee, roasting in house blends ranging from delicate light roasts to robust dark roasts, ensuring a perfect cup tailored to individual preferences. Since 2008, Venetian Coffee Roasters has been committed to providing the freshest, most delicious, and sustainable beans possible. They focus on spreading love and kindness through their business practices, emphasizing the importance of high-quality beans and meticulous roasting processes to bring out the best flavor profiles​​. Grab a cup for walking around the market or a bag to bring home!

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 into! It certainly makes picking a single bag difficult. My personal favorite is the blend of cheddar and kettle corn! Each batch, hand-stirred in real kettles, marries the magic of sweet and salty, all while keeping it light on calories (just 143 per serving!). Say hello to wholesome snacking with all-natural, gluten-free ingredients and absolutely no trans fat. Perfect for spicing up your movie nights or adding that extra yum to lunchboxes, it’s the snack you’ve been dreaming of – without the guilt!

Caribbean Pie Company

 Key lime pie on a stick

The first time I saw this booth for Caribbean Pie Company, 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. From their famous Key Lime Pie, a perfect balance of tart and sweet, to their array of deliciously flaky pastries, this place is a true gem for pie aficionados. It’s like they’ve bottled up the sun, sea, and sand into every mouthful. Whether you’re craving a comforting, hearty chicken pie or dreaming about a decadent, creamy dessert, this cozy spot has got you covered. If you miss them at the market, Local Spot 941 recently expanded their location to include Sweet Spot 941 and you can find a few of these treats incorporated on their menu as well.

The Brezel King

The Brezel King is a destination for pretzel aficionados, offering an irresistible array of freshly made pretzels in eight different flavors. Their menu is a celebration of diversity and creativity, featuring flavors like savory Bacon, spicy Jalapeno, rich Four Cheese, aromatic Herb Parmesan, the classic Everything, simple yet delightful Sesame, traditional Salt, and sweet Cinnamon Sugar. Each pretzel is crafted with care, ensuring a perfect blend of flavors and a satisfying texture. Whether you’re in the mood for something spicy, cheesy, sweet, or traditional, The Brezel King has a pretzel to suit every palate. They’ll even heat them up to enjoy them hot as you walk around the market!

Authentically Lebanese

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Authentically Lebanese is a family-owned booth that brings a genuine taste of Lebanon to the local community. Renowned for their hummus and baba ghanoush, each dish is prepared locally using cherished family recipes. These dishes are celebrated for their freshness and authentic flavors, capturing the essence of traditional Lebanese cuisine. The hummus, a particular favorite of ours and a “must grab” for our family, is noted for its creamy texture and rich, well-balanced taste. Alongside it, the baba ghanoush, with its smoky depth and velvety texture, offers a delightful exploration of Middle Eastern flavors. The dedication of Authentically Lebanese to using fresh ingredients and maintaining the integrity of their family recipes is evident in every bite. Their offerings at the market not only serve as a testament to their culinary heritage but also add a wonderfully authentic Mediterranean flair to the Venice Farmer’s Market experience.

The Happy Pickle

The Happy Pickle is a paradise for pickle enthusiasts. This booth is famous for its fresh, crisp pickles, offering a variety of flavors to cater to all taste preferences. From the classic kosher dill to the sweet and tangy bread and butter pickles, each variety is crafted to perfection, ensuring a burst of flavor with every bite. For those who might not be big on pickles, The Happy Pickle also presents an array of other delicious options like sundried tomatoes and a selection of olives, catering to a wide range of palates. Their dedication to quality and variety makes The Happy Pickle a must-visit stop at the market, promising a pickle experience like no other.

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.

Other Vendors:

  • 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!

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