Fernandina Beach Market Place
Submitted by Judie Mackie
May 24, 2022

Memorial Day Weekend is the unofficial start to the summer season on Amelia Island and the downtown arts and farmers markets will be open to help you celebrate. The Fernandina Beach Market Place farmers market has returning vendors, new exhibitors, and your weekly favorites! Returning this week from their two-week vacation is African Love Kitchen where Chef Ibrahim Mahem specializes in authentic Tanzanian Cuisine. Hillary’s Chicago Pizza, 21 Queen Street Coffee, and Sweet Aloha Treats also return this week. The Carter Family Homestead is back with pink mushrooms and fresh garlic, Jay’s Marketplace is back with their Italian chopped olive salad that is great on a muffuletta sandwich, or mixed with cream cheese for a fantastic vegetable dip, and Me, Myself and Pies returns with their delicious sweet and savory pies in a variety of sizes. Everything is made from scratch, by hand, and incorporates natural, seasonal and local ingredients to every extent possible.

New to the market this week is A Patient Journey Farm. This Yulee family farm will be bringing chicken, ducks, and eggs to the farmer’s market, as well as bone broth, duck pastrami, and duck confit. Confit in French means to preserve. In the middle ages fruits and some vegetables were preserved by soaking them in a salt brine. Eventually, the French perfected a method to preserve duck legs by slow cooking them submerged in their own fat. Because duck meat is delicious and nutritious, duck confit was a staple on the table of rulers, monarchs, and kings.
Weekly vendors include Dave’s Rub a Dub Dub flavored rubs, Vegan Amelia, Great Harvest Bread Company, Joy of Garlic’s dressings, spreads, and marinera sauces, Osborne Farm’s goat and olive oil soaps, shampoos, and lotions; Everblooming Gardens, Seven Trees Nursery, Kings Kountry Produce, Chesser’s wild-caught shrimp, and JD Beef among many others.
The Fernandina Beach Arts Market is also open on Saturday with 30 tents of home-made arts and crafts. You will find hand crafted jewelry, wood working, paintings, sublimination art, crochet, macrame, apparel, original books and their author, bird houses, gifts, and more.
Music this week is provided by Jenn Burns, and our featured brick and mortar business of the week is Amelia River Cruises where you can learn more about the historic and wildlife tours, including their new Shrimp Eco Tour, where a marine biologist helps guests identify their catch from an otter trawl net.
Many businesses in the farmers market are also hiring. If you would like to pick up work for a few hours on Saturday, be sure to ask you favorite vendor if they are hiring.
Both markets are open from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., rain or shine. Well-behaved, leashed pets are welcome. Learn more at FernandinaBeachMarketPlace.com or FernandinaBeachArtsMarket.com.
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