We loved the Olde Englewood Village Farmer's Market. Open every Thursday except Thanksgiving, October-May, 9:00 to 1:00 on Dearborn Street in "Old Englewood" Florida. It's a great farm market. Large & sprawling without being overwhelming, filled with almost everything imaginable. Check out their website Olde Englewood Village Farmer's Market or their Facebook page HERE. We had planned to check out the Venice Farmers Market too but the Olde Englewood Market was so nice we decided to go back a 2nd time to revisit our favorite vendors.
Our first stop was the German Snack Bar for a hot breakfast sandwich with a side order of German cucumber salad. Yum! Next time I'm trying the schnitzel sandwich. That looked delicious too. We ate our breakfast on a shaded bench then set off to shop the market.
We found herbs, produce, specialty foods, kitchen gadgets, live plants, cut flowers, art, food tents, musicians. It's really something!
Gourmet Soups, Salads & Entrees, Fresh Catch of the Day, Sushi & Fish Spreads, Artisanal Pickles, Olives, Cheese & Meats, Fruit & Nut Butters, Jams & Jellies, Syrups & Sauces, Coffee Beans, Tea Leaves, Mushrooms, Chaga & woohoo KETTLE CORN!
The produce was spectacular. We try all kinds of food in our travels. No fast-food or restaurants chains for us. We're after the fresh, local eats. I prefer to eat out while traveling, grazing at local restaurants & food trucks. I did a fair amount of cooking this trip. Our rental had a fabulous kitchen & the variety of fresh ingredients made it well-worth the cleanup.
If I were a resident, I imagine I'd have to invest in a wagon or two to haul my farm market purchases. It took all of my will-power not to buy plants. The live plants & cut flowers were so beautiful. I miss them in the winter months. Isn't it strange to see poinsettia outside?
One of our favorite vendors was Olive Branch & More. Handmade pasta, infused olive oils, balsamic vinegars & oh my gosh the bread! Their olive focaccia bread was out of this world. It melted in your mouth & was absolutely delicious. You don't have to make a special trip to FL to shop Olive Branch & More although I'd recommend it if you can! They have an active Facebook page with lots of product photos and an online store. Check them out!
Another favorite vendor was Emmy & J Gourmet. I was obsessed with their Kentucky Bourbon Roasted Nuts. Emmy & J Gourmet also makes a variety of dipping mixes for fruit, veggies & bread but I could not get beyond their nuts. Fresh batches prepared on site! We sampled & purchased every flavor but the Habanero. (Too high on the Scoville Scale for me!) They were all excellent. Jason's #1 pick are the Cashews. Thai Tom Yum Mixed Nuts for me. You can shop Emmy & J Gourmet's online store HERE. We have an order coming our way now!
What's a Florida farm market without citrus? We visited Joshua Citrus, Inc.'s booth at the farm market to sample their wares. Fresh-picked citrus, sweet & juicy and they make it so easy to ship home! Our favorites were the ruby red grapefruit. No sugar needed! The shipped fruit did not disappoint. It arrived within a few short days in perfect condition. FYI - January only Honeybell tangelos are in season at Joshua Citrus. We have another flat of ruby red grapefruit en route with a flat of the Honeybell tangelos. Shop Joshua Citrus, Inc.'s online store here.
We're home now & missing our fun in the sun but at least we'll have our favorite Florida treats to enjoy as we plan our spring/summer gardens & next winter's trip. We still have a lot of Florida fun to share. Shelling, shark tooth hunting & dog-friendly adventures. Amazing art & cool classic car shows. Turtles, birds, fossils & sea creatures. See you soon!