Closed due to COVID-19 cautions
It was a heart-breaking decision, but the renowned Sarasota Farmers Market closed down on Saturday, March 14. The increasing concerns over COVID-19 transmissions made the decision unavoidable.
The board of the Sarasota Farmers Market recently voted to cease all market operations. This move led to the layoff of two employees and the closure of the market’s office. This also means an end to social media posts from the market.
What is the Sarasota Farmers Market?
From the Sarasota Farmers Market website:
Our charitable mission is to create a social opportunity for residents and visitors to gather and interact, to bring foot traffic to downtown Sarasota sustaining the economic viability of the entire downtown area, and to provide a venue for other not-for-profit organizations benefiting Sarasota.
Inherent in our mission is educating consumers and sharing knowledge about the products and services of local farmers, local businesses, and local artisans.
The downtown market was founded in 1979 and has been a mainstay of Sarasota weekends ever since. The Suncoast Post wrote a story about it, “Nothing Better Than Sarasota Farmers Market” , a few years ago. The once bustling street of Lemon Avenue in Downtown Sarasota is in stark contrast to the emptiness we feel now on Saturday mornings.
Support the vendors!
Phil Pagano is Executive Director of the Farmers Market. He encourages all of us to continue to support the vendors as much as we can. You can help by buying from them directly through their business locations. Since the Sarasota Farmers Market is closed, please check the website for a complete list of the vendors with contact information.
Be Safe. Stay Healthy. Make Good Choices.
Photos from Sarasota Farmers Market emails