Wednesday, April 11, 2007

So much to savor/So little time: Fernandina Farmers Market hits the mark

Tasty tidbit from the Augustine Crab Cake King

Located just north of Jacksonville the Fernandina Beach area is a quick weekend getaway or the perfect day trip. We recently went up there and made a breakfast jaunt to the weekly Saturday farmers market. Petite in selection, yet the vendors really packed a punch with some quality produce and eats.

Every Saturday Fernandina Farmers Market

These Florida babies were pretty yummy for winter berries

Homemade Tamales

Like jelly beans - you just can't stop popping these down. Flavors came in chicken, beef, pork, pork & jalapeno and vegetable. Smokey and smooth corn meal blend wrapped around tender meats in a juicy marinade that left a zing in every bite! Salsa was cool too.

Meaty greens from Lighthouse Farm Florida

There were several produce vendors - I opted to go with these guys as they kept taking out their greens from their cooler as they sold out to keep them crisp. Organically grown - we purchased the baby bok choy, baby spinach, baby kale and lettuce blend. Real meaty and flavorful. You'll say goodbye to supermarket blends after this.

Baked Goods

During our visit, we just came across one vendor and a good find it was! But you had to act fast - they had TWO 8 ft. long tables stocked full of loaves, rolls, cookies and pastries and I promised to go back after I got my tamales. When I came back around I noticed they had brought their tables down to one small square table with only a few items left! Don't leave without trying the spinach & feta rolls. Even if you don't like spinach or feta - this was something else.

Crab cakes in a row

Fernandina Farmers Market
Every Saturday (except during the annual Shrimp Festival: first Saturday in May)
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Located at corner of Centre Street & 7th Street North in downtown historic Fernandina Beach

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