A great way to spend a few hours is with a visit to Anna Maria Island’s very own beach market. When vacationing, aside from such things as diving, local tourist attractions, food, drink, beaches, festivals and enjoying the company of other travellers and locals, I have always enjoyed finding local markets. A market is a great place to sample real local life, no matter where you are. Despite the draw of the big shopping centres with the “big store” names in the Bradenton/Sarasota area over local markets, the market is still the place to get local produce and crafts or a place to hang out and meet people. For me a market is an essential part of life in the local community.
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The Anna Maria Island Beach Market on Coquina Beach is especially unique in that it is right on the beach and within walking distance of Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals – 601 Gulf Dr. N. Anna Maria Island, Florida 34217.
Anna Maria Island is known for its quiet charm and this quaint beach market is a true reflection of the Island it is located on. The setting is gorgeous under the shaded pine tress along beautiful Coquina Beach running beside the vendors’ booths with a breathtaking view of the Gulf. With over 100 vendors this is a great place to shop for treasures and have lunch at the Beach Cafe. You will find a wonderful mix of high quality and friendly vendors with a wide variety of clothing, jewelry, handcrafted goods, fresh produce, baked goods, essential oils and lots more. You get a really welcoming vibe seeing musicians wandering around playing various instruments entertaining the people.
This is definitely a perfect place to stop when you’re out at the beach or looking to find that unique gift. Hours of shopping pleasure with lots of unusual, unique, one of a kind items you won’t find anywhere else. Many markets have several of the same types of vendors you won’t find that at Coquina Beach Market because here no two are alike.
There are lots of ways to get to the Market – you can walk, bike, drive or take the free trolley that runs the entire length of the island. From Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals you would catch the Gulf Drive southbound trolley. If you drive there is plenty of Free parking available.
Shop without the crowds in this relaxed, casual atmosphere with a beautiful view of the beach. I can’t think of a better way to shop!
Beach Market
When: Every Sunday between June 1 and July 29, 2018 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Find island treasures, select fresh produce, and view all the arts and crafts, jewelry and more.
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First Sarasota-Bradenton EARTH FARE Grocery Store to open Jan. 27, 2018

Earth Fare, founded in 1975 in Asheville, N.C. will open its newest store January 27, 2018 in The Green shopping centre at Lakewood Ranch, Florida. The shopping centre is located on the northeast corner of Lakewood Ranch Boulevard and State Road 70 East.
Just a short drive south along the Gulf of Mexico from Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals – 601 Gulf Dr. N. Anna Maria Island, Florida 34217.
Earth Fare is passionate about clean foods and the connection to their shopper’s healthy, longer lives. They pride themselves on providing healthy food choices that are easy and enjoyable.
Earth Fare will join other Manatee/Sarasota boutique-style markets like Trader Joe’s, Fresh Market and Whole Foods.
The 23,500 square foot store wont be selling just groceries, will feature Earth Fare’s Heirloom Organic Café and Juice Bar. Enjoy, coffee, smoothies and juices at their Cafe/Juice Bar.
I have shopped at a couple of Earth Fare stores in other states and in both stores the aisles were filled with foods with no additives, hormones, antibiotics, artificial sweeteners under any name, bleached or bromated flours, transfats, or artificial colours and their selections were amazing.
The fresh fish counters featured excellent choices at reasonable prices and we have enjoyed their shrimp, cod, snapper, tuna, and crab cakes… including gluten free versions.
Their meat departments were extensive areas with many tempting offerings in various cuts of beef, pork, lamb, chicken and sausages. I have also visited the olive bar and bought assorted olives and pickled mushrooms adding tasty treats to our meals.
The bakery, amazing, I love the carrot cake varieties! The breads, so many varieties, all tempting as well.
As for the deli case – I am prisoner to their various potato salads, so far the herb style being my favourite. The cranberry-almond chicken salad and tuna salad were delicious. They had a super choice of lunch meats and cheeses galore which were not loaded with nitrates and salt!

On another trip I headed straight to the fresh food court where you can have salads, sushi made in front of you, sandwiches pre-made or made fresh for you, along with pizza ( including gluten free pizza) and soups or hot dishes of various varieties. This area appeared successful as there was a crowd there with many people eating in the tabled area provided. A great store to people watch, I saw many running in to get fresh meals to go.The stores I have shopped in have been so clean and service oriented, I think Earth Fare it is sure to be a growing success.

I look forward to shopping at their new Bradenton-Sarasota store.
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There is a New Market in The Area

Gamble Creek Farm is a twenty-six acre farm in Parrish, Florida growing conventional hydroponic vegetables, certified organic vegetables and conventional row crops. It is operated by Eric Geraldson and his son Ryan Geraldson. The Geraldson family have been Manatee County farmers for several generations. The Chiles Restaurant Group manages and supports the farm, which supplies most of the fresh produce served at Chiles’ restaurants.  Chiles grows vegetables that will be picked in the morning and served later the same day at his restaurants. Two of the Chiles’ restaurants include the Sandbar and Beach House, both well known restaurants here on Anna Maria Island.

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The public can not come to the farm and pick vegetables themselves, but in November 2017 Gamble Creek Farm opened a brand new farm stand, The Geraldson Farm Market.  Community inspired and open to the public, the market sells a rotating variety of produce such as lettuce, peppers, kale, collards, squash and herbs. Also sold are fresh picked fruits, such as apples, honeydew, oranges, kiwi, lemons and limes. They also sell eggs, locally made jams, jellies, honey and flowers. Bread day is Saturday and pies are available every day. With plans to grow their market, they will add more fresh, locally sourced and sustainable items including seafood, soups, salads, cheese and local meats. They also have future family friendly plans for the farm, which will include weddings, cooking classes, educational community events and group gatherings.

The Geraldson Farm Market is fun for the whole family offering farm tours and lots of wide open spaces for the kids to run. There is also plenty of parking.

The farm located at 14950 Golf Course Road, Parrish, is an approximately forty minute drive from Anna Maria Island Condo Rentals – 601 Gulf Dr. N. Anna Maria Island, Fl 34217,

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Anna Maria Island - Beach House Restaurant

Anna Maria Island Beach House Restaruant

Sandbar Restaurant Anna Maria Island