September market cancelled

In the interest of safety, we’ve decided to cancel this Saturday’s market. Hurricane Irma is not one to be taken lightly, and we are expecting to begin feeling the earliest effects of the storm during the day on Saturday.

We apologize for any inconvenience this change may cause, and we thank you for your support and understanding. Please stay safe as Hurricane Irma passes through our area. We hope you’ll join us in October!

August Market Preview

We’re looking forward to seeing you at the market in August! Join us August 12 to catch these lovely vendors:

  • Apple Rose Beauty
  • Baking by Sue: First time for Gluten-Free items. Also, proceeds from doggy treat sales to benefit Dogs For The Deaf.
  • Color Me Beautiful Lipsense
  • Creations by Tina
  • Explore5dollarfashion Paparazzi Accessories
  • Gerry D’s Salsa
  • Jewelry Coolery
  • Lilla Rose Haircessories (beautiful, durable, fashionable hair jewelry)
  • LuLaRoe Kylie and Amanda
  • Marcel Bagley Fine Art
  • M.A.S. Smoked Meats: “Sweet homemade treats, and we are accepting orders for whole racks of ribs, or you can order an entire SLOW SMOKED butt, chicken or turkey.”
  • Oceanside Boutique 16
  • Origami Owl
  • Perfectly Posh (all-natural pampering products)
  • The Purple Dolphin: “Handmade bath products. Can also do special orders, party favors, etc.”
  • Scentsy (10% off the warmer of the month)
  • Yes, Honey

December Market Preview

The December market is in one week! Can you believe it?

We’re looking forward to knocking out a whole bunch of gift-shopping at the market this month, and we hope you are, too. Here’s the current list of vendors we’re expecting to have with us on December 10:

  • ARBVinyl (Alisha will be offering Christmas outfits for family & babies.)
  • Avon (Jeanne will have Christmas gift sets)
  • Beef jerky by Benjamin
  • Creations By Tina
  • Cup of Time
  • Danielle Oppel
  • Dichro Designs
  • Florida Whirligigs
  • Game Day Quilts (Tammy says, for December 10 only: buy 2, get 1 free!)
  • Jewelry Coolery
  • Lissa Schmitt
  • M.A.S. Smoked Meats
  • Niema’s Treasures (Vicki says she’ll have coastal Christmas decor.)
  • Pam’s Sewing Room
  • Paparazzi Accessories
  • Soap by Jorge´ (Georgee says she’ll have gift boxes.)
  • Stitched Love Letters
  • Vintage Designs by Dee (Dee will be offering bejeweled trinket boxes.)
  • Wreaths by Gail
  • Yes, Honey (June says they’ll have Christmas gift honey bags.)
  • Young Living Essential Oils (They’ll have Special gifts for the holidays!)

That’s 21 vendors so far, including some of our regular favorites and a few new faces. We’ll be open from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., and we look forward to seeing you there!

October market cancelled

In the interest of safety, we’ve decided to cancel this Saturday’s market. It looks like Hurricane Matthew could cause quite a bit of trouble for us Friday and into Saturday, and we’d rather err on the side of caution. We apologize for any inconvenience this change may cause, and we thank you for your support and understanding. Please stay safe as Hurricane Matthew passes through our area, and come see us in November.

Blueberry Crumble Bars

Blueberry Crumble Bars using farmers market finds

One of the best features of markets like ours is, without a doubt, the availability of fresh produce from local farmers. There’s something special about an orange that was grown and harvested just down the road, or a cucumber that was picked just yesterday.

While the fruits and veggies are delicious on their own, though, the quality of this fresh, local produce really shines when you use it as part of a bigger recipe in the kitchen.

TODAY Show guest chef Jocelyn Delk Adams just did a segment on farmers market finds and the yummy things you can bake with them. She opted to use blueberries, but said that you could easily swap the blueberries out for another berry that was in season. Adams made two dishes: a Blueberry Cheesecake Ice Cream and Blueberry Crumble Bars.

The  crumble bars, in particular, sounded absolutely divine, and Adams says they’re ‘like pie without the work,’ which sounds like a great deal to me. You can watch the video of Adams putting them together on the TODAY Show website, or just get the recipe here.

And, if you have an itch to get into the kitchen and make these delicious-sounding goodies, by all means, stop by the August market to get some fresh, local, in-season berries. Then send us pictures of your handiwork!

Market Preview: August 2016

We have a brand new vendor to get excited about this month: Niema’s Treasures, which offers handmade jewelry and accessories inspired by Oceanic cultures.

Coral-Reef-2Artisan Vicki uses semi-precious stones, organic materials, and Fair Trade beads to create unique, original pieces with traditional crafting techniques. Her pieces look beautiful, and we can’t wait to see what she’s bringing to the August market.

We’re also looking forward to seeing some of our regular favorites like Gloria’s Sweet Breads, Florida Whirligigs, Yon Lee Produce, Soaps by Jorge, and Yes Honey.

Remember we’ll close up shop at 1:00 this month to get out of the sun. The market opens at 9:00, though, so don’t be afraid to beat the heat by coming out early.

We hope to see you there!

Resource: When is local produce in season?

One of the most popular aspects of farmers’ markets, ours included, is the fresh produce available from local farmers. There’s something special about a tomato you know was just picked from somewhere in your own back yard, and there’s definitely something to be said for getting your hands on produce that’s in season. The nutrition and taste benefits can’t be beat.

With the huge variety of produce available at markets these days, how do you know what’s in season? Plus, seasonal availability here in Florida is going to be different than it would be somewhere like North Carolina or Texas.

Our friends at PickYourOwn.org have put together a handy chart of Florida crop availability to help you keep track of it all. The green boxes to the right of each type of produce indicate which months that items is in season. Print that out, and you’ll even have a handy reference chart to help you dream up meals and recipes using in-season foods. Sounds delicious, right?

Maybe just be sure to invite some of your friends from the market over for dinner after you pick up your next batch of locally grown produce.

Our next market is Saturday, August 13, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at 11924 San Jose Boulevard. See you there!

Market Preview: July 2016

Our July market is this Saturday, July 9, and we have some pretty outstanding reasons to be excited, including:

On the crafting side, look for vendors like Florida Whirligigs, Jewelry Coolery, Game Day Quilts, and Cup of Time.

Remember we’ll be closing up at 1:00 this Saturday to get out of the heat. We’ll be opening up at 9:00, though, so we’ll see you bright and early.

Hello world!

Hello! Welcome to the brand new website for the Second Saturday Arts & Farmers Market.

The market has been up and running for more than a year, and maybe you’ve stopped by, or maybe you’re hearing about us for the first time. Either way, we’re glad you’re here.

Our Facebook Page will continue to be a great way to keep up with us, but we’re hoping this website will offer a little more information about what you can expect when you visit. We’ll be posting profiles of some of our vendors, spotlights on some of the incredible handiwork you can find at the market, and recipes for the delicious produce our farming friends bring each month.

We hope to see you around the market some time. You can find us on the second Saturday of the month (every month but January) at 11924 San Jose Boulevard in Mandarin.

See you there!