Farmers’ Market Finds: Granola, Produce, Skincare and more
Who says healthy food has to be boring? Tanya Brown and DeLisa Drake believe that granola can be as decadent and luxurious as any other tasty treat. They use organic coconut and sunflower oil and eschew flour, white sugar, and other healthy fillers in crafting tasty flavors like Maple Crunch, Cocoa Banana Crunch, German Chocolate Sin, and more.
Vendors come and go at farmers’ markets, but Nature’s Partner has been providing organic produce, homegrown herbs, local honey, and much more since the inception of the downtown Sarasota Farmers’ Market in 1979. Peter Burkard knows everything there is to know about his products. You’ll be amazed by his knowledge and level of experience as well as his delicious, fresh produce.
If you’ve spent any time in the Florida sun, you’ve probably learned that aloe vera can soothe a sunburn. But research has shown aloe can also have a positive effect on everything from the digestive tract to the immune system to your blood sugar. Julie Nickerson of Positively Aloe believes so firmly in its healing properties, she’s developed a skin care line to harness its restorative properties. Visit her at the Bradenton Farmers’ Market to learn more.
Green Garden Chef
When you complete a transaction at a grocery store, your relationship there is complete. When you shop at Green Garden Chef’s stand at the Bradenton Farmers’ Market, your relationship has just begun. Camille Van Sant has been growing her own organic produce and cooking it for over three decades. Now, she shares not just her produce, but her expertise.
You shop organic and local in order to make sure you and your children eat as well as possible. Why not do the same for your pets? Pick up some Magni’s Munchies at the downtown Sarasota Farmers’ Market? Your furry, fourlegged family members will adore 100% all-natural USDA-approved treats made from human-grade ingredients. The wheat-free sugar-free treats come in delectable flavors like pumpkin, ginger snap, and peanut butter oat. You may be tempted to eat them yourself, but remember: Dogs deserve good food, too.
Planting can be intimidating to the novice gardener. But for fans of foliage from the Far East, Lou’s Bonsai Nursery offers a full-time, all-inclusive support system. They’ll find the perfect plant for you and be on call to talk you through the fertilizing and growing process whenever you need them. They also offer group bonsai lessons through the downtown Sarasota Farmers’ Market. Whether you need a whole bonsai garden or a single plant for workplace Zen, Lou’s Bonsai Nursery can help you out.