Early every Saturday morning, the Fort Pierce City Marina bustles even more than usual, as vendors begin arriving to set up for the throngs of visitors to the weekly Downtown Farmers Market.
The market, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, attracts more than 70 vendors — as well as throngs of visitors searching for fresh produce and meats, olive oils, cheeses, prepared foods and a wide variety of other goods.
The nonprofit market — one of the more scenic — takes place at the Fort Pierce Marina, along the Indian River and features live entertainment.
The market also offers, in a nearby section of the marina, arts-and-crafts vendors.
Furthermore, attractions such as the A.E. Backus Museum & Gallery (www.backusmuseum.com) and the Manatee Observation and Education Center (www.manateeeducationcenter.org) are within easy walking distance of the market.
Are you tired and want to sit a spell? No problem. Relax on the benches or, better yet, on the seawall for a great view of the Fort Pierce Marina and the Indian River.
If you’re lucky, you might even see some laconic manatees or energetic bottlenose dolphins.
Free shuttle service is also available. Visit www.fortpierce farmersmarket.com for more details.
The American Farmland Trust rates the Fort Pierce Downtown Farmers Market No. 3 on its list of the Top 100 Most Celebrated Farmers Markets in the U.S.
Two other Florida markets — the Mount Dora Village Market and the Winter Garden Farmers Market — are ranked No. 24 and 76, respectively. For more information, visit action.farmland.org/site/PageNavigator/Americas-Favorite-Farmers-Markets/top_100_most_celebrated_farmers_markets.html.
IF YOU GO
Downtown Fort Pierce Farmers Market
Saturday, 8 a.m. to noon, rain or shine (major weather events excepted)
101 Melody Lane, Fort Pierce
Plenty of free parking