fort pierce farmer's market / lionfish

There are many great reasons to visit the Fort Pierce Farmers Market, including special events. Here, a 17.5-inch lionfish — large, by lionfish standards — is measured during the recent Lionfish Safari. / Photos by J.D. Vivian

The Fort Pierce Farmers Market is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. Each week, the market attracts a wide variety of sellers and buyers. Here are five great reasons to go to this free event.

Five great reasons to visit the Fort Pierce Farmers Market

  1. The organizers and vendors of this market are doing something right. After all, the Fort Pierce Farmers Market (fortpiercefarmersmarket.com) has been held every Saturday, rain or shine (major hurricanes excepted, of course), since 1997.
  2. Plenty of fresh food and drinks; live entertainment; and items you won’t easily find elsewhere, such as spices and orchids. In addition, in a nearby section of the marina, arts-and-crafts vendors ply their wares.

    fort pierce farmer's market

    Carrie Cook (right) operates Lola Tortola’s Sugar & Spice tent.

  3. A great setting, with plenty of free parking. The farmers market is also within easy walking distance of the A.E. Backus Museum & Gallery (backusmuseum.com) and the Manatee Observation and Education Center (manateecenter.com). During winter, lots of manatees — of all sizes — show up.
  4. Are you hungry? Made-fresh meals at the farmers market include the “Kitchen Sink” Breakfast Bowl ($10). Kevin Bazil, who has set up at the market for eight years, serves up this delicious omelet with onions, peppers, cheese, home fries, ham, bacon, sausage, mushrooms, spinach and tomatoes. He also offers cheaper versions with fewer ingredients.While enjoying any of the meals and drinks available, you can sit on benches or, better yet, on the seawall for a great view of the Fort Pierce Marina and the Indian River.
  5. Special events, such as the Lionfish Safari, held in June. Because the species is so invasive and has no natural predators, divers and anglers can take as many as they want, of any size, any time of year.

IF YOU GO
Fort Pierce Farmers Market
Held every Saturday, 8 a.m. to noon
101 Melody Lane, Fort Pierce
772-940-1145; fortpiercefarmersmarket.com


Do you enjoy visiting your local farmers market? Then, you might enjoy reading Fresh from Florida: 5 Reasons to Support Local.