Market To Temporarily Shift To First Street Beginning Sat. Sept. 22

Temporary location change of portion of the Market due to ongoing construction safety concerns and future bricking of Lemon Ave

The Sarasota Farmers Market will be shifting one street over, beginning next Saturday, September 22nd. The move is in response to safety concerns from ongoing construction activity of The Mark during market hours, and the bricking of Lemon Avenue in early 2019.

The new market footprint will extend South to Main Street on Lemon Avenue, with a new addition of First Street from Lemon Avenue to Orange Avenue. The shift was initiated by the Sarasota Farmers Market Board of Directors, with the support of the City of Sarasota. 

“The time has come that we shift the south end of the Market so that our vendors, customers, and community can have a safe place to gather on Saturday mornings,” states Executive Director Phil Pagano. “And with the upcoming bricking of lemon, it’s a great way to get customers acquainted with our new footprint before it starts.” 

In addition to the Farmers Market’s safety concerns, the City of Sarasota plans to begin a beautification project for Lemon Avenue, which will include re-bricking the streets, slated to begin in early 2019. “Once the construction of the Mark and rebricking of Lemon is complete, along with the revitalization of Paul Thorpe Park, it will make not only the Market but the downtown area a world-class destination and a vibrant hub for locals,” said Pagano.

Throughout this shift, the Sarasota Farmers Market will be open for it’s regular hours, 7am – 1pm, rain or shine. The Market will be providing a shaded seating area, free kids activities, and live music on the new Market Stage. It will also be rolling out several special events to engage the community and spread the word about the shift.

The Market is also working with State Street merchants to support their viability during this shift. “The merchants on State Street will be hosting various activities on the sidewalk so that customers and the community can enjoy and visit after parking at the State Street Parking Garage,” states Pagano. “We thank them for their support and hope you will patronize their businesses during this shift.” 

The Farmers Market will return to its original location when construction and re-bricking is complete, and it is determined to be safe for customers to return. “There’s never been a time when our vendors and downtown merchants need the support of our customers and community more, “ states Pagano. “Special thanks to the City of Sarasota for supporting the Market in our needs during this shift.”