Welcome back to Monday! We're gearing up for another rain or shine market this week, and we're excited to welcome back The Barefoot Farmer. Last week, farmer Paul had to cancel last minute because of nasty weather out at the farm. He couldn't harvest in those conditions, and we don't blame him! He is planning to be back this week with the summer crops his farm has to offer. We're super grateful to him and any other growers who tough it out in the Florida summer. While this weather is great for growing tropicals (chayote squash, mangos, avocados, longevity spinach, etc), it's really tough to grow a lot of the veggies most of us are used to eating. The extreme heat, flooding rains, and aggressive bugs give growers a run for their money! Paul is holding down the fort this season with squashes, cucumbers, peppers, okra, basil, and some select other offerings. While we dream of the bounty coming in the cooler months, we'll be feasting on cucumber salads, and throwing just about everything else on the grill (oh-so-easy!).
We're rain or shine tonight, hope to see you there.
Here's our vendor lineup for tonight (subject to change due to weather):
Avenue A Eatery
Handmade, Colombian Vegan Eats. (Website/Instagram)
Hand-picked, seasonal veggies in great varieties from a multi-generational family farm in Samsula.
Handmade, fresh pasta in both traditional and adventurous flavors. (Website)
Caycakes Bakery *WELCOME BACK!
CayCakes strives to bring a fuller variety of vegan and allergen friendly baked goods to the market. (Website/Instagram)
Handmade, gourmet frozen pops made with the best ingredients. (Website/Facebook/Instagram)
Crafted DAIRY FREE gourmet Ice cream & Gluten free cookies (Website)
Edward's Gourmet Confections *NEW
Offering a variety of baked sweets, from brownies and cookies to cakes and pies, with gluten-free options available. (Facebook)
Enamored with Nature
Wholesome Body Care and Wellness Support. Handmade small batch well sourced non-toxic and effective products. (Facebook/Instagram)
Can’t compost at home? Bring your food waste (dairy, meat and bones included!!) to the market and learn about the kitchen recycling services available for free to @thecitybeautiful City of Orlando residents.
Heart of Christmas Farm
Hydroponic veggies, raw milk and raw milk cheeses, local honey, and more. (Facebook)
Herbs, Salts & More
Homegrown herbs, blended with spices to create one-of-a-kind seasoning blends.
Lyle Lane Cosmetics
Handmade body care products and more.
Gourmet mushrooms grown just a few miles from the market! (Instagram)
Dairy-free ice cream and other vegan-friendly goods, including Jamaican patties.
Orlando City Kombucha
Locally-brewed, high quality kombucha available by the glass and in refillable bottles & growlers. (Website/Facebook/Instagram)
Pea Pod Pierogie Company
Fresh, hand made authentic pierogi with no preservatives. Available to enjoy on site, or fresh-frozen so you can enjoy at home. (Facebook/Instagram)
Homemade Indian food made with carefully-selected ingredients (Website)
Handmade jewelry, artwork, reclaimed home décor and up-cycled furniture. (Facebook)
Wild Ocean Seafood
Wild-caught seafood, fresh from Florida's waters. Pre-orders only; check in with their booth to get in the loop. (Facebook/Instagram)
Wooden Fork & Spoon *NEW
Deliciously addicting artisan granola. (Website/Instagram)