October 14, 2003
New Open-Air Community Farmers' Market to open in Sanford on November 7
SANFORD -- Florida Agriculture Commissioner Charles H. Bronson today announced that the historic Sanford State Farmers’ Market will begin operation of its new open-air community farmers’ market on Friday, November 7.
“This new state-of-the-art facility will provide a venue for community activity,” Bronson said. “Meeting and interacting with the farmer who grows the food helps consumers develop a special bond of trust in the integrity of our growers. In addition, consumers benefit from the freshness, quality and wide selection of locally grown products.”
The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services -- along with the U.S. 17-92 Community Redevelopment Agency and the City of Sanford -- partnered in the building of the new facility, located at 1400 South French Avenue. The Sanford State Farmers’ Market is the oldest continuously operating farmers’ market in the United States.
The market will be open to the public each Friday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. with the exception of holidays. The open-air market will benefit the local economy and the citizens of the Sanford area. The market will provide a common place for local vendors to competitively sell fresh agricultural, horticultural, or food items that are home-grown, produced or processed. Fresh seafood will also be available.
“A community farmers’ market is place for business and trade, giving vendors a better opportunity to get to know each other and learn the needs and wants of people within their community,” Bronson said. “It benefits local growers by providing direct commercial outlets for their products, and it also benefits consumers by providing easy access to a wide variety of fresh, wholesome, locally grown commodities.”
Special events will be planned throughout the open-air market operating season. Local elementary schools will also be invited to attend educational programs.
Opening-day activities include strolling musicians from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., refreshments, and hourly raffle drawings. The open-air market will become a weekly home to 25 to 30 vendors. Any farmers or growers who wish to participate in the market may contact the Sanford State Farmers’ Market at (407) 330-6783.
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What: Open-air community farmers’ market
Where: Sanford State Farmers’ Market, 1400 South French Avenue
When: Open every Friday, beginning November 7 (except holidays)
Features: Fresh fruits and vegetables, flowers, plants, seafood, baked goods, live
Partners: Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, U.S. 17-92
Community Redevelopment Agency, City of Sanford
Historical: Built in 1934; oldest state-owned farmers’ market in the United States;
burned in 1957 and rebuilt soon after; once Florida’s most active farmers’
market, when Sanford was known as “Celery City” Major Tenants: Sanwa
Growers (International Food Concepts, Inc.), T&R Produce
Contact: Zack Henderson or Doris Denis at (407) 330-6783