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  • Atlanta Braves Farmers Market

    A Non-Profit Organization

  • Fresh Vegetables

    At our Cool Today Park!
    Spring Training Home of the Atlanta Braves

  • At Our Market You'll Find

    Everything for a healthy meal

  • Fresh Breads and Baked Goods

    From our local bakers

  • Artisanal Cheeses

    Small production from small farmers

  • Fresh Fruits

    At our Cool Today Park!
    Spring Training Home of the Atlanta Braves

LOCAL PRODUCTS

Local and Organic Fresh Produce, Baked Goods, Meats, Seafood, Dairy, Plants, Herbs, Prepared Foods, Honey, Syrups, Sauces, Salsa and more…

OUR MISSION

To promote local Florida growers and agriculturally related products with a focus on our four core values of nutritional health, education, sustainability, and sense of community.

OUR PARTNERS

Salvation Army Food Pantry
HOPE for North Port
Englewood Care Clinic

OUR SPONSORS

The Atlanta Braves

Feeding Florida

Local farmers markets suspended, vendors available

You can still get items like fresh strawberries from vendors, by going to the farmers markets’ Facebook pages. SUN PHOTO BY OLIVIA CAMERON

ENGLEWOOD/VENICE — As might be expected in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, farmers markets are suspended.
Englewood and Venice markets aren’t happening, organizers announced Tuesday.
The Punta Gorda Farmers Market has also been suspended, but organizers anticipate reopening the market next month.
“Our markets will remain closed until further notice in compliance with federal, state and local guidelines,” manager Lee Perron announced in an email Tuesday.
Perron manages the markets in Englewood, Venice and the new market that started this year at CoolToday Park in North Port, spring training home of the Atlanta Braves. That market was canceled earlier this month after Major League Baseball shut down spring training.
“The phone volume and e-mails regarding our markets have been massive,” Perron said.
But that doesn’t mean people have to deprive themselves of fresh vegetables. Patrons may still contact their favorite vendors individually and make their own arrangements.
“We are also directing customers in a responsible way to use our vendor directory on our websites to contact vendors directly,” Perron said. People need to arrange their own delivery and/or pick up options that comply with current social contact guidance.”
Perron encouraged vendors to use the markets’ Facebook pages as a platform to sell their products.
The vendor directories can be found on englewoodfarmersmarket.orgthevenicefarmersmarket.org and the bravesfarmersmarket.org
“Flexibility, patience and kindness will allow us all to work through our current global crisis,” Perron said. ‘Be well and be safe.”

Markets suspended due to the Corona Virus

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I think all of you know that MLB spring training has been cancelled due to the coronavirus.

As Sarasota County has issued a mandate as of late last week that all events scheduled on county property shall be cancelled for the next thirty days, the Braves Farmers Market will discontinue operations for the last weeks of the season in March.

We sincerely want to thank all of the residents of North Port and West Villages for their support during our first season with the Braves Farmers Market.

Kudos to our talented vendors, staff and the extraordinary employees at Cool Today Park, the Spring Training home of the Atlanta Braves.

We hope to see you all when we open for Season II in October!!!

Farmer's market, booze, and baseball practice

Diverse photos of market and CoolToday Park
SUN PHOTOS by BRIANNA KWASNIK

NORTH PORT — CoolToday Park is shaping up to be a one-stop shop this spring for groceries, drinks, entertainment … and baseball.

Just after 10 a.m. Wednesday, Chef Craig Chasky was giving a cooking demonstration, something he does weekly at the farmers market that convenes in the parking lot right next to the ballpark, a complex that’s on the eve of welcoming the Atlanta Braves this week for their first spring training season in North Port.

Chasky is a personal chef/caterer and specializes in cooking meals with healing ingredients. His wife, Elizabeth Massey is a certified natural bereavement coach, who has a separate table at the farmers market, offering her services.

The couple have been vendors at the Braves Farmers Market since October when it opened. They also set up at the Venice Farmers Market on Saturdays.

The market’s manager, Lee Perron, said the Braves contacted him back in 2018 about using the space outside the stadium for a market. Perron said the organization liked the market’s mission, which includes giving proceeds back to the community.

The Braves Farmers Market is open from 8 a.m. to noon every Wednesday until March.

Shoppers can buy locally grown fruits and vegetables, homemade breads and cakes, all while sipping on a mimosa or Bloody Mary.

After your shopping is done, you can go up to the Tomahawk Tiki Bar inside of CoolToday Park for food and drinks, and view the brand new baseball field.

The tiki bar is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily, with happy hours offered Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and all day Sunday, with the exception of game days.

On non-game days, the public can watch the Braves practice beginning at 9 a.m.

CHEF CHASKY’S RECIPE

Back under his pop-up tent, Chef Chasky is handing out samples of the dish he created for the demonstration.

Chasky said he uses certified pure therapeutic-grade ingredients, which are considered above organic. He said they are considered to be 50 to 70 times the strength of traditional herbs.

For example, two ingredients he used in Wednesday’s demonstration included Ylang Ylang, which helps with hormonal balance and naturally increases libido. Another ingredient he used was lavender, which serves as a natural antihistamine and helps with insomnia.

Chasky said he had Lyme Disease in the ’70s, and his weight fell to 95 pounds. The medicines he was on were synthetic and he was looking to heal in a more natural way.

“The missing part for me was the education,” Chasky said, adding that his wife made up for that part.

“She was missing eating correctly while grieving — people tend to eat sporadically/not well while they’re grieving, which leaves them prone to disease or infection,” Chasky added.

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LOCAL FRESH PRODUCTS

Local and Organic Fresh Produce, Baked Goods, Meats, Seafood, Dairy, Plants, Herbs, Prepared Foods, Honey, Syrups, Sauces, Salsa and more…
Every Wednesday from October thru March from 8 AM - Noon, the best local growers and food artisans in our region gather at the Atlanta Braves Farmer's Market located at Cool Today Park- Spring Training Home of the Atlanta Braves in the heart of the Venice West Villages in North Port, Florida. It's THE event of the week where you can shop for local and organic fresh Florida produce directly from local farmers, find wild caught Florida seafood from local fisherman, select from numerous gourmet bakers including gluten free, taste and sample international artisan food creations, discover the amazing selection of flowers, plants and trees from our green space vendors, and of course enjoy the music and ambiance of a true food and agricultural market experience. It’s a great destination to meet your friends and neighbors, shop, and enjoy our fantastic Florida weather! Check out our vendor directory for descriptions of their products and how to contact them directly!

OUR MISSION: to promote local Florida growers and agriculturally related products with a focus on our four core values of nutritional health, education, sustainability, and sense of community.

OUR PARTNERS: Salvation Army Food Pantry, HOPE for North Port, Englewood Care Clinic

OUR SPONSORS: The Atlanta Braves, Feeding Florida

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18800 S. West Villages Parkway
Venice, FL 34293


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October thru March
Wednesdays 8am-Noon

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