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.org, thevenicefarmersmarket.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.”
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!!!
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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