One of the newest attractions on the island is the Tybee Farmers Market that is held at the American Legion at 10 Veterans Drive, on Mondays from 10 am to 2 pm. Stop by to meet the locals and select a unique item from one of the vendors. If you missed the inaugural Tybee Farmers Market, you missed some great give-aways! One of the owners of the Savannah Bloody Mary Mix company, Jeremy Diehl, offered tastes of their awesome product and GAVE AWAY numerous bottles to attendees. Caitlin’s Confections gave away delectable mini cupcakes to the first thirty customers. Many of the vendors offered free samples/tastings of their offerings. You never know, there might be some give-aways at each market this summer!
The scheduled vendors include:
Beach Beggin’ offers all-natural and healthy organic dog treats that dogs love! They also create dog collars, totes, décor and other fun items. The market is pet-friendly and not far from Tybee’s dog parks.
Buck N Junbugg Granola is made using the finest organic local ingredient without any added sugar or preservatives. Sonya Fettke and her crew honor the three S’s: sweet, savory, and spicy; so there’s something for everyone. They make every batch from scratch right here on Tybee Island. They have a wide variety of granola flavors, perfect for breakfast or adding to baked goods.
Catie’s Confections is owned by a gifted baker, caterer, and visual artist who makes her home on Tybee. She uses recipes passed down from her grandmother in West Virginia. She is especially well-known for using the highest quality ingredients, without preservatives, in all of her baked goods. Her pepperoni rolls are yummy and she utilizes fresh in-season fruits in her pies and other sweets.
Be sure to stop by Coastal Colors Art’s tent to meet the lovely Carole Wilde Jackson and see her beautiful cloth bags, jewelry, prints, and paintings. Her whimsical mermaids and other sea creatures are inspired by living in the low country of Georgia. Ask her about the art classes she conducts for all ages on Tybee!
Many Tybee Islanders stop at Davis Produce on Wilmington to pick up fresh fruits and vegetables, but they can now have the convenience of riding their bikes to the Tybee Farmers Market instead. Davis is known as “the Home of the Killer Tomato” and this is the perfect time to get you some!
The honey and honeycomb produced by Readee’s Bees are used in several popular local restaurants, including Hugh Acheson’s Florence Restaurant, Cha Bella, and the Grey. You can buy various raw and unprocessed honey flavors in different size containers at the market. Their bees forage in wildflower fields on nearby barrier islands and feast on a wonderful and rich variety of Savannah flowers, herbs, grasses, and plants to gather the nectar and pollen to make this incredible honey. You can also meet the business’ co-owner, artist Sue Gouse, and purchase her wonderful paintings, without having to “cross the bridge” to go to the art galleries in Savannah.
Savannah Bloody Mary Mix is locally owned, brewed, and bottled. It’s all natural, no funny stuff, no preservatives. It’s a popular choice for making bloody mary drinks at numerous Savannah and Tybee restaurants. The wonderful label makes it an especially attractive gift or souvenir.
Ashley Workman is an environmental activist who organized Bring Your Own Bag Week (B.Y.O.B Project) to raise awareness of the unnecessary wastefulness of using single-use plastic bags for restaurant take-outs. She promotes the use of bring-your-own-bags for picking up food orders and other shopping excursions. She educates the public about the advantages of using your own cloth bags.
The participating vendors may vary each week, and may also include other artisans and products (for the home, personal care, gifts, etc.), so stop every Monday to see what’s there! You’re sure to find something special and be able to take home a souvenir that’s unique to this area.