Tybee Farmers Market is Back!
The kick-off date for this year’s Tybee Farmers Market is Monday, March 7, 2016! Beautiful weather is predicted, so go to the American Legion on Legion Drive, near the Tybee Lighthouse, from 10 am until 1 pm, to peruse the fresh local food and the hand-crafted gift items. You will be supporting locally-owned small businesses while enjoying a fun Tybee experience.
Renee Wilson Mason with Herb n Glass will be a new vendor at the Tybee Island Farmers Market on March 7th. You can get cilantro, basil, dill, rosemary, thyme, oregano, parsley, peppermint, chives already growing in unique glass containers. What a beautiful and convenient way to add fresh herbs to your kitchen!
Many people think the baked goods at the Tybee Farmer’s Market are the best they have ever eaten! Catie’s Confections offers delectable cakes, cookies, pies with in-season fruits, chicken pot pies, pepperoni rolls, and other items. You may call Catleen Cline Campbell, owner of Catie’s Confections, at 304-216-5776 or send her a message on Facebook to place an order ahead of time and she will have it waiting for you. Spouses Bakery has awesome asiago, gouda, and cheddar bread, as well as other sweet and savory treats. Mallory and Vanessa usually sell out quickly, so don’t hesitate!
Come meet the FraLi Gourmet family, brush up on your Italian, and take authentic cuisine home for an easy, homemade meal. They will have fresh homemade mozzarella, Italian bread like you wished your grandmother made, jarred sauces and olive oils, and Italian dinners to take home and bake.
The Palmetto Pops stand is another popular vendor, with eight or more popsicle flavors each week. They use fresh fruit, have no artificial flavors, and offer dairy and non-dairy options. The Strawberry Mojito Pop, sweetened only with Agave Nectar, is one of my favorites. If you are going home right after the market, buy several pops and put them in the freezer to enjoy later in the week!
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, located behind the Tybee Island Police Department building.
Paradise Products 21 has a great selection of jams, pickles, and sauces. They will be introducing a Sweet Bourbon Glaze and a Summer Tomato Dressing at the March 7th market. They will also have FROG jam (their best seller), delicious Sweet Baby Beets, and a Tropical Dipping Sauce, perfect with local shrimp and many other items.
Buck N Junebugg 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 have a wide variety of granola flavors, great for snacking right out of the bag, serving with milk or yogurt, or adding to baked goods. They make every batch from scratch right here on Tybee Island.
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 locals stop at Davis Produce on Wilmington Island to pick up fresh fruits, vegetables, and specialty food items, 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 Atcheson’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.
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 include additional 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.