Many came out to Old Main Street on Saturday for the return of the downtown farmers market to buy fresh produce, food, crafts or to listen to music. Sam Woolf from Lakewood Ranch who is a contestant on the upcoming season of “American Idol” was just one of the performers!
Many farmers weren’t at the season opening of the farmers market as a result of damage to their crops caused by last month’s heavy rain, according to John Matthews of the Suncoast Food Alliance.
“It has set people back, I have one farmer that lost everything,” Matthews said. “It will probably be November before we see everyone.”
Suncoast Food Alliance works together with Realize Bradenton to put on the weekly event from October through the end of May. Saturday’s market featured about 30 vendors, but organizers hope that those numbers will increase further into the season.
It’s also fun to visit the bars and restaurants along Old Main!!