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FROM THE FARM The Farmers Market in downtown Sarasota has proven incredibly popular, especially during season. Photo by Norman Schimmel A NEW FARMERS MARKET THAT WOULD BRING 30 TO 40 VENDORS TO SAWYER LOOP ROAD IN PALMER RANCH REQUIRES A COUNTY ZONING AMENDMENT By Roger Drouin County Editor Sarasota could soon be getting another Satur- have been working with the Culverhouse day farmers market. family, which owns the undeveloped land on This one would be located about halfway be- Palmer Ranch and controls the Palmer Ranch tween downtown Sarasota's popular market, Master Association, to set aside property on Sawyer Loop Road, in which draws an estiPalmer Ranch, for the mated 350,000 people How would [their plans] affect the new venture. annually, and the market in downtown Ven- [downtown] Sarasota farmers market? I The plan is in the preprefer they have an open communication ice. liminary phase, said and dialogue on that. Todd Underhill, presThree local vendors ident of the nonprofhave started a nonChristine Robinson Commissioner it that runs Manatee profit group to spearSarasota County County-based Geraldhead the effort. They

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