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Sarasota News Leader July 19, 2013 MARKET DETAILS The Palmer Ranch outdoor market would specialize in foods such as meats, fish, baked goods and produce — although other consumable products such as soap would be sold, Underhill said. The plan is to have a total of 30 or 40 vendors. Page 51 Robinson met with the group July 3, and the commissioner likes what she has heard so far. "There have been no decisions made on it," Robinson said. "But I think exploring a new farmers market is an exciting thing. These folks are doing their homework. They have been involved in markets and the agricultural "I think initially we will be able to start pret- industry, and I am encouraged by the experity quickly with 30 vendors," added Underhill, ence they have." who has spoken to other potential vendors. Robinson added that she sometimes tries to Since locally grown items are the key ingredients for a successful farmers market, Underhill said, the group also plans to require that vendors who sell produce at the new market grow a portion of what they offer to the public. schedule meetings so she can attend farmers markets, and having places where residents can buy farm-fresh produce and similar foods is a sign of a healthy community. "If I have an appointment in Englewood, I will "We are trying to be a positive economic force try to schedule it … so I can swing by the marfor local ag producers," he added. ket [in Venice]," Robinson said. Sawyer Loop Road could become the site of a new farmers market in Palmer Ranch. Image from Google Maps

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