By Jessica Creagan
FELLSMERE -- Fresh produce, baked goods, farm animals and more will be on the grounds of the Old Fellsmere School this weekend for the inaugural Fellsmere Farmer's Market and Mercado.
The sales will begin Saturday at 9 a.m. and go through 2 p.m., said coordinator Sara Savage.
Vendor booths must be registered in advance, but there is plenty of space for entrepreneurs to participate, she said.
"If you can make it, bake it or sell it, we have a place for you," said Ms. Savage, also a Fellsmere city councilwoman.
Some of the vendors on the farmer's market side will be selling produce, small farm animals such as ducks goats or chickens, and hand-made or home-made items such as jewelry, jellies, breads and wood carvings.
The "mercado" side will be for selling items not made or produced locally, such as sunglasses, hats, belts, make up products or toys, Ms. Savage said.
Mercado is Spanish for market or marketplace.
"We do have some things that are not allowed; no fireworks, pornography, guns and ammunition and anything illegal or recalled," she said.
A 10-foot by 10-foot vendor space is $15, a mercado space is $20, and a ready-to-eat vendor booth is $25. There is an initial application fee of $15 for a business permit valid at the market.
The applications are available online at the Fellsmere Farmer's Market and Mercado Facebook group page.
The motivating reason for the farmer's market was to provide an outlet for selling the produce grown in the Fellsmere community garden. The garden is in between planting seasons at the moment, but the garden has been fruitful in the past and will continue to be planted and harvested, Ms. Savage said.
The funds raised at the market based on vendor fees or donations, will go to pay a market manager, support the community garden, help entrepreneurs and possibly help the city with purchasing benches, she said.
The Fellsmere Farmer's Market and Mercado will take place on the second and fourth Saturday of each month, and also on the occasional fifth Saturday.
For more information, call Ms. Savage at (772) 413-1784 or visit the group Facebook page at www.facebook.com/groups/FellsmereFarmersMarketandMercado/.