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Wildly popular Grand Lagoon Waterfront Farmers’ Market has outgrown the grassy areas of Pirate’s Cove Marina and the two acres of parking the marina offers and has arrived in the next logical place . . . the OTHER side of the bridge at Captain Anderson’s Restaurant!  Beginning Saturday, February 16, the market will host the neighborhood’s favorite Makers, Bakers and Growers on Saturday mornings from 8am to 2pm at Capt Anderson's in addition to their customary Sunday hours at Pirate's Cove, 11am to 4pm.
 
 
"We are meeting the demands of locals and our Northern friends that are escaping the winter at Grand Lagoon,” said Barney Barnes, President of Waterfront Markets.  “Market-goers have learned that they have to get to market early because many of our produce vendors and bakers sell out midway through market!”  Barnes is gratified that many customers are on a first-name basis with their favorite vendors and that they ask each other about their families.  “This is so important, the strengthening of our local food system AND the strengthening of our neighborly ties.  It all works together!”  Barnes also explained that local farmers planted early this year to meet demand of customers and they are harvesting their first crops already.  The mild winter has accelerated the harvest. 
 
 
The Patronis Brothers Partnership is allowing the use of their space in front of Captain Anderson’s Restaurant to keep foot-traffic moving on both sides of the bridge.  Two marked parking lots adjacent to the market area will accommodate parking on the east side of the bridge.  Visitors can also stroll the docks at Capt Anderson's Marina, book a fishing trip and grab a bite to to eat at one of the legendary restaurants within walking distance.
 
 
Jim Hamilton, Marina Director at Pirate’s Cove and Lighthouse Marinas said, “There are so many reasons to come and spend the day at the Lagoon!  We have at least a half-dozen great restaurants in walking distance, charter fishing boats, tour boats, dinner cruises, jet skis . . . you can do it all here and you don’t even have to start your car.” 
 
 
With the completion of the beautiful new Grand Lagoon Bridge, runners, walkers and bicyclers are a common site originating from both sides of the water.  “It’s a beautiful thing to see all these people moving around, smiling and connecting,” said Lois Oswald, market volunteer and wife of the Wooden Spoon Man.  “We love being a part of this and so do our customers.”  LuAnn Key, a vendor that has been with the market since 2010 stated, "We are like a family and we bring much-needed foot traffic to local business.  The small business owners of Grand Lagoon benefit from our markets in a big way and we benefit from being here." 
 
 
The market boasts an all-volunteer staff with a mission to raise agricultural awareness in the region while enhancing economic opportunities in the communities they serve.  Pirate’s Cove Marina has graciously hosted the farmers market since April 15, 2012.  The recent additions of a 55-foot tour boat, Paradise Adventures and a new Caribbean-themed restaurant, Runaway Bay, adds to the excitement at the Lagoon.   
 
 
Scott Burt of Coastal Marina Management reached out to Waterfront Markets in 2012 to explore the possibility of the market opening at the Lagoon.  “We are interested in contributing to the success of all the Historic Grand Lagoon waterfront businesses.”  Burt donates the use of the land during market hours as the Patronis Brothers Partnership does.  “We are excited to continue to host the market as it grows and look forward to a long term relationship with the market.  We are thrilled to see throngs of people enjoying the many wonderful amenities of the Lagoon.” 
 
 
The market is open on Saturdays from 8am to 2pm at Capt Anderson's and on Sundays from 11am to 4pm at Pirate's Cove.  For more information about the market, visit WaterfrontMarkets.org and call 850.763.7359.



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