Allison Askey and Lindsey Jackson are looking to take their Gulf Place Farmer's Market to a higher level than all others. They want it to be a destination.
Open now on Sundays from 9 a.m.-1 p.m., and Thursdays from 3-7 p.m. on the Gulf Place green at the corner of County Roads 30A and 393, the Farmer's Market offers all the regular farmers’ market staples and more.
Shoppers will find organic foods, produce, eggs, cheese, vegetables, jams, jellies, fruits, honey, handmade soaps, and arts and crafts, all offered by local farmers and vendors.
"It's going to be really good and we should get a really good following," said Askey. "We want to make it the biggest in the area."
In addition to offering more varied items than other farmers' markets, Askey is also banking on the decision to open the market on Thursday evenings. She says the unusual time is for those who are planning for their weekend meals.
"They can shop for dinner and do their weekend shopping on Thursday evening and not have to do it during the weekend," she said. "This will be unusual for a farmer's market."
Scheduling it for a Thursday will also allow it to be open during Gulf Place's monthly Third Thursday Wine Walkabout.
Askey and Jackson have never started a farmer's market before, but they have visited many. Askey goes to all in the area and is familiar with what they have.
Both have taken the Master Gardner course and will graduate at the end of the year.
Jackson makes her own soap and sells it through Black Jack Soap Company.
"I believe in eating food that is 'farm to table' and supporting local farmers and crafters. It's a healthier way to live. I am a proponent of organic fresh food and I eat a vegetarian diet based on vegetable, dairy, and eggs," said Askey.
The market opened with 15 vendors, but Askey said they are receiving more applications weekly.
"We have plenty of room for more," she said.
The charge to vendors is $15 per day for green space and signage. Each vendor is responsible for their own setup.
More information can be found at Market at Gulf Place's Facebook page.
The market will be open year round.
"We are looking forward to a great season!" said Askey. "We hope it will be something on the map and people will make a special trip."