East Beach Market

Featured Image: Customers sipping on Sage Mermaid kombucha. Maria Vittoria Chessa | Marlin Chronicle

I recently had the pleasure of going to the East Beach Farmers Market, which has just been relocated to Bay Oaks Park, 2413 E Ocean View Ave. The market is a twenty-minute drive from VWU and is a pleasant weekend activity.

Farmers markets are not just about groceries, they’re about the experience, the community and the shared sense of supporting local businesses.

 The East Beach Farmers Market embodies this spirit wholeheartedly, and it’s even better now at its new location. As Amy Jordan, one of the market organizers, said, “We love our new location here at Bay Oaks Park for many reasons, we love the shade from all the trees, we have picnic tables, benches and playgrounds for the kids, and it’s a very walkable, peaceful park.”

The move to Bay Oaks Park has indeed breathed new life into this market, and it’s not just the organizers who are thrilled. The buyers seemed equally delighted.

Cathy Baker, a vendor at the market, owner of Flour Child Bakery, also appreciates the change in location. “The new location is ten times better. We are a little more spread out, but you get good exercise and make up for the calories you’re about to consume,” Baker said.

Visitors can expect a diverse range of products beyond fresh produce. With more than forty vendors, the East Beach Farmers Market offers everything from grass-fed meats to artisan cheeses, homemade soups, freshly baked goods and much more.

As one buyer noted, “I usually go to farmers markets to get produce, but today I also bought cheese and laundry soap.” This market offers a one-stop shopping experience, making it even more convenient and interactive.

The vendors here are not just sellers, they are passionate individuals who take pride in their offerings and genuinely care about their customers. One of the highlights of the market is the opportunity to interact with the farmers and artisans themselves. They are more than happy to share their knowledge and stories behind their products.

Nikki Hopkins, The Sage Mermaid Kombuchery owner, who has been part of the market for about seven years, was kind enough to give out samples of her products to people stopping by, highlighting the genuine interactions between buyers and vendors.

For those who prefer a more immediate gastronomic experience, or want to entertain their stomach while shopping, the East Beach Farmers Market doesn’t disappoint. Food trucks and stalls line the market, serving up delicious dishes that cater to every palate.

You can get something to drink from Aroma Coffee, savor a gourmet hot dog, indulge in a juicy burger, or if you’re patient enough you can line up at Klassic Doughnuts to get your hands on their freshly made doughnuts.

Whatever your taste, the market offers a diverse range of culinary delights that are both delicious and made from locally sourced ingredients.

The East Beach Farmers Market is also pet-friendly, so you can bring your furry friends along for the experience. Many dog-friendly vendors, such as Bucket’s Biscuits, even offer homemade treats for your four-legged companions.

For families looking for a weekend activity that caters to both adults and children, the East Beach Farmers Market is a perfect choice. The market’s setting in Bay Oaks Park with its playgrounds and family-friendly atmosphere makes it an ideal outing for parents and children alike.

The East Beach Farmers Market at its new location in Bay Oaks Park will take place every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. until Nov. 18. It offers a refreshing and enriching experience for both buyers and vendors. With a beautiful park setting, an array of quality products, and a strong sense of community. Whether you’re a regular shopper or planning your first visit, the East Beach Farmers Market is bound to leave you with a sense of fulfillment, a basket full of goodies and a smile on your face.


By MariaVittoria Chessa