Best Florida Locally Sourced Freshly Made Jams and Jellies are hands down made by Meli Gusto. Melissa the founder and owner of Meli Gusto came to Florida from a small suburb of Paris, France.
She began working in a farmers market at the young age of 15 while also attending school for tourism. After school, her passion for travel and food brought her around the world where she discovered the eclectic flavor profiles that influence her unique jams.
During her travels to Asia, she learned how different types of food affect your body and health and how to eat with a purpose.
For this reason, Melissa’s creations are all natural, preservatives free, gluten free and she offers many vegan options.
When Melissa arrived in the US and began making her own jams and spreads for her friends, they couldn’t get enough!
She knew that she wanted to share her passion with a wider audience.
Because Melissa’s recipes are influenced by her travels, the flavors are wildly different than the standard jams you will find in your local grocery store. They are named for the cities that inspired them. They range from a sweet, tropical pineapple coconut to a spicy pear habanero to a savory jalapeños bell pepper.
All ingredients are locally sourced and freshly made. Flavors change with the season and availability so you can always expect something new. With the success of her jams, Melissa decided to branch out into others spreads and authentic Mexican salsa.
Her energy balls will give you an all natural boost without any added sugar. They are a smart and delicious snack for an active life style.
Every Sunday Meli Gusto has a booth at the Siesta Key Farmers Market located on the beautiful barrier island of Siesta Key, Florida. The market hours are 9am to 1pm at 5104 Ocean Blvd in the Village of Siesta Key, Florida.
The Best Homemade Salsa For Sale In Florida hands down is Chillihead Salsa. Period!
Soup to salsa! The story behind the sweet red crack . . .
Chilihead started in 1997. Tyson Wolters, after many libations, was snowed in a farm house in Eastern Washington. After many hours of boredom and inevitable hunger, he found a whole box of tomatoes, and decided to attempt to make tomato soup.
He found it needed pepper. He ended up using jalapeños because he couldn’t find any. The next morning his dad tried and said to him, “I don’t know what you were doing in here last night, but this is the best salsa I’ve ever eaten.”
The best part is that it was an accident, in our opinion.
Skip ahead to 1999, Tyson and his Wife moved to Key West and he was the night kitchen manager of the Hogs Breath Saloon. The Tyson burger is still on the menu. This is where the salsa began to develop a little more. The access to new spices from the Caribbean really made it begin to take form.
In 2006, in Sarasota, he was researching tomato soup recipes trying to figure out how the two correlated. He was introduced to prominent tomato growers in the central/SW Florida area. He realized they weren’t utilizing the waste from the tomatoes and proposed the idea of using it for making his Salsa for his tomato soup recipe.
Because of the influence of the diverse cultures of being in the tropics, he started developing the Salsa further, instead of the soup. He had access to large amounts of the produce he needed and was able to refine the product, and pick up larger accounts in town, such as O’LEARYS.
In 2013, Tyson and Julia met when their bands played together for a benefit in town, that his company was donating for. In 2016, Chilihead had become too busy for one man to handle, and after a few meetings (and a few beers) they decided to take the leap to the next step.
When your belly rumbles and all you can think of is savory, sweet red tomatoes and spicy, crisp peppers swirling about in your mouth, than welcome to the dangers of becoming a Chilihead Salsa Addict…
Salsa lovers beware…your taste buds are in for a surprise when they try our sweet red crack!
PSA: We lost our conscience in the making of this product and accept zero responsibility for any addictive behaviors that users may come across. Until further examined by FDA, we highly recommend devouring this product in high doses until belly ache is achieved!
Why try to compete with the masses? We don’t make the same boring metallic tasting salsa produced at the same factory as your cheesy poof chips…
Our salsa is made batch by batch that our passion – my art is creating a delicious and surprising menu that will overwhelm your every sense.
Want to share the love of Salsa at events, private parties and more. Drop us a line or give us a call.
The Hub Baja Grill Supports Local Artist. Original Art For Sale On Siesta Key. Come in and enjoy original art at The Hub Baja Grill on Siesta Key, Florida. The perfect complement to a sumptuous feast is inspiring art. at The Hub Baja Grill, They celebrate the sensory by treating you to art that is as fresh and contemporary as their cuisine. If you eat with our eyes first, consider the original art your first course.
Lloyd Dobson local Siesta Key – Sarasota artist feels like beauty is essential to the well being of the soul. Lloyd’s work is designed to bring a sense of beauty, fun and inspiration to the everyday routines creating a palette of God’s Siesta Key beach scenes. To create a moment in time when your mind is full of joy. Lloyd brings back the memories of this paradise island in his oil paintings classical forms, attention to detail, elegant compositions and the eternal search for the Masterpiece.
Lloyd’s paintings hang in hundreds of private collector’s homes throughout the US, the UK, Canada, Germany, and Switzerland.
Besides The Hub Baja Grill you can find Lloyd Dobson every Sunday, 9:00am to 1:00pm at the Siesta Key Farmers Market, located at 5104 Ocean Blvd in the Village, where you can buy affordable original beach themed oil paintings by this local artist. He also makes it easy to become one of his art collectors because he ships FREE to the US and Canada.
Discover why The Hub Baja Grill is the talk of Siesta Key. After your relaxing day at Siesta Key Beach, come down to The Hub Baja Grill. The Hub Baja Grill has been serving up fresh Baja cuisine for locals and tourists alike since 2008. The Hub Baja Grill’s famous Grouper fish tacos, hand-made lobster bisque and other Latin American and tropical inspired creations are sure to exceed expectations of the most discerning palate.
They offer indoor dining and a covered patio on the sidewalk. They offer live music every day and night. “Fiesta Hour” runs Monday – Friday 11:00am to 6:00pm and features, $7.50 House Margaritas, $4 House Wines, $3 Well Drinks, $2 Domestic Drafts & One Great Time! LATE NIGHT FIESTA HOUR 10:00PM – Close with the same Great Prices 7 Nights A week!
The Hub was awarded #1 margarita in Sarasota/Siesta Key by The Sarasota Herald Tribune in 2010, and voted #1 restaurant for popularity and customer service in Siesta Key by the users of www.TripAdvisor.com. So come on down and find out why we really are “The Hub” of Siesta Key and Sarasota!!
Ja’Zari Dream specializes in providing premium ingredient, natural based skin care products to help you maintain soft, healthy skin. From our line of Shea Butter Soaps to Organic Whipped Shea Body Butters; you’ll find many beneficial skin-loving ingredients such as Organic Unrefined Shea Butter, Organic Cocoa Butter, Argan Oil and Avocado Oil. Our products are carefully formulated and delicately made in small batches to ensure the highest quality possible and are sure to “Make Your Body Smile, The Natural Way”.
Sarasota native, Lavette Sanders, started Ja’Zari Dream after learning about some of the common ingredients often found in commercial soaps that have the potential to irritate skin conditions such as eczema and dry out our delicate skin. Thus, it became the mission of Ja’Zari Dream to provide quality, skin healthy options without the usage of artificial lathering agents or harsh detergents. Handcrafted Shea Butter Soaps by Ja’Zari Dream are produced using Organic Unrefined Shea Butter. Shea Butter is a primary ingredient which is intensely moisturizing, soothing to irritated skin and an excellent skin conditioner.
Body Glow Sugar Scrubs by Ja’Zari Dream provides a truly dreamy, skin pampering experience. Gently exfoliate away the surface level of rough or dying skin cells to reveal a fresh, smooth layer of beautifully soft skin. With the skin conditioning power of Beeswax and nourishing attributes of Sweet Almond Oil, you will experience first hand the “body glow” effect of Ja’Zari Dream’s sugar scrubs.
Whether you’re dealing with dry skin conditions or simply desire an effective all-natural moisturizing agent, Ja’Zari Dream’s Organic Whipped Shea Body Butter is the product for you. Primarily containing Organic Unrefined Shea Butter, this body butter goes on light, absorbs quickly into the skin and does not leave a heavy oily feel to the skin that can sometimes be found with natural body butters.
The addition of Grape Seed Oil provides skin softening and soothing properties to help individuals with managing dry, itchy skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. With a variety of products to choose from, Ja’Zari Dream is sure to have something for you to help in maintaining your skin’s health the natural way!
You can find Lavette Sanders and her JaZari Dream business every Sunday at the Siesta Key Farmers Market located in the Village at 5104 Ocean Blvd from 9:00am to 1:00pm. Stop by and say hello. Many vendors and live music.
Farmers Markets In The Sarasota Area. A best kept secret is the Siesta Key Farmers Market located in the beautiful island Village of Siesta Key, Florida. It has been a local tradition since 2008 open every Sunday, rain or shine from 9:00am to 1:00pm at 5104 Ocean Blvd.
It’s an easy place to strike up a conversation. If you are looking to connect with like-minded people, meet some local art and craft people with whom you can be conversant. give it a try. You’ll see… with each successful conversation it becomes easier and easier. Before you know it your walk through the market will be enhanced with new acquaintances.
A super way to spend Sunday morning! Have a tasty breakfast at one of the many restaurant choices in the village. Then visit the market before heading to the beach. And by the way the sugar white sand beach of Siesta Key has been voted the #1 beach in the USA numerous times.
The market has 30 plus vendors displaying their work such as original beach themed oil paintings by local Lloyd Dobson Artist, Photography by Mike Lee Beck Photography, Little Piece of Paradise Shell Art by Jeanne Heere, Batik Bliss clothing by Rita Van Gorder, Hand Painted Ceramics by Camila Rosenstock, Tim Steller Wood Art by Tim Steller, Vinsoy Handmade Candles by Kim Johnson.
Bambooty Bodygear by Joe Monach, the Olive Branch & More by Pino Testini, The Futa Spa by Mike Crider, Siesta Key Skin Care by Suzanne Roberge, The Fun Mushroom Guy by Bill Nelms, Terri’s Treasures by Terri Cisero, Presto Pesto by Bob Garbowicz, Natrix Granola by Teylor Bouchard, Ja’ Zari Dream by Lavette Sanders, Change It Up Fashion by Stephen Mosca, Coastal Clay Studio by Gretchen Singh.
LuLaRoe Fashions by Patti & Tiffany Sisk, Yum Yum Tree Fresh Produce by Fred Dula, Luna-tiques by Lynne Ostroman, J.K. Originals by Judith Kolk, Pet Portraits by Enid Romanek, Haiaki Gordon Green Tea by Izumi Gordon, and Village Cafe by Alec Kouvatsas.
The Siesta Key Farmers Market have live music every week for your listening enjoyment including our visitor’s local favorite Siesta John. Its a great way to get in the local groove!
Many of the market’s vendors offer vital information about local resources and create awareness in natural health and the environment. We hope you enjoy the Market on Sunday mornings throughout the year. Farmers Market offers delicious spring greens, herbs and a variety of produce. Shoppers can also find a vast number of boutiques, assortment of local, organic products and a Taste Of The Village with area restaurants serving farm fresh items from their menus.
What are you doing this Sunday morning??? Come visit us 9am to 1pm Freshness waiting, lots of new vendors,
See what some of the visitors are saying?
Jenny W. – Bailey, Co. – “Loved the variety of handmade goods, pottery, organic products, unique natural soaps, produce, art, food and more at this Sunday market ! Found some unique gifts….they even had live music that had us dancing and singing along in the sunshine ! Will become.an annual destination for sure.”
Carol O. – Madison, Wi. – “In Siesta village, a Sunday farmers and local crafts market. Really worth a look see for great gifts and souvenirs. Music and fun in the sun ! Local produce, baked goods, food, soap, pottery, art, crafts, clothing, etc. Great way to catch the local scene!
Additional Farmers Markets in Sarasota – Bradenton area:
1) Bradenton Farmers’ Market – Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., October through May – Old Main Street (12th St. W.), between Manatee Avenue West and 3rd Ave. W., Bradenton, Fl
2) Central Sarasota Farmers Market – Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., October through June – Florida House Institute, 4454 Beneva Road, Sarasota, Fl
3) Englewood Farmers Market – Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., October through May 300 block of West Dearborn Street, Englewood, Fl
4) North Port Farmers Market – Fridays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., October through April – 4970 City Center Blvd., North Port, Fl
5) Phillippi Farmhouse Market – Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., October through April Phillippi Estate Park, 5500 S. Tamiami Trial, Sarasota, Fl
6) Punta Gorda Farmers Market – Saturdays, 8 a.m. to noon, October through AprilTaylor Street at Olympia Avenue, Punta Gorda, Fl
7) Sarasota Farmers Market – Saturdays, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., year-round- Main Street & Lemon Avenue, downtown Sarasota, Fl
8) Siesta Key Farmers Market – Sundays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., year-round – Davidson Plaza 5104 Ocean Blvd, Siesta Village, Siesta Key, Fl
9) Venice Farmer’s Market – Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., year-round – 200 block of Tampa Avenue, Venice, Fl
Affordable Tropical Beach Themed Oil Paintings available from Lloyd Dobson Artist with free shipping to lower US 48 and Canada. Lloyd’s paintings hang in hundreds of homes, businesses and offices throughout the US, Canada, the UK, Germany, and Switzerland.
Born in Kansas City, Missouri and raised in Independence, Missouri. Lloyd studied art in high school and college where he was blessed to win numerous art awards and ribbons. In Missouri he studied under the late artist Andrew Thoman.
In college was drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers and went to the west coast to their rookie training camp. In his second year of playing minor league baseball he tore ligaments in his leg and being on crutches resumed his passion for painting. In California Lloyd studied under California artist Bert Carter.
Lloyd’s work is enjoyed in private collections throughout the world with some of the more notable collectors being Art Linkletter, Debbie Reynolds, and Debbie Reynold’s mother.
If you have decided that you want your home to have a tropical feel, you can paint the walls in green, maybe paint the ceiling in blue or even go out of your way to paint a mirage on the wall.
Now you can top it off with a few original tropical beach theme oil paintings that will reflect maybe some palm trees and the beach. Or anything that you think best ties in with your tropical beach theme.
Art is infinite and there are no limitations to the imagination, so you will have no problem finding what you are looking for.
You can go about this another way though, the aforementioned plan was to have the walls and the rest of the house decorated first. Then find the paintings that match, but that does not have to be the case. If you visit somewhere and see gorgeous oil paintings that just simply catch your eyes, then you can bring them home and decorate your house to match those paintings and bring it all together.
When your home is decorated to suit you, you will see that you are a lot more comfortable in it, despite whatever your circumstances may be. The house will simply shine!
Buy oil paintings that you love to get your home sparkle with their variations and style while making your home decor irresistible to you and appreciated by your visitors.
Here are a couple examples of Lloyd Dobson Artist from the Siesta Key – Sarasota area of Florida.
You can also find Lloyd’s beach themed oil paintings at the Siesta Key Farmers Market located in the Village of Siesta Key every Sunday from 9am to 1pm. Lloyd ships FREE to the lower US 48 and Canada.
Where To Get The Best Presto Pesto In Florida is an easy question to answer. When people think of Presto Pesto we want them to say “Fresh, original, inspired, delicious.” Presto Pesto wants everyone to be a fan and for that to happen we try to cater to all the many different tastes.
We are gluten free: All our Presto Pesto recipes, our gluten free pizzas, gluten free soups and salsas. And even if you are not gluten free, you’re going to love our products. In addition to our number one selling Basil Pistachio Nut Pesto.
Presto Pesto has several specialty recipes that are cheese free, nut free, tomato free or any combination of the above. Let us know what you need and we will do our best to accommodate! We are based out of Southwest Florida currently, originally from the Chicagoland area.
Well, now you are probably asking “Where can I get some Presto Pesto and all their other gluten free goodies?” Check out our website, www.prestopesto.com, for a full Farmers Market schedule so you can see us in person and taste the deliciousness.
You can also order online and have your order shipped directly to you, or give us a call or email with any questions you might have. We look forward to serving you some of the best gluten free goodies around!
You can also find Presto Pesto every Sunday morning at the Siesta Key Farmers Market. It is a Sunday morning tradition since 2008 from 9am to 1pm, the Siesta Key Farmers Market located in the Village at 5104 Blvd.
Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him and he shall direct thy paths.
Siesta Key Skin Care is an organic and natural skin care and body care product line made by licensed and insured Master Aestheticism Suzanne Roberge. Her own formulas have been tried and true for many years.
She makes her products by hand in small batches for freshness and with the finest ingredients. Her products do not have emulsifiers or chemical preservative to help us live a toxin-free life.
We can drink filtered water, get exercise, plenty of sunshine and eat well, however we do not take into account the ingredients in the many products we use daily. Household cleansers, make-up, hair and skin products might contain chemicals, perfumes, fake fragrances, dyes, and other potentially harmful materials that our bloodstream and liver must try to filter out.
Those chemicals can wreak havoc on our systems. This is why Suzanne makes products that are actually beneficial to our bodies and healthy for our souls plus they smell great too from real essential oils and not synthetic perfumes. This is why Suzanne makes products that are actually beneficial to our bodies and healthy for our souls plus they smell great too from real essential oils and not synthetic perfumes.
Let’s support local business and feed our bodies good ingredients inside and out. Siesta Key Skin Care offers talcum-free body powder, body wash, essential oil linen spays, natural crème deodorants, lip balm, body lotion, salt and sugar scrubs and many more wonderful smelling and useful items to choose from.
Siesta Key Skin Care is ever expanding their line and will have a website in the near future.
Look for the Siesta Key Skin Care booth at the Siesta Key Farmer’s Market every Sunday in the far NW corner of the Davidson Plaza in the heart of the village, right in front of Gabbiano’s Restaurant.
Where To Buy Affordable Batik Hand Painted Clothing And Art In Florida. I named my business Batik Bliss because I’m following my bliss. My world is about color. How it vibrates with me and when I was a little girl I loved to draw and paint and make clothes for my dolls.
Fast forward to today. I discovered painting on fabric around 1988 and began painting on silk. First I began making silk scarves, which became more and more elaborate. Then started doing local art shows and sold to upscale boutiques. One day a returning customer said to me, you’ll never guess what I did with your scarf? She proceeded to tell me she had framed it as a piece of wall art.
That inspired me to do paintings on silk. I traveled all over the USA doing fine art shows, selling my framed paintings and eventually had lithographs printed and became very successful.
After about 25yrs I decided to reduce my travels being in my mid 60’s and just stick to Florida. My next adventure, on holiday in Bali Indonesia, I fell in love with hand painted batik fabric. Brought loads home with me and designed and made cloths from the Batik sarongs for my self. My friends loved the skirts and encouraged me to sell them. I went back to Bali and found a small family business to work with, they will paint the fabric in colors I choose and ship to the USA aboard a ship in containers.
So what is Baltik fabric?
A tradition of making batik is found in various countries, including Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, the Philippines and Nigeria; the Batik of Indonesia, however, may be the best-known.
Indonesian batik made in the island of Java has a long history of acculturation, with diverse patterns influenced by a variety of cultures, and is the most developed in terms of pattern, technique, and the quality of workmanship
Now I have found a home at the Siesta Key Farmers Market located in the Village at 5104 Ocean Blvd. and held every Sunday, from 9am to 1pm. My booth displays my lithographs, designer batik skirts, and scarves.
I love what I do and I’m grateful for my many blessings. You can also catch me occasionally at the St. Petersburg, Florida, Saturday mornings at the market. The dates for St. Pete can be found on my web sitewww.RitaVanGorder.com
Where To Buy The Best Lapidary Jewelry In Florida. There is an easy answer to this question hands down. Terri’s Treasures!
At Terri’s Treasures she offers unique and affordable gemstone jewelry; Terri saws, cut, and polish the gemstones herself, then she wraps sterling silver or 14ktgf wire around them, therefore, each piece is completely handcrafted, and truly a “one-of-a-kind”.
Each piece is “tagged” with its own identification number, because no two pieces are exactly alike. Pieces are subject to availability. With a wide price range and a large selection of materials, there is sure to be a treasure for everyone!
It all started in the third grade with a chapter on “rocks and minerals”, in science. The class took a field trip to to a local “rockhound’s” workshop. He explained the tumble polish method and showed us his vast collection of gems. On the way out we each got to choose a polished stone to keep; Terri still has hers.
That was it, Terri was hooked! On her next report card she got straight “A”s and was rewarded with her first (of many) real rock tumbler! Her Dad built a workshop in the basement; and stones have been her passion ever since.
Terri got older, and moved out of her parents home, so she packed up her workshop and stored most of it in the basement. Terri still displayed her collection, and stayed interested, but stopped actively tumbling.
Terri started a family, and had a job; life was good, but something was missing. Shortly after her second child was born, Terri really felt like she needed something for her. A conversation with a neighbor about her new agate slice wind chime brought it all back, and Terri realized what she was missing.
It is difficult to explain why we are drawn to certain things. Why these hobbies, or passions make us feel so happy inside. It could be the beauty of the gemstones, or the fact that they are a part of nature; something so incredible created in the earth, in the dirt! Nature is amazing. Terri states that “She is not sure why she feels like a child at Christmas, or a kid in a candy store every time she attends a gem show or rock shop.”
Terri can’t really explain to you why she has always felt such a strong connection to crystals and gemstones. But what she does know is that she is truly grateful to have something she is so passionate about, and so happy that she gets to share that passion with you!
Let’s take a look at some of her beautiful pieces of jewelry!