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Monday February 20 , 2017

Big Cheese Gourmet Shop

Big Cheese Gourmet Shop, Julie Presseller owner

Big Cheese Gourmet Shop has been vending at Farmer's Markets in Southwest Florida for the past eight years.  Offering over 50 varieties, we specialize in artisan & craft cheeses imported from Europe, as well as creameries from around the United States.  We also sell delicious Pate, handmade all natural salami, locally sourced blueberry jelly, gourmet crackers, authentic Frence Baguettes and have our very own all purpose spice blends for bread dipping and as rubs.  Of course, we always have samples available and cheese accessories.

We have cheese for everyone!  Vegetarian, Gluten Free, Lactose Intolerant.  We purchase our cheese by the block, wheel or log and cuts them to random sizes and price by weight.

Big Cheese is available to do educational cheese pairings with beer or wine and prepare cheese platers for your special occasions.

Our gourmet shop is located at 307 Taylor St. in beautiful down town Punta Gorda.

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Phone 941-391-4856


Blooming Groves Nursery

Russ Esposito, Owner

Donna Santoro, General Manager 

Blooming Groves Nursery is a family owned and operated nursery established in 1991.  We carry herbs all year with a larger selection during the winter months.  From fall until spring, we carry vegetable plants and greens - some heirloom varieties.  From spring until fall, we carry perennials including butterfly plants.  We offer a large a large selection of succulents and cactus all year - including some rare and unusual plants.

We take pride in offering quality products at reasonable prices and all locally grown.

North Port, Florida



Blue Pagoda

Gina Victor and Mickey Carnell, owners

Blue Pagoda is a Wedding/Event florist - Orchid Retailer.  They provide all types of orchid services including repotting, dividing, pest control, orchid-scaping, fertilizining, consultations, and seminars/talks.  We have owned the Bue Pagoda for 13 years.  We are Ohio State alumni.  Mickey graduated with a degree in Plant Health Management.  Gina was a teacher before moving to Florida to enter this business.

Website: www.blue-pagoda.com

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Butcher's Gourmet/Ipswich Clambake

Dana & Julie Chase, owners

Since 2012 we have been excited to be a  part of the Venice Farmer's Market.  We feature Butchers Gourmet melt in your mouth marinated sirloin tips and chicken.  From the Three Sons Rance in Punta Gorda we carry their 100% grass fed, antibiotic & hormone free ground beef & bison.  Our prime pork ribeyes, filet minon and ribeye steaks are exceptional.  Ipswich Clambake is our New England partner providing award winning soups, chowders & lobster bisque.  Our old neighbor from Danvers, Ma. is the source of prepared haddock, cod, sole & tilapia.  The Real Deal gourmet stuffed clams, seared ahi tuna, Maine lobster meat, Kayem natural casing hotdogs and New England hot dog rolls give you a hint of where we come from.  Our local Brewburgers' award winning Suncoast BBQ chili is a customer favorite.  Every week we bring a selection of gluten free breads and muffins from the Sarasota Stella Bakery.  In season, or by request, we will have numerous prepared foods made popular at our former retail store.

See us at the market to schedule an Ipswich Clambake/Fish fry/BBQ at your home of business.

Phone: 1-978.766.0437

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Website: www.butchersgourmetsarasota.com

Facebook:  Butchersgourmetsarasota.com


C F Produce

Produce, Cindy Hupper, owner

Trained by Tomato George, I  will do my best to present our customers with an attractive display of the best of the season, fruits and vegetables available in Florida.  Tomato George was one of the first vendors, to help start our market over 15 years ago, I have been at the market through rain, freezing cold, and blistering heat.

We have three growing seasons here in Florida, fall, winter. and spring. In everyone else’s growing season, summer, we have to have most everything shipped to us from the north.  Vegetables need cooler nights to produce fruit, than we have in the tropics.  I only bring products to the markets that are nutritious, fresh, and attractive to the eye that I would enjoy in my own home.


Chef Craig B. Chasky

Chef Craig B. Chasky, owner

Chef Craig, formerly of the Food Network, New York Times magazine, New York Yankee magazine, Sarasota and Manatee Herald, ABC and NBC TV, ABC's The Suncoast View, is proud to be one of the newest members of the Venice Farmer's Market, located in historic, picturesque downtown Venice, Florida.

Chef Craig is delighting the patrons with his live cooking demos and free samples each Saturday for the dish that he is showcasing that week.

Cross-marketing is one of Chef Chasky's specialties and he practices that by incorporating into his cuisine the products sold by other vendors at the market, such as meats, produce, pasta, and other various items to create one stop shopping at the market.

Free recipes for each dish are provided at no cost to the consumer so that everyone can cook like a celebrity at home for their family and friends.

Dora Sherry, inspirational speaker, writer, and biggest fan of Chef Craig is always be his side at the market.

Sop in and say hello to Chef Craig and Dora and experience some of the wonderful cuisine  they provide.

Phone:  941-224-5924

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D & B Nursery

Don & Brenda Hanak, owners

D & B Nursery has been registered and inspected by the Florida Department of Agriculture since 2001.  We are a retail nursery owned and operated by Don and Brenda Hanak.  They grown and sell from the Port Charlotte location, and sell regularly at farmer's markets, plant sales, and special events.  People are welcome to visit and buy plants at the nursery.  To make sure they are open, please call first for a time convenient to you:  941-276-7758.  Product is usually 1-7 gallons for customer convenience of handling, hauling, and planting.  Payment is by cash or personal check.


Dee-Ziner Cakes and Pastries

Dee-Ziner Cakes and Pastries

Dee Baker, Owners

Dee-Ziner Cake & Pastries specializes in special occasion cakes, wedding cakes, pastries, and made from scratch pies.  We have been in business for approximately 6 years.  Please feel free to contact us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with any questions.  Share your email address with us so we can share with you special items being made for special occaions.  Shared emails will received a $2.00 off card on your next purchase of $10.00 or more.

As of May 2015 we have added breakfast and brunch to our menu at the Venice Farmer's Market.  Featuring made from scratch quiches.  Home made biscuits & gravy.  Build your own breakfast sandwich with sausage or bacon, egg, and cheese.  Add a side of breakfast potatoes.  Breakfast burritos fresh made on location while you wait.  Our soup selection features home made from scratch Chicken N Dumplings just like gradma use to made.  Other soup choices are fresh made from scratch clam chowder and tomato bisque.

On the sweet side for breakfast we feature:  home made cinnamon rolls topped with cream cheese icing, apple strudel and assorted fruit Danish.  We also make fruit, cream, and custard pies using my grandmother pie crust recipe.  You must try our tart key lime pie, gooey butter cakes, fresh made chocolate dipped macaroons, assorted cupcakes and cookies.

We always try to feature a special food item each Saturday, upcoming holidays, and special market occasions/events.

Phone 941-716-4196

Website:  www.customemadecakesinvenicefl.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/deezinercakesandpastries

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Dusty's Produce

Dustin Thibodeau, Owner

New farmers are quickly becoming a rarity, and these days, it can be hard to get started.  Yet exciting opportunities exist especially for those who capture the growing consumer interest in selling healthy food grown locally from our local farmers.  Dusty was inspired to start selling fruits and veggies by wanting to live a healthy life style and wanting to give others the same opportunity as the demand for more fresh and local food grown with minimal environmental effects.   He feels that eating Mother Nature's wholesome, natural foods is the best way to cleanse and heal your body.

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Efrain 'Chef Ef' Martinez

"Chef Ef", Founder and Executive Chef


Efrain "Chef Ef" Martinez has had over 19 years of experience in the food service industry.  Raised in San Andres in the south of Spain, Chef Ef learned much of his art of Spanish cooking from his grandmother Dona Felicita Perez de Garcia.  He returned to the United States to pursue a career in the Culinary Arts. After receiving a Degree in Culinary Arts from the prestigious Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, N.Y., he created La Posada Restaurant and Catering Co.  His unique talent and passion for the art of Spanish cooking was then displayed on the PBS series "Chef Ef" and the TV Food Network "Cafe Ole".

Traditional & Innovative Paellas, Tapas, Desserts and Wines


Phone:  1-845-389-2320


Immune Solution

Immune Solutions - Jackie Page, owner

Jackie, a vegan, believes the way to better health is more raw vegetables (salads).  They naturally alkaline the body and make it possible to improve digestion and increase energy.  The vegetables today lacks nutrients so in order to keep our cells supplied with dense nutrients we need to supplement the body with plant based super foods.  Jackie has been educating the public at green markets for 7 years.  She has selected out a group of powerful superfoods that she offers at the green markets.   Her product success with weight loss, improved digestion and energy has boomed her business.  Jackie's superfoods will never have: artificial colors, sweeteners, mixing agents, and/or fillers.  The are very nutrient dense so you feel some change the day you take them.  Jackies is on her second year at the Venice Farmer's Market and loves Venice, Florida.

Website:  www:immunesolutions.com

Phone:  727-468-4688

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Island Organics

Island Organics

Alexa Dippolito, Owner

Alexa Dippolito grew up in the suburbs of Pennsylvania just outside of Philadelphia.  When she was thirteen she became a vegetarian and because of that she became much more involved in food and nutrition.  She started cooking with her mom, Kathy, who was always been very supportive with her decision to be meat free.  After high school Alexa attended Temple University and the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, while also working at a local smoothie shop.  She loved working there but had so many of her own ideas that she dreamed of opening her own place.

A year later, Alexa, her parents Kathy and John, and her boyfriend Yuri decided to move into their vacation home in Nokomis.  Looking for a new way of life away from the cold they new it was time to do something different.  After living here for a few months they realized there were no smoothie and juice shops around that were all organic and really based on giving people a healthy product.  With Alexa, now a holistic health coach, they had confidence that she was ready to start her own business.  On March 1, 2014 they opened Island Organics on 231 West Miami Avenue in Venice.  So far it's been going great and the City of Venice really seems to appreciate having a healthy option on the Island.

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/islandorganicssmoothieandjuicebar

Website:  www.islandorganicssmoothie.com

Phone 941-484-3565


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