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Thursday July 24 , 2014

Ambiguous Orange

Shawn Hoover and Shawn Mooney, Owners

Shawn Hoover spent his childhood in West Virginia while Shawn Mooney grew up in the historic town of Dodge City, Kansas.  Hoover formerly owned a high-end flower shop in West Hollywood section of Los Angeles and catered to celebrities, private parties, the Golden Globe Awards, and many other special events.  His first entrepreneurial venture was selling his own hand-made pottery and tiles and he's the author of two gluten-free recipe cookbooks and he majored in dance and theater.   While Mooney is an actor by trade- live theater, improvisational theater, stunts.  Mooney traveled with Sesame Street Live and was "Mr. Snuffleupagus".  He also was a stunt man in the Wild West town of Rawhide, Arizona and then did a stint in radio in Phoenix.

The two Shawns traveled to Florida and decided to open a store called Ambiguous Orange.   Ambiguous Orange carries new and vintage orange products including Florida made gourmet products, gift baskets, exotic flowers from Holland and Ecuador, and beautiful one of a kind floral arrangements.  The are not an FTD, Teleflora, etc. but that is what sets 'Ambiguous Orange' apart from other local floral designers.   Talent abounds with the two 'Shawns' and if you have an upcoming wedding, special event or would love to brighten up your loved ones day, give them a call or stop by their shop.

Ambiguous Orange, LLC is "Veteran Owned" and is located in Suite 12 at 101 W. Venice Ave. on the Island of Venice, Florida.  Orange Ya' Curious?

website:  www.ambiguousorange.com

Phone:  941-484-9280


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



Butcher's Gourmet, Premium Meats

Dana & Julie Chase, owners

We are very excited to be part of the Venice Farmer's Market, starting Nov. 17, 2012.  At the market, we will feature marinated sirloin tips, chicken & pork; grass fed Florida beef; free range Florida chickens; Dakin's Dairy; Sutter's Farm eggs; and our own homemade chicken salad.

In addition to finding some of our products at the market, we have a store located at 1086 S. Tamiami Trail, Osprey, Fl. (Blackburn Point Plaza).  We specialize in delicious marinated meats ready for the oven or grill; restaurant quality steaks; grass fed Florida beef & chicken; local dairy; fresh squeezed juice; homemade prepared meals and baked goods and more. 

Custom catering, at retail prices, is available for any occasion.  WE also love creating gift baskets for those special occasions.

Check out our website @ www.butchersgourmetosprey.com

We are open Mon. - Sat., 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. 

Phone 941-882-3977 to order in advance

Come and see us - the difference is delicious!!!!


CocOlive Oil Company

CocOlive Oil, Patrick and Joyce Keigher, owner

CocoOlive is a mixture of Expeller-Pressed Organic Coconut Oil, Virgin Organic Coconut Oil and Virgin Olive Oil.  The synergism between these edible oils forms a new and innovative product with additional benefits:  1.  Lower Saturated Fat 2.  Higher Cooking Temperature  3.  Increased non-adhesion.  This is a great oil for dipping (add your own spices), sauteing, replacement for butter of substitutes and baking.

Website:  www.floridacoconutoil.com

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Store:  Florida Coconut Oil Co., Venice Centre Mall 238A Tampa Ave. W., Venice, Fl. 34285

Phone:  941-416-8229


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 and John Fowler, Owners

Dee-Ziner Cakes and Pastries is located here in beautiful Venice Florida.  We specialize in special occasion cakes, wedding cakes, pastries and made from scratch pies.   We have been in business for approximately 2 ½ years and as of January 3, 2012 we moved into our new 2000 sq ft location.  We also offer a variety of gift baskets, hand made aprons, and preserves.   We donate day old items to the Center of Hope located on Venice Avenue.   John handles specialty items such as his gooey butter cakes, liquor cakes, cookies, and delightful French cupcakes. He is also the vendor at the Venice Farmers Market (past two years) where you can find sour dough breads, pies, cupcakes, and cookies each Saturday.   

Located at 773 Tamiami Trail, US 41 Bypass South, in the Gulf Coast Plaza. 

Phone:  Bakery 941-882-3273 or  941-716-4196

Website: www.deezinercakes.com 


Geraldson Community Farms

Geraldson Community Farm - Certified Organic Grower

The Florida West Coast Research Conservation and Development,  (RC&D), through its two farms Geralson Community Farm and Gamble Creek Farm, has been providing high quality certified organic and hydroponic produce to our customers since 2007.  Our famrs and personnel are committed to growning high quality produce in an ecologically responsible manner.  We currently operate a 200 member CSA Program.

Geraldson Community Farm is 20 acre Certified Organic farm located in NW Bradenton.  Gamble Creek Farm is located in Parrish at The Center For Integrated Agriculture and grows hydroponic produce as well as Certified Organic produce.  Gamble Creek Farm has provided technical information and active demonstrations of alternative growing methods and water conservation models.  Both of our farms provide workshops and apprentice programs for beginning farmers.

To become a CSA Member:

Go to

  • "GeraldsonCommunityFarm.org"
  • At the top of the page, click "New: Click here to sign up for a 2013-2014 Season Share (You will now be on a webiste called Farmingo")
  • Select a pickup location, click next, and follow the instructions to complete the sign up.

Due to the growing season in Florida, Geraldson Community Farm will return to the VFM in October 2013!

Facebook:  Facebook.com/geraldsoncommunityfarm

Website:  GeraldsonCommunityFarm.org

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Location:  1401 99th St. NW, Bradenton, Fl. 34209


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


Joy's Gourmet

Rod Duncan, Regional Distributor

I joined the Joy's Gourmet family in August of 2012, when I discovered a vendor at another market selling these tasty, healthy sauces.  They were constantly the busiest vendors at the market!  Here's why!

Joy's Gourmet is focused on producing High Quality, Sugar Free*, Low Sodium HEALTHY Pasta Sauces, Garlic Spreads, Salad Dressings, and Appetizers, along with a Mild & Spicy Salsa.  THE PRODUCTS SIMPLY SELL THEMSELVES.

I have recently added a full line of Fresh Pasta, made fresh weekly in Sarasota.  These include some fabulous Ravioli like Smoked Salmon, Lobster, and Caramelized Onion & Mushroom.  Our Pasta line-up is unrivaled, with a delightful list that includes Linguini's, Spaghetti, Fettuccini, and Bucatini & Bucatoni, a spaghetti with a whole in the noodle.  We also carry a Vegan Pasta called Earth Mix, YUMMY!

Stop by for a Free Sample, and find out why The Joy's Gourmet Booth is a great place to pick up dinner, or a great sauce or spread to compliment you Joy of Cooking!


Kringle's Kitchen

Pat Switzer & Alice Bergquist, Owner

We are Kringle's Kitchen here for you and your dog...All of our Gourmet Dog Treats are made by hand one cookie cutter at a time. Our moto is "The Love is baked right in". We are here to supply you for the best treats for your dog for every occasion daily treats for training or for the more special occasions. We will be happy to make whatever you need from a birthday cake to platters for your canine guests. Are you having a "Barkmitzpha" or a wedding? Come see Pat or Alice at the Venice Farmer's Market on Saturday mornings!


Leah's Lemonade

Tina and Glen Cole, Owners

Leah's Cares About A Quality, Healthy Product

Leah's Lemonade is fresh squeezed and made from Florida spring water, Florida organic sugar and when available, organic lemons.

Leah Cares About our Environment

One of the goals for Leah's Lemonade is to have a green and low carbon footprint company by producing products that use less energy.

Leah Cares About People

10% of all sales of Leah's Lemonade goes to "FEED EVERY CHILD".  We like to say we're feeding every child "One Squeeze at a Time"

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Website:  www.leahslemonade.com

Facebook:  Leah's Lemonade


Maggie’s Seafood

Maggie Balch, Owner

Maggie's Seafood has been specializing in fresh, local, wild caught seafood and shrimp at the Venice Farmers market since the very first day it opened.  Along with a wide variety of swimmingly fresh fish, we also have a selection of homemade ready to eat items such as salmon patties, seafood pies, bisques and chowders, spreads and more.  For complete information about us, visit us at:  www.maggiesseafood.com.


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