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Updated: 05/28/2014 08:00:01AM

Summer Farmers Markets attract locals

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Every Saturday at 8 a.m. Andrea Dombrowski provides free Yoga at the Sarasota Farmers Market by the Mermaid Fountain at 1420 State Street, Sarasota. She provides blocks, mats, and straps.

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A Sunday farmers market, The Siesta Key Farmers Market, takes place at Davidson's Plaza, 5124 Ocean Boulevard on Siesta Key from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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Vendors line the streets at Nokomis and Tampa avenues during The Venice Farmers Market every Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon.

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The Downtown Punta Gorda Farmers Market, located at Taylor Street across from the Charlotte County Court House, offers homemade pasta, fresh seafood, organic produce, and accepts Snap Cards.

By CHRIS KOURAPIS

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Did you know that many farmers markets in Southwest Florida offer an abundance of fresh produce, handmade sundries, live entertainment, and free kids' activities all summer long?

While it's true that a few markets shut down from May to October, most continue to invite families, often accompanied by leashed pets, to enjoy cool, early morning strolls through their local outdoor markets. The promise of sweet smelling soaps, colorful floral arrangements, and the opportunity to select vibrant seasonal vegetables is a great way to begin a weekend of fun and relaxation. Open markets provide shade trees, benches, tasty treats, and an opportunity to meet with neighbors and friends after a long week at work.

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