Homegrown success: After Destin's first Main Street Market, organizers expect an even bigger turnout
Three-year-old Jacie Cox was a blonde ball of energy as she led her grandma Julie Sadler around Destin's Main Street Market on Saturday morning. The tiny tot was anything but shy when asked how she enjoyed her first — and the city of Destin's first — Main Street market.
"This is so much fun!" squealed Cox. "My grandma bought me popcorn and bread."
"I guess I'm going to buy her some honey, too," said Sadler, after she noticed her granddaughter eyeing bottles of honey shaped like small bears.
The brains behind that bear-shaped bottle of honey — plus about a half dozen more that were for sale at the market on Main Street, were beekeeper Gordon Clauss and his wife Lois.
For guests walking up to the market from the parking lot, the Clausses and their honey — Camp Flowers Honey, a product of Clear Creek Farm in Youngstown, Fla. — acted as a welcome mat of sorts as it was the first booth guests came upon.
This market is the first of its kind to hit the streets of Destin. Organizers Amy Collins Holt and Tom Holt said the market will be open every Saturday — "rain or shine," from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Saturday's available products ranged from edible delights like sweet bread and cookies from Made by Amy, to soul-soothing, homemade soy candles and jewelry from Flutterby Antiques owners Michele and Ron Sandstead.
Although she recently sold her farm, Santa Rosa Beach resident and third-generation farmer Judy Raad staid true to her roots, selling fresh dairy and produce at Saturday's market. Acting as a sort of third party between the farmer and the consumer, Raad travels to farms to collect the freshest products from farmers who don't necessarily have the time or the interest to take their products to market.
"I only get products from farms and people I trust," said Raad. "I know everything I'm bringing to my customers is quality, and this allows the farmers to concentrate more on growing."
Organizers are expecting anywhere from 10 to 12 additional vendors for Destin's second Main Street market this Saturday, April, 13. But, vendors are welcome to commit until Thursday and with a $10 vendor’s fee — the more the merrier.
For more information on the Destin Main Street Market call them at 850-855-6384, email them at DestinsMainStreetMarket@gmail.com or find them on Facebook.
The second Main Street market is set for this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Destin Water Users office at 218 Main Street.