Handmade and Homegrown: New Destin farmers’ market opens on the harbor

Savannah Chastain
The Pampered Princess will be onsite with a plethora of handmade soaps, bath bombs, lotion bars and sugar scrubs.

Where can you get water-grown vegetables, farm-fresh milk, and gourmet crab meat pretzels? Starting today, you can find all of these unique products and more at the brand new Destin Harbor Farmers' Market. Today (Saturday) is the grand opening for what may be Destin's new big attraction for both locals and tourists alike.

Market coordinator Diane Kolopanas is bringing the wealth of the 30A Farmers' Market in Rosemary Beach to Destin.

"We have a bunch of really neat and unique vendors," said Kolopanas. "For the initial date we will have between 22 and 32 vendors, with everything from fresh produce to beautiful artisan bread…you name it we have it."

Kolopanas shared that all of the vendors are local and offer exclusive handmade and homegrown products. An eclectic array of food products will be available including gourmet oil, vinegar, honey, hot sauce, granola, tea, popsicles, and even organic dog treats. Handmade items such as soaps and headbands will also be featured. Several mouthwatering food fares will lure your taste buds including cultural collections from Mexico, India, Greece, Cuba, and France.

"We have vendors that take bits and pieces from around the world and bring it to the market," Kolopanas said.

The Rosemary Beach Market was launched in May of last year, and Kolopanas said she had her sights set on a location in Destin since about that same time.

"Destin really needed a good sized market," she told The Log, "We love Destin and the harbor, and we think it will be a great asset for the community."

The Destin Harbor Farmers’ Market is located at 314 Harbor Boulevard (U.S. Hwy 98) next to Dewey Destin's Harborside. The market will be open every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with additional days to be added in the future. If interested in becoming a vendor, call Diane Kolopanas at 850-499-4697.

Main Street Market hoping for a new start

The Destin Harbor Farmers Market is not the first of its kind in Destin, as a fledging Farmers Market took shape on Main Street just last year. 

Amy Holt, who owns a sweet bread company, “Made by Annie,” helped coordinate the Main Street market and told The Log,

“This last year has been really rough, we had a lot of interest because it was new, but then all of the sudden their was not enough traffic from Destin and it was not pulling enough or making enough to survive.”

Amy explained that the Main Street Market is now taking a different approach, and plans to open a permanent Farmers’ Market co-op by early April in a warehouse at 216 Mountain Drive.

“It will be a seven days a week local market, with on site jams, fruits and veggies, and local milk on a coop basis,” she said. “We want to be an outlet for our community garden to sell their produce.”