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Growers & Makers Market back in Lake City

Mama E’s Gourmet Delectables offered a huge variety of canned vegetables and other goods. -All SVT Photos by Tami Stevenson

By Tami Stevenson

As the demand for fresh produce and hand made items increases in this fast-paced, disposable world we live in, farmers markets continue to grow in popularity.

The City of Lake City Growers and Makers Market, held at Olustee Park in downtown Lake City, began only two short years ago with barely five or six vendors. This last Saturday, according to Lake City Community Program Director Terri Phillips, they had 80 vendors.

As our hurried, digital age grows at an astronomical rate, a farmers market is a great way to escape where visitors have the opportunity to meet folks that do things a little differently. They grow the vegetables themselves, they raise their own bees for the honey they sell, they actually grow and/or produce most of what is on display and they know everything about their products.

One of the vendors selling eggs for $4 a dozen had photos of her chickens proudly displayed on the table alongside the eggs. Tami Berry, of Lake City, said this is only her second time there and planned to come back.

At Mama E’s Gourmet Delectables, owner Eva Williams said, “When I retired I wanted to do something besides sit down.” She began with blueberry/peach jam and it went over so well, her business has blossomed into a huge variety of canned vegetables and other goods just within the last couple years. She said, “I hear everybody talk about how good it is, I want it to stay good.” Mama E’s Gourmet Delectables is a regular at the Growers and Makers Market.

Daisey’s Vintage Cast Iron Restoration by Dawn and Christopher Lydick of Lake City, were at the market selling antique and vintage cast iron skillets they had restored, dutch-ovens, sauce pans, griddles and the like.

Removing the rust from Grandma’s old cast iron skillets is not as easy as one may think. Simply trying to sand the rust off can ruin the pan so it will not season properly. According to Christopher Lydick, generally, the process is a combination of various food grade chemical baths to remove the oxidation and the rust and to lift off all of the old, caked on seasoning. They are always looking for old, rusty cast iron skillets they can restore and re-sell. They can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Josie Gaskins from Gaskins Apiaries of Lake City is normally at the market. She said they incorporated in 2014. Her husband is the beekeeper and they are a family owned and operated business. They sell everything honey, creamed honey, infused honey, honey straws, chapstick, lotion bars and all sorts of honey items. Customers can visit them on Instagram and Facebook.

Sponsored by the City of Lake City, one of the best things about the market is that it is free for everyone, including the vendors, after filling out an application with the city. The Growers and Makers Market is held every second and fourth Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., weather permitting or other events are not scheduled to take place, like the Spring Market, which is coming up Saturday, May 13, from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., so mark your calendars.

Phillips said, “The 3rd annual City of Lake City Spring Market will have over 125 vendors lining the streets from Olustee Park to Wilson Park. We will have vendors selling soap, honey, crafts, jewelry, candles, candy, and baked goods and a large array of food trucks. We would love for you to come out and enjoy this downtown community event and see what our downtown has to offer.”

Olustee/Wilson Park is located at 169 North Marion Avenue, Lake City, Fl 32055.

Daisey’s Vintage Cast Iron Restoration by Dawn and Christopher Lydick of Lake City.
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Josie Gaskins from Gaskins Apiaries of Lake City, talks with a customer at the growers market, Saturday. -SVT Photo, Below: Josie with husband and son checking the bees.

Carols Crafts has been coming for over a year, since they first started. -SVT Photo

The Flower Stand by Alyssa Roxby -SVT Photo

Tami Berry, from Lake City, was selling eggs for $4 per dozen. She has been raising chickens for four years. -SVT Photo