Farmers Market brings tradition of such shopping to the lakefront

For many, turning a year old means another step forward on the path of life. In a child we see great leaps and bounds into personhood while businesses tend to look at the future as a real possibility. One-year milestones are as varied as the person or business, but always about a fresh new look on what lies ahead.

For Mount Dora, the Mount Dora Open Air Market has reached that one year milestone, ready to move ahead and taking its rightful place as a cornerstone offering on the town’s community front.

So along with that year milestone and cornerstone place on the Mount Dora horizon, the open air market is making a few exciting changes to move it into toddlerhood.

Mount Dora Village Market is the new name of this exciting and growing offering, and a new location along the actual lakefront in Elizabeth Evans Park promises a farmers market unlike any you’ve ever known.

Just another block down from its previous location at Lakeside Inn, the Village Market is at the end of Donnelly Street in the park, with tents set up giving off the feeling of a fair or Renaissance Faire.

With woods to one side, the circle end of the street to the other, a Lawn Bowling facility and the lakefront here, you’re in for a treat.

Shop under the cover of trees in the shade, stroll along the lake and look over at the Mount Dora Lighthouse, Florida’s only registered inland lighthouse, and enjoy your shopping in this unique setting.

Bring a picnic and listen to music played in the market, bring the dogs and treat them to something here such as biscuits or a new collar. Buy some produce and add it to our sandwiches.

The Mount Dora Village Market has grown from an idea to a parking lot happening to this growing, expanding, and important addition to town and the community. Originally launched by the Visit Mount Dora organization, which is a merchant’s and marketing organization, it is now a team partnership between Visit Mount Dora, the City of Mount Dora and the Chamber of Commerce.

Promising to grow continually in the coming months, the number of vendors is set to triple, with more produce, plants, crafts, and music in the works. I even spoke with the goat milk and cheese lady who promises to return this fall/late fall with more baby goats.

So bring the family, bring that special someone, make it a meeting place for friends, or just stop by and enjoy it on your own, but make the Mount Dora Village Market a must-do every Sunday.