By Michelle Caceres

Fall has officially arrived, and with the decreased humidity comes an increase in the number of outdoor entertainment options, and in FishHawk Ranch that means the return of Market Day and its semi-annual community-wide yard sale.

Market Day, formerly referred to as the Farmer’s Market, begins on Sunday, October 6 and is held on the first Sunday of each month through May. Located in Park Square from 9 a.m.–2 p.m., this month’s market will be teeming with the season’s harvest of fresh-picked oranges, eggplant, summer squash, zucchini, sweet potatoes, green peppers, cucumbers, Ruskin tomatoes, and corn. In the mood for watermelon? “A new crop of seedless watermelons is just coming in and will be a bargain at $3 each,” said Farmer Pete. Washington apples will also be on sale as well as bananas, fresh eggs and honey.

“We’ll have harvested a crop of pumpkins and corn stalks too just in time for Halloween,” he said.

A staple at the market for five years is Brooklyn Knish, whose owners Mac, Bonnie and Brian Wacktler serve up their own modern take on the Eastern European potato-filled pastry.

“We’ve embellished on the original potato knish by putting different fillings inside,” said Bonnie, who sells hundreds each Market Day.

In addition to the regular vendors, a special activities during opening day from 10 a.m.–1 p.m. will include a DJ, fall craft for the kids, retail businesses will be offering trick-or-treating (no costume necessary), face painting and a balloon artist. Oneblood will also be set up in the parking lot from 9 a.m.–2 p.m. for anyone wishing to donate a pint (of blood).

Later in October, bargain hunters galore come out in droves during FishHawk Ranch’s semi-annual yard sale. On Saturday, October 19 from 8 a.m.–12 Noon, residents and non-residents alike will browse hundreds of individual sales that offer a little something for everyone, including clothing, furniture, baby items, sporting equipment, tools and more.

For more information about Market Day or the Yard sale, contact Jenny Carle at 657-6629.


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MIchelle Caceres has been writing for the Osprey Observer for seventeen years. She enjoys writing human interest pieces about inspiring members of the community who are working to better our community. She lives in FishHawk Ranch with her husband and recently became an empty-nester. When not writing, Michelle is serving her church community, reading and enjoying Florida's weather.