By Isaiah Jenkins and Gabby Parzygnat
Every Saturday the Jacksonville Riverside Arts Market, RAM, hosts a farmers market showcasing a variety of small businesses, farmers, band artists, and more. For those in the Jacksonville community looking for a fun way to spend an afternoon post-hurricane Dorian, the Riverside Arts Market is a great choice.
Over 4,000 guests come out and enjoy art, music, and fresh produce. Located directly under the Fuller Warren Bridge is the riverside amphitheater which sits 350 guests and features hours of live music performances. Yoga can be enjoyed every Saturday morning before the main event kicks off at 10 AM.
A variety of Jacksonville musicians can be seen performing throughout the event. Jacksonville band “Swing Bone” led by lead vocalist William Goin detailed how the opportunity to perform at RAM allows him to do what he loves.
“Riverside Arts Market gives me the opportunity to showcase music. Albeit its one set but its great music, the sound guy here is great, and it allows us to play music which is one of the things we love to do,” said Goin.
As Hurricane Dorian passes, many people and nonprofit organizations, such as Florida Blue, have engaged in relief efforts in the for the community. According to a recent report from Action News Jax, Florida Blue has donated $150,000 in efforts to help the Bahamas.
RAM Senior Manager John Silveria said, “We work directly with people affected in the Jacksonville area or need help getting back on their feet. We partner up with American Red Cross to raise money but we primarily help physically. Help get people off the street, find them shelters, and do more hands-on work in the community.”
Jacksonville’s Riverside Arts Market has been the six-time winner of Folio’s Best of Jacksonville Award for Best Farmers Market. Each vendor brings their own unique twist.
Vendor for Its All About The Mac Darlene Melton can go on and on about all the specialty mac and cheese she brings to the market each week. Melton said, “This mac is made with eight different cheeses. I have a seafood mac made with lobster and shrimp. I have a vegan mac that is really good, I use red lentils, our chickpea pasta in making it.” And that is only some of what she offers.
The RAM has something for everybody. Whether it’s morning yoga, fresh produce, art, or music they’ve got it all to make your day a great one. To keep up with the market’s latest events or want to know what else is going on in the Riverside area go to riversideavdondale.org.