Nearly everyone around here goes crazy over local produce, products, and meats. That’s reflected in our favorite restaurants and shops who appeal and cater to the St. Augustine lovers and locavores. Founded by husband-and-wife duo, Jeff and Genie McNally, who are the owners behind The Floridian, a popular farm-to-table restaurant located in downtown St. Augustine, The Market at Stewart’s aims to join that group of Augustine-philes and fill a void left by large-scale, chain supermarkets.
“We put a lot of heart and quality into the things we do,” explained Jeff McNally, co-owner of The Market. “We’ve always believed that eating and buying food is a social and ecological act. Buying from local producers, smaller producers and independent producers means that we can create a sustainable economy – supporting one another and positively impacting the environment.”
The Market at Stewart’s features La Floridita Kitchen, a prepared foods counter manned by co-owners and husband-and-wife team, Gaston Buschiazzo and Amy Tarmey. Offerings include house-made hummus, chia pudding parfait, pasta salad, empanadas, smoked fish dip, quinoa salad and baked goods like fresh pop tarts and even homemade donut holes. The grocery also hosts a butcher counter and fresh seafood case with hand cut bacon, datil sausage, Angus beef and pork from CartWheel Ranch as well as Cedar Key Clams and Mayport Shrimp.
“We took over the space from a longstanding St. Augustine business, Stewart’s Market, which started as a thatched roof, tiki hut-style produce stand in the mid-1970s,” Jeff said. “Our mission is to continue as a small, community market while supporting local farmers and purveyors. We bring nearly a decade’s experience of working with some of the most talented folks in Northeast Florida, and look forward to sharing everything we’ve learned at the restaurant to our customers at The Market.”
The Market at Stewart’s will host a grand opening on Tuesday, August 29 from 7 to 9 pm with complimentary beer, wine and hors d’oeuvres while they last. The event is free and open to the public.
The Market at Stewart’s is located at 311 Anastasia Blvd., St. Augustine, Fla. Regular business hours are Monday through Friday from 9 am to 7 pm and Saturday and Sunday from 9 am to 6pm. Call 904-824-5637 or visit www.themarketstaug.com for more information.