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Summer arts and crafts fair begins this weekend at Mixon’s Fruit Farms

Mixon Fruit Farms is popular with tourist and winter residents, and is one of the largest fruit shippers in the area.
Mixon Fruit Farms is popular with tourist and winter residents, and is one of the largest fruit shippers in the area. Herald file photo

There’s no fruit for the people at Mixon’s Fruit Farms to harvest at this time of year, so its packing house pretty much sits dormant all summer.

So on the fourth Saturday of every month, Mixon’s hosts an arts and crafts fair inside the packing house. The first fair of the season is this Saturday, and there’s one each month through September.

The atmosphere is distinctive because it’s inside that packing house. And because it’s inside, you don’t have to worry about the heat and the rain that would threaten any outdoor event this time of year.

There are usually about 15 to 20 vendors, and they sell a lot of hand-crafted items, including candles, jewelry and carvings, and sometimes antiques.

Almost everything else at Mixon’s Fruit Farms is open all through the summer. So a visit to the arts and crafts festival can include a stop at the cafe, or a guided tour of the farms (including its wildlife rescue area) on a tram. The tram tour takes about an hour and costs $10 for adults and $5 for kids. There’s no charge to attend the arts and crafts fair.

Details: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. June 24 (and the fourth Saturday of the month through September), Mixon’s Fruit Farms, 2525 27th St. E., Bradenton. Free. 941-748-5829, mixon.com.

Marty Clear: 941-708-7919, @martinclear

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