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Green Flea Market returning to Earth and Spirit Garden Gallery

December 28, 2011
By MEGHAN McCOY - mmccoy@breezenewspapers.com , Pine Island Eagle

The Green Flea Market, which is hosted by Earth and Spirit Garden Gallery in St. James City, will be held again on Jan. 7 offering an abundance of things for those who attend.

Diane Lampitt, who opened the business with her husband, Scott, three years ago, began with a vision and mission, which still remains to be accomplished on a daily basis.

Their vision is "to restore and nurture the natural landscape of SW Florida; to honor the dignity of workers, artisans and farmers through fair trade practices and resources; to partner with local organizations and people to bring together a collective spirit of community and to celebrate the earth and the gifts given for the life of the world."

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MEGHAN McCOY

Diane Lampitt: Earth and Spirit Garden Gallery owner Diane Lampitt sits in the garden near the water, while enjoying her surroundings.

Due to that vision, the business has grown to incorporate the community as much as possible, so they can enjoy the land the gallery rests on as well.

"We try to show people that we are stewards of this place," Lampitt said, referring to the almost four acres they own. "It is open for people to enjoy too."

The Green Flea Market was first introduced to the community in October.

Fact Box

If you go:

What: Earth and Spirit Garden Gallery Green Flea Market

When: Saturday, Jan. 7 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Owners: Scott and Diane Lampitt

Where: 5425 Maria Drive in St. James City

Operational Hours: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Wednesday through Sunday

Information: 239-282-1025 or

www.earthandspiritgardengallery.com

"The Green Market is a fun way to accomplish a mission," Lampitt said.

The market in the past has attracted vendors that bring recycled items with them, produce from their farms, plants and sprout kits.

She said they have space for 10 vendors who are encouraged to call ahead of time if they want a table at the market. She said they ask for a $10 donation from the vendors to take part in the market.

In addition to the vendors, the market also features live music in the pavilion, mango smoothies using mangos off of their trees, coffee, muffins and ice tea.

The Green Flea Market, which is held on the first Saturday of every month, will run until the end of the season in either April or May.

"We are a destination," she said. "We try to do things like this so they can experience earth and spirit."

The Lampitts decided to open Earth and Spirit Garden Gallery because they had dreamt of a place where people could come to find healing and nourishment. She said part of their passion is to do business that is not self-promoting, but rather do business that has the well being of the people and earth in mind.

"There is a presence here," Lampitt said. "It is a calm place."

She said they have let things revolve since purchasing the property.

"People seem to be catching onto it," Lampitt said.

Authors, photographers, exercise enthusiasts and many other individuals gather at Earth and Spirit Garden Gallery to take in the surroundings in the garden.

Lampitt said the second Saturday of every month they hold Creative Coast, which is a gathering of artists in the garden. She said they also hold retreats, book signings and demonstrations in the garden.

Another way they help others is through fair trade to provide a sustainable way of life for those in developing countries.

"The retail portion is helping other people," she said about the gallery. "It is hand-made by someone with dignity instead of manufactured."

 
 

 

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