Viera Park Market features locally grown produce, gourmet food
Karen and Tim Shea are excited about the new Viera Park Market.
VIERA VOICE Christopher Shea
Fresh local produce soon will be available at the new farmer’s market at Viera Regional Park. As drivers pass the park between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Sept. 15, they can stop by to shop for produce, specialty foods, art work, body products and other items.
Opening day at the Viera Park Market will feature tables loaded with delicious cuisine, a smorgasbord of sauces and fresh produce. Everything is produced by local food and handcrafting businesses.
“We are very excited for opening day,’’ said Karen Shea, the co-owner of TCS Foods. “The farmer’s market will have lots of organic and non-organic produce, gourmet olives, hand-crafted items and organic body products. We will also have local honey, baked goods, organic and goat’s milk soaps, local art work and many other local products.”
The upcoming event, the first of its kind in Viera, will be the second farmer’s market in Brevard for Shea and her husband Tim, a chef. The Shea's weekly downtown Melbourne farmer’s market has been popular for the past five years.
In addition to the delicious food, pottery, organic dog treats, herbs and plants, 35 vendors will be at the market to discuss their products with customers. The Shea's crock style cheese spreads, produced in Suntree, will be available, as well as herbal teas, gourmet muffins, olives, olive oils and infused vinegars.
“We started our business by building a kitchen and producing the cheese and selling it here,” Shea said. “It became popular very quickly. Sharing the kitchen and helping others get rolling evolved due to job losses.”
The Sheas operate the successful TCS Foods’ commissary kitchen in Suntree, which serves as a production facility for more than 25 local companies. The Shea's commissary has housed fledgling businesses for 11 years, aiding with the intricacies of the food business.
“We help tenants with packaging, marketing, licensing and adhering to regulations of the food industry,” Shea said. “We are proud that we have been able to help so many local businesses. Some make it, some don’t, but we are there to help them. Our vendors call us mom and dad.”
Viera Park Market will be held at 2300 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, which is adjacent to the Viera Regional Park Recreation Center.
The TCS kitchen is located at 3280 Suntree Blvd., Suite 105, in the Suntree Business Center.