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Farmers markets provide access to fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables
at the peak of the growing season. That means produce is at its ripest and
tastes the best and is typically grown near where you live, not thousands of
miles away or even in another country. In Southwest Florida, it also means fabulous
fresh seafood, chemical-free and organic produce, fresh baked goods, native plants,
local raw honey and all-natural products.
If access to healthy and delicious food isn’t enough to draw you there, what about
organic gardening classes, live entertainment, culinary demonstrations, art exhibits
and kids’ activities? For example, every Saturday at GreenMarket at Lee County
Alliance for the Arts, you may join registered yoga teacher Anna Withrow, owner
of Yoga Bird, for free yoga sessions beneath the shade trees from 9:30 to 10:30
a.m. The sessions are suitable for all levels and beginners are welcome. Supervised
children are also encouraged to join in. Bring a yoga mat, sunscreen and water.
Registration is not required.
Here is a list of Lee County’s seasonal and year-round farmers markets:
Wednesday: Health Park Farmers Market, Village Shoppes at Health Park,
16200 Summerlin Road at the intersection of Bass Road. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m . (rain or
shine). Local produce and citrus along with baked good and other eatables. It is open
year-round. Call 470-9007 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fenway South Farmers Market, 11500 Fenway South Drive, Fort Myers in front
of JetBlue Park. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m . Fresh local produce, cheeses, fresh pastas, seafood,
baked breads, meats, herbs, organic vegetables, ready-to-eat meals, plants, flowers,
crafts, soaps, candles and other items. Parking is free. Call 226-4783 or go to www.
buylocalee.com. This season, Fenway South Farmers Market is open November 4
to March 30, 2016.
Thursday: River District Farmers Market, under the US 41 Caloosahatchee bridge.
7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fruit, vegetables, local honey, bread, seafood, BBQ, flowers and
plants. It is open year-round. Call 321-7100 or go to www.cityftmyers.com.
Friday: Lakes Park, 7330 Gladiolus Drive, Fort Myers. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m . Fruits,
vegetables, breads, honey, soaps, jams and seafood. It is open now through April 29.
Call 533-7275 or go to www.buylocallee.com.
Fort Myers Beach Farmers Market, under the Matanzas Bridge between Second
and Third Streets. 7:30 to 11:30 a.m ., rain or shine. Fruits and vegetables, flow-
ers, seafood, baked goods, snack foods and plants. Call 765-0202 or go to www.
fortmyersbeachfl.gov. This season, Fort Myers Beach Farmers Market is open from
November 6 to April 29.
Saturday: GreenMarket at Alliance of the Arts, 10091 McGregor Boulevard near
the Colonial intersection. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. An exclusive selection of locally grown,
caught and cultivated foods and other products available to sample and purchase.
Enjoy live entertainment by local musicians and fun activities for kids. It is open year-
round. Call 939-2787 or go to www.artinlee.org.
Florida SouthWestern State College, 8099 College Parkway, Fort Myers. 9 a.m. to
1 p.m. Fresh organic foods and baked goods, BBQ ribs and smoked chicken, healthy
smoothies, locally caught seafood, international and domestic cheeses, gluten-free
treats, meals to go, handcrafted jewelry, pottery, wood products, soaps, essential oils
and glass-fused art. The FSW Market is open this season until April 30, 2016. Call
489-9061 or go to www.buylocalee.com.
Cape Coral Farmers Market in Club Square, downtown Cape Coral. 8 a.m. to 1
p.m. Locally grown produce, native plants, fresh Gulf seafood, live music/entertain-
ment and informative community presentations. This season, it will be open until May
14, 2016. Call 549-6900 or go to www.capecoralfarmersmarket.com.
Sunday: Sanibel Island Farmers Market, 800 Dunlop Road (City Hall – next to the
library). 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. This season, it will be open until April 24, 2016. Call Crystal
Mansell at 472-3700.
Warm up with Yoga Bird this Saturday at the Alliance for the Arts. The free yoga session
begins at 9:30 a.m . during GreenMarket, which runs until 1 p.m .
Lee County boasts many farmers markets, several of which are open year-round. Above
is Sanibel Farmers’ Market Manager Jean Baer holding fresh, local Brussel sprouts on the
Join Rotary District 6960 For
The World’s Greatest Meal
Rotary District 6960 District Governor Cyndi Doragh announced last week
that The World’s Greatest Meal, part of a global movement to support Rotary
International’s campaign to End Polio Now, will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on
Monday, November 16 at the Westin Resort in Cape Coral. The public is welcome
to join Rotarians for this special evening hosted by The Rotary Club of Cape Coral
Sunset. The price is $25 per person and includes hors d’oeuvres and a glass of
wine or beer. To RSVP and prepay before November 9, email Suzanne Vasbinder
at email@example.com. For more information, call 357-8787.
Polio survivor Susanne Rea, past president of the Rotary Club of Cairns Sunrise
in Queensland, Australia dreamed up The World’s Greatest Meal, where clubs and
individuals can hold their own meal events and donate the proceeds to PolioPlus the
30-year-old Rotary program that has raised hundreds of millions of dollars to eradicate
polio. Having promoted the concept across far-flung destinations in India, Rea has
embarked on an eight-country tour, including district conferences in the United States
such as Southwest Florida’s District 6960 Rotary Club Conference this past May at
South Seas Island Resort on Captiva.
In her world travels, Rea has witnessed the creative concepts that have come out
of her call to action, from a simple gathering of Rotary members over coffee to an
amazing auction of Pele soccer memorabilia in Brazil. In 2014, Rotary members raised
enough money through the World’s Greatest Meal to vaccinate four million children
against polio. Through 2018, every U.S. dollar Rotary commits to polio eradication
will become three dollars, thanks to a 2-to-1 match from The Bill and Melinda Gates
“Susanne’s project has highlighted the impact one person can have to further
invigorate an initiative that is already deeply ingrained in the culture of Rotary,” said
Doragh. “Her passion and the innovation she has encouraged with The World’s
Greatest meal is an inspiration, and unites us all in a project for the good of the
To learn more about The World’s Greatest Meal project, including how to hold your
own event or to donate directly, visit wgmeal.com.
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