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Lee County Farmers Markets
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? The most important aspect of shopping at far mers markets is that it’s
fun for the entire family.
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 suit-
able 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 weekly farmers markets:
Wednesday: Health Park Far mers 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 email@example.com.
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. It is open to March 30. Call
226-4783 or go to www.buylocalee.com.
Thursday: River District Farmers Market, under the U.S . 41 Caloosahatchee
bridge, 7 a.m . to 1 p.m . Fruit, vegetables, local honey, bread, seafood, barbecue, flow-
ers 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 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, flowers,
seafood, baked goods, snack foods and plants. It is open to April 29. Call 765-0202
or go to www.fortmyersbeachfl.gov.
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 is available to sample and purchase.
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, barbecued 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. It is open to April 30. Call 489-9061 or go to www.buylo-
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. It is open to May 14. 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 . until April 24. Call Crystal Mansell at 472-3700.
Lee county has two farmers markets that are open year-round and several more that are
now open for the winter tourist season
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 .
On Thursday, December 3,
Go Girl Cycling is hosting a
female-only kickoff party for
the Everyone Rides multi-event fun-
draiser for the Boys & Girls Clubs of
Lee County (BGCLC). The event will
begin at 6:30 p.m and include lite
fair, beverages, tire changing tutori-
als and “girl talk.” There will also be a
raffle for cycling-influenced items. The
event is free to all ladies who attend
and tickets can be found at www.
Go Girl Cycling in Fort Myers will be
the host for the Go Girl Cycling Party,
where participants can mingle with for-
mer professional cyclist Kristin Harvey,
who has raced for 12 years, eight of
them as a pro-cyclist. She won Masters
World Champion in the time trial and
then retired in 2012. Harvey is currently
vice president of client services and mar-
keting for Momentum Sports Group, who
owns and operates the UnitedHealthcare
Pro Cycling Team and the Maxxis-
Shimano Pro Cyclocross Team.
“What an exciting opportunity to be
able to chat with a former Masters World
Championship” said Shannon Lane,
Boys & Girls Clubs of Lee County CEO.
“Go Girl Cycling is the perfect venue for
an event like this and we can’t wait to
meet and mingle with Kristin Harvey.”
Presented by Ted Todd Insurance,
Everyone Rides is a multi-event fundraiser
– which also includes Everyone Runs and
Everyone Relax – to support the Boys
& Girls Clubs of Lee County, which
provides safe and supportive low-cost
after-school and summer enrichment pro-
grams to our community’s at-risk youth.
The 12th annual event will take place on
Sunday, December 6 at JetBlue Park,
located at 11500 Fenway South Drive in
Full-event information about Everyone
Rides, including times, early bird dis-
counts and VIP pricing, is available online
For more information about BGCLC,
call 334-1886 or visit www.BGCLC.net.
Meet former Masters World Champion
Kristin Harvey at the fundraiser
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