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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? The most important aspect of shopping at farmers 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:
HealthPark 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 pro-
duce and citrus along with baked goods 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 until March 30. Call
226-4783 or go to www.buylocalee.com.
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, flowers and plants.
It is open year-round. Call 321-7100 or go to www.cityftmyers.com.
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.
Marinatown Farmers Market, 3446 Marinatown Lane, North Fort Myers, off
Hancock Bridge Parkway just west of U.S . 41, 9 a.m . to 1 p.m . Barbecue, crepes,
Cuban food truck, jams, pickles, seafood, baked goods, pet treats, exotic mushrooms,
crafts and special items. It is open through March 25. Go to www.buylocalee.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.
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 cul-
tivated foods and other products available to sample and purchase. Live entertainment
by local musicians and activities for kids. It is open year-round. Call 939-2787 or go to
Florida SouthWester n 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. It is open to April 30. Call 489-9061 or go to www.buylocalee.
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.
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.
Fenway South Famers Market is open on Wednesdays until March 30. Lee county boasts
nearly a dozen weekly farmers markets, three of which are open year round.
Jean Baer holds a stalk of fresh Brussels sprouts at the Sanibel Island Farmers Market.,
which is open on Sundays through April 24
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