If you’re looking for a different kind of weekend activity, grab your sun hat and set out to spend the day at one of the many local Farmer’s Markets throughout Southwest Florida.
You can stroll through the vendor’s booths, sample tasty local food, take home some of the area’s freshest produce or a locally made clothing item and enjoy the perfect weather of the Florida high season. Almost all markets in this article operate from November through April.
Here’s a look at some of the most popular Farmer’s Markets in the area.
Marco Island Farmer’s Market
Veterans Community Park
901 Park Ave
Marco Island, FL 34145
Every Wednesday from 7:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
This is a large event featuring delectable local produce from area farms, locally sourced honey, fresh baked goods, flowers and plants and food prepared by local food trucks and restaurant vendors. Learn more
Beach Baptist Church Farmers Market
130 Connecticut St.
Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931
This is a very popular market featuring fresh local seafood, produce, empanadas and Cuban sandwiches, fresh roasted coffees and a wide variety of arts and crafts from local artisans. The City of Fort Myers Beach was devastated by Hurricane Ian, so check the Facebook Page above to ensure they are back open. Learn more
Third Street South Farmers Market, Naples
Saturday from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. Year-Round
Offering some of the area’s best fresh offerings, this popular market has something for everyone, including seafood and meats, produce, fruits and vegetables, prepared foods, jellies and jams, pastries and baked goods and even doggy treats. Learn more
Bonita Springs Farmers Market
The Promenade at Bonita Bay
26795 S Bay Dr.
Bonita Springs, FL 34134
Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to Noon
You can find everything in this upscale green market from flowers and plants to a wide variety of fruits and vegetables. Other vendors offer things like prepared foods to take home, fresh coffee and smoothies, bakery goods, jams, honey and much more. Learn more
Estero Farmers Market At Miromar Outlets
10801 Corkscrew Road
Estero, FL 33928
Every Saturday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Year-Round
This is the perfect outdoor market to find unique local gift items for any occasion, fresh seafood and produce, fresh-cut flowers, authentic Mexican foods, handmade crafts and much more. Learn more
Cape Coral Farmers Market
SE 47th Terr. & SE 10th Place, in Club Square
Downtown Cape Coral
Every Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
This one of the biggest and most popular outdoor markets in Southwest Florida, with more than 125 vendors featuring arts and crafts, certified organic produce, fresh Gulf shrimp and other seafood, local honey, guacamole made on-site, jellies, baked goods, native plants and trees and a lot more. If you don’t fill up at the market, Club Square is surrounded by some of Cape Coral’s most popular and unique restaurants for a delicious lunch. Learn more
Sanibel Island Farmers Market
City Hall, 800 Dunlop Road
Sanibel, Florida 33957
Sundays, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., October through end of May
An extremely popular social event for islanders and visitors alike, this charming outdoor market offers a large array of local produce, freshly baked breads, fresh meat and seafood, local honey, fresh cheeses and much more. Because of Hurricane Ian, check for hours of operation. Also, no dogs are allowed in the vendor area. Learn more
Santini Farmers Market
Santini Marina Plaza, south end of Estero Island
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., November through May 31
Stock up on all varieties of fresh local produce, fruits and vegetables, seafood direct from the Gulf, meats, honeys, locally crafted jewelry and crafts, plants and flowers, homeopathic pain remedies and even beach gear. Learn more
The Alliance for the Arts GreenMarket
10091 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers
Every Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Select from a wide offering of locally sourced fresh foods like seafood, vegetables, fruits, and other locally cultivated delicacies. You can even relax with a free yoga class outdoors on the Alliance’s beautiful grounds.
While this is not a complete list of area farmers markets in Southwest Florida, you can pick and choose your options to enjoy a beautiful day outside sampling local fare, make new friends and take home some delicious foods and unique products. Learn more