When people think of Fort Myers on the coast of Southwest Florida, most often balmy weather, pristine beaches, great boating, nature centers, historic homes including the Edison & Ford Estates and even baseball spring training come to mind. But there is so much more to life in this beautiful southwest coast town, including access to some of the most succulent fruits, vegetables and other fresh produce in the world.
At the heart of this community four Local Roots Farmers Markets provide a treasure trove of produce, as well as vendors who sell everything from breads and honey to seafood, flowers and crafts. A favorite outdoor spot for residents and tourists, the Local Roots Farmers Markets in Fort Myers can be found on the Florida Southwestern University Campus, open on Fridays (Oct. 7 – April 28), from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; at Lakes Park, open on Wednesdays (Oct. 5 – April 26) from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; at Fenway South, open on Mondays (Jan. 2 – March 27) from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and at the River District, year round on Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
It goes without saying that when you buy from local vendors at a farmer’s market, the money stays in the community, boosting and nurturing the local economy. The Local Roots Farmers Markets provide an outlet for vendors to sell seasonal, local fruits, vegetables, cheeses, meats, breads, nursery stock and other goods, as well as growers who offer organic produce. Because the offerings change with the seasons, The Farmers Markets not only are a great place to find wares, but are favorite places to hang out with friends and family.
Parent Company Local Roots, LLC, owned and operated by Lee County residents Jean Baer and Betsy Ventura, was established in 2008 and now operates seven of the largest farmers markets in Lee County, Fla., including one on Sanibel Island.
Many vendors are equipped to handle credit card transactions, but it is suggested that patrons bring cash so as not to miss out on any opportunities.
Also, though vendors have plastic/paper bags available, the Sanibel Farmers Market really appreciates environmentally conscious patrons who bring their own cloth bags.
And for canine lovers, well behaved dogs are welcome at the Markets, which makes it a fun outing for the whole family. There is a pet-friendly guide on the website with rules and tips for dog owners, including all dogs must be kept on short, non-expandable leashes, exhibit self-control around other people and dogs and can safely be approached by people of all ages.
“Local Roots provides communities in Lee County with the highest quality farmers markets: selling local food, agricultural products and hand crafts.” For more information about the Fort Myers Farmer’s Markets, visit http://buylocallee.com/.
Both today’s singles and families seek communities with venues that not only provide great activities but the best in local eats. And with Southwest Florida’s year-round climate, nature provides a bounty of fresh produce and fish for everyone to enjoy. Residents of GL Homes’ Marina Bay in Fort Myers have easy access to all that the city has to offer as well as gorgeous Sanibel Island with its pristine beaches. Marina Bay features a selection of one- and two-story single-family residences, priced from the $300,000s and villas, priced from the $250,000s, for families of all sizes looking to settle on the Southwest Coast of Florida.