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4 Tips for Getting the Most out of a Farmer’s Market

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If you’re looking for fresh food grown from local farmers and unique crafts, there’s nothing quite like the experience of a local farmer’s market.

Fortunately, you’ll be hitting one of the most popular and successful farmer’s markets in the area when you visit Sanibel Island. The Sanibel Island Farmer’s Market, located at Sanibel City Hall, is so popular that the surrounding parking lots are full by 10 a.m. Here’s 4 tips for getting the most out of the Sanibel Island Farmer’s Market, which runs through April 24.

Arrive Early

This is a popular farmer’s market. Hours for the farmer’s market, which runs every Saturday from October through April, are from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Farmer’s Market vendors are setting up shop around 7 a.m. and by 10 a.m. the parking lots around City Hall are full. If you want fresh produce and fresh bread before it’s picked over, you’ll want to get there early. Other parking lots are located at the Sanibel Library, BIG Arts and the Schoolhouse Theater. Lucky for you Sanibel Island is known as a popular biking community. So ditch the car and take the beach cruiser with a basket to hold your stuff. There’s plenty of bike racks near the market.

woman inspecting carrots at farmer's market

If you want fresh produce and fresh bread before it’s picked over at the farmer’s market, you’ll want to get there early.

Try the Farmer’s Market Samples

Variety is the best word to explain the Sanibel Island Farmer’s Market. Kiosks sell everything from fresh produce to exotic fruits. Dutch, German, French, Mexican and Greek cuisine is also offered here. Where else can you go to a farmer’s market and pick up flowers, crab cakes, fresh guacamole (the locals’ favorite offering) and seafood for dinner? Only on Sanibel Island.

We can confirm the produce and other offerings are fresh. The Sanibel Island Farmer’s Market is known for vendors that have taste sample plates in front of their booths. So feel free to try it before you buy it.

Bring Cash

You’re buying from local farmers and small business owners. Some of them don’t have credit card machines on hand at their booths, so be sure to bring enough cash to buy all of your goodies.

buy local sign at a farmer's market

If you’re looking for fresh food grown from local farmers and unique crafts, there’s nothing quite like the experience of a local farmer’s market.

Bring your Dog

Don’t be afraid to bring your dog to the farmer’s market. Sanibel Island is a pet-friendly town and sometimes the dogs walking on leashes at the market seem to outnumber the humans. Some vendors even leave water out for both local and visiting pups. Leashes are required. Owners must be prepared to clean up after their dogs and keep their heads and tails away from the fresh food offerings.

Spend some time on Sanibel Island to enjoy all that the Farmer’s Market and the island has to offer. You’ll want to head out on the water too for a water picnic, so take advantage of Port Sanibel Marina boat rental options or book a relaxing boat cruise and tour. Give us a call at 239-437-1660 to plan your trip today.

About Port Sanibel Marina

Royal Shell Port Sanibel Marina is a beautiful "Old Florida" style marina offering boat rentals, boat storage, kayak, paddle boards and canoe excursions in the Fort Myers, Florida area.

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