In Southwest Florida, farmers markets flourish from fall to mid-spring. And the open-air wholesales are hands down the best way to get not just fresh produce, but handmade crafts and creations. There’s something new to see almost every day of the week at these free and friendly farmers markets. Dates can vary, so be sure to check each website before visiting.
Fenway South Farm & Flea Market – Monday
The Fenway South Farm and Flea Market is a unique collection of clothes and crops set just outside of JetBlue Park. The event runs in partnership with the Boston Red Sox and features the usual farm market finds alongside sports memorabilia. Parking is plentiful, and entrance is always free during market hours.
Fort Myers Beach Farm & Art Market – Tuesday
On Tuesday, just steps from the Matanzas Pass Bridge, there’s a wonderful spread of seafood, smoothies, produce and pastels. Go to the Fort Myers Beach Farm and Art Market for quality take-home gifts or a quick refreshment. Parking is limited, so a trolley, bike, walk or boat are encouraged modes of transport.
Captiva Island Farmers Market – Tuesday
New to the list and a first for Captiva Island, this market is located at the entrance of South Seas Island Resort. It features just-picked produce, fresh cut flowers, candles, meats and more. The Captiva Island Farmers Market also touts handmade crafts on certain Tuesdays.
Lakes Park Farmers Market – Wednesdays
A Wednesday walk in the park should include the Lakes Park Farmers Market. It’s one of the area’s largest and includes all the farm market staples plus live music and a beautiful setting. Proceeds help the Lake Park Enrichment Foundation’s future plan for a botanical garden, so stop by and take it all in.
River District Farmers Market – Thursday, Year-Round
The River District Farmers Market has the distinction of being both the oldest and only year-round market in Fort Myers & Sanibel. Fruit and vegetable vendors are complimented by the fantastic river view, and new choices are always being added. This is a community fixture you’ll want to visit every Thursday.
Coconut Point Farmers Market – Thursday
Honey, hats and a colorful assortment of handcrafts are displayed on Thursdays in front of Panera, and plentiful parking at the Coconut Point Mall makes this market easily accessible to everyone. Head here for a big variety of vendors.
Boca Grande Farm & Fish Market – Friday
There’s a lot to enjoy at this farm and fish market set smack dab in the Boca Grande Ball Field. Swing by for produce, pickles, smoothies, soaps, seafood and more, and be sure to enjoy the stunning views on Gasparilla Island.
Cape Coral Farmers Market – Saturday & Tuesday
This Cape Coral market has a feeling of paradise. The sun is shining, and neighbors meet while farmers and artists chat up their wares and work. There’s a little bit of everything here along with a lot of wholesome fun. It’s Cape Coral at its best. Locations vary based on season, so be sure to check their website before you visit.
Bonita Springs Farmers Market – Saturday
The Bonita Springs Farmers Market brings a sizeable selection of fresh Florida produce and products. This very popular market can get crowded later in the day, so going early is your best bet.
Sanibel Island Farmers Market – Sunday
Highly-rated and widely-visited, the Sanibel Island Farmers Market is a well-rounded mix of produce, meals and merchandise. This community of friends and farmers has everything you could hope for and more. Don’t pass up a Sunday visit!