Friday, October 23, 2009

Farmers Market to open for season Nov. 1

 Fresh produce from a variety of growers will be available at the Sanibel Island Farmers Market.

The Sanibel Island's Farmer's Market will be open for business on Sunday, Nov. 1.

The Farmer's Market will be held Sunday mornings from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Tahitian Gardens shopping center off of Periwinkle Way.

Last season - the farmer's market drew crowds with its variety of vendors and friendly atmosphere. It was the inaugural run for the market.

Jean Baer and Betsy Ventura, co-founders and market managers, expect a great season this year.

"We'll be expanding some," Baer said. "We're super excited."

Aside from the returning vendors, customers can expect some additional growers and vendors carrying homemade sausage, soup and packaged nuts.

Islanders can nosh on treats such as kettle corn, strawberry shortcake, cheeses and streudels.

Myra Roberts, a Sanibel resident and artist, is looking forward to getting fresh locally grown produce at the Farmer's Market. Roberts and her family grow a garden and strive to eat organic, local fruits and veggies. She and her family work had at not doing anything that will increase their carbon footprint such as using gas to shop far off island or buying food grown thousands of miles away.

"All the communities that have farmer's markets are progressive communities that are concerned about people's health and well being." Roberts said. "I was very excited to learn that the the community O live in is part of the healthy food movement in this country which makes food part of our sustainable life style."In the end were helping the environment."

There will be food for the pooches as well. Bark Street and Edy's Bakery are returning to serve the community's four-legged friends.

This year, the Sanibel Island's Farmer's Market is partnering with BIG ARTS to show a movie called "Fresh," a documentary about how we produce food and celebrates the farmers who do the work. It's a call to action to eating fresh, healthy food. To learn more visit

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