Farmer’s Market Focus

Islanders Love Their Farmers Market

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides For over a decade now islanders and visitors alike have enjoyed the opportunity to avail themselves of a Farmers Market here on Marco. It has become a ritual of sorts that many look forward to on Wednesdays and make the drive over to Veterans Community Park to walk the grassy field to hunt for vegetables, fruits, […]

Farmers’ Market Offers a Fresh Taste

By Maria Lamb Store bought vegetables and fruits just don’t taste as fresh as the field grown varieties found at the Marco Island Farmers’ Market. Stop by and you will find produce like fresh broccoli, sweet corn, giant sweet onions, Japanese long eggplants, and the list goes on. Did you know that Florida grows a third of the country’s tomatoes? […]

Ad Hoc Parking Committee to Form

By Steve “Stef” Stefanides The age-old question of parking will once again be reviewed, as Marco Island City Council at its last meeting moved forward to establish an Ad-Hoc Parking Solutions Committee. The committee was proposed by Councilor Charlette Roman, who formerly had held a seat on the Planning Board, which had previously looked at a number of issues concerning […]

Bacon Jam, Peanut Butter & Gourmet Dog Treats at the Farmers Market

By Maria Lamb Kat’s Southern Twang B-B-Q & Grilling Sauces       Kat Green of Kat’s Southern Twang B-B-Q & Grilling Sauces “has always been creative.” Even as a kid she could “look at something and would come up with something magical.” Her assorted jams and sauces are her current magical creations. This is Kat’s third season at the […]

Ode to Hippie Bread & Sassy Tarts at the Farmers Market

By Maria Lamb Our sense of smell and taste contribute a great deal to our enjoyment of life, and a visit to Marco’s Farmers Market is an experience filled with mouthwatering loaves of bread, pastries, croissants and sweet tarts. JC’s Daily Bread Jon-Claude (JC) Stevens is the master baker at JC’s Daily Bread and he wants folks to know that […]

ENCA Luncheon – Lipman Farms ‘How About Them Fresh Tomatoes?’

By Jesus Calo  With the subtropical climate in our area, the topic of agriculture receives plenty of attention from our local community. The health food industry has been working diligently to provide the freshest produce to its consumers, but where are we really receiving our food from? It is thanks to family-owned farms that we can have peace of mind […]

Pomelo – a Farmer’s Market Citrus Treat

By Maria Lamb It is citrus season in Southwest Florida and the best time to pick up fresh Florida grapefruits, tangerines and honeybells. And it might be time to try a locally grown pomelo. South Naples Citrus Grove has been a staple at Marco Island’s Farmers Market for more than eight years. They bring their fresh ripe tangelos, easy-to-peel tangerines, […]

City Manager Resignation

Dear Citizens of Marco Island: Congratulations on getting the best City Manager we have ever had to resign. The man who finally got our bucket plan together is out. I truly wish Roger Hernstadt the best. The citizens, who voted for the slate of four, do not deserve a man with his talent and commitment. Now it is time for […]

Specialty Olive Oils at Farmers Market

By Maria Lamb Every Wednesday, Executive Chef Rasheed Shihada of Olive Oil of the World is at his tent at the Marco Island Farmers Market showcasing a variety of olive oils from all over the world. A good selection of 12-year aged balsamic vinegars are also featured. This is Chef Rasheed’s eighth season at Marco’s Farmers Market. Chef Rasheed also […]

2017 Florida Master Gardener Training

Submitted Do you love gardening and sharing with others? Consider becoming a master gardener volunteer. The University of Florida, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) will train volunteers for the Florida Master Gardener Program. This 13-week program includes indoor and outdoor classroom work, online modules and hands-on activities. The program provides an overview of horticulture subjects, environmentally sound gardening […]