Sunday, September 27, 2020

Farmers’ Market Offers a Fresh Taste

Photos by Maria Lamb | C & J’s carry five sizes of juicy beefsteak tomatoes, all farm grown in Florida.

Photos by Maria Lamb | C & J’s carry five sizes of juicy beefsteak tomatoes, all farm grown in Florida.

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? Just ask Colleen, known as the “Tomato Lady” at the C & J tent. They carry five sizes of beefsteak tomatoes, along with Roma and sweet baby grapes. Theirs is a true “farm to table” concept. They’ve been coming to Marco Island for the last 7 years.

Stop by the grass-fed beef tent and check out what’s on the chalkboard list. Studies have shown that the meat from free-roaming cattle is lower in fat and higher in omega-3 fatty acids, which can help boost brainpower and prevent heart disease.

You will also find a good variety of orchids, fresh cut flowers along with many unusual plants, like a “pitcher plant.” Did you know that it is a carnivorous plant and eats insects? Tell that to your grandchildren, and they’ll be begging you to take one home. For those of you without a green thumb, tillandsias (air plants), and bromeliads are easy to grow.

Visit Veterans Community Park for this season’s last two Marco Island Farmers’ Markets on Wednesday April 19 and April 26, from 7:30 AM to 1 PM. The park is located at 901 Park Avenue.

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