Just as nature abhors a vacuum, so it seems we miss our market. A new farmer’s market experience awaits just down the road at the Naples Outlet Center on Collier and Manatee Roads.
It in its fourth week, this new farmer’s market offers a lot of homemade items, produce and wares available only through the market venue. With 17 vendors, they are looking to grow and make Wednesday mornings a reason to get out and shop in an open, fun environment.
Shopping, in general, is a fun activity. I know many people who would make it a full-time job if that were possible. But there’s something about shopping local, outdoors, while munching on some fresh kettle corn that makes it especially appealing. The farmer’s market is a chance to interact directly with the growers, bakers, sellers and tradesmiths. It is as much a social occasion as it is a shopping experience.
The traditional farmer’s market can be traced back a few millennium to ancient Egypt, and far-off other places. They can still be found in many areas worldwide, and are often a place of intrigue if you watch a lot of movies about foreign places. (“Indiana Jones” quickly pops into my head). While we have managed to urbanize them a great deal, farmer’s markets, and open air markets in general, are a great place to shop for local food and wares. They can also be a great place to meet new friends, learn a few things and stroll in the sunshine.
In addition to the market itself, the location offers a variety of other shops and services. There is ample parking for any size vehicle, and it’sall accessible right off Collier Boulevard (Route 951), just minutes from both Marco Island and Tamiami Trail (U.S. 41).
Whether you are a vendor or shopper, summer doesn’t have to be a down time. This a fun place to continue the farmer’s market tradition and fill our Wednesday mornings. They are open from 8:30 AM to 1:30 PM every Wednesday, and will run through the summer. The photos show just a few of the vendors on hand to make your Wednesdays fun.
The market is run by Green Market Events and managed locally by Emily Barrett. Emily runs the Gemini’s Jelly booth. If you are interested in being a part of the market, you can contact Jason at Green Market Events, (561) 929-0237, or contact Emily at (239) 465-1275. They are also looking for someone to perform live music to add to the festivities.