Saturday, August 17, 2019

Old & New Faces at the Farmers Market


Colleen, the “tomato lady” with her delicious beefsteak tomatoes. Photo by Maria Lamb

Colleen, the “tomato lady” with her delicious beefsteak tomatoes. Photo by Maria Lamb

slanders rejoice! The Marco Island Farmers Market has returned. Stop by Veterans Community Park every

Wednesday to find locally sourced fruits and veggies, honey, jam, baked breads, herbs, flowers, artisanal goods, jewelry, art, and more!

The city-run farmers market has been operating since 2008. Over the past nine years it’s grown and diversified. This year the Marco Island Farmers Market has welcomed back a handful of familiar vendors as well as some exciting new businesses.

Coming back this year is Chef Rasheed Shihada of Olive Oil of the World. Chef Shihada has been selling his specialty olive oil to the people of Marco Island since the inception of the farmers market.

Naples resident Chloe Fishell browses through a section of fresh herbs.

Naples resident Chloe Fishell browses through a section of fresh herbs.

Colleen, aka the “tomato lady,” has also returned with her delicious beefsteak tomatoes. This is her eighth year participating in the market.

Other returning favorites include JC’s Daily Bread, Bistro Soleil, Chef Robert’s Kitchen, The Happy Pickle and Herbeque BBQ.

Looking for a new twist on a familiar flavor? Check out Paradise Peanut Butter’s newest product: Pumpkin Spice Peanut Butter. Owner Rich Harmon loves creating interesting and unique flavors for his peanut butter. Other flavors include dark chocolate, coconut, and Bavarian cream. This is his second year at the market.

Photos by Samantha Husted except where indicated. This tired kitty is up for adoption through For the Love of Cats, a no-kill rescue based in Marco Island.

Photos by Samantha Husted except where indicated. This tired kitty is up for adoption through For the Love of Cats, a no-kill rescue based in Marco Island.

New to the Farmers Market this year is Mr. Fun Guy Mushrooms. This cleverly named company sells a variety of specialty mushrooms. They offer recipe suggestions and pairing options for their diverse array of fungi. For instance, did you know that oyster mushrooms pair great with grilled steaks? Just sauté up some green onions, garlic, salt and pepper, and you’re all set! King trumpet mushrooms, on the other hand, make an excellent side dish for grilled chicken. Maitake mushrooms or the “dancing mushroom” has a woody, smoky flavor and are used in traditional Japanese cooking. They are great in stir-fries or added to roasted meat.

Looking for a sweet, refreshing treat? Try Sweet Blendz acai bowls. Their blended fruit bowls are topped with granola, bananas, blue berries, strawberries, dried coconut flakes, and drizzled with honey.

Looking for a sweet, refreshing treat? Try Sweet Blendz acai bowls. Their blended fruit bowls are topped with granola, bananas, blue berries, strawberries, dried coconut flakes, and drizzled with honey.

Besides mushrooms, the market has added a handful of local food vendors including a Korean Bulgogi stand. Bulgogi is comprised of thin slices of marinated beef or pork grilled to perfection.

JC’s Daily Bread assortment of rustic loaves, baked by master baker Jon-Claude. Photo by Maria Lamb

JC’s Daily Bread assortment of rustic loaves, baked by master baker Jon-Claude. Photo by Maria Lamb

Marco Island Farmer’s Market has also added more artwork by local artists, fresh squeezed juices and sea glass jewelry.

Stop by and get your week’s worth of groceries!

The Marco Island Farmers Market runs every Wednesday from 7:30 AM to 1 PM, through April. The Farmers Market is located at 901 Park Avenue, in Veterans Community Park.

Bistro Soleil owner and chef, Denis Meurgue with Sean Salipur. Bistro Soleil sells delicious French pastries, croissants, apple tarte, and croque monsieur.

Bistro Soleil owner and chef, Denis Meurgue with Sean Salipur. Bistro Soleil sells delicious French pastries, croissants, apple tarte, and croque monsieur.

New to the Farmers Market this year is Mr. Fun Guy Mushrooms. This cleverly named company offers customers specialty mushrooms. Check out their oyster mushrooms, king trumpets, maitake and brown beech!

New to the Farmers Market this year is Mr. Fun Guy Mushrooms. This cleverly named company offers customers specialty mushrooms. Check out their oyster mushrooms, king trumpets, maitake and brown beech!

Members of the Rolling Thunder Florida Chapter 5 were present selling hats and license plates.

Members of the Rolling Thunder Florida Chapter 5 were present selling hats and license plates.

Olive Oil of the World’s Chef Rasheed Shihada hands out sipping samples. Photo by Maria Lamb

Olive Oil of the World’s Chef Rasheed Shihada hands out sipping samples. Photo by Maria Lamb

Straight From New York Bagels offers visitors a diverse array of kettleboiled bagels.

Straight From New York Bagels offers visitors a diverse array of kettleboiled bagels.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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