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.
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.
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.
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.
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.