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Cape downtown Farmers Market to return Oct. 15

By Staff | Oct 8, 2011

The return of fall also marks the return of one of Cape Coral’s most popular events, the Cape Coral Farmer’s Market in Club Square.

Sponsored and organized by the Chamber of Commerce, the Farmer’s Market gives people the opportunity buy locally grown produce and locally caught seafood in an outdoor setting at great prices.

Entering its 18th year, the event was originally run by the Community Redevelopment Agency. The Chamber has been in charge for the last decade and each year they include something new to keep people excited.

“It was a nice market when we took it over. It had 20 or 25 vendors,” said Chamber Business Manager Claudia St. Onge. “Our process was to try and grow it and include as much local produce as we could.”

Sixty or so vendors are expected to open this year’s market on Saturday, Oct.15.

The market runs every Saturday from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. through May 12.

St. Onge said the produce comes from a variety of Southwest Florida locales, including Pine Island, Immokalee, Labelle and Arcadia. The seafood is gulf-caught, she said, from a fisherman on Sanibel.

The farmers market will also have a variety of freshly prepared food items and food vendors so you head right on over for breakfast on Saturdays.

St. Onge said there was an effort to bring in more on-site prepared food for people, as well as provide live music and entertainment.

“My approach when I took over was to make this a Saturday morning destination for people,” she said. “I wanted to make sure they have a relaxed morning shopping for local produce in a great atmosphere.”

The first Saturday of each month will see the addition of another 20 – 25 vendors with an Antiques and Craft Market, which St. Onge said will sell a variety of goods, many of which are hand made.

Like the Farmer’s Market, the Antiques and Craft Market was once under the guise of the CRA, but for St. Onge, she said it was just another opportunity to offer something new and fun for Cape residents.

And of course, four legged friends are encouraged to attend as well.

For more information visit capecoralfarmersmarket.com .