The Sanibel Island Farmers Market recently returned to the island with some new additions.
Marking its 11th season, the market will take place on Sundays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Sanibel City Hall from October through May. Organized by Local Roots, which is co-owned by island residents Jean Baer and Betsy Ventura, the weekly market will feature a mix of vendors and products, plus crafters.
Those shopping to stock up on groceries will find organic produce, exotic fruits, cheeses, breads and bagels, fresh eggs, guacamole and salsa, jams, local honey, pickles and more, along with seafood. There will be vendors for handmade soaps and essential oils, plus flowers and plants like bromeliads.
The crafters are a new element, driven in part by the number of visitors to the islands. Some of their products include handmade seagrass hats, handwoven Tunisian towels and hand blocked clothing.
Once again, Local Roots is partnering with F.I.S.H. of Sanibel-Captiva to collect unsold boxes of vegetables, fruits and other offerings from the vendors each week to donate to the food pantry. The market will also again serve as a drop-off site for donations of non-perishable items for the pantry.
There is free parking at City Hall, the Sanibel Public Library and BIG ARTS Strauss Theater.
Bike racks are provided.
Only service dogs are permitted.
For more information, visit online at buylocallee.com.
The Sanibel City Hall is at 800 Dunlop Road.