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Captiva farmers market to return for new season

By TIFFANY REPECKI / trepecki@breezenewspapers.com - | Nov 17, 2020

The Captiva Island Farmers Market will return to the island next week for its fourth year.

From Nov. 24 through April 27, the event will take place on Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the entrance to South Seas Island Resort. Organized by Local Roots — co-owned by islanders Jean Baer and Betsy Ventura, who also run the Sanibel market — it will offer a mix of vendors and products.

“It provides an alternative for both the residents and visitors to obtain fresh foods from local artisans,” Baer said, noting that visitors have the chance to try some Florida favorites or even exotic fruits.

She added that it offers an option for people who do not want to leave the island to shop.

“And it provides a sense of community to Captiva,” Baer said.

The market is open to everyone.

In light of the ongoing pandemic, the format of the event has changed.

“Our basic theme is grab-and-go,” she said, explaining that people are asked to avoid coming and congregating and they should have a list. “Have a plan in place of what you’re hoping to buy.”

Baer said the idea is to get in, get their shopping done and exit.

“So we have the ability to create proper social distancing,” she said.

All of the booths will have hand sanitizer and the vendors will be wearing masks.

“We’re requesting that people wear masks,” Baer said of those planning to attend.

“We’re doing everything we can to provide a safe environment,” she added.

For those who know which vendors they plan to shop at, they can place their order in advance. For the contact information for specific vendors, email BetsyFVentura@gmail.com or jmbaer@comcast.net.

There will be approximately 25 vendors this season.

“Most of the vendors are returning,” Baer said.

There will be smoothies and acai bowls, hummus and baklava, a French baker who also makes prepared meals and has added a crepe station, lasagna, sausages and meatballs, Angelic Desserts and Jimmy’s Java, guacamole, seafood, Sandra’s key lime pies and locally-sourced Heritage Honey.

“They can expect to find some great produce,” she said, citing My Exotic Fruits.

“Molly Malone Seafood is new this season,” Baer added.

There will be soaps, bath bombs, candles and more.

“It’ll be everything,” she said. “You could essentially come and do your shopping for the week.”

On Nov. 27, Local Roots will host a Holiday Market from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the same location.

“You have the opportunity during opening week to hit the market twice,” Baer said.

There will be local artwork — perfect for holiday gifting.

“We’re going to have beach-themed paintings. We’ll have beachwear, jewelry, candles, tie-dye, bags and purses, glassware,” she said. “And then we’ll have some limited food on that day, as well.”

The market is dog-friendly.

Baer noted that vendor Healthy Pooch sells pet food, treats and accessories.

Parking is limited, so golf carts, bicycles or walking is encouraged.

“We would like people to carpool, ride their bikes or bring their golf carts,” she said.

Resident and visitors are invited to stop by.

“It’s an opportunity to shop in an open air environment, which I think people really appreciate in light of COVID,” Baer said. “And it’s a great way to experience locally-sourced items and products.”

For more information, visit buylocallee.com.

South Seas Island Resort is at 5400 Plantation Road, Captiva.