BOCA GRANDE Every Friday brings new faces to the Wheeler Road Ballfield where the Boca Grande Farm and Fish Market holds court from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., bringing island residents and visitors everything from fresh fruits and vegetables to cupcakes and air plants. The Market opened in early January under the supervision of Jean Baer and Betsy Ventury of Local Roots, a company with seven other Lee County farmer’s markets. Jean and Betsy started out on Sanibel with their first market, and Jean said she knows how important such a weekly event is to a small little island. They have been Lee County residents for 30 years and started their business in 2008. Approximately 40 vendors were set up on the field when the market opened in January. Since then they have stayed right at that number Friday after Friday. Most of the vendors do accept credit cards, but always bring a supply of cash with you in case machines are down or your favorite vendor isn’t set up for credit. Some of the vendors include Chef Robert’s Kitchen (Greek foods), Cape Crepes, Cherie’s Sweet Treats (with the most amazing cupcakes), a watermelon green tea vendor, Mota’s Munchies, Jimmy’s Java, Dusty’s Produce and many more. Herbecue is also still serving up a mean barbecue. Grass Cow, a local butcher, sells grass-fed beef, bison and chicken. Island Seafood specializes in grouper and snapper. Local Roots are in their ninth season running the Sanibel Island Farmers Market, which is now one of the top markets in southwest Florida. Their goal is to hold a weekly event that is a social gathering place and community activity for Boca Grande residents and visitors to purchase from local farmers, fishermen and food artisans. So far, they are more than accomplishing that goal. The market is limited to 40 vendors, and the season will run through April 28, 2017. If you are interested in becoming a vendor, contact Betsy via email at email@example.com.
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