One of the highlights of each season is the return of the Farmers Market.
This year, from November 18, 2015 to April 13, 2016, every Wednesday morning from 7:30 AM to 1:00 PM, Veteran’s Community Park will host the City of Marco Island’s Farmers Market.
Part of what makes Marco’s Farmers Market so special is the abundance of farm-fresh produce and unique products. Local artists show their talents along with florists, bakers and craftsmen. Shoppers can find everything from fresh herbs to local honey, natural soaps and handmade jewelry.
AlexGaliana, the city’s Administrative and Facilities Manager, Parks and Recreation, tells us that they are getting ready for the application process. Beginning on August 28, prospective vendors must complete an application and submit it to the city by September 30. This season, there are 100 spaces available. Marco residents and businesses will receive a discount on the cost of the space.
The selection process takes work. Each year many more vendors apply for spaces than can be accommodated. Alex explains that preference is given first to local residents and businesses, then topast vendors, and finally, to products that are not already represented at the market.
Alex said that they are always looking for things that the Farmers Market doesn’t already have in order to keep an interesting variety for shoppers. They seek out products and goods that you “can’t get anywhere else” says Samantha Malloy, the city’s Community Events Coordinator who co-manages the Farmers Market with Alex.
This careful selection process helps to provide the perfect balance of goods, keeping the Farmers Market interesting, and shoppers coming back every Wednesday.
This is the sixth yearthat the Farmers Market will be held at Veteran’s Community Park. The market quickly outgrew its previous location at Mackle Park, due to its continuing popularity among both locals and visitors.
Vendors are encouraged to apply early. The city expects that the 100 spaces will fill quickly, and there will be a waiting list of 30-40 vendors. Businesses with a local and unique product will have a better chance of getting one of the limited spots.