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Season 2 Opening Day Field Photos

A light coastal breeze greeted our vendors on Opening Day of Boca Grande Farmers Market’s Season 2 on Friday, October 2, 2015.  Here’s some snaps of old and new friends out on the field.  The Boca Grande Farmers Market operates October – April from 9:30am – 1:30pm.  New to Season 2 are Paella, Mediterranean food, Tropical…

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34-3048 ordinance impacts boca grande farmers market

Lee County denies 24 vendors at Farmers Market Featured News, The News October 2, 2015 A+ A- Share on emailEmail Share on printPrint ■ BY MARCY SHORTUSE – Today, October 2, [2015] the sights and sounds of the Boca Grande Farmers Market will return to the Wheeler Road Ballfield from 9:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m., and it…

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boca beacon interviews boca grande farmers market founder

Recently the intrepid Marcy Shortuse, Editor of the Boca Beacon, interviewed and published an article with the barrier island’s farmers market Founder Shauna Lee Lange, on the status of the market given Lee County’s 2015/2016 intent to review ordinances covering flea and farmers markets in the county. Lange was ultimately successful in earning a permit for…

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Farmers Market on Boca Grande vies for Chipotle Produce Program

Last year, Boca Grande Farmers Market first introduced the Power of Produce Program.  It is a way for farmers markets to meet their educational missions through the POP Club: Power of Produce! This year, member organizations of the Farmers Market Coalition have the opportunity to compete for Chipotle’s sponsorship of POP Clubs at 75 Farmers…

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15 weeks for vendors to apply for boca grande farmers market season 2

The Boca Grande Farmers Market is excitedly preparing for the October 2, 2015 opening of Season 2.  This year, the market is concentrating on bringing increased fresh organic vegetables and high-end gourmet delights. After working with several Sarasota County based culinary and epicurean groups focused on transitioning the county to healthier lifestyle choices, BGFM is newly…

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Boca Grande Farmers Market Contends for Food Preservation Program

Boca Grande Farmers Market is always seeking to help our community discover market fresh, and learn how to make and share “from farm-to-table” experiences.  Recently, we partnered with Jarden Consumer Solutions to compete nationally for a Public Food Preservation Program.  Jarden celebrates its fifth year helping Farmers Market Coalition members educate communities on the benefits of buying, storing and sharing locally…

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boca grande farmers market Season 1 closes 4/24/15

Unbelievably, this Friday, April 24, 2015, will be the last for the inaugural Season 1 for Boca Grande Farmers Market on Gasparilla Island, FL.  Market organizers are so pleased with the support from the community, from vendors, and from all the participants who contributed to a great first year. Over the summer we’ll be working on improved signage,…

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boca grande farmers market announces specialty organic CSA on-island farm-to-door delivery in Season 2

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) SIGN UP FOR 2015/2016 Season 2 Exceptional Organics & Food Specialties Farm to Door Want beautiful boxes of local SWFL farms’ best SPECIALTY ORGANIC harvest each week?    How does it work?  You’ll receive a healthy harvest box each Friday for each week you participate. Seasonal memberships are available October – April.  The harvests…

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Be A Vendor in Season Two 2015/2016

Boca Grande Farmers Market has revised and updated the vendor application process for those wishing to participate in Season Two 2015/2016.  The rules & regulations have also been amended.  Existing and prospective vendors are encouraged to review the information by visiting the website and clicking on “Vendor App“.  Notable changes for Season Two include a…

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Boca Grande Farmers Market Unveils Seaside Seed Reserve

We call it the reserve. A central repository of incredibly beautiful seeds. A grassroots attempt to preserve heirloom and natural seeds before they are snapped up completely by GMO corporations sowing seeds of destruction. Seeds are the very definition of community, food security, or historical preservation and conservation. The newly unveiled Seaside Seed will serve as…

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BGFM Open Public Food Forum 2/18/15

On Wednesday, February 18, 2015, from 10 am –  12 noon, Boca Grande Farmers Market (BGFM) is hosting an Open Public Food Forum at the Community Center Auditorium.  BGFM’s primary goal, a community oriented nexus of food, health and social fun, is dependent on continuously vibrant idea exchange.  With 12 weeks remaining until the end of our inaugural…

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why we live in florida: open-air markets in january

As a native New England survivor of the Blizzard of 1976, I’m so very thankful for our coastal Florida sunshine.  Do you know that for the 18 weeks Boca Grande Farmers Market has been operating to date, we’ve not had ONE Friday with rain or seriously inclement weather?  Perhaps the wonderful warm shores of Gasparilla Island…

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ravioli diablo is market’s “2015 Taste” premier plate

Boca Grande Farmers Market is set for a premier showing in the 2015 Taste of Boca Grande event scheduled for Monday, February 2, 2015.  Market management pre-selected four of its top food purveyors who were also carrying local reputations as fine, professional chefs and caterers.  Those four finalists were then presented to “Taste” organizers to…

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seeking happiness? flock to boca grande’s farmers market

During late 2014 (our inaugural season), Jamie Johnson Photos of Englewood, Florida (941/456-0114) visited our Friday Farmers Market where she captured some ad-hoc and informal images of those who’d found real, long-lasting happiness at our open-air farmers market exchange.  The people of the island are the reason behind our business vendors’ smiles. You can get your very own happiness…

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remote barrier island wholly embraces new farmers market

The newly formed Boca Grande Farmers Market, located on the remote barrier island of Gasparilla Island in Southwest Florida, is just shy of completing its first full month of groundbreaking operations.  Welcomed and embraced by the local community at large, the market is enjoying a resident and tourist resurgence of interest in farm-to-table and farm-to-fork…

strong opening for history making coastal farmers market

The Boca Grande Farmers Market, the first known ever of its kind on Gasparilla Island in Southwest Florida, held its Grand Opening yesterday with a strong showing and positive community support.  A brief ribbon cutting ceremony was held with the Boca Grande Chamber of Commerce and the Boca Beacon newspaper in attendance.  Over 40 vendors specializing in local…

open air market set for grand opening 10/3

The new Boca Grande Farmers Market will be celebrating its Grand Opening on Friday, Oct 3, 2014.  A strong showing of support is anticipated for the historic event at 305 Wheeler Road Ball Field.  The growing list of exclusively high-quality business owners, vendors, farmers, producers and cultural creatives will be bringing products to nourish the mind, body, and soul. Recent additions…

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farmers market vendor meeting 9/22 @ 6:30p

  The organizers of Boca Grande Farmers Market will be out at the Ball Field @ 305 Wheeler Road next Monday evening, September 22nd at 6:30pm for a vendor and prospective vendor pre-season kick-off.  This informal gathering is being offered in preparation for the upcoming, exciting Farmers Market. Meet us under the palm trees on the field, bring…

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residents informal chat set for 9/16

The organizers of Boca Grande Farmers Market will be out at the Ball Field @ 305 Wheeler Road next Tuesday morning, September 16th at 9:30a.m. An informal gathering is being offered as a casual neighborly chat for any resident of the island, or for any interested party, who would like to ask questions, raise concerns,…

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market location revealed

The Boca Grande Farmers Market announced yesterday the 2014/2015 season site location at The Ball Field @ 305 Wheeler Road, Boca Grande, FL 33921.  Opening day is set for Friday, October 3, 2014 from 9:30am – 1:30pm. For more information, call 941/875-5190.