Boca Grande Farmers Market (Gasparilla Island, FL) welcomed in the New Year 2015 by hosting a thank you catered barbecue luncheon for the vendors and business owners who have been faithfully supporting the successful start-up in its first year of operation. As many people look to improving their own health and wellness goals for the coming year and are taking a more serious approach to food culture, the market will take a slight turn from its present launch operation to forge ahead in new directions for community whole foods advocacy and eco-agri-culture-tourism and creative place making.
2015 plans include working on educational opportunities, developing a regional area market manager forum for Southwest Florida, creating an online farmers market with delivery services for the island, and plugging in to the desires, needs, and wants of the community at large. Now that many residents and tourists are returning to their remote coastal homes, the pioneering market seeks a much greater degree of input and participation to sow the seeds for community supported agriculture, self-sustainability as an island, and edible lawns & gardens.
The market is actively seeking to strengthen partnerships and alliances with the barrier island’s non-profit agencies and philanthropic endeavors. One example is their expected upcoming premier participation in the Taste of Boca 2015, a high-profile event hosted by the Boca Bay Pass Club in support of the Harry Chapin Food Bank.
Look for more announcements soon as we wish you and yours a year of success, vitality, and prosperity…however you measure and define it. Founder Shauna Lee Lange recently said, “There is so much incredible potential and opportunity for everyone to create their own niche within the market and to add their diverse backgrounds for the larger betterment of one another. We are looking to help those who already love the market to move from consumer to producer and we will stay focused on positive, deliverable outcomes for all.”
The Boca Grande Farmers Market runs weekly on Fridays from Oct 3, 2014 – April 24, 2015 at 305 Wheeler Road Ball Field on Boca Grande, FL from 9:30a – 1:30p. Market Management may be reached at 941.875.5190.