New farmer’s market coming this fall
August 8, 2018


With all the farmer's markets in Lee County, especially during season, it seemed only a matter of time before North Fort Myers got another one to call their own.

Starting in November, it will. The Local Ladies Social Network announced the opening of the new Marinatown Farmers Market, which will be held in the parking lot at Marinatown Yacht Harbour every Sunday from 9 a.m. 2 p.m. starting Nov. 4 and running through April.

It isn't the first time the area has hosted a farmer's market, as there is certainly a demand for them, especially on the weekend.

"We asked our followers what would be a good place to put a farmer's market. They said there was a real need in North Fort Myers," said Christy Dunn, co-owner of LLSN. "We contacted the marina and they were more than happy to have us there."

LLSN is a privately owned event coordinating company that supports small business. and organizes many free events throughout the year, including numerous farmers markets.

The company was founded by Dunn five years ago when she lived in New Jersey. It moved to Florida two years ago.

"The first event I did was a Christmas festival in Cape Coral. The response was overwhelming and thousands of people showed up," Dunn said. "Since then the community has really gotten involved in these events. They do very well."

Marinatown hosted a farmer's market three years ago that was sponsored by the North Fort Myers Civic Association. It was held every Friday.

Unfortunately, that market experienced bad weather, with it being the wettest winter on record.

"I researched the previous markets they had in the area. I saw they did the market on Friday. The problem is that a lot of people work on Friday and on Saturday," Dunn said. "Sunday would be a good day because it would give people a market to go to."

LLSN is seeking vendors to sell fresh produce, plants, baked goods, cheese, honey, jams and jellies, spices, dips, pickles, olives, sauces, grass-fed meats, flowers, organics, soap, local artists, crafts, healing oils, jewelry and much more except seafood, which is full.

Vendor spaces are available for as little as $40 per week. Monthly spaces are also sold at that rate, up to $200 for five weekends in March. They are looking for sponsors.

Dunn said her company has a strong vendor following and they are very excited about the new market. The farmer's markets tend to draw about 40 vendors.

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