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Farmer Market Saturdays in Ave Maria

Ave Maria’s Farmers Market is a weekly tradition that the community enjoys each season, from November through April. Sponsored by SW Florida Markets LLC, the market is centrally located in the Town Center every Saturday from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. The farmers market offers both residents and visitors a large selection of fresh locally grown produce and citrus, fresh seafood, Italian breads, local honey, soaps, candles, oils, jewelry, crafts, flowers, hats, handbags, clothing and more. A few favorites from the first market included Naples Breads and Pastries and Golden R. Farms. Naples Breads and Pastries foundation is from Naples, but offers fresh baked bread and pastries every week in Ave Maria. Golden R. Farms displayed and sold their grape jelly, strawberry, blackberry, and Christmas jam, and dog treats. Many visitors posted their delight on social media including this happy customer, “These vendors were so nice! Love that they use organic products. They had pet treats, as well!

Shopping at the farmers market is a great way to plan your Thanksgiving week meals and support local vendors at the same time. Pick up some fresh red and yellow bell peppers and whip up this tasty leftover turkey stuffed pepper dish. Perfect for watching those college football games the weekend after the holiday.

Farmer markets are just one of the ways Ave Maria creates a community within the town. The market brings people together in the beautiful backdrop of Ave Maria on sunny Saturday mornings.

Ave Maria is located at the intersection of Oil Well and Camp Keais Roads in Eastern Collier County. The main entrance, on Oil Well just west of Camp Keais, leads to the Town Center. Take I-75, exit 111, follow the signs east to Ave Maria, approximately 20 minutes. For more information, please visit http://www.avemaria.com/ or call 239-352-3903.

Its Fall in Ave Maria

October is filled with spooky and fun activities throughout the month for our residents and visitors. To start off the month residents enjoyed one of Ave Maria’s signature monthly events, First Friday Fun, at Oil Well Craft Beer with lawn games, live music, and cold craft beer. Oil Well Craft Beer was busy this month hosting the charity event, Boozin for Boobs, as well as Bingo Night and Brew & Paint. They finish October with a Halloween Party for ages 21 and up on October 20 and a Wine Tasting event on October 23, which are both opened to the public, and a Trunk or Treat on October 27.

Del Webb Naples, Collier County’s only Del Webb active-adult community, is its own little community inside of our small town and their lifestyle director keeps the fun going all month with events and activities exclusive to Del Webb residents. They are looking forward to the Fall Festival and Halloween Party on October 26 and October 27. Lots of “boos” and wicked fun for sure!

Ave Maria University continue their fall sports season with soccer and football throughout the month. Come join the action on October 27 when the AMU women’s soccer team takes on South Eastern University and the AMU football team takes on Keiser University. Spending a Saturday in Ave Maria enjoying restaurants in the Town Center followed by a coallegiate sports match is a great fall weekend activity for both residents and visitors.

All Ave Maria residents are looking forward to the Fall Festival on October 27. There will be music, games, hay rides, food trucks and more! Residents will also be able to compete in the Pie Baking and Scarecrow Making contests. It’s a great place to live and play! For more information about Ave Maria, check out our website. https://www.avemaria.com/