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.