7 Farmers Markets in Naples, Marco Island & the Everglades
Where to find fresh produce, handmade goods and more on Florida’s Paradise Coast.
Farmers markets are big in and around Naples and Marco Island. These expansive, bustling bazaars are appealing spots to buy local produce, lovingly prepared foods, crafts, unique clothing and more. You might even come across a treasure – a piece of handmade jewelry, perhaps – that you can’t get anywhere else.
Unlike a lot of Florida destinations, which close their markets through the summer and early fall months, the Paradise Coast boasts several that are open year-round.
The region’s stellar dining scene means the takeaway meals are exemplary; vendors, many of them also brick-and-mortar restaurants, serve phenomenal fare– so you can eat quite well at these outdoor markets.
Here’s a roundup of seven long-operating farmers markets throughout the area:
Third Street Farmers Market, Downtown Naples
Vanderbilt Farmers Market, North Naples
St. Paul’s Farmers Market, East Naples
Held on the big, grassy grounds of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, three miles east of downtown Naples, this market is, to use the church’s own words, a “ministry of goodwill, hospitality, rejoicing and gratitude.” That includes a wide array of enticing food, fresh produce, crafts, clothing and more, as well as boutique services such as watch repair and knife sharpening. Vendors pay a small fee, which goes to support the church. Civic organizations like the Humane Society Naples, The Shelter for Abused Women & Children, and the Salvation Army get free space. So, if you like your farmers market with a spiritual and community-minded bent, St. Paul’s Farmers Market is the place to be on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon, mid-November through mid-April.
Pine Ridge Road Farmers Market, Northeastern Naples
Golden Gate Community Farmers Market, Golden Gate
How about a farmers market that’s open both Saturdays and Sundays? Hit the Saturday market at Golden Gate Community Center to shop for an eclectic array of food and unique products. Then do it all over again on Sunday, when the community-run market sets up a mile east on Collier Boulevard. The market runs year-round, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. during the peak season, and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. during the toastier summer season (starting in June).
Marco Island Farmers Market, Marco Island
Smack in the middle of the island, two miles from the beach, you’ll find the Marco Island Farmer’s Market in Mackle Park, across the street from the Marco Island Historical Museum. A colorful array of vendors gather on Wednesdays, 7:30 a.m to 1 p.m., from mid-November to mid-April. Mackle Park is a temporary location. The regular venue, Veterans Community Park, is undergoing a redesign. Mackle Park will be the spot for the 2021-2022 season, and perhaps a bit longer. Wherever the venue, you’ll be browsing local merchants amid the beauty of Marco Island.
South Collier Farmers Market, Southeastern Naples