Who doesn’t love to get fresh fruits and vegetables from a local farmers market? There are a couple of farmers markets in downtown Punta Gorda where you can purchase items every weekend. You can enjoy the freshness of the food at economical prices and support your local community at the same time.
Every Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to noon May through September and 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. October through April you can visit the Punta Gorda Farmers Market. It is located on Taylor Road near the old Charlotte County Court House in Punta Gorda, FL. This market is an award winning farmers market and has been voted the best small market in Florida. Here you will find a large number of vendors offering products such as fruits and vegetables, dried fruits and nuts, bakery items, fresh homemade pasta, kitchenware, cupcakes, beef and fresh seafood, jewelry, candles and soaps, dip mixes, arts and crafts, cheese, coffee beans, drinks, flowers, plants and more. There is also live entertainment for your enjoyment while shopping or browsing. For more information and a list of weekly vendors, visit the Punta Gorda Chamber of Commerce web site at http://www.puntagordachamber.com/index.php?subcat=412. Check out the YouTube video of the Punta Gorda Farmers Market where some of the vendors describe their products at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a4wKNXXJqnE.
Every Sunday the Punta Gorda Historical Society operates a farmers market at History Park, 501 Shreve Street, Punta Gorda, FL. It is located between Virginia Ave. and Henry St. and is just a ten-minute walk from Fishermen’s Village. The hours are 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and admission is free. It is an open air market and operates year-round. Here you can sample and purchase a wide variety of items from vendors such as fresh produce, a butcher, deserts, and more.
While you are at the market you can enjoy the view of the beautiful park with a variety of local and tropical plants and trees. In addition, you can visit the historic buildings located throughout the park which are open and staffed by members of the Historical Society during the market hours. Some of the historical buildings are the Cigar Cottage, the Trabue Land Sales Office, the Price House/Gilchrist Inn, and the Calaboose. To read more about the history of these buildings go to the Punta Gorda Historical web site at http://puntagordahistory.com/ourhistoricbuildings/thehistorypark.html.
Buying at a farmers market does help support your local economy and farmers. You can get products that are not only fresh, but in season and they taste better. It also gives you a chance to meet people in your community. Stop by and take a stroll through the market this coming weekend.