Lakes Park Farmers Market- A breath of fresh air

Is there anything better than shopping in the fresh air?

Visitors and residence in Southwest Florida can take advantage of the mild winters with a stroll through The Lakes Park Farmer’s Market every Friday morning from November through the end of April.


Photo: Jessica Hehir. All Rights Reserved.

Photo: Jessica Hehir. All Rights Reserved.

The outdoor market is nestled inside Lakes Park in Fort Myers. It’s a beautiful setting to for browsing locally grown fruit and vegetables, flowers and native plants. It’s a also a great place to shop for unique gifts while listening to live music.

Photo: Jessica Hehir. All Rights Reserved.

Photo: Jessica Hehir. All Rights Reserved.

Lakes Park Farmer’s Market is home to dozens of vendors including local entrepreneurs without a brick and mortar shop of their own.

Photo: Jessica Hehir. All Rights Reserved.

Photo: Jessica Hehir. All Rights Reserved.


On a recent visit, I discovered The Dancing Dragonfly Soap Company and Once Upon a Bean. I believe homemade soaps and artisan chocolates are the beginning and the ending of all gift giving. Whether it be a treat to myself on my travels, a hostess thank you gift or a thinking of your present to a distant relative, local soaps and chocolates are always a good choice.


Courtesy Once Upon A Bean. All Rights Reserved.

Courtesy Once Upon A Bean. All Rights Reserved.


Buying locally crafted gifts allows visitors to take a little piece of their vacation home with them. It offers residence a chance to support their community while having a quite break from the hustle and bustle of daily life.

It’s hard to feel anxious or stressed as you stroll though the booths of fresh flowers and colorful produce.


Photo: Jessica Hehir. All Rights Reserved.

Photo: Jessica Hehir. All Rights Reserved.

The sights and sounds of the Farmer’s Market are a treat to your senses and your sensibility. While you enjoy a morning in the fresh air your wallet will enjoy the savings by buying directly from the vendors.

Photo: Jessica Hehir. All Rights Reserved.

Photo: Jessica Hehir. All Rights Reserved.


The Farmer’s Market is a partnership with the Lakes Park Enrichment Foundation. The Foundation was established in 2004 as a non profit dedicated to helping restore Lakes Park to a Florida wildlife environment.

Lakes Park is located at 7330 Gladiolus Drive in Fort Myers.

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Jessica Hehir is a regular contributor to 365 Things to Do In Southwest Florida. You can visit Jessica on her blog Sugar and The Spice, follow her on Twitter @sugarnthespice or try to keep up with her on her Facebook page.

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Jessica Hehir

Jessica Hehir is a former broadcast journalist who found her calling in motherhood. Jessica has worked in all aspects of both broadcast and print journalism in Ireland and across the U.S. Jessica writes for several publications in Southwest Florida on topics ranging from parenting to business to health and beauty. She is now using her writing skills to blog about her adventures in motherhood. Jessica enjoys spending time in the kitchen with her children, running long distance and dinning out with her husband. She is always looking for opportunities to put her writing and party planning skills to good use in the business world as she work over time to create sweet childhood memories for her three young daughters. They inspired her new blog, www.sugarandthespice.org.


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  1. Nicole Becker

    I try and go to Farmer’s Markets every weekend. They have the best prices and their produce is always ripe and taste so good.

  2. Amy Osborn

    What a great farmer’s market. They do have the freshest vegetables, and I may have to go to Florida to get some-as it is still snowing here in Upper Michigan!

  3. Michelle Proper

    The biggest thing I miss about wintering over in southwest Florida is the farmers markets! The one thing I did have a hard time with was finding good organic produce while shopping but did manage to find one in Northport. It was a bit on the pricey side but well worth it!

  4. Becky Schollian

    WOW, we have Farmers markets out here too but nothing like this!! I have always wanted ti visit Florida. this would be a wonderful time to go. I just enjoy this!!

  5. Grant Williams

    I love blueberries, but the pic of those brings back memories of a Valentine’s Day in which I cooked fresh REAL blueberry pancakes for a woman I was dating at the time. It was a good day, after that.

    I do look forward to farmer’s markets regardless because it’s sort of exciting to see what’s there.

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