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South Cape Farmer’s Market kicks off Saturday

October 4, 2018
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

The popular South Cape Farmer's Market will return this month at Club Square, featuring some favorites, as well as some new vendors.

"We can't wait to get back and see all of our customers. Cape Harbour has been wonderful this summer. We hope they will follow us all over to the downtown area," Cape Coral Chamber of Commerce Business Manager Claudia St. Onge said.

The market will kick off Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Club Square, Southeast 47th Terrace and Southeast 10th Place.

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"We will probably go in with 130 vendors. It's a big market," she said. "Unfortunately, the bad news, we have been on a waiting list most of the summer. The market is filled. The space is all allotted for."

Although the spaces are filled, Onge said some vendors will not start making an appearance until the second, or third week.

The vendors who participate in the market are very knowledgeable. Onge said they are a very diverse group which builds relationships with their customers.

"It is not uncommon that they become good friends," she said.

The market, which has a main goal of providing fresh produce and fruits, will feature more than 20 vendors offering those items to customers.

"We try to keep our eye on the prize. Hopefully the outcome is a nice healthy community to carry on for us for the future," Onge said.

The market also will include two meat vendors, both local ranchers. Pineshine Farms, a rancher from St. James City, raises its own cattle, which are all grass fed. They also raise their own pasture chickens, providing pasture-raised eggs at the market.

The other meat vendor, Three Sons Ranch, is based out of Punta Gorda. They sell bison, beef and wild hog products.

"Both are fantastic vendors. We are thrilled to have local farmers and ranchers participate with us," Onge said.

The market will also provide a great lineup of food trucks. The addition began a couple of years ago and has been proven to be a positive one with new food trucks joining the line-up.

"We have a flexible lineup of food trucks. It is all about the food, as it should be," she said.

Other vendors include a gentleman who does fantastic woodwork, and another who provides sharpening services for such things as knives, scissors and gardening tools.

"Our market fills up with everything... baked goods, homemade sauces, jellies and jams," she said.

Onge encourages everyone to pack patience and flexibility with parking for the first part of the season.

"We hope it is not a problem," she said. "We always encourage to use Nickel Ride. It has been a blessing."

The Cape Coral Farmer's Market was elected by, as one of the top nine Farmer's Markets.

"I was very happy to see that this year. To know that we are hopefully doing a good job and bringing customers what they want in the market," Onge said.

The Surfside Farmer's Market opened Tuesday, Oct. 2 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

"We have lots of new vendors coming up there for the season," Onge said.



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