Visit Punta Gorda’s Award-Winning Farmers Market

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As we recently told you on this blog, we often catch Punta Gorda on national “Best of” lists. It should come as no surprise that our town is filled with award-winning businesses, people, and local events.

For instance, take a look at Punta Gorda’s farmers market.

In 2010, the American Farmland Trust completed an online survey of the best farmers markets around the country. The Punta Gorda Farmers market won 1st place in the Florida’s Favorite Farmers market category. Nationally, it ranked 15th in the small markets category.

The market includes over 30 vendors from all over southwest Florida. Shoppers can find an array of jellies, cheeses, dips, coffees, meats, pasta, baked goods, nuts, fresh cut flowers, and locally grown fruits and vegetables.

However, there is more to the farmers market than shopping. At the heart of any good farmers market is community. Perhaps that is why our tight-knit community’s market has received such accolades. Come down on a Saturday morning and you will find local musicians entertaining the crowd all morning. Artists demonstrate their work on the street corner. If you’ve lived in Punta Gorda more than five minutes, you are destined to run into someone you know at the market. If you are new to town, you are likely to meet some new people.

Farmers markets have become increasingly popular over the last ten years. According to the USDA, there were 1,755 farmers markets in the US in 1994. In 2013, that number is up to 8,144. The growth indicates consumers are becoming more and more conscious of where their food comes from and how it is grown. At the Punta Gorda Farmers market, you can often speak directly to the farmers, bakers, and producers of the wares you purchase.

The farmer’s market takes place downtown on Saturdays at 307 Taylor Street across from the Historic Charlotte County Courthouse. Parking is easy to find on the street or in the garage. From April through September the market is open 8:00 a.m. – noon. The rest of the year it stays open an hour later until 1:00 p.m.

Have you been to our award winning farmers market? What was your favorite purchase?

 

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