Why You Should Visit the Sanibel and Captiva Island Farmers Markets

All the incredible family-friendly things to do in Sanibel Island make this slice of paradise the perfect destination for your next family getaway.

You can find tons of fun activities, from strolling the beaches to indulging in fresh seafood to shopping, watersports, historical sites, and so much more.

One thing you can’t afford to miss out on, however, is the farmer’s market! The Sanibel Island farmer’s market has been a community staple for years, and the neighboring Captiva Island has its own farmer’s market that’s equally popular. Once you arrive in Sanibel Island, make sure you plan ahead to visit the markets!


About the Farmer’s Markets

The Sanibel Island Farmer’s Market was established in 2008 and has been a staple of the community ever since. You can find tons of local produce, seafood, meats, cheeses, flowers, breads, and more!

The farmer’s market runs on Sundays from October through May from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. You can find parking at Sanibel City Hall (handicap parking is available here as well), BIG Arts, Sanibel Library, or Schoolhouse Theater. The market is located at Sanibel City Hall, 800 Dunlop Road. Keep in mind that the market does not allow dogs.

The Captiva Island Farmers Market is also a popular destination for shoppers. Here, you’ll find a wide range of local seafood, produce, cheeses, pickles, flowers and native plants, soaps, candles, handmade crafts, and more.

This farmer’s market runs Tuesdays from November through April from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. You can park in the adjacent plazas to the market’s location at South Seas Island Resort, 5400 Plantation Road. 

Tips on How to Shop at Farmers Markets

woman selling flowers

When you come to a farmer’s market when looking for Sanibel Island or Captiva Island family-friendly things to do, there are a few things to keep in mind. First, make sure you arrive early. Not only will you get to enjoy the beauty and cooler Sanibel Island weather of the morning, but you. Can also get the best pickings of produce and other foods. 

Often, vendors will offer samples at these markets. Take advantage! There’s a little bit of everything here, so go ahead and try something new. You might be surprised at what you can find! You’ll also want to make sure you bring cash, as some vendors don’t have credit card machines at their booths. 

Why Shopping Local is Important

Shopping local is one of the best things you can do while you’re on vacation. You’ll have access to food that’s much cheaper and healthier than what you would find at a chain restaurant, and you’ll be using your money to help the local economy. This support helps keep small businesses running, meaning the community will be more diverse and unique. Plus, if you eat vegetarian or vegan, the farmer’s market is just about the best place you can go!

Shopping local guarantees that you’ll get to meet the people responsible for growing your food or making your crafts, and you’re sure to get unmatched customer service. Most of all, your service will be personalized. These small business owners personally know their customers and can appeal to their interests, meaning you’ll find special products that aren’t widely available.

man handing fruit to customer

Of all the things to do in Sanibel Island, the farmer’s market is something you simply cannot miss. The best part is, since the markets on Sanibel and Captiva Islands run on different days, you can visit them both on your getaway! Between your time exploring the sites, strolling on the beaches of Sanibel Island, and discovering the history and nature of the area, make sure you start your mornings with a visit to the market.

Plan Your Visit

While you’re in town, consider booking one of our Sanibel listings. We have properties for every size group to keep you comfortable and safe while you’re in town. Contact us today to learn more!