The Sanibel And Captiva Farmers Markets are a colorful collection of creative vendors presenting fine arts, food, unique trinkets, and more.

The Local Roots Farmers Markets are a few of the many treasures of Sanibel and Captiva. Every Tuesday from November to May on Captiva and every Sunday from October to May on Sanibel the farmer’s markets are a great place to experience local businesses. With around 45 vendors at each, you can find anything you’re looking for. The booths include local meat, cheese, baked goods, fish, art, jewelry, and so much more! When we stopped by we had to get a few things to take home. First, we got the chocolate croissants from the French Bakery. Next, we stopped by the guacamole stand where they make and pack the guac right in front of you. Then for dinner, we got some locally caught fresh fish to bring home and grill. Among the things to do on Sanibel and Captiva, it doesn’t get much more culturally immersive than the local markets.

sanibel island shelling
sanibel farmers markets

The History of The Farmers Market

The Sanibel And Captiva Farmers Markets were started in 2008 by Jean Baer and Betsy Ventura as a small venture in the Tahitian Gardens Shopping Center. It now resides on Dunlop road between the Sanibel Library and Sanibel City Hall. Given the success of the Sanibel location, the markets have expanded to 8 locations across Lee County. The Downtown Fort Myers Farmers Market actually runs year-round if you happen to miss the island season. Visit to find all of their locations, times, and seasons.

Thanks to the success of Local Roots they are actually able to partner with F.I.S.H. Of SanCap to do some charitable work. All of the leftover food from the markets is donated directly to their food pantry to help feed the less fortunate around Lee County and the islands.


Sanibel Island Farmers Market

At Sanibel City Hall

600 Dunlop Road, Sanibel, Florida 33957

Runs from the first week of October to last week of May.

Sundays 8am – 1pm

Captiva Island Farmers Market

Entrance to South Seas Island Resort

5400 Plantation Rd, Captiva, FL 33924

Runs from the last week of November to the last week of May.

Tuesdays 9am – 1pm

Restaurants Near The Farmers Market

Island Cow cafe on Sanibel Island
rum bar on Captiva Island

The Island Cow
2163 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel, FL 33957
Visit The Island Cow Website

Fun, cow-themed casual dining good for breakfast, outdoor dining offered.

Guide to Sanibel Island Restaurants
Guide to Captiva Island Restaurants
Guide To Waterfront Dining

Doc Ford’s Rum Bar & Grille
5400 South Seas Plantation Road, Captiva, FL 33924
Visit Doc Ford’s Captiva Website

Doc Ford’s Rum Bar and Grille, at the north end of Captiva Drive, near the entrance of South Seas Island Resort, has a great menu with indoor and outdoor dining.

Guide to Sanibel Island Restaurants
Guide to Captiva Island Restaurants
Guide To Waterfront Dining