9 Tips For a Perfect Captiva Farmers Market Trip

Book a cottage today at Jensen’s Marina and enjoy a trip to the Captiva Farmers Market to experience Florida life on an island while you are on vacation.

By Randy Hauck | April 30, 2021

The Captiva Farmers Market is one of the best small beach town experiences you can enjoy while you are on vacation in Southwest Florida. Its unifying message is: “The Captiva Farmers Market provides an alternative for both the residents and visitors to obtain fresh foods from local artisans.”

The Captiva Farmers Market is a great place to visit when you come to Captiva Island for a Florida vacation. Come enjoy a small town beach experience, get fresh food such as seafood and breads and enjoy the local art scene.

Read on to find out everything you need to know about the Captiva Island Farmers Market. 

Where is the Captiva Farmers Market Located?

where is the captiva farmers market located

The Captiva Farmers Market is located at the parking lot near the entrance of the South Island Seas Resort, 5400 Plantation Road, Captiva, FL 33924. Parking is available in the adjacent plazas but only guests of South Island Seas can park in that parking lot. It is run and organized by Organized by Local Roots, which is co-owned by Jean Baer and Betsy Ventura. Those two also operate the Sanibel Island Farmers Market. 

The market is located outdoors in an open air environment, which is safe. Bring your pets to stroll too. There will even be some treats and food for them too! Each vendor station also has hand sanitizer. 

What are the Captiva Farmers Market Hours? 

The Captiva Island Farmers Market is open every Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in front of the South Seas Island Resort. 

Is the Captiva Farmers Market Open Seasonally?

Yes, the Captiva Farmers Market is open every year from the end of November, right after Thanksgiving, through the end of April on Tuesdays. The market is open to everyone, including residents, visitors and those working on the island.

Even better? This year the market has decided to stay open on Tuesdays through the end of May!

What are the Captiva Farmers Market Vendors? 

what are the captiva farmers market vendors

There are approximately 25 Captiva Farmers market vendors every year. 

The types of vendors at Captiva Farmers Market include: 

  • Bakers
  • Chefs
  • Seafood 
  • Florists

If you have specific vendor questions, you can contact Betsy at BetsyFVentura@gmail.com

What Kind of Fresh Food Can I Find at the Captiva Farmers Market?

Fresh food at the Captiva Farmers market includes: 

  • Seafood
  • Bread
  • Just picked produce
  • Fresh fruit
  • Cheese
  • Meats
  • Crab Cakes
  • Empanadas
  • Ceviche
  • Crab dip
  • Smoked Salmon
  • Picklers
  • Acai bowls
  • Hummus
  • Guacamole
  • Smoothies
  • Prepared foods and meals
  • Crepes
  • Lasagna
  • Sausages
  • Meatballs
  • Key Lime Pies
  • Honey
  • Pet food and treats for your animals

What Kind of Local Products Can I Find at the Captiva Island Farmers Market?

what kind of fresh food can I find at the captiva farmers market

You can also find a ton of artwork and other local products at the Captiva Farmers Market. This includes: 

  • Paintings
  • Local artists selling handmade crafts
  • Local souvenirs
  • Accessories
  • Olive oil
  • Tea and coffee
  • Orchids
  • Cut flowers
  • Native plants
  • Soaps
  • Candles
  • Food trucks
  • Clothes
  • Wraps
  • Jewelry
  • Beach Towels
  • Pottery
  • Hand bags
  • Woven purses
  • Pet apparel
  • Hand painted glassware

Jensen’s Resort Captiva Amenities

At Jensen’s Twin Palm Marina and Cottages™ on Captiva Island, we offer the following amenities you need to enjoy Captiva Island after your trip to the Captiva Farmers Market. 

  • Boat rentals
  • Kayak rentals
  • Boat rides
  • 35 wet slips
  • 14 cottages
  • North Captiva water taxi trips
  • Bait
  • Tackle
  • Ice
  • Gas
  • Coolers
  • T-Shirts, hats, sunscreen, postcards and more at the Ship Store 
  • Free WiFi
  • Fishing off our private dock
  • Impromptu live music events in the evenings
  • A quaint museum that shows you the history of fishing on Captiva Island
  • Close to nearby restaurants, galleries and shops

Find Florida Boat Rentals that Work For You 

Ready to rent a boat on Captiva Island? Jensen’s Marina™ has the following Jensen’s boat rental Captiva watersports options to fit your needs:

Pontoon Fishing Boats

Pontoon boats work for families and friends cruising the Gulf of Mexico or Intracoastal Waterway.  They are a great choice for family fun time and boat parties. A 24-foot pontoon boat with a 115-horsepower motor that can accommodate up to 12 people works well for these types of activities. 

Rent a Center Console Boats

Center console boats work well for smaller groups for fishing and boating trips. Try an 18-foot center console boat that holds up to five people and holds a decent amount of fishing gear. 

Rent a Boston Whaler Boat

An 18” Boston Whaler with a 150-horsepower Yamaha four-stroke motor holds up to six people and has a 1,000-pound weight capacity for your fishing crew, a cooler and plenty of fishing bait and tackle.

Rent a Kayak

We also offer Captiva Island kayak rental experiences for you to enjoy the area in peace and quiet and become one with nature. 

Jensen’s Marina™ offers 1-person and 2-person kayak rentals. It costs two hours for a $25 1-person kayak and two hours for a 2-person kayak costs $35.  You can also make a marina reservation plan for a guided kayak wildlife tour today to see manatees, dolphins and more! Enjoy a marked kayak trail at Buck Key just south of Jensen’s Marina™ called Roosevelt Trail. 

Rent a Cottage at Jensen’s Marina™ and Stay Awhile!

Here at Jensen’s Marina™, we also offer 14 historic Captiva Island cottages for you to enjoy Old Florida at its finest. You can do your shopping at the Captiva Farmers Market and then take your delicious treats back to your quaint cottage to enjoy! Whether you decide to stay for a long weekend or for a week or more, Jensen’s Marina™ has a wide variety of quaint cottages near the water to choose from. Book your cottage today!

Jensen’s Twin Palm Marina and Cottages™

15107 Captiva Drive
Captiva, FL 33924

(833) 668-7768
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