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The Cap­tiva Is­land Farm­ers Mar­ket will be­come Lo­cal Roots’ ninth mar­ket in Lee County when it opens for its first sea­son on Dec. 19 at the en­trance to South Seas Is­land Re­sort.

The re­sort ap­proached the Lo­cal Roots coown­ers with the idea of pro­vid­ing the mar­ket as an amenity dur­ing the busy tourist sea­son. The Lo­cal Roots co-own­ers both live on Sani­bel Is­land and have had a long in­volve­ment in busi­ness and the com­mu­nity. Jean Baer served as the South Seas re­cre­ation direc­tor for 14 years. Betsy Ven­tura and her hus­band, Mar­cel, own is­land-based YOLO Water­sports, and her mother is a year-round Cap­tiva res­i­dent.

The Cap­tiva Is­land Farm­ers Mar­ket will be held each Tues­day, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., through April 3. “Hav­ing the mar­ket on Tues­days gives res­i­dents and vis­i­tors an­other mar­ket shop­ping day other than Sun­days on Sani­bel,” says Ven­tura. Lo­cal Roots laid down its own roots at the pop­U­lar Sani­bel Is­land Farm­ers Mar­ket a decade ago.

Ven­tura notes that, with 20 ven­dors, Cap­tiva is their small­est mar­ket, “but our lineup of ven­dors is packed with qual­ity. We have a great bal­ance that will be sure to please ev­ery­one.” She pre­dicts golf carts and bikes will be the main modes of trans­porta­tion to and from the mar­ket. “Each mar­ket seems to de­velop its own unique per­son­al­ity, so we’re ex­cited to watch Cap­tiva grow into its own,” Ven­tura says.

South Seas Is­land Re­sort is lo­cated at 5400 South Seas Plan­ta­tion Road on Cap­tiva Is­land. The mar­ket will be sit­u­ated out­side the re­sort's gate in a park­ing lot near Doc Ford’s restau­rant. It is open to the pub­lic.

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