Tis’ the Season for Farmers’ Markets in Bonita Springs & Naples!

Homemade jelly, seafood, baked goods, fresh fruits and vegetables, colorful plants and flowers are just a few items you’ll see as you stroll through the Bonita Springs and Naples Farmers Markets this season.

Bring your family, friends and four-legged companions and make an event of it. There’s nothing like strolling around the market meeting the local farmers who grown and produce these culinary delights.

Why do I love going? By purchasing from these local farmers, I know exactly where their food comes from, and the ingredients are fresher and likely contain fewer chemicals than the same ingredients found at a local supermarket. Not to mention it also helps stimulate our local economy!

So this season, head on out to the Bonita Springs and Naples Farmers Markets:

Bonita Springs Farmers Market
Riverside Park at the intersection of Old 41 Rd and Childers St.
Every Wednesday from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm

Coconut Point Green Market
Coconut Point Mall
Vendors located in the parking lot adjacent to Panera Bread
(November 1st 2012 thru April 25th 2013) Every Thursday 9:00am – 2:00 pm

Farmer’s Market at The Promenade
26811 S Bay Dr.
Bonita Springs, Florida 34134
Every Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Old Naples Farmers’ Market
Third Street South
Naples, Florida
(Open year-round) 
Saturdays, 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

North Naples Green Market
1465 Golden Gate Parkway, Naples, FL 34102
The market will be held in the green space east if the IBERIABANK Centre on Golden Gate Parkway
(October 27th thru April 27th)  Every Saturday from 8:00 am-1:00 pm

Uncovering your Dream Home in Bonita Springs, Florida

Searching for a new or second home is easier once you understand what’s most important to you. I always tell clients who are considering moving to The Colony Golf & Bay Club that it’s best to organize your thoughts by writing down what you absolutely need in a new or second home, and what you don’t. After all, buying a home whether it be here at The Colony in Florida or elsewhere, is a huge decision. Here’s a good list to help you narrow down your decisions:

Look at the Community

  • Variety of architectural styles (vs. cookie cutter homes)
  • Natural lush landscaping
  • Walking and biking trails
  • Amenities like golf, tennis, and swimming
  • Activities and social events
  • Sense of community
  • People my age

Look at the Location

  • Beach access
  • Quick drive to shopping and dining
  • Access to theater, museums, and nightlife
  • Proximity to airports and public transportation
  • Quality school system (for families)

Determine the type of Home Structure

  • Single family or high-rise home
  • One- or two-car garage
  • Home office
  • Guest bedroom/bath
  • Formal living room
  • Eat-in kitchen
  • Patio or lanai
  • Bonus room

Think about Your Living Style

  • Low maintenance (high-rise homes)
  • Private land for tending a garden, making home improvements (single-family homes)
  • Gourmet appliances
  • Outdoor living area
  • View (Gulf of Mexico, natural preserve or Golf Course)
  • Light and bright
  • Lots of shade
  • Onsite amenities without leaving your home

I’d love to take you on a tour of The Colony, so feel free to contact me today. Happy Dream Home Hunting!

All About Bonita Springs, Florida!

Named after a local medicinal spring, Bonita Springs history began in the 1870’s when surveyors working for the United States Government explored the Southwest Florida region. Originally named “Survey,” huge plantations were established to grow pineapples, bananas and a variety of tropical fruits.

Then in 1912 a man from Tennessee made plans to expand the town of Survey. He decided the name wouldn’t entice people to move to the area so the name was changed to Bonita Springs.

I don’t think people needed a name to entice them. After all Bonita Springs is one of Southwest Florida’s fastest growing cities, due in large part to its location between Naples and Fort Myers. Bonita Springs is a welcoming beach community that offers a lifestyle for just about everyone. From award winning planned golf communities to serene waterfront living, Bonita Springs exudes an urban setting with small-town charm.

If you’re living here seasonally enjoying the retirement lifestyle, or simply on vacation, there’s an abundance of things to do.

Beaches. People from all over the world flock to Bonita Springs’ pristine shoreline, which includes Bonita Beach, Lovers Key and Barefoot beach. The backdrop of the Gulf of Mexico will keep you wide-eyed along with its white sands, great shelling, dolphin sightings, and turtle nesting grounds. Swimmers, snorkelers, rafters, kayakers, and windsurfers will appreciate the aquamarine waters just steps away.

Shopping and Dining. Shop and dine to your hearts content here in Bonita Springs. There’s something to suite every taste. Choose from a plethora of shopping choices from outdoor malls to boutique shops. Enjoy casual dining or fine dining – all just minutes away!

Family Fun. While the beaches will keep kids and parents content for hours, there are also a variety of attractions to take the children or visiting grandchildren to. Whether it’s going to a water park, visiting the zoo, or heading to the museum, you’ll never run out of ideas or places to go in Bonita Springs or the nearby area.

Here’s some helpful information to keep handy if you’re visiting the area, or moving to the area for the season:

  • Obtaining a Bonita Springs Parking Sticker: Parks and Recreation,
26740 Pine Avenue,
 Bonita Springs, FL, 34135
(239) 992-2556. You will need property tax bill, Car or Truck Registration and Driver’s License Address must match on all. The parking decal you have acquired will allow you parking at Bonita Beach Park, Access #1 and Little Hickory Island Beach Park only. Parking availability is not guaranteed.
  • Fishing Licenses: 
(239) 533-6000; Instant License Line
(888) 347-4356
  • Boat Ramps: The Imperial River Boat Ramp in Bonita Springs,
(239) 229-0459
  • Major Ports/Waterways: Port Boca Grande (Gulf) and Okeechobee Waterway (coast to coast through Lake Okeechobee).
  • Bonita Springs Fire Control & Rescue: (239) 949-6200
  • Lee County Office of the Sheriff: Emergency 911 or (239) 477-1000
  • Bonita Springs Public Library: (239) 992-0101
  • Lee Memorial Health System: (239) 466-4455
  • Lee County DMV Offices & Services: Your Lee County DMV offices provide vehicle registration, drivers licenses, ID cards, tag and title services for cars, trucks, trailers, vessels and mobile homes.


Shopping Central in Bonita Springs & Naples, Florida

Feel like shopping? Spend a day in our neighborhood and you’ll find whatever it is you need – or think you need – here in Bonita Springs! Here’s a glimpse of the excellent shopping choices you’ll find around The Colony Golf & Bay Club:

Coconut Mall
The mall offers 113 stores and 25 restaurants – all surrounding several acres of lakes with a boardwalk. They offer everything in every price range. Coconut Point is the place for people to gather,shop, dine, work, play, see a new film – you name it.

Miromar Outlets
You can literally spend an entire day at the outlets so bring your walking shoes. Located near Germain Arena in Estero, Miromar features over 140 top designer and brand name outlets including Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, Perry Ellis, DKNY, Coach Factory, Nautica and Saks Fifth Avenue.

Stroll inviting streetscapes as you peruse shops and boutiques. The newest shopping center in Naples also provides a wonderful mix of dining and entertainment.

Waterside Shoppes
This high-end shopping features 60 plus stores and restaurants including Banana Republic, Anne Taylor, Barnes & Noble and Saks Fifth Avenue. They offer valet parking, complimentary style consultations and personal shopping, along with an array of superior amenities.

Village on Venetian Bay
The Village is known for its great shops and personalized customer service. For ladies and men, choose from superb styling from the casual to the elegant. The Village on Venetian Bay is also the place for children’s apparel, dazzling jewels, exquisite art galleries, and gifts for the home.

Coastland Center Mall
A family friendly mall featuring your traditional favorites such as Macy’s, Dillard’s, JC Penney, Sears and more.

Third Street South
The attractive shops of the Third Street South historic area are brimming with chic high fashion for day and night, with relaxed clothes, lingerie, sports clothes, bathing suits, shoes, purses, and accessories of every description for men, women and children.

Fifth Avenue South
Take a trip to Fifth Avenue South in Downtown Naples – known as a miniature Rodeo Drive. Jewelers, galleries, antique shops and fashion boutiques line the Avenue with the finest quality shopping and dining.

Where are your favorite places to shop in Southwest Florida?