From organically grown fruits and vegetables to hearty grass-fed meats and dairy products, these nearby farms have got you covered.
Collier Family Farms, Naples (239-207-5231), located in Ave Maria, grows an array of organic produce, including citrus fruits, blueberries, and watermelon along with a variety of vegetables, such as leafy greens, peppers, and potatoes. After its summer hiatus, Collier Family Farms expects to reopen in late October to offer tours. You can also find its homegrown organic produce at the Third Street South Farmers Market on Saturdays during season.
Farmer Mike’s U-Pick, Bonita Springs (239-498-4576), harvests a broad assortment of daily-picked fruits and vegetables, ranging from avocados and bananas to cabbages and corn. The farm also offers the option of personal harvesting. During its “U-Pick” season, customers can go into the fields and pick their own strawberries and tomatoes. Farmer Mike’s will reopen October 15, with produce also available at several farmers markets around the area, including the Farmers Market at The Promenade in Bonita Springs, Third Street South Farmers Market in Naples, and Coconut Point Green Market in Estero.
Rosy Tomorrows Heritage Farm, North Fort Myers (239-233-4888), while farthest from Naples, makes up for the commute with its wide variety of organically grown fruits and vegetables, as well as 100 percent grass-fed meats and dairy products. The farm offers a unique mix of produce, including peppercress and Thai ginger, and features Longhorn cattle, Red Wattle hogs, and heritage-breed chickens. The livestock are fed grass in pastures that are not treated with chemical fertilizers, herbicides, or pesticides. The farm reopens October 10 on Saturdays and Wednesdays for tours and events, or by appointment.