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Marco Island Farmers' Market, 2013

See smaller Seven-week-old kittens Napoleon and Nixon are admired as they rest in their cage during Wednesday’s opening day of the Marco Island Farmers’ Market. The cats were available for adoption from “For the Love of Cats,” a kill-free cat adoption center on Marco Island. Cheryl Ferrara/Eagle Correspondent

Seven-week-old kittens Napoleon and Nixon are admired as they rest in their cage during Wednesday’s opening day of the Marco Island Farmers’ Market. The cats were available for adoption from “For the Love of Cats,” a kill-free cat adoption center on Marco Island. Cheryl Ferrara/Eagle Correspondent

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  • Against the backdrop of a beautiful Marco Island sky, vendors set out fresh fruits and vegetables for purchase on Wednesday, the opening day for Marco Island’s Farmers’ Market in Veterans’ Community Park. Cheryl Ferrara/Eagle Correspondent
  • Jessica Peterman in purple and sister, Jillian, reach high into a pile of watermelon for just the right one as they shop on opening day of the Marco Island Farmers’ Market in Veterans’ Community Park. Cheryl Ferrara/Eagle Correspondent
  • Seven-week-old kittens Napoleon and Nixon are admired as they rest in their cage during Wednesday’s opening day of the Marco Island Farmers’ Market. The cats were available for adoption from “For the Love of Cats,” a kill-free cat adoption center on Marco Island. Cheryl Ferrara/Eagle Correspondent
  • Pauline Dixon takes the lid off her shrimp Creole and rings a bell Wednesday to attract shoppers to her booth during opening day of the Farmers’ Market in Marco Island’s Veterans’ Community Park. Cheryl Ferrara/Eagle Correspondent
  • Paul Schmidgall mixes up a fresh batch of jambalaya behind his booth Wednesday as Marco Island’s Farmers’ Market celebrates opening day in Veterans’ Community Park. 
 Cheryl Ferrara/Eagle Correspondent
  • New vendor Rene Balderas checks on pizzas baking in his traveling wood-fired brick oven. Balderas was able to cook pizzas to order in less than four minutes Wednesday as part of opening day for Marco Island’s Farmers’ Market in Veterans’ Community Park. Cheryl Ferrara/Eagle Correspondent
  • Local artist Jo-Ann Sanborn purchases her morning baked goods as she joins shoppers for a breezy and beautiful Wednesday to celebrate the first day of season for the Marco Island Farmers’ Market at Veterans’ Community Park. Cheryl Ferrara/Eagle Correspondent
  • Bling glistens under Marco Island’s sunny sky Wednesday as vendors display rows of colorful jewelry and assorted crafts during the opening day of Marco Island’s Farmers’ Market at Veterans’ Community Park. Cheryl Ferrara/Eagle Correspondent
  • Jacqueline Pham picks through a pile of beets to select the best bunch Wednesday during the opening day of Marco Island’s Farmers’ Market in Veterans’ Community Park. Cheryl Ferrara/Eagle Correspondent
  • Kathleen Nimtz Rinaldo displays an armful of fresh cut flowers she purchased Wednesday at the Farmers’ Market in Veterans’ Community Park. Rinaldo said the first day she is able to buy flowers at the market is a special one for her. Cheryl Ferrara/Eagle Correspondent
  • Marco Island’s Police Department released this traffic plan to help alleviate congestion on Wednesdays when the Farmers’ Market is open. Traffic will be directed by city police stationed near entrances and exits of the Veterans’ Community Park parking lot.

Clean out the refrigerator to pack in fresh fruits and vegetables. The Farmers’ Market is open for the 2013-14 season. Wednesday, Marco Island’s Veterans’ Community Park became a veritable Campo de’ Fiori, one of Rome’s favorite marketplaces. Produce, flowers, artwork, fresh baked goods, prepared food and specialty items lined corridors with more than 120 booths of delicious goodness.

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