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See larger The Marco Island Farmers' Market at Veterans' Community Park turns a parking lot into a major retailer every Wednesday morning. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent

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The Marco Island Farmers' Market at Veterans' Community Park turns a parking lot into a major retailer every Wednesday morning. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent

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  • The Marco Island Farmers' Market at Veterans' Community Park turns a parking lot into a major retailer every Wednesday morning. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Worker Maria de los Angeles prepares for the day at Capri Produce. The Marco Island Farmers' Market at Veterans' Community Park turns a parking lot into a major retailer every Wednesday morning. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Mary Cruz sells flowers from Marco to Sanibel. The Marco Island Farmers' Market at Veterans' Community Park turns a parking lot into a major retailer every Wednesday morning. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Workers tote coolers of produce first thing in the morning. The Marco Island Farmers' Market at Veterans' Community Park turns a parking lot into a major retailer every Wednesday morning. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Workers prepare for the day at Capri Produce. The Marco Island Farmers' Market at Veterans' Community Park turns a parking lot into a major retailer every Wednesday morning. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Orlando Leon puts up the sign at Naples Bread & Pastry. The Marco Island Farmers' Market at Veterans' Community Park turns a parking lot into a major retailer every Wednesday morning. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Capri Produce offers a wide range of edibles. The Marco Island Farmers' Market at Veterans' Community Park turns a parking lot into a major retailer every Wednesday morning. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Rasheed Shihada sells Olive Oils of the World. The Marco Island Farmers' Market at Veterans' Community Park turns a parking lot into a major retailer every Wednesday morning. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Strolling violinist James Steven Farnsworth entertains. The Marco Island Farmers' Market at Veterans' Community Park turns a parking lot into a major retailer every Wednesday morning. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Jon-Claude Stevens of JC's Daily Bread promises 'a slice of heaven without the wait.' The Marco Island Farmers' Market at Veterans' Community Park turns a parking lot into a major retailer every Wednesday morning. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Local strawberries at Capri Produce. The Marco Island Farmers' Market at Veterans' Community Park turns a parking lot into a major retailer every Wednesday morning. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • City employee Alex Galiana keeps the market humming. The Marco Island Farmers' Market at Veterans' Community Park turns a parking lot into a major retailer every Wednesday morning. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • The Marco Island Farmers' Market at Veterans' Community Park turns a parking lot into a major retailer every Wednesday morning. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Dale Zick, left, makes a sale for Empire Bagel. The Marco Island Farmers' Market at Veterans' Community Park turns a parking lot into a major retailer every Wednesday morning. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Coconut-carved woodpeckers are for sale at Rosie Young's shop. The Marco Island Farmers' Market at Veterans' Community Park turns a parking lot into a major retailer every Wednesday morning. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Mary and Joe Logisz head home with their purchases. The Marco Island Farmers' Market at Veterans' Community Park turns a parking lot into a major retailer every Wednesday morning. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent
  • Miguel Lara shows exotic produce at his Wonders of Nature booth. The Marco Island Farmers' Market at Veterans' Community Park turns a parking lot into a major retailer every Wednesday morning. Lance Shearer/Eagle Correspondent

As the sun peeks over the horizon, Veterans Park is a beehive of activity. Starting in the predawn darkness, a section of the park is transformed from an open strip of well-beaten grass into a once-a-week retail emporium and food court, with nearly 90 different vendors hawking their wares. They erect their canopies, set up folding tables, open box after box of vegetables, flowers, bagels and jars of honey, arrange the merchandise into tempting displays, move their vehicles out of what will soon become a pedestrian mall, sneak a sip of coffee, set out their cashbox to make change, and await the customers as the sun comes up.

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