Farmers Market in/near Anna Maria
One of the only things we liked about Sanibel was the excellent Farmers' Market. We have decided to vacation again in Anna MAria instead but when we were last there 5 years ago the food scene was not great, especially for shopping for vegetables and fruit. Is there perhaps a farmers market we did not find, or is new? Or any other great places to buy food to cook in our house?
While it's a bit of a drive, I highly recommend the Saturday Morning Market in downtown St. Pete. It's one of the biggest markets in the Southeast. There are at least two local farms that sell fresh-picked organic produce. You'll also find fresh fish, meats, cheeses, baked goods, citrus, and a variety of other food products made locally. Add interesting crafts, some good food vendors and live music, and you have a festive market that's a destination in and of itself. I make the 30-minute drive (from Clearwater) at least twice a month during the season.
There is a farmers market at the Red Barn flea market in Bradenton on weekends. I like the small farmers market in Palmetto on 301, about 1/3 mile before I-75, although you may not want to drive that far.
For fresh fish, Star Fish and A.P. Bell are a must, in Cortez Village just across the bridge from AMI.