Eat Local Lee has launched a new resource guide and interactive map that showcases fish, meat, seafood and farmers markets, as well as farms and farm stands, breweries and distilleries.
Eat Local Lee’s comprehensive resource guide promotes the thriving movement to support locally produced, sustainable, seasonal food. The printed guide is ideal for residents and visitors, and details the growing seasons of two dozen types of fruits and vegetables grown in Southwest Florida. The guide also contains a complete listing of farmers markets, including locations and hours of operation, where vendors sell locally grown produce, freshly baked goods, flowers, artisan goods, locally caught seafood, plants and more.
“Consumers are increasingly interested in purchasing locally grown food, but it can be difficult to know which Lee County businesses support sustainable food sourcing,” said Courtney Fraser, executive director of Eat Local Lee. “The updated resource guide is a complete listing with everything in one place, and it’s especially encouraging to see additional providers joining the movement.”
The resource guide is now available at more than 180 locations across Lee County, including hotels, shopping centers, attractions, real estate offices, condominium complexes, visitor centers, chambers of commerce and other businesses.
Online, a new interactive map contains business names, addresses, telephone numbers and website links for 22 Lee County farms, 11 farmers markets, 10 breweries and distilleries, five purveyors of fresh fish and two meat markets. The map is available at EatLocalLee.org or by downloading the app – “M’app” by Eat Local Lee – from the App Store and Google Play Store.
Eat Local Lee receives funding through Visit Florida and the Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau.
Additional businesses can be added to the interactive map by emailing EatLocalLee@gmail.com.
About Eat Local Lee
Eat Local Lee is Lee County’s premier food and dining resource that supports the creation of local food pathways by linking local producers to consumers through the establishment of urban food hubs, advocating social enterprise and promoting businesses that incorporate local, sustainable and seasonal food into their menus. Eat Local Lee brings together private, nonprofit and government entities to provide fresh, local and fair food options for everyone. The local organization is a division of the Institute for Culinary Awareness, Research & Education (ICARE). Eat Local Lee was founded by Courtney Fraser, recipient of the 2018 Chrysalis Award in the business tourism leader category. More information is available at EatLocalLee.org.