This festival is being sponsored by the University of Florida's IFAS Lee County Extension and the Caloosa Rare Fruit Exchange. For an admission fee of only $2 (free for kids under 12), you can taste a wide variety of unusual locally grown fruits and vegetables, and freshly caught seafood. The fruits include lychee, longan, papaya, grumichama, jaboticaba, canistel, gooseberry, macadamia, mamey, different varieties of mango, akee, roselle, jackfruit, elderberry, plus micro-greens, wheatgrass, etc.
You can also buy what local farmers and your neighbors are growing. Farmers and fishers will bring their edibles for sale, including cheese, honeys, herbs, fruits, vegetables, and seafood. Tropical fruit trees and other trees and plants that can thrive in southwest Florida's gardens will be offered by local nurseries at affordable prices. Also available are ice cream, baked goods, punch, sauces, etc.
Master Gardeners and other experts will be at the festival to answer all your gardening questions. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. you can also attend classes to learn how to grow plants, preserve foods, raise tropical fruit trees, harvest other edibles, and more. The parking is free, and raffles are held every hour. For further information you can call (239)[masked],[masked], or 543-9910.
This festival will be a good gathering place for members of our garden club. Because the club's individual name tags won't be distributed there, members will have to recognize one another by their profile photos on the club's web site. To indicate whether you'll attend or not, just scroll up to the top right corner of the screen to click on the link to RSVP.
Normally our get-togethers are held in the gardens of local members of the club. At those events we share lots of snacks and drinks, and bring our excess plants for the free plant-exchange table. If you'd like to host such an event so that members can admire your own garden, please contact club leaders Peter and Suzanne at [masked] or (239) 331-2858.