In the last few years, we’ve seen an explosion of markets, shops, producers and people dedicated to the gospel of what’s fresh, delicious and unique—both locally and globally. This month, just as the first Southwest Florida crops start hitting the stands, we take you on a food lover’s tour of the region’s bounty, from lively farmers markets and specialty grocers to the tiny Amish kitchen where the lights go on at 4 a.m. and a staff of two turns out thousands of fresh-baked pies a week.

Start your appetites!

In This Feature:

There's a Local Farmers Market for Every Kind of Shopper

Top spots for fresh produce, seafood, local products and more.

10/26/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Niche Markets: Your Best Bets for Global and Local Specialties

From local beef to Middle Eastern specialties, our region's got it all.

10/27/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Stock Your Kitchen with These Locally Grown and Made Products

Our region boasts milk, honey, bottarga, jellies and more.

10/27/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Why Aren't There More Local Farmers at the Downtown Market?

The Sarasota Farmers Market has over 50 vendors; only a handful grow and sell their own food.

10/27/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Why I Spent a Day Killing Chickens

Cooper Levey-Baker on owning up to what eating meat entails.

10/27/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker

What It's Really Like to Make Pies with the Yoder's Bakers

Our amateur baker, web editor Megan McDonald, tests her skills in the Yoder's kitchen.

10/26/2016 By Megan McDonald

5 "Food Fighters" Who are Making a Difference in Our Community

Christa Leonard, Ryan Boeve and Arthur Lopes, Ed Chiles, and John Matthews aim to change the way we think about food.

10/27/2016 Illustrations by Andrew Theophilopoulous By Staff