Reusable Shopping Bags by Envirosax

I am LOVING my new tropical print reusable shopping bags from Envirosax. How fun are they?!? Envirosax totes are a great environmentally-friendly alternative to plastic shopping bags. They are strong, durable, machine washable, and roll up into a tight little bundle that fits easily in your car or purse. They are the perfect accessory for the farmers market, grocery store, beach, boat, travel, or any outting. And they make great gifts!

NAR Green Realtor

I have been wanting to find a way to bridge my love of real estate with my passion for health, wellness and a sustainable lifestyle.

And I finally found it in the National Association of Realtor’s Green Designation! This certification means that I am better equiped to talk with clients about a green lifestyle, energy efficiency in the home, high functioning/smart homes, and various ways to lighten the footprint of a home.

In combination with my background in health (MS in Nutrition), culinary arts degree, and extensive background in natural health, I am so excited to be able to offer my clients a holistic approach to house hunting and creating their perfect wellHOME©.

If you are interested in learning more or in Naples, FL area real estate, feel free to reach out anytime! My inbox is always open 🙂

Negative Ions for Positive Vibes

If you can’t hit the beach to soak up the negative ions, then bring the negative ions into your home!

Certain natural environments, like mountains and beachs, contain an abundance of negative ions. When we breathe in these negative ions and they enter our blood stream they produce biochemical reactions that are said to help relieve stress, increase serotonin production (the “feel good” hormone), boost the immune system, clean the lungs and neutralize free radicals. They also help purify the air of allergens, germs and dust.

Himalayan Salt Lamps are a convenient way of bringing these health benefits into your home as the salt particles contain negative ions. And I am particularly loving these miniature plug-ins right now. Not only do they double as night lights, but they give off the most enchanting glow.

Natural Food & Wellness Markets

Whether you are just in town for a visit, newly relocated, or have been here for years, it’s always good to know where the natural food & wellness markets are. So here ya go:

For Goodness Sake (locally owned)
118 Bonita Beach Road

The Fresh Market
27251 Bay Landing Drive

Summer Day Market & Cafe (locally owned)
1069 N Collier Blvd

Food & Thought (locally owned)
2132 Tamiami Trail North

Lucky’s Market
3815 Tamiami Trail E
6424 Naples Blvd, Suite 601

Oakes Farms Market (locally owned)
2205 Davis Blvd

Oakes Farms Market- Seed to Table (locally owned)
4835 Immokalee Rd

Nature’s Garden (locally owned)
2089 Tamiami Trail North

Sprouts Farmers Market
Logan Landings
2224 Logan Blvd

The Fresh Market
4121 Tamiami Trail N
12628 Tamiami Trail E

Trader Joes
10600 Tamiami Trail N

Whole Foods Market
9101 Strada Place

Fall is for Farmers Markets

If you are from one of the northern states, like me, then you are probably used to farmers market season kicking off around May and reaching its peak during the heart of summer. 

But summer in southwest Florida means crop-withering heat and field-drenching rains.  So farmers typically lay down their tools and brush the dirt of their shoes for a couple months, until temperatures start to cool down.  While some of the markets may operate year-round, the majority of freshly harvested seasonal produce won’t start making its debut until the first signs of fall.

There are many reasons to shop the local markets.  The produce has often been grown using organic or sustainable methods and harvested within 24 hours.  As the fruits and vegetables are allowed to reach peak maturity, they are more nutritious than their grocery store counterparts.  The same is true of dairy, eggs & meats that are raised locally, as most animals are pasture-raised and treated humanely.

Farmer’s Markets have more to offer than just “meat and potatoes” though.  They are also great places to find artisanal & locally made baked goods, prepared foods, honeys & jams, crafts, jewelry and more.  Every trip is an adventure, and an opportunity to connect with your community and support local businesses.

Golden Gate Community Market
Year-Round, Saturdays 9am-2pm
4701 Golden Gate Parkway, Naples
Golden Gate Community Center

Golden Gate Community Market
Year-Round, Sundays 9am-2pm11725 Collier Blvd, Naples
Next to Sunshine Ace Hardware

Government Complex Farmer’s Market
Year-Round, Fridays 11am-2pm
3315 Tamiami Trail East, Naples
Bottom deck of parking garage across from the Courthouse

Immokalee Market
October to May, Sunday-Saturday, sunrise-sunset
424 New Market Road East, Immokalee

Koreshan Farmer’s Market
Year-Round, Sunday 8am-1pm
3800 Corkscrew Road, Estero
$1 park entry fee to Koreshan State Historic Site

Local Roots Farmers Markets
October-April, Saturdays 8am-12pm
26795 S Bay Drive, Bonita Springs
The Promenade Shopping Center parking lot

Marco Island Farmers Market
November-April, Wednesdays 7:30am-1pm
901 Park Avenue, Marco Island
Veterans Community Park

The Market at Goodlette-Frank
November to May, Saturdays 8am-1pm 
June to October 4th Saturdays 8am-1pm
6000 Goodlette Road North, Naples

NCH Farmers Markets
Tuesdays 10am-1pm
Second Tuesday of the month, North Naples:  11190 Health Park Blvd, Naples
Third Tuesday of the month, Central Campus: 2157 Pine Ridge Road, Naples
Fourth Tuesday of the month, Downtown Baker Hospital: 350 7th Street N, Naples

Pine Ridge Road Farmers Market
October-August, Sundays 9am-1pm
3370 Pine Ridge Road, Naples

St. John Farmers Market
October-May, Fridays 9am-2pm
625 111th Avenue N, Naples
St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church

St. Paul’s Farmers Market
November-April, Saturdays 8am-12pm
3901 Davis Blvd, Naples
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

Sugden Park Plaza
October-April, Sundays 9am-2pm
4270 Tamiami Trail E, Naples

Third Street Farmers Market
Saturdays 7:30-11:30 a.m.November-April, Third Street S b/t Broad Street & 13th Ave S
May-November, Parking lot behind Tommy Bahamas

Vanderbilt Farmers Market
June-October, Saturdays 8am-12pm,
November-May, Saturdays 8am-1pm
Galleria Shoppes at Vanderbilt Beach Rd, Naples

CLICK HERE for a downloadable list.

Boat Clubs in Southwest Florida

Love being out on the water, but don’t love the investment that is required to own your own boat?  Then consider joining one of SWFL’s boat clubs!  It’s a carefree way to enjoy the Paradise Coast and Gulf of Mexico.   All the maintenance is taken care of, and the boats are cleaned & gased up for you.  So all you have to do is show up, hop on and take off!  Cruise through the mangroves with the dolphins, anchor along the coastline for a dip, or head out into the Gulf to fish.

Baywater Boat Club, Bonita Springs

Freedom Boat Club, Fort Myers, Bonita Springs, Naples, Marco Island

Southwest Florida Boat Club, Marco Island

Craft Beer in Southwest Florida

Nothing pairs better with summertime than a nice cold beer.  And there is plenty on tap in Southwest Florida!

The Naples area has several great craft breweries.  Get your local brew on at these watering holes:
Naples Beach Brewery
RipTide Brewing
Momentum Brewhouse put together a southwest Florda beer crawl.  You can start in Naples and drink your way north to Sarasota.   Or you can create your own crawl using the Southwest Florida Brew Trail Map!