Autumn Bounty on The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel

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Fall: Papaya, canistel, starfruit, coconut, black sapote, banana, and avocado.

When the seasons shift on The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel, you can taste it in the flavors. The beautiful Florida climate leads to a long growing season and tropical fruits are the main attraction in the fruit farms of Bokeelia and beyond. In the autumn months, look out for sweet papayas and uniquely shaped carambola (star fruit).

The produce we traditionally associate with fall is also on display in farmers markets throughout the region. Ring in the season with fresh butternut squash and keep your eyes open for tropical pumpkins, which thrive in warm climates and tend to have a smoother texture than common North American pumpkins.

Of course, it’s Florida which means citrus galore, peaking in late fall and early winter. Stop by Sun Harvest Citrus in Fort Myers, where you’ll find local oranges, tangerines, and grapefruit in every form. For three generations over 30 years, the same family has operated this business, and today you can visit the retail shop for fresh-squeezed juices, ice cream, baked goods, and even fruit wines.

Discover a farm oasis at Rosy Tomorrows Heritage Farm in North Fort Myers. Every ingredient has been seeded, hand-harvested and organically grown on this 100-acre farm, featuring unique produce such as mizuna greens, edible nasturtium flowers, pungent lemongrass and much more. Enjoy these fresh ingredients with farm-raised meats at Rosy Tomorrows’ own alfresco restaurant.

Local honey is always a delicious treat, and Walker Farms in North Fort Myers is a source of orange blossom and saw palmetto honey. Visit their farm store or pick up bottles of honey in popular spots such as the Shell Factory, the Edison and Ford Winter Estates Gift Shops, and the Mound House.

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