Cape Coral Farmers Market returns after Ida destruction

Published: September 4, 2021 8:33 AM EDT
Updated: September 4, 2021 9:57 AM EDT

A week after one of Ida’s outer bands destroyed tents at the Cape Coral Farmers Market, the event is back.

It was a nice, warm sunny morning and then a windstorm came out of nowhere.

Tents collapsed and tables and merchandise went flying across the parking lot.

Vendors’ products were thrown all over the wet ground.

Cape Coral Farmers Market Coordinator Claudia St. Ong and vendors said in its 25-year history, nothing like that has happened.

Ong described it as four minutes of chaos.

“That nobody got hurt. That was the first reaction. I couldn’t get pictures, someone else was taking pictures. You’re just in a panic mode making sure everyone is okay. We were very lucky everybody was OK,” said St. Ong, business manager and Farmers Market coordinator for the Chamber of Commerce for Cape Coral.

Ong said she feels lucky to be part of the Cape Coral community because it’s been heartwarming to see how everyone has come together to help the vendors that suffered losses during the storm.

Donations poured in to make sure the market could return quickly.

“They’re there every Saturday for our community and our market customers aren’t just market customers. They’re so loyal. They’re there every week many many of them. We certainly appreciate that,” St. Ong said. “They really love the market and we love them.”

The Cape Coral Farmers Market is located at SE 47th Terrace &, SE 10th Place. It opens every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.