The Farm Stand launched this spring and is having its grand opening from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. this Saturday at 11308 Bonita Beach Road SE, Suite 105, at Bonita Springs. This weekend’s grand opening will include wine and craft beer tastings, as well as samples of products that owner David McCone makes himself – like chili cheese, jams, mustards and pickles – “ really unique things that you won’t find anywhere else,” he said.
McCone’s new self-funded store grew out of The Naples Canning Co., a business the Naples resident started in 2019. A Michigan native, he had worked for about 15 years as a chef at restaurants in Naples, including Café Lurcat, The Continental and House of the Bay. McCone, 34, left the restaurant business to become a full-time food sales representative for a specialty food company. He also registered with the FDA as a canning facility and opened a commercial kitchen in North Naples to create jars of food products made with all local organic produce. “Knowing where my food comes from is very important to me,” said McCone, who also sells her produce on Saturdays at the Third Street South Farmers Market in downtown Naples.
McCone started his canning business to create extra income to help pay for his wedding. Launched just before the pandemic hit, the company actually thrived during the health crisis because McCone delivered its products to homes or shipped them nationwide. “I quickly converted to the Internet,” he said. “I sold two and a half years of inventory in 24 hours in April 2020.
Just when he was wondering what would be next for his business, he found nearly 700 square feet of retail space in the final unit of a retail building on Bonita Beach Road, just west of Old 41 Road. “It has amazing light with 12 foot ceilings,” he said. “I said, ‘That’s it.'”
At The Farm Stand, McCone strives to be unique, something different. In addition to food items such as local honey and hot sauces, he sells American artisan products for home kitchens. “If I can find it locally, that’s a big boost for me,” he said.
This includes picnic baskets, wine baskets, and anything inside for trips to the beach, park, or just home. “It’s sort of based on this idea of a picnic culture,” he said.
These baskets could be filled with some of McCone’s most popular items: pimento cheese made with peppadew peppers and cheddar cheese aged for two years; and strawberry and rose jam made with dehydrated rose petals and rose water. “I try to be very different from what other people are doing,” he said.