Morton’s Siesta Market Brings Gourmet Food to Siesta Key Foodies

Sister company to Sarasota’s well-known Morton’s Gourmet Market on Osprey Avenue, the newly opened Morton’s Siesta Market provides the same great quality and service on Siesta Key.

50 Years of Morton’s Family History

The company has been a landmark for high quality epicurean foods in Sarasota for almost 50 years. This premiere specialty food company started when Ted Morton arrived in Sarasota back in 1952. He had worked in the food business in Tampa as a Nabisco sales rep and he quickly found work at Marable’s Market, an independent grocery store in the up-and-coming city.

After 17 years, Ted purchased the business and eventually added his name over the door rebranding it “Morton’s Market” in 1978 and adding a smokehouse a year later. The store became a family-run concern, with Ted’s wife Pauline and his sons, Denny (DK) and Kenny building on the established reputation of the earlier independent grocery store. Their aim was to supply their customers with the best possible food along with their own personal brand of personal service.

In 1997, Ted decided to retire and sold the business, but 10 years later it was back in family hands, now run as Morton’s Gourmet Market by Eddie Morton and his son Todd. | Morton's Siesta Market Siesta Key Village shopping, wine, deli, groceries, fresh produce and bakery. Siesta Key, Florida.

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New Gourmet Food Market on Siesta Key

The latest chapter of this family business was the opening of Morton’s Siesta Market in 2015. This coincided with the closure of Siesta Market and ensured the continuation of a quality grocery store in Siesta Village without residents having to leave the island. After extensive remodeling, Morton’s Siesta Market opened its doors to offer locally grown produce, specialty foods and quality items as well as focusing on prepared meals.

Ideal for vacationers and locals who don’t want to eat out every night, but don’t want to spend time in the kitchen either, these Gourmet-to-Go meals are the perfect solution. Chef prepared, the range includes gourmet entrees such as Moroccan Chicken with Couscous, and favorite comfort foods such as their signature meatloaf and Beef Stroganoff. Homemade soups are ideal for light lunches and appetizers and include Clair’s Butternut Squash and Chili con Carne, a meal in itself.

The Hot Deli will have your mouth watering as you check out the beautiful array of hot pressed Cuban sandwiches, delectable ribs, pulled pork and smoked chicken. You can taste the quality and care with which each dish is prepared. Morton’s Siesta Market also proves that high quality does not have to mean high prices.

Deli Salads and Gourmet Foods at Morton’s Siesta Market

Accompany your hot foods with a freshly prepared side or salad from the deli where 40 housemade salads make it impossible to choose just one! Roasted Beets, Pad Thai Shrimp, Caprese Salad, Tabouleh, Pico de Gallo, Asian Slaw, Pico de Galle – a tour of the deli counter brings the flavors of international cuisine right to your doorstep in Siesta Key. The same is true of the international cheese counter with over 200 cheeses from French Triple Cream Brie to the finest Romano and Parmesan cheese always available at Morton’s.

If you want a quick salad for the office or beach, make your own at the Fresh Salad Bar or pick up an overfilled “Big Ted” sub, wrap or croissant that’s ready to go.

USDA prime beef, meat and local seafood par excellence are accompanied by the tastiest fruit and vegetables that have not spent weeks in a refrigerated store. The bakery is a popular local favorite, and no wonder. Freshly baked artisan breads and croissants are available from 7 a.m. for breakfast while sweet pastries, cheesecakes and tarts fill the display counter with delectable temptations. Whether you want a treat with your coffee or a dessert to wow dinner party guests, Morton’s Gourmet Market at Siesta Key is the place to find it.

Gourmet groceries, wines and beers, bespoke gift baskets and menus for every occasion all have their place at Morton’s Siesta Market. Open Monday to Saturday from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. (bakery from 7 a.m.) and Sundays 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. (bakery from 8 a.m.), and local delivery is available too. With the assurance of top quality foods chosen and served with a smile by knowledgeable specialist staff, you will wonder why you ever shopped anywhere else but Morton’s Siesta Market!

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Nita Ettinger is Co-publisher for Siesta Publications Inc. and the Editor in Chief for Must Do Visitor Guides. Must Do Visitor Guides provides Southwest Florida visitor information through printed magazines and the website Must Do magazines are published bi-annually and are available at no cost in Sarasota, Lee, and Collier County Chamber of Commerce, visitor information centers, select Southwest Florida hotels, and wherever free publications can be found.