It's Market Season: Tampa Bay Farmer's Markets
In Florida, the fresh food season begins in abundance in the fall, when many local markets reopen, reinvigorate or move to different locales to accommodate more producers.
In St. Pete, the Saturday Morning Market has relocated back to its larger site at Al Lang Stadium. In addition to the music that has been standard each weekend, plans are in the works to host cooking demonstrations this year – featuring farm-fresh produce from local growers, of course. In addition, a few new vendors representing specialty foods that can’t be found in the area – think truffles from Italy – will appear.
In Tampa, an abundance of local produce and meat, cooked food and handmade crafts, as well as many eco-friendly and wellness products, can be found at any of the Tampa Bay Markets (Carrollwood, Hyde Park, Seminole Heights and Wiregrass). Organized by the Urban Coalition of Tampa Bay, each of these markets has a kids’ section where young entrepreneurs sell their own goods.
This year, the Chipotle Truck Farm Tour will visit each site for a fun, mobile way to educate people about gardening and sustainable food. In addition, the Urban Coalition kicks off their Farm to Fresh Market initiative aimed to connect local growers to markets. New farmers are encouraged to try out a table for one day free of charge, and then for a discounted rate.
Saturday Morning Market, Al Lang Field parking lot, 1st Street and 1st Avenue South, St. Petersburg, saturdaymorningmarket.com; Tampa Bay Markets, dates and locations in Tampa vary by market, tampabaymarkets. com; Truck Farm Tampa, visit truckfarmtampa.com for tour information. For more about markets around the entire Tampa Bay area, check online at edibletampabay.com/farmers-markets.