Tampa Bay area fresh markets guide

FISHHAWK RANCH FARMERS’ MARKET First Sundays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Year-round. 16144 Churchview Drive, Lithia, fishhawkconnect.com. A monthly event where you can smell and taste your way through some wonderful local foods, as well as peruse other handmade wares in Park Square at FishHawk Ranch.

FRESH MARKET AT WIREGRASS MALL First and third Saturdays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Year-round. 28211 Paseo Drive, Wesley Chapel, theshopsatwiregrass.com. Taking place in the heart of Wesley Chapel’s Wiregrass Mall, this market offers many handmade and organic products, including an array of produce.

HYDE PARK FRESH MARKET First Sundays,11 a.m.-3 p.m. Year-round. 742 S. Village Circle, Tampa, 813-251-3500, hydeparkvillage.net. Tampa Bay’s newest fresh market, the monthly Hyde Park market features over 70 local vendors with fresh produce, handmade arts and crafts, and prepared foods, as well as live music, cooking demonstrations and a massage therapist.

LAND O’ LAKES SATURDAY MARKET Saturdays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct.-May. 5401 Land O’ Lakes Blvd., Land O’ Lakes, lolsaturdaymkt.com. Pasco’s own fresh market with locally grown and made food and wares.

SAFETY HARBOR FARMERS’ MARKET Thursdays, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Oct.-May. 401 Main St., Safety Harbor, 727-461-7674, cityofsafetyharbor.com. The gazebo at John Wilson Park plays host to this weekly market, offering prepared foods, fresh fish and produce, cheeses, organic clothing and more in the quaint downtown area of Safety Harbor.

SEMINOLE HEIGHTS SUNDAY MORNING MARKET Second Sundays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct.-May. 5000 N. Central Ave., Tampa, sundaymorningmarket.com. Check out the second season of this popular monthly market in the eclectic neighborhood of Seminole Heights. Besides the local and ready-to-eat foods and goods, the market also features work by neighborhood artists, live music and cooking demos.

ST. PETERSBURG SATURDAY MORNING MARKET Saturdays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct.-May. First Avenue S and First Street, St. Pete, saturdaymorningmarket.com. Downtown St. Pete’s market is not only a place to grab local food, crafts and everything in between, it’s also become the place to see and be seen every Saturday. The live music is also not to be missed, featuring jazz, blues, funk and more.

SWEETWATER ORGANIC COMMUNITY FARM’S SUNDAY MARKET Sundays,12-4 p.m. Nov-May. 6942 W. Comanche Ave., Tampa, sweetwater-organic.org. Every Sunday, Sweetwater CSA opens it gates to the public to share their bounty of fresh, organic fruits and vegetables. Browse the handmade goods and be sure to grab some produce to go. Their Sunday Music Series features some of the best local musicians at their open mic and main stage sessions.

TAMPA DOWNTOWN MARKET Fridays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct.-May. Tampa Street and Kennedy Boulevard., Downtown Tampa, tampadowntownmarket.com. Providing Downtown Tampa with reasonably priced goods from over 50 vendors with a focus on sustainability. Located in Lykes Gaslight Square Park.

URBAN OASIS HYDROPONIC FARM MARKET Fridays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturdays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct.-May. 5416 W. Linebaugh Ave., Tampa, 813-293-FARM, urbanoasisfarm.com. Get fresh, organically grown hydroponic veggies straight from this CSA farm in Carrollwood. Open to the public. Arrive early for the best selection!

YBOR SATURDAY MARKET Saturdays, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Year-round. 8th Ave and 19th Street, Ybor. ybormarket.com. Besides the local produce and foods, this market has an eclectic mix of handmade jewelry, art, photography, candles and soaps. Lots of original and unique finds that would make great gifts.

Here’s your guide to finding the freshest, locally produced foods and goods (and an all-around good time) at weekly fresh markets in the Bay Area. Some of them are open year-round, while others are closing with the onset of the warmer weather — make sure to visit before they close for the summer season!

COREY AVENUE SUNDAY MARKET Sundays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct.-April. Located off Gulf Blvd between Blind Pass Road and Boca Ciega Drive, St. Pete Beach, coreyave.com. This open air market takes place in the street and on the sidewalks of historic Corey Avenue with food and goods from local merchants as well as live music. Free parking.

DOWNTOWN CLEARWATER FARMERS’ MARKET Wednesdays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct.-May. 500 & 600 block of Cleveland Street, Clearwater, 727-452-1707, clearwaterfarmersmarket.com. Taking place every Wednesday through May 18th on Cleveland Street, this market offers fresh local produce, baked goods, gourmet foods, crafts, flowers, plants and even art.

DUNEDIN GREEN MARKET Fridays, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct.-April; Saturdays 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct.-July. Douglas Avenue and Main Street, downtown Dunedin. dunedingov.com. This popular market in Pioneer Park was in such high demand that it's been extended to two days every week with different vendors each day (listed on their website). You’ll find an array of fresh local produce, plants, organic and eco-friendly items, and a ton of gourmet foods and drinks (so come hungry).

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