Slow Foods – Probiotic Soda with Water Kefir Workshop: Thursday, May 31; 7 – 9 p.m.
Forget buying chemical-laden store-bought soda and learn how to make your own at this Natural Probiotic Soda / Water Kefir Workshop. Your soda will contain over 40 probiotic strains, so will be both healthy and tasty. Register and get directions at [email protected] or 727-688-9069. Bring a glass quart jar with lid. $25; Redington Shores, learningtobeenatural.wordpress.com
Camp Bayou – H-2-Ohhhh Aquatic Reflections: Saturday, June 2; 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Water is the focus of the day at this H-2-Ohhhh event. Receive a water-related door prize. Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful, Tampa Bay WaterAtlas, League of Environmental Educators and others will be present and armed with water info and activities. Swamp Dog Lunch (hot dog, chips and drink) will be available for $5. Bring your kayak or canoe for the 90-minute paddle. Registration is encouraged. Free; 4140 24th St. SE, Ruskin, 813-641-8545, campbayou.org
Largo Open Air Market: Saturday, June 2; 9 a.m.
Step outside into the open air at this Largo Open Air Market. Local produce, artisan foods, jewelry, crafts, health and beauty products and more will be available. Largo Community Center, 400 Alternate Keene Road, Largo, 727-518-3131
Oldsmar Public Library – Energy Efficiency Class: Saturday, June 2; 1 – 2 p.m.
Peep this…an energy efficiency class, related to Pinellas Energy Efficiency Project (PEEP), will be occurring. You’ll be educated on efficiency, conservation and how to save money on your power bill. Materials will be handed out for you to take home. 400 St. Petersburg Drive E, Oldsmar, pinellascountyextension.org
Organic Living for All – Irrigation Workshop: Saturday, June 2; 11 a.m.
How does setting up an easy irrigation system sound? Learn how to set up a simple, reasonably-priced irrigation system, without digging and installing permanent PVC pipes under your soil. Free; 601 Patricia Ave., Dunedin, 727-433-1661, organiclivingforall.com
St. Pete Locally Grown – Summer Vegetable Workshop: Saturday, June 2; 1 – 3 p.m.
If the thought of gardening and the scorching sun makes you sweat, check out this Summer Vegetable Growing workshop. Gardening guru Nathan Levy will teach you how to grow veggies that withstand 90 degree temps, how to handle pests and more. Grab seeds from previous harvests on your way out. $35 or $25 each if you bring a buddy; 5305 20th St. N, St. Petersburg, 727-403-1655, [email protected]
Dunedin Green Market: Saturdays; 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Enjoy a craft show, in addition to the usual market highlights of fresh, local produced goods such as baked good, ready-to-eat-foods, organic plants and herbs, coffee, honey, seafood and clothing. Dunedin Green Market is located in Pioneer Park at the intersection of Douglas Avenue and Main Street in Downtown Dunedin.
Florida Estates Winery Market: Saturdays (year-round); 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Featuring fruits, vegetables, organic and local specialties, crafts and more. Be sure to check out Florida Estates Winery’s wine festivals as well (check the website for upcoming dates). 25241 State Road 52, Land O Lakes, 813-996-2113, floridaestateswines.com
Guided Hike at Brooker Creek Preserve: Saturday, June 2; 9 – 10:30 a.m.
Take a walk through time each Saturday morning on a guided hike along the Education Center Trail. Observe how the land has changed over time and discuss the ecological footprints left by those changes during this 0.75 mile hike. Sturdy closed-toe shoes are a must, and water and a hat are recommended. Pre-registration is required by noon on the Friday before the hike of your choice. This event is free. All ages welcome, but children younger than 6 may find this hike challenging. 3940 Keystone Road, Tarpon Springs, 727-453-6800, brookercreekpreserve.org
Guided Hike at Weedon Island Preserve: Saturdays; 9 – 11 a.m.
Guided hikes through coastal mangrove and upland ecosystems of the Preserve are held on most Saturdays of the month. Learn about the coastal environment and the early residents of Weedon Island Preserve. Be sure to bring water and a snack for this 2-hour hike. A hat and closed-toe shoes are also recommended. Pre-registration is required by 2 p.m. on the Friday prior to the tour of choice (pre-registration is required). This event is free and open to the public. Recommended ages: 6 and up. Weedon Island Preserve is located 1800 Weedon Drive NE St. Petersburg, 727-453-6500, weedonislandpreserve.org
New Port Richey Downtown Market: Saturdays (year-round); 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Check out a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, organic and local specialties, crafts and more. Located in the Historic District at Nebraska Ave., one block east of Grand Blvd., 727-842-8066, nprmainstreet.com
Sarasota Downtown Farmers Market: Saturdays (year-round); 7 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Over 70 vendors bring “local produce, plants, prepared foods and artisans,” as well as seafood, baked goods, coffee, spices, handmade soaps and orchids, to the market attendees. Located at the corner of Lemon Ave. and Main St., Sarasota, 941-951-2656, downtownsarasota.com
Urban Oasis Hydroponic Farm Market: Fridays 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Saturdays 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Get fresh produce grown organically and hydroponically, straight from this CSA farm in nearby Carrollwood. No chemical pesticides are used. Urban Oasis Hydroponic Farm opens to the public for this weekly market. 5416 West Linebaugh Avenue, Tampa, 813-293-FARM (3276), urbanoasisfarm.com
Williams Park Summer Market: Saturdays (June – August) 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Back by popular demand, this market has returned for the summer, serving as a substitute for the St. Pete Saturday Morning Market (currently on a summer hiatus). Over 40 vendors will be selling locally-grown fresh produce, prepared foods, tempting baked goods, handcrafted gifts, plants, flowers, herbs, and more. Score free parking at city lot (2nd Ave. and 4th and 5th St.) and on Central Ave. Williams Park, 1st Ave. N (between 3rd and 4th St.), St. Petersburg, saturdaymorningmarket.com
Ybor Saturday Market: Saturdays (May - September); 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
You will be sure to find great produce at great prices, gourmet foods and sauces, fresh baked breads, fresh eggs, prepared foods, honey, herbs and plants, orchids, pet treats, unique gifts, photography, artwork, jewelry, woodworking, bath and body products, candles, and much more. Pets are welcome, so bring Fido along. Free parking is available. Centennial Park is at the corner of Eighth Ave. and 19th St., Tampa, ybormarket.com