Green Community Calendar weekend events

Gulfport's Green Alternative Market, workshops and more.

Dunedin Green Market: Fridays, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Nov. 11 through April
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 in the heart of Downtown Dunedin. Come hungry! Douglas Ave. and Main St., downtown Dunedin, dunedingov.com

Tampa Downtown Market: Fridays (through May 27), 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
The vision of the Tampa Downtown Market is to provide local residents and businesses of the community with the freshest, highest quality, most nutritious, and most reasonably priced food and gourmet products. This year the Tampa Downtown Market will be located on the 200 and 300 Blocks of Twiggs Street, spanning Franklin Street, in the heart of downtown Tampa. Parking is available at several locations throughout downtown including the Maas Bros. parking block, which is accessible directly across the street from the Market. tampadowntownmarket.com

Urban Oasis Hydroponic Farm Market: Fridays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Get fresh, organically grown hydroponic veggies straight from this CSA farm in Carrollwood. Open to the public. Arrive early for best selection! 5416 West Linebaugh Avenue, Tampa, 813-293-3276; urbanoasisfarm.com

World Cafe Discussions: Fridays, 7:30-9:30 p.m.
Awakening and engaging collective intelligence through conversations about questions that matter. RSVP to Pat at 727.421.2746 or [email protected] Starbucks Cafe- 4th St N and 89th Ave N, St. Pete. theworldcafe.com

Winthrop Town Center Farmers Market: Saturdays, 8 a.m.
Complete with more handcrafted goods, fresh fruits, veggies, and boiled peanuts than you can shake a stick at. 1109 Winthrop Market St., Riverview, 813-601-3129

Brooksville Saturday Market: Saturdays, 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
An array of vendors offering food, goods, plants, organics and more at this weekly event. 20 N. Main St., Brooksville, 352-428-9275

Dunedin Green Market: Saturdays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Oct. 29 through July
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 in the heart of Downtown Dunedin. Come hungry! Douglas Ave. and Main St., downtown Dunedin, dunedingov.com

St. Pete Saturday Morning Market- Every Saturday (October-May); 9 am-2 p.m.
Featuring locally grown fresh produce, prepared foods, tempting baked goods, plants, flowers, herbs, handcrafted gifts, live music, and more! Downtown St. Petersburg in the Al Lang Stadium parking lot: 1st Ave. S and 1st St. S., St. Pete, saturdaymorningmarket.com

Ybor Saturday Market: Saturdays, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (year-round)
You'll be sure to find great produce at great prices, gourmet foods and sauces, fresh baked breads, fresh eggs, prepared foods, orchids, herbs and plants, pet treats, honey, unique gifts, photography, artwork, jewelry, woodworking, bath and body products, candles, and so much more. Centennial Park at the corner of Eighth Avenue and 19th Street, Ybor, ybormarket.com

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. Join us to 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. Reserve your space by 2 pm on the Friday prior to the tour of choice. This event is free and open to the public. Pre-registration is required. Recommended ages: 6 and up. Weedon Island Preserve- 1800 Weedon Drive N.E. St. Petersburg, 727-453-6500.

Guided Hike at Brooker Creek Preserve: Saturdays, 9-11 a.m.
Take a walk through time each Saturday morning on a guided hike along the Education Center Trail. Join us for this 0.75 mile walk as we look at how the land has changed over time and discuss the ecological footprints left by those changes. Sturdy closed-toe shoes are a must, and water and a hat are recommended. Pre-registration is required by 12:00 noon on the Friday before the hike. Admission: Free. All ages welcome; children younger than 6 may find this hike challenging. 3940 Keystone Rd. Tarpon Springs, 727-453-6800

Gulfport Green Saturday Alternative Market: Saturday, November 26, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Come out and support local businesses at Gulfport's first annual Green Saturday Alternative Holiday Market. Featuring eco-friendly items, make-and-take-gifts, responsible gift wrapping, a solar oven bake-off, local musicians and fun for the whole family. Potluck dinner to follow event. See facebook.com/GreenSaturday for more info. Free; Scout Hall: 5315 28th Ave. S., Gulfport, 541-227-6655, See facebook.com/GreenSaturday

Hernando Farmers Market: Every Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Fresh produce, homemade, handmade products, plants, crafts and more! Offering local small businesses a venue to sell their products and grow their business. St. Rd. 50 and Mariner Blvd. (Located behind Walgreens in the Western Way Plaza), Spring Hill, hernandocountyfarmersmarket.webs.com

Garden Irrigation Workshop: Saturday, November 26, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.

Learn how to use common tools to lay out a portable and adjustable irrigation system without trenching and for a fraction of the cost. RSVP. Free; 1612 Gentry St., Clearwater, 727-433-1661, organiclivingforall.com

Introduction to Permaculture: Saturday, November 26, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Learn about Permaculture (Permanent Culture or Permanent Agriculture) — design method that utilizes ecology to plan and design human habitats that are regenerative and sustainable — and how to use permaculture to design our own homes to be more sustainable. RSVP. Free, donations are welcome. Green Dreams: 14510 Black Lake Road, Odessa, 727-439-6700, greendreamsfl.com

Corey Avenue Fresh Market: Every Sunday, October 16-May, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Attend the new Corey Fresh Market's grand opening and see the new look and vendors it has to offer. This open-air market will feature local vendors, including Brady Johnson "Mr I Got 'em BBQ", who will have their wares set up for sale along with Corey merchants open during market hours for shopping and dining, as well as live music by local musicians. Free; Corey Avenue: Between Blind Pass Road and Boca Ciega Drive in Downtown St Pete Beach, 727-461-7674, coreyave.com

Sweetwater Organic Community Farm Sunday Market: Sundays, 12-4 p.m. Nov. 6 through May
Every Sunday, Sweetwater's organic "urban farm" opens it gates to the public to share their bounty of fresh, organic fruits and vegetables from both their gardens and from other local farms, as well as handmade goods, fair trade and artisan foods, farm-fresh eggs, local honey, environmentally-friendly products and more. Their Sunday Music Series features some of the best local musicians at their open mic and main stage sessions. 6942 W. Comanche Ave., Tampa, sweetwater-organic.org

Sweetwater Workshop Series - Wild Edibles Walk: Sunday, November 27, 12:30-2 p.m.
Folk Herbalist, wildcrafter and long-time organic gardener Willow LaMonte will host the first Sweetwater Organic Community Farm workshop of the season. During this 90 minute workshop, Willow will teach attendees how to safely identify free food that grows wild, and easily, in Central Florida. Willow will identify many common “weeds” which are edible, medicinal, useful as first aid or crafts, and beneficial in the garden. Suggested donation of $15-20 (cash or check); 6942 W. Comanche Avenue, Tampa, 727-505-4587, sweetwater-organic.org

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