Local produce and freshly made goods have become all the rage. This is great news for local farmers as the need for fresh has resulted in an increase in markets across the U.S. The Tampa Bay Area is no exception. Whether you’re seeking honey produced in nearby apiaries, baked goods lovingly prepared in nearby kitchens or greens grown in nearby fields, this guide to our local farmers market scene will help you dive into close-to-home cuisine in and around Tampa Bay.
Saturdays from 9am-3pm (Summer hours 9am-1pm from May – September); year round
Produce, artisan goods, bread, and honey are just a few things you’ll find at Ybor City’s weekly market. Stroll amongst shady oak trees and explore the covered pavilion as you peruse goods from local farmers and makers. You may even spot one of Ybor City’s infamous chickens walking the grounds! Masks are encouraged (they are mandatory for vendors). Find the market weekly in Centennial Park at the corner of 8th Ave and 19th St.
1st Sunday of each month from 10am-2pm
The once-a-month Fresh Market at Hyde Park Village takes place every first Sunday of the month. The Fresh Market features over 80 local vendors including produce, handcrafted goods, plants and more. While you shop and stroll, enjoy live music by Gasparilla Music in Village Circle. Afterwards, check out the local shops and restaurants in Hyde Park Village for a complete date.
1st Wednesday of each month from 6 pm- 10 pm
This is the newest market in Tampa Bay at the new Westshore Marina District. This market has 30+ local vendors, artisans, and crafters to discover. They also have live music and a chance to experience local restaurants like Cru Cellars.
Saturday Morning Market: Saturdays October – May; Williams Park Summer Market: Saturdays June – August (extended to October 31 this year)
Take the Gandy or Howard Franklin Bridge across Tampa Bay to St. Petersburg and be prepared to experience one of the top farmers markets in the U.S. Every Saturday from 9am to 1pm, the Saturday Morning Market gets ready for business at the Al Lang Field parking lot in downtown St. Pete. Expect an estimated 170 vendors selling their goods and artisans selling their crafts. Add stellar food choices for dining and live music for entertainment and it’s a perfect day in the Florida sunshine. The Saturday Morning Market runs from early October through late May. Their Summer Market, located at Williams Park, typically runs from June to August.
1st and 3rd Saturday of every month from 10 am-2 pm; year-round
This market features 50+ local vendors selling everything from local, organic produce, hydroponic produce, Florida grown plants, herbs, flowers and more hand-crafted products.
2nd Saturday of every month
Enjoy live music and over 30 vendors in Westchase Town Center every second Saturday of the month. Features plants, baked goods, handcrafted jewelry and more.
4th Saturday of each month from 10 am- 2pm; year-round
Head the Midtown Commons area to explore one of the Tampa Bay area’s newest markets. This market features more than 40 local vendors and makers. You’ll find fresh produce, hand-crafted products and crafts, and more!
1st Thursday of each month from 6 pm-10 pm; year-round
If the daytime markets don’t quite fit the schedule, check out the Sunset Market at Midtown in Tampa! Just like thee Sunshine Market, you’ll find local vendors selling fresh fruits and vegetables, hand-crafted items, and more!
Fridays and Saturdays from 9am-2pm; typically held seasonally
This local market takes place in the heart of Downtown Dunedin at Pioneer Park. Food trucks, sprouts and microgreens, fresh produce, farm eggs, cheese, artisanal popsicles and more are just a few of the local finds. There’s also live music. Stock up on local goods each week or pick up picnic-friendly bites to enjoy in the nearby Edgewater Park.
Sundays from 10am-2pm; year round
Another St. Petersburg destination is the Corey Avenue Sunday Market. This weekly market features an assortment of locally grown organic and hydroponic vegetables. 60+ vendors share their wares including handcrafted items and gourmet food and snacks. Stock up on fresh produce, guacamole, kimchi, cupcakes and so much more. You’ll find this market in the heart of St. Pete Beach, set up on the street at Corey Avenue & Blind Pass.
2nd Saturday of each month from 10 am- 2 pm; year-round
This local favorite market at the Carrollwood features local produce, fresh eggs and meats, fresh baked goods, local arts, live music and more!
2nd Sunday of each month from 12pm-4pm; year round
40+ vendors show up to this morning market to sell fresh fruits, veggies, herbs, spices, baked goods, and crafts. Head to the market early in the morning and then make your way to one of the amazing restaurants scattered around Seminole Heights for lunch. Find this monthly market at the United Methodist Church (6111 N. Centreal Ave).
Image credit: Seminole Heights Sunday Morning Market
Tampa Bay Area Farmers Markets that are open daily
This is a go-to farm stand right near I-4 if you’re looking for in-season farm fresh produce! They also have plants, flowers, and other interesting produce picks!
Open Monday-Sunday from November 1, 2021-April 3, 2022 and Wednesday-Sunday from April 4, 2022-October 31, 2022
This is a Tampa Bay favorite, especially during strawberry season where you can get the world’s best strawberry milkshakes!! It also serves as a fresh produce market and a great spot to pick up plants as well!
Tampa Bay Farmers Market has called Tampa home since 1977. Located at 10001 North Armenia Avenue, the market offers a variety of goods from local farmers and vendors. Fresh produce and herbs and spices come from local farms but also from North Carolina, Texas, California, Washington State, as well as countries such as Canada and Peru. This market also carries an impressive selection of gourmet foods such as Palermo olive oils, pitted olives, roasted peppers, and an assortment of jams, cheeses, pickled veggies, relishes, specialty noodles, and flavorful butter. The market carries a wide variety of potted plants and cut flowers.
A fixture in Tampa since 1982 as a wholesale business for restaurants, the owners of Sanwa Farmers Market expanded their selling base in 2001 to include retail consumers. Located at 2621 E. Hillsborough Ave., the market features vendors inside and outside. Expect a wide selection of seasonal fruit and vegetables, fresh herbs, fresh meat, international items, fresh seafood, and canned and dried goods. Buyers can expect very competitive prices when compared to grocery stores.
Looking for some more Tampa market date ideas? Try these:
- Day Date to Italy: Mazzaro’s Italian Market
- Thai Sunday Market at Wat Tampa
- Tampa Bay’s Unique Artisan Markets
Feature image credit: Saturday Morning Market