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.
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.
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.
First and third Saturday of each month from 10am-2pm; year round
The Fresh Market At The Shops At Wiregrass is another market that is surrounded by air-conditioned shops. This market pops up on the first and third Saturday of every month and is free to attend. The market hosts about 100 vendors as well as live performances throughout the day. Find it in Wesley Chapel (28211 Paseo Drive, Suite 100, Wesley Chapel).
First Sunday of each month from 10am-2pm
The once a month Fresh Market At Hyde Park Village has transformed into the Hyde Park Essentials Market. You book a timed entry slot to ensure a 30-minute, socially distanced shopping experience picking up your personal set of essentials. Registration is totally free but required for entry; reserve your space via Eventbrite here. Afterwards, check out the local shops and restaurants in Hyde Park Village for a complete date.
Second Sunday of each month from 11am-3pm; 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 Southern Brewing & Winery (5000 N. Central Ave in Tampa).
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