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.
The Carrollwood North Tampa Market has something for everyone from fresh produce and baked goods to specialty jams and trail mix. Billed as “fresh, local, and lively,” the summer market is located in the parking lot by the History Center, located at 349 Main St. in Dunedin. The market is held yearround on the second Saturdy of the month, featuring over 70 vendors selling a variety of goods, handcrafted items, collectibles, baked goods, plants, flowers, and more. Sit under the oaks at a picnic table and enjoy freshly made fare from one of the vendors while listening to live music.Open every other Saturday from 9am – 1pm.
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. Tampa Bay Farmer’s Market opens at 8am daily.
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 where there’s a wide selection of seasonal fruit and vegetables, fresh herbs, fresh meat, international and ethnic items, fresh seafood, and canned and dried items. Buyers can expect very competitive prices when compared to grocery stores. It’s a large facility and a great way to spend some time perusing the array of choices. Sanwa Farmers Market is open Monday-Thursday 4:30am-7pm, Friday-Saturday 4am-7pm, and Sunday 8am-5pm.
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. that has earned the badge of Certificate of Excellence 2016 from TripAdvisor. 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, runs from June to August.
The Summer Market has also added a number of safety precautions and measures to their usual operations. First, shoppers have the option to pre-order and pick up their selections via a new drive-thru. Pickup times are 9am-11am, and orders must be placed between Monday at 5pm and Wednesday at 11am. Additionally, masks are required to enter and can be purchased for $1at the market entrance.
Corey Avenue Sunday Market
Another St. Petersburg destination is the Corey Avenue Sunday Market featuring an assortment of locally grown organic and hydroponic vegetables. About 75 vendors share their wares including handcrafted items and gourmet food and snacks. The market operates from October-May from 10am-1pm. In addition, shoppers can place orders online before Thursday at 10pm for pick up on Sunday.
Additional Farmers Markets can be found throughout the Tampa Bay Area. These include the Dunedin Downtown Market on Saturdays from 9am-2pm, the year-round Fresh Market at Wiregrass in Wesley Chapel, and the monthly Seminole Heights Sunday Market from 10am-2pm on the lawn of Hillsborough High School in Tampa.
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Feature image credit: Corey Avenue Sunday Market at St. Pete Beach