By Nancy Foster
The St. Pete/Clearwater area is home to fabulous farmers’ and outdoor markets. A feast for the senses, these markets run weekly on a seasonal basis from October to May and are open from early morning to early afternoon.
SATURDAY MORNING MARKET
The Saturday Morning Market in downtown St. Petersburg is touted as one of the largest markets in the Southeast U.S. Drawing 10,000 people each Saturday, this is a shopper’s delight of 130 attractive vendor booths with an eclectic array of wares. Market managers describe it as “a multi-cultural experience”. Buskers entertain while live musical performers play everything from rock ‘n’ roll to Celtic to Zydeco. Stalls laden with imported truffles, jerky, hydroponic veggies and artisanal cheeses will tempt you, but eating your way through the tasty cuisine of 15 different nationalities just may be the most fun of all. saturdaymorningmarket.com
COREY AVENUE SUNDAY MARKET
On St. Pete Beach, visitors flock to the Corey Avenue Sunday Market to pore over 50 booths stocked with seasonal produce, local wines, prepared foods, jewelry and tropical shell craft. Sit under an umbrella-covered table and enjoy live music from local groups. tampabaymarkets.com
MADEIRA BEACH OPEN AIR MARKET and INDIAN SHORES SUNDAY MORNING MARKET
Laura Garrison is savvy, enthusiastic and most definitely a people-person, talents that have served her well during a 25-year career in the open-air market industry. Currently she and her husband manage two beach markets in the St. Pete/Clearwater area—the Madeira Beach Open Air Market (open Wednesdays) and the Indian Shores Sunday Morning Market. Expect to find beautiful handcrafted goods, gourmet food items, custom jewelry and locally sourced produce. thebeachmarkets.com
PIERCE STREET MARKET
On Clearwater Beach, the new kid on the block is Pierce Street Market, located under the Memorial Causeway Bridge. Shop for locally made specialty products including clothes, baby accessories, leather goods and organic bath and body products. Indulge in a cup of deep roasted coffee or nourishing smoothie before doubling down on good eats from area food trucks. Opt to take the beach ferry for even more fun! piercestreetmarket.com
DUNEDIN DOWNTOWN MARKET
On Fridays and Saturdays from November through June, visit the Dunedin Downtown Market, a veritable wonderland for freshly baked breadstuffs, take-home foods, specialty handicrafts, locally sourced produce and toe-tapping live entertainment. tampabaymarkets.com
For area information go to visitstpeteclearwater.com.