For the past few weeks, I’ve been checking out the Saturday Morning Market here in St. Petersburg. The market has been going strong since 2002 and is an awesome place to go and shop for a variety of different items. It’s also nice to get out and support small businesses and farms from the area.
What Can You Get There?
For the most part, it seems like you can get (or experience) just about anything at the market. Below are some of the common attractions and items available each Saturday:
Besides shopping, you can also check out the market for some live music. Each week they have different musicians that perform various types of music.
The market has a few vendors that provide fresh, local coffee as well as serve various coffee drinks including hot cappuccino’s.
Local (and Organic) Produce
A handful of local farms provide conventional as well as organic produce. The prices are very reasonable and it feels great knowing you are getting fresh food right from the farmers.
Free Range Eggs
The main reason my girlfriend and I head to the market each week is to pick up some free range chicken eggs. It’s nearly impossible to find them in stores and it’s nice being able to get them from someone in the area. The prices vary from vendor to vendor but average around $4/dozen (highly recommend the Dancing Goat).
Plants / Flowers
You can find a wide range of plants, herbs, and flowers at the market. One of the best purchases we’ve made so far is the mint plant I’m holding in the picture below.
We drink Mojito’s from time to time and the mint leaves at the store are not only old, but also expensive. For not much more than the cost of a small package of leaves we managed to get an entire plant.
Food / Drinks
Besides shopping for various products, the Saturday Morning Market is also a great place to grab breakfast, lunch, or a snack. There are a bunch of different vendors that sell various food items including pizza, breakfast plates, tacos, and a huge selection of baked items.
One of the best things I’ve had so far is the organic fruit smoothie seen below.
By no means is that everything they have available at the market. They also have furniture, hand-made soaps, clothes, and tons of other items. You never know what you might find while walking around at the market.
When and Where?
The market is held every Saturday morning in downtown St. Petersburg from 9 AM to 2 PM. It takes place in the parking lot near 1st Ave. S and 1st St. Also, the market is open from October 3 through May 29.